Since I’ve had a real shower in a real house. I was looking for the water shutoff until I remembered I didn’t need to. I could leave the water run and stay in as long as I wanted. I never wanted to get out.
For 2 years and 6 days the six of us lived full time, stationary in about 250 sq ft of space. Our Beagle was just a pup when we moved in. She and the three cats adjusted well to our tiny home. It had its ups and downs, life was easy at times and hard others. We took a leap of faith into an unknown world to keep our family together and it worked out well. I enjoyed spending so much time with my Mom and she appreciated all the help we gave her.
Now it’s time to move on. We moved into our new house on Aug 13th. It has 4 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths and 2 floors. I keep getting turned around. Greg and I constantly loose each other. The animals love it. We put Daisy’s portable pen around the patio so she has a place to be loose outside. Her real fence should be installed in about a month. She’ll have a good sized yard to play in.
Mom was supposed to live with us and at the last minute refused. She’s only 8 minutes away so we can still be there when she needs us. Greg gets double lawn duty every week.
We’re looking forward to our new adventure and getting adjusted to living in a house. I do miss the soft rain on the bedroom slide as I’m going to sleep.
For years I’ve wanted to get back into vegetable gardening, but lack of time never permitted it. Then there was the rototiller, fencing and everything else that had to be done before you could start to plant. It was never going to happen with house, horses and a pup.
In late winter I accidentally stumbled upon container gardening. Growing up in a gardening family, veggies were always planted in the ground after fertilizing and tilling. I read quite a few articles on container gardening, joined a Facebook group and jumped right in with both feet in early April.
Cherry tomatoes, green pepper, patio tomatoes, broccoli, leaf lettuce and a few herbs came home. I couldn’t resist a few freesias. I was really looking forward to fresh veggies when they grew. Our “house” it portable so why shouldn’t our garden be.
Apparently we weren’t supposed to live in a house. Our purchase fell thru when it came to the inspections so our journey continues. I’ve re-learned patients with the little things that annoyed me as we continue with our lives in the 5th wheel.
When you live in an RV full time it’s amazing how closely you pay attention to the weather and how much it can effect our lives. With spring upon us it’s thunderstorm season. I always payed a little closer attention than most because of the horses. We no longer have horses, but I’m more in tune with what’s going on now and what’s in store for the near future.
If the birds and critters disappear, something’s coming. Fill the fresh water tank, make sure you have generator gas, batton down the hatches and see what’s in store. We’ve been getting thunderstorms every few days and everything has been fine …. until last week when it wasn’t.
Last Tuesday evening I was almost finished cooking dinner when the electric went out. It came back and went out again. I reported the outage to the electric company. Estimated time was 2 hours. Fire up the generator and we’re good to go. Mom was alright and didn’t see a need to come over. Our little Champion generator proved to be worth its weight in gold again. Two days later the electric came back on.
We’ve come to another crossroad in life and it’s bitter sweet. We found out last night our offer on a house has been accepted. We’ll have 2400 sq. ft. instead of 250. All of our belongings will be with us instead of in storage. No more popping the breaker when we try to use the tea kettle and toaster at the same time (since we’re plugged into 30 amps and use an adapter for the 50 amp trailer). No more having to turn off the water in the shower when we aren’t using it. The house won’t rock when it’s really windy. On the flip side, no more RV. We’ll be saying goodbye to the place we’ve called home for going on 2 years. The corn fields across the street with geese coming and going, the fawns we watched grow up and the noisy cows down the street.
Our journey started as accidental RVers. Thrown into a situation we knew nothing about to prevent us from being homeless. We made the steep learning curve of life in an RV. Sometimes it was easy, sometimes it was a matter of survival and it was a struggle. This past winter was rough and I didn’t think it would ever end. As we come down to our final month I find myself getting annoyed at little things that were just part of daily life in the past. I also find myself starting to miss our beloved portable home and the memories we’ve made here.
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For whatever the reasons, this winter seems more like survival than living. With the fluctuating outside temps it’s not hard to understand why we’re having issues regulating inside. Now that it’s finally gotten cold, we don’t seem to be as warm as we were last winter.
An “arctic blast” was forecasted for early last week so hubby ran out to get bubble wrap. Last weekend was winter storm/cold prep. We filled the fresh water tank and checked the generator, cut pieces of bubble wrap for every window and put it up, pulled the day/night shades and closed the curtains tight and checked the skirting and foam board to make sure everything was in place before the cold came. And come it did. Sunday was near 50 and plummeted during the afternoon. Night was in the single digits. Monday brought a high of 15 with winds that made it feel like -20. It took the house heater and the EdenPure running constantly to keep it warm. We survived, but discovered watching TV was out. Our TV is in a living room slide and lowers in the cabinet behind the fireplace. So much cold air came in when it was raised we couldn’t keep warm.
It looks like last week was a trial run for the 4-5 days of the same forecasted for the end of this week.
We survived round 2, although it was a challenge. Teens by day and below 0 at night with 5″ of snow. The door hinges froze and squeaked. It was a chronic balancing act between the trailer heater and EdenPure to maintain a comfortable temperature inside, as well as keeping the underbelly above freezing. Greg slept on the sofa for 3 nights to make sure the heater was ok. Dripping faucets constantly to keep the water from freezing. I have a huge case of “house-atosis” and can’t wait to see daylight again. The pup that normally loves cold and snow preferred to stay in and pull the blanket off the back of the sofa onto herself. Today is supposed to be the big thaw. Mid 30’s today and from one extreme to another, mid to upper 50’s this week. We can finally open the curtains, remove bubble wrap and see daylight. I started to feel like a bat.
I do realize people in the colder climates live with these conditions every winter, but in PA we’re just not used to it. Our houses are built for it and most people don’t know how to deal with it. After talking to other people, I think we were actually better off in our Rv than most were in houses. I heard stories of pipes freezing and heaters not being able to keep the houses at comfortable temps.
Our winter RV survival kit –
- RV with an arctic package and heated underbelly
- 1/2″ foam board covered by marine grade vinyl skirting held in place with stainess snaps
- heated hose
- foam pipe insulation on both ends of the hose
- heat gun (just in case)
- bubble wrap for every window, thermal curtains and day night shades (kept closed while temps are below freezing
- roof vent inserts
- EdenPure heater (we would have frozen without it)
- dripped water in the bathroom constantly and in the kitchen over night
- weather station with extra sensors – we have 1 in the bedroom and 1 in the belly to monitor temps