Today marks 2 weeks since I’ve crossed back into the US, and I’ve only interacted with the public to pick up my RV and pick up mail. It’s odd because this is my typical lifestyle when not at some social event, but now it’s out of necessity instead of preference.

The desert has been an excellent place to hunker down, but being a fulltime RVer right now is strange and a little scary. The large majority of my road friends do not have home bases - and nobody knows if they’ll be “allowed” to stay where they are. Many in campgrounds are getting kicked out left and right when RV parks are deemed “non-essential” and BLM has closed areas with facilities. Right now we’re in a great spot, but I worry about interstate travel and more public land getting restricted, because eventually it will be too hot to stay here and we’ll need to move. I also want to avoid going “home” to family property in WA considering they are such a hot spot right now. I am definitely safer in the desert. So every day is a tossup... I think I speak for all RVers when I say it lacking a home base has never been this uncomfortable. Luckily right now we’re in a state/area *known* for and built on boondocking, so I doubt they will remove us (or even have capacity to enforce removals if they put restrictions in place) - but I still worry a bit. 😅

Anyways. That is #fulltimerv life in a ‘rona world. The good news is the desert is teeming with springtime beauty right now, and I am loving the peace and wildflowers around our little encampment. Enjoy!!

Today marks 2 weeks since...

I am sooo beyond happy to be back in the desert, with endless space and outdoor freedom, great weather, and obviously those Arizona sunsets. I have a bunch of things I need to catch up on posting from Baja but being back “home” in the states has been a massive sigh of relief. Not just with the pandemic, but I was definitely ready to get back home and have gratitude for the US in a new way (aside from the current healthcare 💩show happening.) Baja was fantastic and I loved every new experience there but like Dorothy said, there is no place like home. 😍 #desertlife #rvlife #fulltimerv #desertsunsets #arizona #boondocking #freedom #usa #merica #desertlove.

I am sooo beyond happy...

Instagram vs Reality swipe - “trying to get beach selfies with my dog” edition. God the water was so perfect. 💜
It’s Thursday, and a blogger I used to follow always did a “Things I Love Thursday” (TiLT).. and given our communal need for optimism right now, I’m going to start! So here are some things I love right now....
✨My mama for hand-sewing face masks ✨sunsets in the desert✨warm ocean waves (I can still imagine them!)✨that feeling when you crawl into bed under an electric blanket✨torrential rain that surprises you into the present moment✨waking up to sunshine streaming through my windows✨dreaming of a gazillion ideas for my tiny home on wheels✨perfectly cooked mashed potatoes✨having a fridge full of sweet produce like strawberries and bell peppers✨the taste of a damn good box of wine that you haven’t had in a while ✨that feeling when you put slippers on in the cold mornings✨the satisfaction of getting life chores like mail and banking done ✨ that first sip of coffee in the morning.

What are some things you’re loving today?

Instagram vs Reality swipe -...

Caught mid-shiver on my last day enjoying Baja’s beaches 💜

Caught mid-shiver on my last...

I haven’t posted much lately because life in Mexico is GO GO GO and I’m digging relaxing and working when it’s not. It has been a fun 6 weeks and we thought we’d stay down here all spring but both @dustydeezel and I are getting a little Baja’d out. But I’m looking back through so many pictures I haven’t posted and man it has been FUN! There are city letters in each city and I probably got 10 different San Felipe pics 🤓😛

I haven’t posted much lately...

Sometimes it feels like I’m cheating on my faithful ole’ gal while I’m enjoying the trip in this rig and dreaming of a modern pull-behind. But I feel better knowing she is safely tucked into a comfy spot next to another Jamboree. 😝

Sometimes it feels like I’m...

Some magic in Baja.... PETTING A GRAY 🐳😍😍🤩 Turn your sound on. The excitement from the group is palpable!! There is no bait or training involved here.. they simply come to this extra buoyant lagoon to give birth because it’s easier for the babies to learn how to swim, and for some reason love scratching themselves on the boats and getting love from the humans. This same lagoon is also the location of a commercial salt producer because of the high salinity.

I was lucky enough to snatch Tye’s phone from his pocket when this giant one swam up, thinking it might only visit for a moment as many others had. But this one LOVED neck scratches and came right up to the boat, turned over, and let us all give it a good scritch-scritch-scritch multiple times, happily closing its ginormous eye and gently relaxing each time it circled back. So grateful to have this moment captured. 💜

Whales are incredible, the earth is amazing, and life is good. This was an unforgettable activity and every day I am more and more grateful to be here.

Some magic in Baja.... PETTING...

Anybody else feel a little guilty sharing travel pics? Maybe that’s part of why I’ve slowed down with posting every little thing.. Baja is amazing and I don’t want to rub it in your face. But I guess that’s why there’s an unfollow button. Just remember you are only seeing the highlight reel. 😅 
So here’s where we’re parked right now, and this is high tide. It’s pretty wild how far out and close up the water comes.

You can spot miss Trixi in the passenger window.. she loves the beach and watching the waves just as much as the humans do!

We’ve been completely spoiled traveling in bae’s new rig for this trip. It fits all 3 dogs dogs + 2 humans pretty fantastically - but now that I’ve been here and seen the beach camping, I’m dreaming of downsizing to a perfect Baja-ready tiny rig. Something bigger than a van, but smaller and more nimble than my 27 footer old beast! Maybe a truck camper? Maybe just a smaller class c? Or a custom 4x4 passenger van? So many dreams to dream 😍

Anybody else feel a little...

3 Things that Actually SUCK About Full-time RVing

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Hey friends, thanks for stopping by again – ever since writing about what I’ve learned in 2 years on the road, I’ve been thinking it’d be good to share the downsides, too. People often ask what the struggles of life on the road are, and although there aren’t a lot of negatives to being a fulltimer, the negatives can be pretty brutal.

So here’s my list of the WORST THINGS about fulltime RV living. 🙂 There aren’t many – but some of them may surprise you, some of the ones that aren’t here may surprise you as well. Enjoy, and please share if you find this relatable or humorous!

 

 1. WIND

Surprising? It shouldn’t be! My #1 gripe with living in an RV is wind. This means 2 things: 1) living in an RV is pretty great if that’s my worst problem, and 2) weather is a beast when you live in a home on wheels.

Other inclement weather like rain can be pretty big downers, too, because you’re still stuck inside – but wind is the worst.

Why? Well, for one, you’re stuck inside especially if you’re somewhere dirty and sandy.

Your RV might rock and roll with the wind. Enough to scare you.

You can’t drive anywhere if the gusts are bad enough. Things on your RV might break.

You can’t open the windows if it’s windy AND hot… so you just suffer inside with the windows shut.

It’s noisy. It’s hard to sleep when you keep getting blasted with gusts of wind if your RV has anything that shakes or creaks, especially things like mudflaps or antennas.

Even when all of the windows are shut, the dust will still get in. When I spent a month in Moab earlier this year, we had a couple crazy 24+ hour windstorms that left every surface in my RV covered in fine red dust, despite all the windows being closed shut as hard as possible. And it was HOT!

2. PROXIMITY TO LOVED ONES

Maybe this gripe should be #1, but I put it at #2 because it’s totally optional (as is everything in road life.) Although it’s a huge bummer to be away from family and friends, it’s always a choice and the great thing about having a home on wheels is you can drive wherever you want to meet up with loved ones if you’re lonely. But, it really is a struggle as a solo RVer. I miss my boyfriend, I miss my family, and I miss my friends. This is all temporary though and the adventures I’m having while young and able-bodied are priceless!

The great thing is ever since joining the Xscapers, I have a huge community of great friends on the road and it’s much easier to bump into people now!

2.5….. Seeing incredible sights all alone and having nobody to share it with!

This one doesn’t get its own number because it fits in with proximity to loved ones, but it’s a little different, in that I’m not just far from the sticks-and-bricks-lives of the people I love, but I also usually have to enjoy my adventures alone.

That’s not always the case, though. Between the Xscapers and a few trips from my favorite people, I have gotten to see some amazing sights with loved ones… like Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon national parks with my mom, Austin, TX with my beau, and Mexico/Los Algodones with my Xscapers crew.

3. LEGAL LIFE LOGISTICS

Have you ever tried to get a bank account as a nomad? Did you know that the Patriot Act REQUIRES everyone to have a legal residence address that the government can find you at as needed? This makes things like banking, voting, legal auto registration, & insurance issues a bunch of painful, annoying hoops to jump through.

While I could gripe about all of that all day, I’ll just say it’s best to figure out all of your logistics while you still have a permanent address, and all of those issues still don’t interfere with the beauty and freedom of RV life on the road.

Also, not to keep beating a dead horse, but this is another reason to join Xscapers/Escapees… they advocate for full-timers on these exact topics, as evidenced by the recent voting rights questions that St Brendan’s Isle is experiencing in Florida right now.

 

BONUS… your house is your vehicle!

This one isn’t annoying enough to get its own place in this post, but it is worth mentioning. The best thing about RVing is also the worst – if something goes wrong on your RV that you can’t fix yourself, your ability to stay in your living quarters during repair are dictated by who can do what repairs and where. If something breaks or you get stuck, you have to solve that problem to keep living your life.

I’ve been very lucky (and thankfully, handy enough, and surrounded by others who are even handier) so far that I’ve never had to be put up in a hotel or worry about what I’ll do with miss Trixi during RV repairs, but this is definitely an issue to accept as a reality you’ll have to deal with eventually on the road.

Do you think I’m spot on with these issues? Off the mark? Do you feel the same? Let me know in the comments! <3what I’ve learned in 2 years on the road

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3 Comments
  • Barb Blehm
    July 14, 2018

    We’ve never lost our bank account because of full timing. And if you have a mail order address like South Dakota then you have a real address of there’s a problem. There are many of these. So I’m confused why this is on your list?

    • Hannah
      July 14, 2018

      Thanks for stopping by Barb! I didn’t lose any accounts but have been unable to open new business accounts. All banks require a physical address and forwarding services no longer fulfill this requirement due to the patriot act. I also have a number of residential addresses I can use (including my own domicile residence address), however throughout numerous tries, no business has been willing to accept any of them because I don’t have a) utilities, b) proof of a lease (and when I did send this they rejected it), or c) property tax proof. I found that every bank I tried to open an account with required pretty much the same items and accepted none of my proof. They wanted to know where I physically lived, would not accept my legal physical address, and would stop talking to me/close the app once I told them about my nomad status.

  • Andrea Cozette Hatfield
    July 21, 2018

    Until my camper van is paid off, I live full-time as a truck driver in my sleeper cab. I totally get the wind issue. The truck will rock and move during high winds and sometimes can be unsafe to drive if the wind is too strong.
    I also understand the loneliness of not having someone to share adventures with. I’ve been there although now I’m lucky enough to have a man who loves it as much as I do. Good luck.

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