Going even tinier…

There is a pretty big possibility that we (my husband, dog, and I) are going to go even tinier than this tiny apartment we currently reside in. We are seriously considering selling most of our stuff, and moving into an RV full time.

 

Vintage-RV-Layton-7

I found this beauty on  Google search. It’s so pretty!

 

Housing costs have sky-rocketed in the province of British Columbia (thanks, Vancouver, and your dang housing crisis!), which is where we live, and we are fed up with it all. Although our apartment building is rent controlled, we are in the midst of this huge housing crisis that is continually growing worse.

In our neighbourhood (downtown Vancouver’s West End), for example, older, low-rise buildings are being torn down one after another and slick, shiny condominium towers are going up in their place. Single-story commercial buildings lining Davie Street are also being torn down. It’s slowly losing its charm and becoming a shiny, new, elitist neighbourhood completely devoid of soul or character. People displaced from those low-rise apartments can no longer afford to stay in the neighbourhood that’s been their home for decades (in many cases), and are being forced to start over somewhere new. Some of them end up homeless. There are more homeless people living on the streets of Vancouver than ever before.

It’s painful to see what’s happening to the neighbourhood we have loved for so long. So we feel the need to leave.

We are fortunate in that we both work from wherever we happen to have an internet connection. So we could live anywhere, really. This kind of makes me want to move to Halifax! But the reality of it is that we don’t want to live that far away from our families. Canada is a very big place. If we move to the other side of the country, it’s just too dang far from all the people we love on this side.

So, after a great deal of thought and discussion, visiting different cities across Western Canada, weighing various pros and cons, looking at apartments in many different cities and neighbourhoods, we have decided we can’t commit to anything at this point. We are going to get an RV and live in that for a while.

It’s kind of brilliant, if you think about it. You can try on any city you want for a while, and if you hate it, you can just drive your house to the next place. It’s the ultimate way of life for restless, nomadic souls like my husband and me.

It won’t be as big a downsize as our move to the tiny apartment was. It’s simply the next step. A natural progression, really.

Shasta_Airflyte

I have a thing for vintage Shasta trailers. (Photo credit:  vintageshasta.net) Isn’t it just the cutest thing? Those Thor wings, though!

And we are SO excited about it! This move, if all goes to plan, will happen towards the end of summer. This is a perfect time for the move for three reasons: a) we get to spend the summer in Vancouver; b) it’s the best time to buy an RV because lots of them are sold at the end of summer and you can get great deals; and c) my husband will have ample time to get his business launched during the early part of the summer and by the end of the summer, it will be a much less stressful time for a move.

Also, if all goes to plan, we hope to spend a couple of years living this nomadic lifestyle, during which time we will save up enough money to buy a hunk of land somewhere (probably in the Okanagan area), and build a container home on it. This is the dream.

So, my question is: does anyone have any advice or helpful tips for someone considering living in an RV full time for a couple of years? I’d love to hear from anyone who’s done it or is doing it, some of the pros and cons, or anything, really.

Thanks for reading!

19 thoughts on “Going even tinier…

  1. That sounds like an adventure! I really like the idea of being able to “move your home” wherever you please. And the container dream sounds really cool. I can picture what your vision board would look like. Decide what you want, then set things in motion to bring it into reality! 😎

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  2. With apologies for the delay on my promise … I follow a couple fulltimer blogs, but I found this ginormous list that has a bunch for you: https://www.roverpass.com/blog/rv-lifestyle-blogs-2015/

    Please keep us posted on your decision-making journey! We’re doing an RV-purchasing hunt now. I will probably be blogging about that, although the weekend-with-kids wishlist is going to be a lot different from the fulltimer wishlist. (How I love love love that little yellow fellow, though!) 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for the link! I will definitely keep you all posted on this journey. Best of luck to you and you family on your rv hunt! (Love the yellow one SO much!) 😊 thanks again!

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  3. Me again. Found a blog post this morning that was right on point for you. My sister and her husband are undertaking a school bus renovation like this blogger recommends. They do say, however, that school bus “renos” are unwelcome in most RV parks and some campgrounds, so that’s something to factor in as you think about how your lifestyle’s going to look.
    http://thefrugalrver.com/2017/05/10/this-is-how-you-can-buy-a-custom-rv-for-under-15000/

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    • Ooh a skoolie! How exciting! Best of luck to your sister and her husband. Thanks for the link! I’m going to go check it out right now… (by the way, I spent at least an hour looking at that wheelingit site – they have so much good info!)

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  4. If you’re on Facebook, join the RV to Freedom group. It’s all about helping us newbies make the transition to full-time RV life. Brandon & Kerensa, who run the group, are “Drive, Dive, Devour” on the web & just about every major social media channel. They’ve lived and worked full time in their RV for at least the last few years.

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  5. At the risk of causing information overload, I found out about a new resource for us RV newbs that is worth checking out: https://campaddict.com. Even though they just launched, the people behind it are experienced RVers. It’s a combination of a guide for what you do and do not need to worry about, and comprehensive reviews and recommendations for things you’ll probably have to buy.

    They use affiliate links to support the site, but IMO the depth of their guides & reviews is worth more than the 4¢ (or whatever) Amazon gives them when we buy something. Also means there’s not a bunch of annoying ads cluttering up the site 🙂

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