Florida to Massachusetts: 10 Lessons from Three Weeks on the Road

Florida to Massachusetts: 10 Lessons from Three Weeks on the Road

Three weeks ago, I hitched up my camper, headed north, and thought “What the hell am I doing?”  Waving goodbye to my family, I suddenly seriously questioned my whole plan. “I’ve only ever driven this thing an hour and a half down the road. I’ve never even pulled it through a gas station.” The most reasonable plan was to circle the block and pull back into the driveway, but the only thing scarier than going through with this journey was giving up on it, so I gripped the wheel a little tighter and left home behind.

Since then, I’ve learned so much about the realities of full-time RVing that my memory of my first day feels like the distant past—way back when I knew next to nothing about this lifestyle, a whole twenty-one days ago.

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Less Waste in Less Space: My Commitment to Create Less Waste in My Camperlife

Less Waste in Less Space: My Commitment to Create Less Waste in My Camperlife

April Twenty-Second marks the 49th annual celebration of Earth Day, so it’s a good time to address an obvious contradiction in my decision to move into a camper. I’m giving up the comforts of a stationary house because I want to wake up in a camp spot shaded by fir trees still fresh with morning dew and see a lake, or a mountain, or a family of deer from my window and then move to another beautiful camp spot with a different beautiful natural view. I value my time in nature more than I value square footage—aren’t I such a progressive Earth lover. But my adventure is dependent on a gas guzzling, 6,000 pound, V6 engine truck. The further I roam, the more crap I’m spitting into the atmosphere and the more fossil fuels I’m sucking from the earth. In an attempt to offset the damage I will be doing to our planet, I’m committing myself to think more deeply about the waste I’m producing.

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Honeybear and Me: It’s Complicated

Honeybear and Me: It’s Complicated

My relationship status with Honeybear the camper has moved from “head over heels in love, through thick and thin, “Here’s looking at you, Kid’” to “it’s complicated.”

For the last month and a half, I’ve spent almost all my free hours working on Honeybear. I’ve worked by lantern light after my day job, I’ve put in 10 hours days during my time off, I’ve listened to entire podcast seasons fixing problems, and I’ve been to the hardware store more times than I can count…

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How I Turned a Camper Disaster into a Positive: Part Two

How I Turned a Camper Disaster into a Positive: Part Two

In my last post, “How I Turned a Camper Disaster into a Positive,” I described repairs made to Honeybear after discovering a water leak. At the end of those repairs, the camper was structurally sound, but not livable. Plywood stood for a floor, raw walls displayed my inability to cut a straight line, and the bed was a sketch on the back of an IKEA receipt. Today, the camper needs a few minor adjustments, but it looks a whole lot better than it did a week ago.

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How I Turned a Camper Disaster into a Positive

How I Turned a Camper Disaster into a Positive

I refused to believe them. I was not going to completely rebuild the damn camper; it survived for thirty-five years, now I just needed it to last one more. That weekend, I decided to replace the section of the wall, re-caulk around the window, and call it a day. I’d finish the whole project in time to see Captain Marvel at the drive-in.

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