BACKGROUND/BIO: Two years ago, I decided I had already ‘done all the things’ that we are programmed to do in normal American life. I graduated high school, did some college, got a couple of trades under my belt, worked hard, got married, bought a few houses, got a dog, divorced, then lived in the same house and had the same job for the last 15 years. Blah blah blah.
In 2014, my last long relationship ended. I looked around my house and thought, ‘What now? I don’t want a roommate, and I don’t want to live alone in my 3br 2 ba house. It’s way bigger than I need.’
The spark to live differently had always been with me, and suddenly I was totally free to try to launch into that new life.
Six months later, I had rented out the house, sold all the crap I had accumulated in the last 20 years or so, bought my truck and travel trailer and I was gone! I hit the road and I haven’t looked back. That was 2 years ago.
I’ve been living happily on public lands or ‘moochdocking’ here and there ever since. This doesn’t suck, guys! Check out the deets:
THE RIG: I bought a 2010 Crossroads Slingshot 24’ travel trailer. I hated the floorpan within about a couple of months. Mostly I hated it because all the interior storage was pretty hard to get to. As I have rolled down the road, I have thrown most of that crap out the window. (Figuratively) Now it’s almost a non-issue. I like living with less and storage isn’t an issue. I pull it with a 2003 Toyota Tundra. It was very difficult to sell my 2004 Toyota Matrix only to buy another vehicle that was OLDER than my car! Had no idea trucks were so expensive. Oh, and 2wd. Big mistake for boondocking!
PETS: My dogs, known as ‘The Girls’, are a huge part of my life and my story. I don’t think I would want to RV solo without companions like them. Gizmo the chihuahua is only 2.4 lbs, and is much smaller in person than she is on camera. Everyone who meets her is surprised at how small she really is. I make a game out of asking people to find her in photos. She can disappear in a second! Trixie is a larger chihuahua and whatever mix. She’s the ZEN dog and everyone loves her to death. If I could clone her, I would be a millionaire.
CAMPING PREFERENCE: I only boondock. Why pay for noise, crowds, rules, and power? Boondocking is free, solar is free, it’s quiet, the views are better, and I can let my dogs out off-leash without worry that a neighbor’s dog will swallow Gizmo. MOST of the time I don’t have to worry about other dogs where I boondock. And I have embraced minimalism, so using solar and using as little water as possible much appeals to me, making boondocking perfect. I can go two weeks on my 20 gallon tank, MOST of the time.
- I put snow chains on the wrong tires on my truck then attempted to cross a mountain pass
- Another time, I didn’t put my chains on tight enough. I pulled out of the driveway, one chain came loose and caught on the brake line, sending me to a screeching halt. Well wait, actually there’s more. I have also tripped over my solar panel in the dark, gotten my rig stuck in a rut, left my RV power cord plugged into my truck overnight and killed the battery, forgotten to use my chocks and my rig rolled into my truck, and oh I could go on…
TOP SPOT: Holy moly, well that would be a tie between Upper Teton View in the Tetons, and Anvil Camping spot in Silverton, Co. Both are on campendium.com. Uh-maze-balls! You won’t find these views in campgrounds.
FAVORITE MOMENT: Gosh. This is getting tough! Lots of these. The top one has to be getting to see Moraine Lake in Banff. It was just a moment of thinking…’I have always wanted to see this. And I made it happen! This is real.’ RVing life made it possible. I couldn’t have afforded a flight to Canada, the cost of staying in a hotel, car rental, etc. I simply drove my house there. From Montana. Twice! This life is about making dreams come true.
WHY DID I DO THIS?: As I mentioned earlier, I came to a crossroads in life. I could either trudge forward with the same old same old, or I could make RV life a reality. If I gave up a few things, I could gain so much more. Now I live on the cheap, and will be spending money on things I WANT to spend it on, not on travel to and from work, a too-expensive rental or mortgage, high electricity bills, home repair, clothes to appear nice at work, etc. Life is more exciting. I haven’t been depressed a day on the road.
That’s me in a nutshell. Not knowing what would happen on this journey, I have ended up traveling with another nomad for the last year and we have started an RVing website called Camp Addict. NEVER in a million years did I think that I would be developing a website! Neverrrrrrrr. This is part of why I love this life- the adventures and the unexpected!