Welcome to My Full-Time RV Living LifeStyle Blog!

I suppose I should mention that this is an RV blog. The picture of me standing beside a motorhome in the banner probably tipped you off to that fact already, but you know how it is with blogs, any body can put anything in the header.

Anyways, I was born, raised, and live in Maine, I have 12 cats, and some people would call me homeless. Nope, I have a home, I just don't have what people call a standard house. My house has wheels and her name is Rosebud. My backyard stretches on for thousands and thousands of miles all the way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

Once upon a time I had a "regular home" but a flood came and took it away. Me and my cats spent the next 3 years living under a 8x6 tarp and survived through 3 blizzards and Maine's coldest winter on record when the temps hit -48F. After that me and the cats moved in a Volvo. As hard as it is to live in a tent with 12 cats, it's even harder to live in a Volvo with 12 cats, and a motorhome named No Hurry was the answer. No Hurry: my home, my office, my RV.

I plan to use this blog to share my thoughts, ideas, adventures, and advice on being self-employed, living and working a full-time RV LifeStyle with an army of cats, while boondocking in the wonderful (and sometimes sub-zero) state of Maine.

I hope to write a post a day featuring random thoughts as they pop into my head, and hopefully 2 or 3 posts per week will focus on something helpful to those seeking to live in an RV full time. If you've any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on what sort of posts you'd like to see me write, please comment and let me know.

I hope you all have as much fun reading this blog as I know I'll have writing it.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

RV Fultiming "Winter Camping" Questions

I'm not new to "winter camping" or 24/7 year round boondocking. I live in an area that gets 5 to 7 months of snow (more on a "cold" year), and usually spends 2 of those months at temps of -20F to -48F before wind chill factors (and living on the coast, we get a lot of high winds all year long). I lived fulltime in a tent since 2006 (no electricity, no running water, etc), during that time we had 3 blizzards (one which buried my tent under 9 feet of snow), 2 ice storms, and 5 hurricanes. So, extreme winter camping is a lifestyle for me. I love the cold and snow, I avoid the heat and hot climates.

I'm upgrading. I'm moving out of the tent and into a motorhome. I have not bought it yet, but the one I'm planning to buy is a 1988 Class A 31' Georgie Boy TravelMaster. (Which has already been customized for fulltime boondocking, thus why I'm trying for this one first.) If they sell it before I come up with the cash to pay for it, I've got a few "back-up RVs" on my list, all are 1980s Class As. (After spending 2 years going in and out of every new and used RV, MH, TT, 5Th in the state I came to the conclusion I prefer the Class As of the '80s.)

So, here's the thing. I've never lived in a motorhome before. This is going to be a totally new thing for me (as well as being the LARGEST living space I've had in 36 years - I lived in a 16'x9' beach cabin before the tent.). And me, living in the types of places I like to live I'm going to have to make sure it gets winterized for some heavy duty super cold regions. (Once in the motorhome I plan to spend a lot of time boondocking between Maine, Quebec, Yukon, Alaska, Colorado, etc, exploring the coldest iciest parts of North America - it'll likely never see a warm day again once I own it!).

So my question is: what the heck do I need to do to my motorhome to winterize it? Does anyone have any advice on "RV Boondocking" in extreme cold regions


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  1. Well, ah, um. Let's rethink this a bit. Seems to me that you're living pretty much like a Bear. No house. No phone. No water, or gas, or toilet, or electricity.
    Are you sure you're not an EelBear, with a bunch of cats? I dunno.
    I'd say you're living a fascinating life. Not easy, by modern standards, but fascinating. And with enough time to write, and cook minimally, and clean a bit, and travel some.
    I still think you're a Bear trapped in human skin, just like me.

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