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.

~Wendy

Friday, December 21, 2012

FAQs: Is my income enough to RV full time?


I plan to sell the house in February to go full-time RVing. I plan to spend 5 years exploring Canada and South America. I only have half the trip planned and there is so much to learn. I hope to get some good advice. My biggest issues right now is knowing if my income will be enough and what kind of RV would be the best for this trip.


ANY income can be enough - depends on your fulltiming style - remember a FullTime RVer is different than s FullTime RV Traveler. One LIVES in the RV full time, but may be parked in one spot for months or years to a time, while the other, also lives full time in their RV but moves from one place to the next several times a years - that'll effect how much income you need.

 My income is currently $200 a month, yes, less total per year than the "average American" earns in a single month. However, I'm parked more than moving, so use very little gas; last time I filled her up it was $91, and she's a 21' Class C van conversion, so her tanks are much smaller than what a full size Class A would take...you'll have to figure out how much actual driving you'll be doing, to figure out how much you'll need for gas - I know one guy who says he spend $500 a month on gas in his Class A, but they drive fulltime. Me $91 has last 8 months, I've hardly moved her, so tank's still near full. If I was moving from place to place a lot I wouldn't be able to do it on my income.

From your post, sound like you plan to be the travelling type, so gas money is going to be your biggest expense. Other stuff, depends on your lifestyle: you'll likely eat the same food you do now, but lacking storage space you'll be buying food every week instead of every month or so. (That was probably the hardest change for me - getting used to not having 7 or 8 months of food supply, and having to remember I only have room to buy a weeks worth of food at a time). You'll likely buy less, use electronics less, reduce your wardrobe down to 3 or 4 changes and never buy cloths again.

Boondocking is cheaper than campground which are cheaper than resorts - figure out where you'll park to figure out how much money you'll need for that. I've seen parks as cheap as $10 a night and as high as $500 a night, most seem to be about $40 a night. Are you going full hook ups or will you be doing the generator/solar power way? Each has it's own expenses.

Overall from talking to a lot of fellow full timers it seems the average income I hear most of them say "works for them" is in the $500 a month range, yet I meet one couple in a 48' Class C towing an Escalade who said they were thinking of giving fulltiming up, because he had just lost his job as a stock broker and "can't imagine how we'll survive on less than $200,000 a year" ...?!?!?! I was like - wait - what? From what I gathered, apparently they traveled every day and only stayed at the $500 a night type of resorts, and did lots of shopping to send lots of very expensive trinkets back to lots of grandkids. I was like - wow! I can't even imagine sticks&brick dwellers with that kind of income or lifestyle - how in the heck do you find enough stuff to spend $200,000 a year on! Than on the other end of the scale I meet a woman who lives in a VW Bus/van on zero income at all and gets everything she needs out of dumpsters and trash cans, and powers her van on vegie oil. So yeah, I guess you can make the lifestyle as cheap or as rich as you want to make it! LOL!

Basically, the way I see it, based on stuff I've learned from others and from my own experience, whatever income you are living on right now - you'll only need a third of that once you start full-timing, because about 2/3 of your expenses disappear when you get rid of your house.



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Ever wonder what it was like to live with Autism? 
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I have Autism. For more of my life I rarely spoke and was considered "too crazy" to ever live a normal life. I communicated via writing instead of vocally. I did not attend school. Psychologists said I would never drive a car, never get a job, never go to college, never function as a meaningful member of society, never be able to take care of myself or live on my own. They said there was no hope for me, I would need full-time care my whole life. 
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My progression was long and slow and very hard. Things other people found easy to do (getting dressed, brushing teeth/hair, walking across the street, etc,) I found extremely confusing and hard to learn. I was prone to wandering off and getting lost (I still am). Driver's ed takes most people a few weeks to learn - it took me 5 years. 
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I determined to prove the doctors wrong, but it was far harder to do, than most people would imagine. I got my first job working at Macy's at age 30 (a very difficult job as I had to deal one on one with customers and I still at that point was not talking in a manner that could be understood by others). I got my GED at age 34. I got my driver's license at age 35. I started college at age 36. By age 37 I had become a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Student and I was finally able to speak to others in full spoken verbal conversation for the first time in my life. 
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Something that people often say to me is: "You don't look retarded, you look normal, you seem to be getting by okay, why is it that you need adult supervision?"
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One of the reasons why an adult with Autism needs “adult supervision” is their brain does not tell them they are in pain. Was just commenting on the FaceBook status of a friend who got hurt, and it occurred to me that a lot of people don’t understand how it is I had 4 root channels awake and without pain meds, or how I also sat through reconstructive surgery on my face, after having my lip ripped off by a rooster, or again when I had surgery for CTS, or how I can go weeks with a broken bone and not know it is broken. Over the years, people who really, really, REALLY know me well, have come to know that if I say the words “I hurt” than, I’m in a state of needing to have been taken to the hospital, several weeks ago, as doctors put it “her propensity for pain is astounding, look at what I’m doing, she’s not even flinching and I haven’t given her anything for the pain”.
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When I went to the dentist, because my teeth hurt, the girl at the desk told him “she can wait, she doesn’t seem to be in any pain” an hour later he was giving her hell for not rushing me to the hospital, because my jaw was so bad I needed surgery to remove my teeth and have a plate put in. (yes, I have false teeth on one side of my jaw) .
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I am thinking of all the times I have required major medical repairs, because I didn’t know I was hurt and it took those around me several weeks to realize, I don’t respond emotionally or physically to pain.  I fell down and hurt my arm last year – did the ice thing: for 3 days, than Ben comes over and asks me “what’s wrong with your arm?”, and I tell him I fell down and it hurts, can’t move it, but I’m okay; he looks at it than next thing I know he’s in a panic driving me to the hospital. Yep, it was broken and I didn’t know it. 
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The doctors where baffled at why the hell did I wait 3 days to go to the hospital, than they look at my medical records “oh, Autism, that’s why”, unfortunately, one of the stranger symptoms of Autism is, a numbing of the senses, the whole being allergic to everything from sunlight to wool to food, means my body is so used to hurting, that when I’m hurt really bad, it doesn’t send a message to my brain telling me I need help, instead my brain goes “ho hum, more pain, so what?” and the chemicals that are suppose to be triggered to tell me “hey, I’m hurt really bad here, I need to go to the hospital” don’t kick in, so I can go for days (or weeks as was the case when I broke my hip 2 years ago) before someone around me notices somethings wrong, and asks “hey, why are you limping”, and I’ll say “oh, got beaten up a few weeks back, hurt my leg, couldn’t walk for the first few weeks”…”why didn’t you go to the hospital”…”it doesn’t hurt that bad”…”but, it’s a broken bone!” … “really?”
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It’s one of the reasons I need “adult supervision  in spite of being in my 40′s, because my brain doesn’t pick up on the fact that I’ve been injured.
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I suppose more frightening than “not knowing” I’m injured is when I have a stroke and continue on my day like normal, but wander around with out a clue where I am or who any one is. I’ve had 3 strokes in the past 3 years, that’s why I keep forgetting things when playing D&D, I mean, I know every edition of this game inside out and I’ll be mid game and suddenly have no a clue what to do. I had a stroke again, a few weeks ago, that week I missed the game session, when I told my friend I wasn’t feeling good, I had spent most of the day wandering around the campus without a clue where I was or what I was doing there, missed my classes that day because I couldn’t find the buildings, I only randomly meet up with my friend and for some reason remembered I was suppose to play a game that night, otherwise I wouldn’t have known to tell her I was going home.
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It’s upsetting actually, to know you are in a place where you should know where you are, but just not recognize anything. I’ve been without “adult supervision” 6 years now, and for the most part I do good, but it’s when I get hurt/injured/sick that I run into trouble, because my brain just lacks whatever it is it needs that would normally tell me to go to a hospital.  I’ve got a permanent injury now from waiting so long before realizing my leg was broken. 
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Autism is noted for being an illness so painful that the brain shuts down and stops registering the pain. This is why Autistics have their strange little jerks, twitches, and jumpy movements - these are times when pain is registered in our brain. The extreme constant pain is caused by over stimulation of things we are allergic to: lights, sounds, touch, most all foods, most all fabrics, tags in clothes, etc, etc, etc. There are so many things irritating our bodies all at once, that the brain doesn't know which pain to go after first, so it just shuts down and tells us to sit on the floor and hum a song until the pain goes away.
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Unfortunately another symptom of Autism is being very clumsy, having a lack of proper balance, and thus fallen down frequently, having extreme difficulty maneuvering on stairs and uneven terrain (all this being a result of the fact that our brain is so out of whack because there is so much pain going on, that it can not focus on walking steady) which means I'm more prone to fall and become injured than the average person, but being so used to pain that my brain ignore extra pain also means that even though I am getting hurt more than normal, I'm also getting treatment for said injuries less than normal because I don't realize I've injured myself (not even when gushing blood, as was the case when the rooster ripped my lip off), unless another person is there to point out said injury, or in such instances as the day I tried to walk away and discovered I could not move because may hand had been shut in the door, which was locked and I had to wait for someone with a key to come along and open the door, by which time my fingers had turned black from lack of circulation - pain ignored - I only noticed my hand was shut in a locked door because I was unable to walk away from the door. This is why I need adult supervision.)
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This is the reality of life with Autism.

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Now you can find out what it's like Being an Adult with Autism

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Good morning Starshine! Liked this post? Looking to connect with me online? I love social networks and am on most of them. You can find me on: BloggerEtsyFaceBookGoogle+Keen, LinkedInMySpaceNaNoWriMoProBoardsScript FrenzySpoonflowerSquidooTwitterULC Ministers NetworkWordpress, and Zazzle Feel free to give me a shout any  time. Many blessings to you, may all your silver clouds be lined with rhinestones and sparkle of golden sunshine. Have yourself a great and wonderful glorious day!

~Rev. Wendy C. Allen aka Empress EelKat of Laughing Gnome Hollow



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3 comments:

  1. That is one awesome plan you got there. I hope you'll be able to push through with it whenever you have the resources to do so. You will surely meet new people and learn a lot more stuff in all of those years you're planning to spend on traveling.

    Tobias Thrash

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    1. Yes indeed! Going to different places makes you realize what makes one place different than the other when it comes to culture, food, clothing, and everything else! I'd love to learn a lot of new things from different people from different parts of the country! Good luck with your plan!


      Tia Oshields

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  2. Have you pushed through with your plan? Traveling to different places and seeing unfamiliar things is what makes it so exciting! I mean, the opportunity to mingle with other people, to experience new cultures, and to try out food that's only available locally are all very enticing, right? I hope that you're still pursuing this plan. Good luck!

    Delena Millener

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