We’ve been full time RVing in a mobile home for 4 months and we have barely had any time to keep up with our blogs. It’s amazing what can eat up your time in a day. Currently, we don’t have jobs that are sustaining us on the road, but I suppose if we did, then we wouldn’t travel place to place as much, but since we don’t know how long we could be traveling for, we like to see as much as we can before it all ends.
What takes up our whole day? Since being in a bit warmer weather, it’s been easier to get up in the morning. The blankets aren’t keeping us under the covers for so long. But since daylights savings, we have less daylight, so we try to make the most out of our day.
We generally eat in for most meals unless we are in certain cities, so cooking can take up a lot of time. We try to make big pots of soup, but they never last long enough. Our fridge is only so big so we can’t really prep a lot. We generally eat very simple, meat and veggies. non processed foods, except for the occasional chips or tortillas for tacos. Vinny loves his tacos. It’s usually taco everything or put an egg on anything for breakfast (dinner leftovers & ect). Since we eat in most of the time and we have little cupboard and fridge space, we have to get grocers pretty often. Cleaning after meals can take a lot of time, if we are on the move. We have such a small space that we are always shuffling things around and we have to clean up before we make the next move, even if it’s just a short drive.
On top of cleaning, every 3-5 days, we have to dump our black and grey tanks and fill up on water and do random maintenance. The other day we spent a whole day in a small town getting an oil change, filter change, tire rotation because it’s hard to find very many places that will do those things for a RV, surprisingly. We’ve been in a few cities where they are booked out for weeks or an month ahead of time and since we don’t stay anywhere for that long, we can’t get our oil changed.
We may stay somewhere for a week or a day, so that requires planning ahead of time. We can spend so much time researching our next destination, so that eats up some time. Where will we stay next and the most affordable place that we could find on the road. Since plans can change at anytime, we have to be ready for the next place. Today we thought we found a place to stay for the night, so we drove a couple of hours to get there. The last mile, we were on a rough gravel road going about 5mph and saw signs that said ‘Day Use Only’. That’s not what the Allstays app said. We drove for a while longer thinking that maybe it was down the road some more. We checked out the Freecamping.net site and found a comment saying that camp spot didn’t exist anymore. We noticed that the signs looked pretty fresh and that it was some electrical company. Seems like the land got sold. So that changed our plan significantly because there weren’t many options for camping in that area. And then the next spot, the GPS was giving the wrong direction…
Our daily activities can take up quite a bit of time. We might end up at a rock climbing destination. Heck, looking for a climbing route can take a long time, especially when we have limited options (still building up our outdoor climbing skill levels) and using mountain project, an app for finding climbing routes. We would buy books for every climbing destination, but that would be spendy. If we aren’t climbing, we might be biking or hiking and depending on the hike, that could take up the whole day. We also spend our days taking photographs, so of course we have to spend a lot of time editing the photos. Then trying to keep up with social media is another thing.
Driving the RV slows us up. When google says 2 hours, it takes us more like 3 hours.
[Laundry, reading, eating, finding a good spot to park a large vehicle when running errands, stopping because you find something interesting on the road, lounging in the morning, researching because we are always in a new community (groceries, things to do, where to get an oil change, propane or gas…, meeting people on the road, taking the dog on walks, keeping up with reading], making things from scratch. When you need internet/phone service, staring at your phone until you can get service to search for info. Making time to keep in touch with your friends and family, kinda hard without service. Sometimes trying to make a perfect blog post can take time, so today for the sake of time. No edits, just get it published. That’s okay, right? Clearly, we haven’t traveled long enough to have a good system going between the both of us.