We want to always be as open and honest with you as possible. So we thought it was important to be transparent with this news of a big change.
Marshall and I have officially ended our 'full-time RVers' status! We are now part-time. We got a landing pad and now we are roommates!
It was 'time'. For Marshall, he'd been at it, mostly full-time boondocking for 6.5 years.
For myself (Kelly), it had been 5.5 years of full-time boondocking. And I LOVED it!
Until I didn't.
What happened? Did I intend to live in an RV full-time forever? (no) I simply didn't have an exit plan.
But I had zero idea when it would hit that I once again wanted a landing pad. Well, it finally hit. Here are the reasons why I, and Marshall, decided at the same time that we were both ready to hang up our full-time RV hats.
We are all moved in and have settled into the house/roommate life really well so far!
(I, Kelly, wasn't so sure how that would go! We've never lived together and I haven't had a roommate since 2000!)
Here are our reasonings (that you may resonate with if you're full-time) that finally pulled us out of the full-time RV life.
Yes, The Pandemic Played A Part
Ok, so the COVID-19 pandemic wasn't the main reason, but it certainly contributed to new difficulties and took away a big part of what made full-time RVing so much fun and so awesome:
The full-time friend gatherings.
Many of our boondocking friends hunkered down in campgrounds, bought homes, or got temporary digs. Because of this, we didn't get to see as many people as often as we wanted.
Total bummer. I don't care to be parked out on public lands all alone and with nobody hanging around. We did have friends parked with us here and there. But many couldn't join us.
And since there weren't as many people on the road still, the options of 'where to go' were less. (We typically go places based on who is around to meet up with.)
And the Xscapers convergences are done with until COVID isn't a big threat anymore. But mostly, just not being able to see this person or that person because they were needing to quarantine... well, it sucks.
For the first 5 months of the pandemic, I was in Florida to help out my mom. But when I got back out West, COVID was in full swing and getting worse.
This made it more uncomfortable going to new local grocery stores, we wondered if public lands be closed, would states shut down travel, it was just harder than usual to RV full-time.
Though my style of RVing was the PERFECT solution to a pandemic. I was mostly out where no other people were nearby. Except friends parked with me/us.
Still... everything was an unknown for a while there. We had talked about getting tired of the hardship side of full-time RVing and BOTH happened to start feeling (at the same time) like it wasn't so fun anymore. We were getting tired.
Boondocking takes a LOT more work than staying for longer periods of time in campgrounds.
Apparently 5.5 and 6.5 Years Of Full-Time Travel Were Enough
So it wasn't just the pandemic. I think we had both started feeling a little bored and frustrated with the lifestyle around the end of 2019.
For me, it felt like life became just 'work, then socialize/play'. I wanted something more. Something, anything else to do.
Some type of project to be working on. And Marshall felt the same. We both wanted opportunities to do things in the community that weren't possible when one has to keep moving on.
At the very least, a house would provide projects galore. I've contemplated investing again in real estate (rentals). Maybe taking classes of some sort somewhere. Can't do that when you have to leave the area in two weeks.
Again, Marshall felt the same way. Moving to the next spot was becoming a chore. A 'must-do' instead of a 'can't wait!' type of thing.
Often we would visit the same boondocking spots over and over. Why? Because boondocking only HAS certain places and spots.
This is especially true when you need to have good cellular connection at your spot. That becomes limiting as well.
Therefore, each 'new' spot often wasn't new anymore. SO, It just, well, it changed for me. The time for a new chapter had come.
More Options Feels Better
It's not like we can't travel anymore. Either of us can leave tomorrow and go wherever we want. Having the OPTION to go or to be still is great! It's not like either of us are getting a job here and won't be able to be mobile. Nope.
I/Marshall can hit the road in an hour if the urge strikes. Having the option to move instead of being required to move is great. Right now, we are tired. I want to hang here for a bit.
Where Did We End Up?
Welp, during our conversations about stopping the full-time life, I had decided I wanted to buy another house. I asked Marshall if he'd want to live there, too, as my roommate.
He did. We get along so well, and it helps to be together to run the business, that it just seemed the natural thing to do. So far so good!
In December of 2020 I bought a house with acreage in Marana, AZ. It's south of the Phoenix area and Northwest of Tucson.
It makes for a great winter place as we are forced down here every winter ANYWAY, but this way I/we don't have to move to the same old boring spots basically waiting it out for spring to hit.
Our travel trailers are parked on the property and I have room for farm animals/horses if that day ever comes where I want them and I have someone to take care of them while I am away.
More Time For Camp Addict!
Oh, no worries, we are NOT quitting Camp Addict. Quite the opposite.
Moving days, which as a boondocker, happen right around every two weeks, take up a lot of our time. Then, refilling up on water or propane while there also takes up time.
So does figuring out (or remembering) where the dang slivered almonds are at the nearest grocery store.
It all takes time. We realized that without having to move so often, we would have more time to work on Camp Addict. We could have parked in a campground somewhere to do this, but if you know me/us, you KNOW we despise campgrounds.
And why pay as much or more monthly each for a campground when I could invest my otherwise barely-interest earning money into real estate and pay less and not deal with all the crap that comes with campgrounds?
It was a smarter decision than campground life (barf!), one that worked for myself and for Marshall as well.
Camp Addict will only benefit from this. We have plenty of content ready to teach others about what they want and need to know in order to have safe, fun times while RVing.
And we plan to keep RVing!
Oh, The Glorious Comforts Of Sticks And Bricks!
So, as much as I have LOVED the full-time RV life, one does start to miss the benefits of living in sticks and bricks:
- Not feeling every gust of wind and hearing every rain drop during a storm.
- Being able to stay cleaner/less dust on things or mud/dirt on shoes.
- Being able to get to know the local wildlife.
- Not needing to be so frugal with water usage.
- Being able to use ANY appliance (and not limit time using) with this endless 120v power!!
- Having a washer and dryer.
- I have a DISHWASHER!! Holy cow, I hadn't had one of those... in over 15 years or so maybe?
- Having tons of storage space. (Can't believe we have basically filled the kitchen cabinets! HOW??)
- Utilizing a nice outside space (covered) to sit and enjoy sunsets and/or to work.
- Getting to use a real kitchen! Also, I have an oven again!
- RELIABLE INTERNET!!!!
We have been here about a month- and YES it has been nice! Have I missed my RV? A little bit.
But for the most part, I've been enjoying the comforts of a house life.
We had CRAZY storms yesterday, so bad that I was a touch nervous INSIDE THE HOUSE! Was very glad not to be in the RV.
It's things like that. It's not why I/we stopped full-timing. We just very much enjoy having these things again.
When Might We RV Again?
Well, probably not until this spring or summer (of 2021). But we shall see if I or Marshall have ants in our pants by then or not. (And if the Arizona heat drives us out!)
It's hard to say or know. I do feel called to the mountains, as always. But not during snow and freezing cold times.
I'll be a fair-weather RVer! LOL.
A few of our good full-time friends also purchased properties, most of them in Colorado. Likely I/we will be visiting them unless they hit the road at that time, too.
Marshall seems to think he probably won't RV this summer. Again- we shall see. It gets VERY hot here, and this house has NO trees around it. (I'm going to be planting some.)
So it willlll be hot. Might drive us out for a couple of months.
For now, I am looking out the window at my backyard. The backdrop is all the snow on the Catalina Mountains and Mt. Lemmon. Glorious!
And guess what? I/we don't have to move in two weeks.
Author: Kelly Beasley
He-llllo. I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona.