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Amy Coleman, Content Writer | RVer and Long-term resident at Rising Spirit RV Park in Liberty Hill, TX
Amy and Greg Coleman
So you want to live “small”

Living The RV Dream with Amy & Greg Coleman

Written by Amy Coleman | Content Writer & Rising Spirit RV Park, Long-Term RV  Park Resident.

When Greg first brought up the subject of selling the dream home we had built a mere 3 years earlier and becoming full-time RVers, my first internal reaction was:

“You want to do WHAT?”

We had worked hard to achieve that goal and it was startling to think about doing something so different. And after I let it sink in, I started evaluating our daily life. Which spaces did we use every day? Which spaces got used infrequently? I also started thinking about the work and effort required to keep that home clean and running smoothly. After some deep evaluation and thought, I talked it over with Greg.  We realized that we used three spaces day-in and day-out: the main bedroom, kitchen/living room, and main bath. We talked at length about how much we liked to travel and wanted to see as much of our big, beautiful country as we could before we are too old to do so. After talking about it for several weeks, we decided to take the plunge and put the house on the market.

Before the sign went into the yard, Greg started the deep research of RV brands to meet our tastes and needs with the best quality we could afford. After a full year on the market, the house finally sold, for MUCH less than we had hoped, so we had to resort to a used unit instead of brand new. And now, the search was on in earnest for a used 5th (fifth) wheel that was the quality and brand we wanted.

We chose a 5th wheel because we needed high ceilings for Greg’s height. He’s a tall guy (6’3”) and most pull behinds and Class A RVs have pretty low ceilings. Our living room/Kitchen area has ceilings that reached 11 feet. Because of the superior quality of the materials and construction, the brand we chose is tougher to find because people who own them usually stay in them for the long term. So we realized this search was going to take some time.

We are fortunate to have good friends who are generous and giving, one couple invited us to rent their spare bedroom and bathroom while we made our choice. We used the time to get our belongings out of the house and into three storage units. Yes, three. (one 10’ x 20’, one 10’ x 10’, and one 5’ x 10’)  Once we found our new home, we started the process of shedding ourselves of 3642 sq. ft. of furniture and other household items.

That is when the “real” fun began.

Rising Spirit is a long-term RV park near Austin and Georgetown located in Liberty Hill. Rising Spirit RV park near Georgetown, Round Rock, and Austin has recently expanded due to high demand. Contact our leasing office at (512) 229-6510  for availability, reservations, and to schedule your tour.

~ Living The RV Dream with Amy & Greg Coleman | Rising Spirit | Liberty Hill RV Park | Check out the Rising Spirit RV amenities!

Retro RV at Rising Spirit RV Park
Paring Down to the Essentials
Living the RV Dream with Amy & Greg Coleman
Written by Amy Coleman | Content Writer & Rising Spirit RV Park, Long-Term RV Park Resident.

Once we picked up our RV, we pulled it to a small RV Park near Austin to acclimate ourselves to living in that small space. Since it was used, we immediately scrapped the furniture that came with it, including a built-in sofa. Thankfully, we had saved a small sofa that fit the space perfectly, along with two leather recliners that we love. We had decided to stay in place for six months before we took our first big trip.

Of course, we brought way too much “stuff”. Too much kitchen equipment, too much clothing…….. too much period! Over the course of the next 6 months, we culled through everything and reduced to manageable levels everything we owned. This included going from three storage units to one 10’ x 20’ unit.

We also learned the ins and outs of RV living: maintenance, how to keep the clutter from building-up (a work in progress), how to drive this giant house on wheels, park it, hook up to power, water, and sewer, and a host of other daily tasks.

Finally, the most difficult task for us was organizing all of our essentials. This is a process that is always a work in progress for us. One very good rule we adopted was:  buy something, get rid of something. It works for us, and is something we’ve discussed with numerous other full-timers, and seems to be a pretty unanimous consensus.

So you may wonder if we got rid of enough stuff before our first trip … the answer to THAT question is a resounding NO!

What did we do after our first six months of RV living? We traveled a bit, of course!

Do you travel with your RV or are you a long-term parked RVer? Tell us in the comment section!

Looking to become an RVer? Trying the #vanlife soon? Check out my last blog post Living the RV dream | So you want to live small.  Read about our journey to hit the road in our new mobile tiny home.

Rising Spirit is a long-term RV park near Austin located in Liberty Hill. Rising Spirit RV park near Georgetown, Round Rock, and Austin has recently expanded due to high demand. Contact our leasing office at (512) 229-6510  for availability and reservations and to schedule your tour.

~ Living The RV Dream with Amy & Greg Coleman | Rising Spirit | Liberty Hill RV Park | Check out the Rising Spirit RV amenities!

Airstream
Wanderlust Can Be A Tough Taskmaster
Living the RV Dream with Amy & Greg Coleman
Written by Amy Coleman | Content Writer & Rising Spirit RV Park, Long-Term RV Park Resident.

Travel. That is what most full-time RVers want to do. Strike out on the road, see the country and the beauty of our amazing national parks. We were no different from others in this goal.

So six months after moving into our RV, we took off for a trip to California, Washington State, Montana, Yellowstone, and Colorado. What we didn’t count on or prepare for was what we encountered on that trip.

It happened to be the summer that California, Colorado, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana were on fire. We sought places that weren’t burning and enjoyed as much of our beautiful country as possible.

We made it to Buena Vista, Colorado for our first leg of the trip. There, we spent 10 days at a lovely campground. My sisters flew out and drove to Buena to meet us for a special “sister’s week”. The beauty of Colorado is not taken in on one trip, and we didn’t even try!

After a week with my sisters, we started the journey to Sacramento, California to visit my son and two other kids for a 60th birthday celebration (mine). That leg of the trip allowed us to experience more mountain driving, a tire blowout that ended up getting us a bent axle. We got to experience traveling on Interstate 5 and some beautiful wine country visits with my kids. The most difficult part of the trip was yet to come.

You’d think a blowout and bent axle was difficult enough, but there were more first-trip mishaps to come! As I said, California (especially Northern California) was literally on fire that summer. We drove through and past raging forest fires. We were fortunate enough to be able to find campgrounds to stay in that were removed enough from the fires that we were never in any real danger.

We continued to make our way north to get to the Seattle, Washington area. On our way there, we had another blowout. This one damaged our camper and required all four tires to be replaced. Unfortunately, the folks who replaced the tires (on the side of the highway) did not notice the bent axle. So we drove off from there thinking all of our problems were solved! We spent a week in the Seattle area visiting dear friends and enjoying another beautiful campground and the wonderful Cascade mountains.

As we made our way across Washington State, we had ANOTHER blowout. We were about 3/4 of a mile from the campground we were planning to stay in and had to drive on the rim to get us there. Of course, the rim was destroyed and we had to replace the tire and rim, AND get the bent axle repaired. The unexpected surge of spending depleted our available savings and forced us to look for another way to finish out the summer. So we decided to become Workkampers. Work camping is when you spend time at a campground for an extended period of time and work there in exchange for your site rent, water, and electricity.

Greg started searching for positions to finish out the summer as we traveled to the Bozeman, Montana area (Two Forks, MT) outside of Yellowstone. Of course, Yellowstone and Glacier were BOTH burning and closed. I did manage to find a festival where I could set up a booth to sell tie-dye and earn a little extra cash to keep us sustained! Finally, Greg found a work camping opportunity for us.

We were hired by a great campground in southwest Colorado and ended up working there to finish out the summer. We worked in Bandera, Texas the following winter and returned to Colorado for two more summers and house sitting for the owners of the campground in Colorado over one winter.

Though we loved being able to enjoy the beauty of Colorado and the new friends we had made, what we missed … terribly, were our grandchildren. So we decided it was time to go home to Texas.

During the summer of COVID, we made plans to return to Texas for the winter so then we could at least do drive-by visits with three of our five grandchildren. In the process, we decided to stay in one place for the foreseeable future. That led us to look for the right long-term RV park to call home. And Greg’s work began in earnest once more.

~ Living The RV Dream with Amy & Greg Coleman | Rising Spirit | Liberty Hill RV Park | Check out the Rising Spirit RV amenities!

Rising Spirit is a long-term RV park near Austin and Georgetown located in Liberty Hill. Our thriving RV park near Georgetown, Round Rock, and Austin has recently expanded due to high demand. Contact our leasing office at (512) 229-6510  for availability, reservations, and to schedule a tour.