Living Aboard an RV

by Lynn Faulkner
(Columbus, New Mexico)

After living on a sailboat for 7 years, an RV seemed like a palace - at first. I spent 5 years traveling alone,( except for my black Lab), throughout the US by myself. (The sailboat got custody of my husband.)

I was 56 when I began this next adventure, so don't let anyone tell you you're too old. Or too poor. My first RV was a 26 foot Class C, very nice, but the furnace caught fire in Oregon and everything burned up in literally minutes.

I lost everything I owned.If my dog hadn't awakened me in time, I would have lost my life too. I had no id, no checkbook, no phone, no clothes except the sweats I had on, which didn't include a pair of shoes.

Which brings me to one of the best parts about sailboat and RV living. You will never meet kinder, more helpful strangers.

Anyway, not to be deterred, I bought a 24 ft. Class C MH, and again ventured forth. I will have to say that if you know mechanics, electronics, construction, or anything related, you will be miles ahead.

I, on the other hand, while possesing a masters in social work, also have a 16th century mechanical mind, and that inability can be frustrating and expensive, especially if, like me, you have an older model, where something is going wrong.

On the sailboat my husband took care of things, but in the RV, I was on my own.

I am not generally a joiner, but I did become an Escapee, because of the great benefits they offer. Eventually, I also joined WIN,(Wandering Individuals Network) , because it was a way to get together with people for hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, and other things I enjoy doing.

Generally, I camped out, and was able to stay for free in some of the most beautiful places on earth. This is getting much harder to do however, and boondocking might not be for you anyway.

In all the years on the road, I never accounted a moment of trouble from anyone except some black bears at Yosemite, but it's stupid not to be cautious and prepared.

One summer I volunteered at an environmental camp for kids in the San Juan Islands, (gorgeous!), and I did work in Sedona, AZ for about a year. I also volunteered for a few months at Arches National Park. You really can make money on the road, provided you have a clean resume and look presentable.

I met lots of great people and had many good times. My RV finally breathed its last in New Mexico, so I've become a desert dweller. Amazing how many former sailboat people find their way here.

If you're just embarking, in either a sailboat or an RV, you have a wonderful adventure ahead, and don't let anyone talk you out of it. I am 70 now, and hoping for a motorcycle.

Just do your homework beforehand.

This is a great site!

Lynn in New Mexico

Editor's comments:

Thanks so much Lynn!!!

Here is the link to Lynn's post on sailboat life...

Look at the fun that Lynn has had... No more whining!!!

If she can be thinking now about a motorcycle... You can too!!!

Just do it!!!


PS...Lynn please contact me thru

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