So we are about to embark on a somewhat crazy journey. In just a couple weeks, we will be packing up everything (not that we have a whole lot) into storage and moving into this 260 sq ft RV. This will be our home until our new house is built. We are anticipation being in the RV approx. 10-14 months.
i hope to be able to document the journey and share some of the challenges and benefits that come with small space living. Although i have always considered our life to be very simple, it is about to get a whole lot simpler.
We looked at a ton of RVs, checked craigslist daily, and drove all over SWVA (and sometimes NC) to look at them. We decided on this one. It is a 1999, 30' Dutchman Supreme. It is a little older than some of the others we looked at but it has so much more space and was still within our price range. The Supreme has higher ceilings, which is really nice for my super tall husband. It has a master's cabin in the front with a queen size bed, a closet and lots of cabinets. It also has bunkbeds for the kids. We'll be hooking it up to the existing septic, electricity and water. So although it will be simple living, we'll still have some modern conveniences...including internet. :)
The RV has a little kitchen with a gas stove/oven and a microwave. It's a small space though, and i don't really see myself cooking up too many elaborate meals. During the summer i'm expecting we will be cooking over the fire quite often. i'd like to get a tripod and some cast iron so i can cook directly over the fire. We should probably start looking for a grill as well, and start collection some vegetarian grill/campfire recipes.
Right now, the packing has begun. We were able to secure an extra month at this house, so we do not officially move into the RV until June 1st. We are slowly beginning to pack and move things over.
Kenan will be going to Canada for a glass expo near the end of the month, so i am trying to make sure we are 75% packed before that. Despite losing absolutely everything 3 months ago, we have managed to acquire a lot of stuff in a very short amount of time, due to the extreme generosity of so many people. So much of our stuff will be moved into storage, and we will each get to bring one box of belongings into the RV. The other items will be in storage either at Kenan's shop or in our shed, so we will be able to access them now and again to get different clothing or swap out toys, books etc.
So if you were limited to one small box of belongings, besides the obvious like toothbrushes and underwear what would you keep? Because i lost most everything that had sentimental value, my box will probably contain mainly practical items. Craft supplies of course, a few books, garden seeds, a jar of acorn caps, a journal and a few of the really special handmade gifts i was recently given.
i do have a bit of apprehension about spending a year in such a small space. However, i know it will be good for us to be back on our own land, back in our own space and i really think it will be a good experience and lesson in simplicity for all of us.
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. ~William Morris