In October 2017, we had ten acres of land and had built our dream house from the ground up. It was on a farm in Deer Park, Washington, which is a tiny town less than an hour north of Spokane. But after we had lived in it for two years, we realised that it wasn’t our dream after all. One day my husband Brentt looked at me and said: “Do you want to sell up and go traveling?” I just said: “Thank the Lord, yes!”
I had wanted to go tiny and travel around America for five years and I had been working on persuading Brentt throughout that time. I don’t like to be stationary and when you have a mortgage, you can really only travel once or twice a year and typically only for a week. I loved the idea of traveling somewhere, setting up our home and staying there for as long as we wanted. We could pick the location and the weather.
We sold our home and everything in it apart from some items that went into storage and moved out by March 2018. At the time, I was 28 and Brentt was 32 and our five kids were 11, 7, 5, 4 and 18 months. It was one of those situations where you feel like you’re finally able to breathe because the weight you had on your shoulders for so long has been lifted. It was amazing.
Our first RV home was tiny. My husband wasn’t sure he wanted to live in an RV for longer than a year, so we bought a 33ft travel trailer that didn’t even have a bunk room. Every night we converted the living room area into a bedroom for the kids, and every morning we put everything away. Although we completely renovated it, including the kitchen and bathroom, and it ended up being beautiful, it was not conducive to comfortable living in the long term for a family of seven and a dog.
Eventually we partnered with an RV manufacturer and they gifted us our current 5th wheel RV back in June 2020. This is our home, it’s just smaller than a lot of other people’s stationary stone and brick houses and over the past year we’ve worked hard with renovations and interior decor changes to make it our own.
We have a front master bedroom that sits over the top of our truck, it has an en suite bathroom and we have a large living room area, because it was important to have a big family space. Beyond that is our kitchen, which has a residential sized fridge, washer and dryer and a large oven. The only appliance we don’t have is a dishwasher. At the back of the RV is our kids’ space with a smaller bathroom for them. We added flooring and storage for them and it has two twin bunks that lower on an electrical jack system. Our eldest daughter has her own private loft area. There’s also a huge tent that goes on the back of the RV over the patio, so they have plenty of space. The kids do like to play and read back there, but honestly they’re mostly running around outside, riding bikes and scooters, playing sports with other kids or we’re out exploring as …….