Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Places to visit

While we are still in the planning stages of this possible new journey, my wife is looking at possible places that we could stay while we travel. As I had mentioned before, IF we do decide to go forward with this plan, we'll be working remotely. Well, I'll be working remotely as my profession is capable of it. My wife would like to remain home with our children. This is an amazing opportunity! Our children can grow and learn about different areas by experiencing them rather than just reading about them, and homeschooling is not too difficult with a stay at home mom! ;)

So here are our thoughts on places to visit! Many will be blank for now, but I'm listing all of our provinces. Any thoughts on beautiful locations would be appreciated!

CANADA (Where we are citizens)

British Columbia

Alberta

We've done plenty of camping here as this is where we live, but who knows about in the future!

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Ontario

Quebec

New Bruinswick

Nova Scotia

http://www.murphyscamping.ca (Even has a "Work to Stay" program!)
http://www.adventureseast.ca (Wife says it's great!)

Newfoundland

Prince Edward Island

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Possible comeback?

So it's been over two years since my last post and a lot has happened in that time.

I got married, and had a beautiful baby girl come into my life, changed careers over to a new company, and make better money now. Recently bought an SUV, and live on a three acre acreage that we are renting an hours drive from the city.

Still, we're sadly watching our money vanish into someone's equity that is not ours. My wife has already stated she doesn't ever really want to buy a house as she doesn't like the idea of being stuck in a mortgage on a single piece of land for the rest of her life.

Today, while driving into the city to go to work, my wife mentioned how she had been thinking about my idea of living full-time in an RV, and that the more she thinks about it, the more she wants to do more research into it, and figure out if it would actually be feasible.

After all, the company I work for prides itself on remote collaboration, and I work in an area that doesn't interface with customers. I could theoretically work 100% remote, which would permit us to wander, giving our family new experiences and a well rounded, happy life full of adventure!

Well, I myself am cautiously optimistic. While it is something I would LOVE to do having lived in my van and enjoyed the freedom it afforded me. My wife is a city girl, still getting used to living in the country. She's accustomed to living in houses that are too big, and having more stuff than she needs. For example, the closet is filled with her clothes, many of which I have never seen her wear in the nearly four years we have been together.

Shortly before this post, my wife texted me saying that she feels that we should really look into this seriously. That was after I sent her some links to blogs and websites of families already living the lifestyle.

We have a year on our current lease, so we have a year to planning to see if this is something we can actually do. I promise to do my best to keep up with our progress on here for others to read about as they consider making their own step into full time RV life.

~Arathi

Monday, February 13, 2012

Possible Upgrade/Ideas?



As much as I love DD, I'm thinking that her layout could use a little tweaking if I'm going to keep her. I've been racking my brain trying to determine what I could do with her, and then it dawned on me... What not use some ideas from the masters of campervans?

In comes the RoadTrek layout. Here's basically what I am thinking of. Now, not everything is going to be like this. After all, I don't have all that nifty storage space under the van. I am thinking about relocating the bed to the back though, getting a larger fridge, two captains chairs, and maybe rather than an extra closet, I may put a third chair away from the door. The chair where it is here doesn't have a big sliding door to contend with.


Thoughts?

Small update

While not a full blown comeback, I have a little update on the van.

As I mentioned a while back, a friend's life came crumbling down around him, and he's been living in the van now for a long time. As such, he's discovering some of the same things I did about insulation and battery life.

The furnace now works properly! My friend pulled it apart, and cleaned everything, and now it pumps out heat and lets the pilot light stay lit. This found him a new problem though, the battery he's using isn't very good. This means that it dies out in just a couple hours when running the furnace only. He's lokoing at some new batteries from WalMart, and saving up for them.

He also found a friend who is willing to insulate the van properly, and as the battery wasn't lasting through the night, he jumped to the next task at hand... the shore power, or lack thereof. It came down to a damaged wire inside the plug itself. He swapped out the plug, and now can connect to steady power, and run the furnace and everything else he wants, all night long.

Not that it's been really cold here, most of our winter has been unusually warm, and hardly dipping below 0C/32F for more than a couple days at a time. Still, that's a temperature still worthy of having the furnace running.

He has also asked if he can replace the carpet that is in there currently, in order to insulate the floor a bit better. He's looking at actually doing laminate, and having a carpet that can be removed for better cleaning laid over top.

Great deal, all of this. Not too bad. I didn't expect anything from him, but he says that since he can't really afford to pay some sort of rent for it, he's happy to make some of the modification that I wanted to do.

A friend in need, is a friend indeed.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Winter seems to show the slow down of blogging

I just went through the list of blogs I follow, and I have only about four that have posted in the past month, and then others that have not posted in five months or more, and two that, while still being listed, no longer exist.

It got me thinking, someone posted anonymously something along the lines of, "Another blog bites the dust." a few weeks back, but only thought about looking into it now. My blog, gentle readers will not be biting the dust anytime soon, just slower posts because I am not in the van, but I do hope to get it upgraded soon... or buy a RoadTrek. Honestly, reading Glenn's Blog, and also seeing the RoadTrek vans really make me want to think everything over, and plan properly, and wait.

The van as it is now, is in use, but I kinda want it back so I can do a little winter camping with the family, and go out to the mountains. Eventually. My friend should (hopefully) be able to get into city housing December 1st, but as of right now, he is mobile.

Curiosity strikes me, those who read this that are blogging about similar things, do you slow down in the winter because you find a stick built for the winter, or do you slow down because you're out being a snowbird somewhere and don't have access to the Internet? Or are you giving up on the dream? Or maybe like me, and bideing your time to upgrade?

Monday, November 7, 2011

First report back from my friend

So, I mentioned earlier that a friend is currently living in the van. Just to give you an idea, it is currently -3°C / 27°F here in Calgary at 9am, and obviously cooler at night. It's not even winter yet. Due to living in the house, and all that, I just have not had the time or the money to do my updates to the van. Besides, I'm saving my pennies for a downpayment on a RoadTrek 210-Versatile, or whatever comes out that's better by the time I have the cash. While living vicariously through Glenn's blog over at To Simplify... So without further adeau.... (My friend never wrote this out, so I am giving you what he has told me, and writing it as he said it.)

Well, first off, thank you so much for letting me use the van Arathi! (No, he didn't call me Arathi, but that's how you know me.) I chaged out the starter battery for one I have that has 800 Cold Cranking Amps since the other was getting weak, and you can keep it as a thanks for letting me use the van. I got the furnace running, but it's annoying right now because there is something wrong with it, and the pilot light won't stay lit after it shuts off, but it'll run all night in this weather. I did find that the furnace will drain the house battery completely if running all night, so I might wire in a second one that I have in storage, just to get that extra power, and also find a place to park at night where I can plug in.

I'm learning that I need to pay more attention to how I drive in it, otherwise things fall off the counter. Everything except where that mesh is. (I had removed some to use in the house) It's like driving a limo, you turn to make sure you're not spilling the persons glass of wine. I'm liking that I basically have no rent, and I can cook a meal in the parking lot of Tim Horton's if I want. hahaha!

I hooked up a new stereo so I have tunes. (Mine burnt out last trip for some reason...) but I'm so busy, I don't spend more than travel and sleep in the van for the most part. You should get the van back soon, as I have a job lined up working on the railway up north, which should give me some good money, and being out in camp will keep me from spending it all as well.

And there you have it, he was short and sweet with what he told me, I did remove the more personal stuff that we had spoken about as well, it's person strife for him, and the reason he's living in my van right now. Unlike me, and many of us vehicle dwellers out there, he fell on very hard times, and is in the van because it's better than a shelter. I chose to be in the van, he had little choice. It's just a good thing I never chose to sell the van.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I may not be in the van but a friend is

So, I've been super busy as of late with the new family, and new home. The van has sat patiently waiting for me to do the few things I need to it, and we have not been able to get out for some camping at all. I am currently working several diffeent contracts and it keeps me busy every day of the week.

A few days ago, a friend asked if he could borrow the van as he has recently come across hard times, and is homeless. He's in the van, and taking care of business so to speak. lol I'm going to try to get him to give me updates on how eveything is going so I can post here. It's November, and that means cold. Very cold. He got the furnace running I believe, but I am not too sure right now. Poor guy just found out that the stereo is broken, so no tunes while he's in there.

Hopefully I can get everything fixed, and running in there soon, it would be nice for him, but maybe I'll buy the reflectix and get him to install it.

Anyways, that's my short update on the van :)