Writers Who Chose to Live Full Time in RVs

RV LivingAs I mentioned in my previous post, one item on my bucket list is to travel across Canada for a year in an RV. That will probably include a trip to Alaska and into the mid-west area of the United States. This won’t be until all my children have graduated high school.

Like many writers do, before I embark on a journey, I research like crazy. Whether I’m learning the parts of a castle, how heavy a sword weighs or what it’s like to live in an RV, I seek out books, websites and videos to help me get a firm grasp on the subject.

As a writer who wants to live on the road, my research took me to those who were already doing it. Turns out, there are many who travel across the globe and write. The wonderful thing about being a writer is that as long as you have an Internet connection, you can upload your work to publish it or submit it to newspapers and magazines.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been watching videos produced by two authors living the RV lA Widow's Courage: To Fight To Win To Love by [Albertson, Bernard]ife in North America.

These authors are at opposite ends of the spectrum. One has been on the road for less than a year, is relatively young and has been sharing her experience on YouTube for five months. The other has been a full time RVer with his wife for 14 years. In his own words, he’s ‘pushing 80’. He’s been on YouTube for two years.

Bernard L. Albertson is the author of Copper Penny, A Widow’s Courage and about 18 other books. His YouTube channel is called B&D and Anna Lee Full Time RV. He talks about his books, RV life and travelling and also shares stories from his youth, which I find very entertaining. His father served in the Second World War, leaving he and his mom to find their own adventure to deal with the rough times. He loves the freedom RVing gives him and he doesn’t plan to stop any time soon.

Robin, whose pen name is Josephine Parker, is the author of Chasing Kate (An American Dream Love Story – book 1) and Loving Lindsey (An American Dream Love Story – book 2). Her YouTube channel is Creativity RV. She doesn’t talk about her books that much, but she does share why she decided to move out of a permanent address and hit the road. In one of her earlier videos, she explained that while she was working a ‘regular job’, she would get ideas for stories, but they weren’t great ideas. After being on the road, she discovered her ideas blossomed.

She shares her experience on the road along and tips on how to live in an RV. Since she is new to the life style, she will learn and share things long-time RVers have already reckoned with.Chasing Kate (An American Dream Love Story Book 1) by [Parker, Josephine]

After watching dozens of videos of folks living in their van, RV or trailer, you will never look at these vehicles the same. Now when I spot one on the road or in a parking lot, I ask myself, “Is that their home? Do they live in it full time and travel the continent?”

As they say, they are not homeless; they’re houseless. For many, this is both financially and spiritually freeing.

What about you? Do you ever dream of living in a van, RV or a trailer? Do you follow a writer on YouTube that does?

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20 thoughts on “Writers Who Chose to Live Full Time in RVs

  1. I’m fascinated with the idea. I am an empty nester, possibly a want-to-be author and still working a full time job. The thought of waking up in different places and having new experiences sounds like a dream. I know there are also downsides but I think some time in an RV is in my future. Enjoyed the post.

    • I agree: the thought of waking in different places and having new experiences is like a dream. Yes, there are downsides, but there are downsides to everything. I’d miss my kids but what adventures I’d be able to tell them about when I returned (and I’d send post cards and connect online). I’d have a larger gas bill, but I’d have no water or power bill. I’d have less space to live in but less space to clean, which means more time to explore and write. For those who live full time, they might have a vehicle payment, but they wouldn’t have a mortgage (or pay rent) or taxes, and no yard to keep up. Sometimes life at home can be stagnant without change. I doubt that would happen on the road. However, I would travel with the plan that I’d eventually settle in a very small home by ocean near family where I could grow a large garden. Thanks for visiting.

  2. I think this is becoming an upcoming trend, kind of like tiny houses that are portable as well. Good for you Diane! Sounds exciting if you can hack living on the road. 🙂

    • Thanks, Debby. I’ve seen a lot of tiny house designs. They appeal to me and many are absolutely gorgeous, but I don’t want to live in one. I want to live in a small house when I resettle. I need a real washroom and a pantry.

      The tiny house trend is perfect for people who want or need something very small. It’s economical, and I think the idea of making tiny house communities for single, low-income people is a great idea. There are so many homeless people in the world who would increase the quality of their life if they could live in a tiny, affordable house.

  3. I really hope that your dream will become reality, Diane. Travelling in an RV across Canada sounds like so much fun and a great plan. I really hope that this will happen soon and I’ll get the chance to read more about your road adventures!

    • Thanks, Lydia. I’ve always wanted to travel across Canada, but I thought it would be from one hotel to another. Taking my home on my back (as a turtle does) appeals to me now. I can stop wherever and stay as long as I want.

  4. We spent a month in our 8M (25′) travel trailer in 2015, going from here in the Lower Mainland of BC to Niagara Falls, Michigan, and back again. It was insane, but we saw a lot!. The worst part was the torrential downpours from gigantic storms across the Prairies. It was our very first venture in the trailer! Talk about jumping in the deep end!
    If we ever do a cross-country like that again we’ll take six months! … at least, and a bigger RV. 🙂

    • That trip sounds awesome, Widdershins. Some of the best memories are made from the ‘trouble along the way’. Imagine the stories you can tell because of those downpours. And you can use them in your writing.

      I agree: next time, make it six months! A bigger RV may not add to the pleasure, but the time will. I’m hoping to find a 20 to 22-foot rig, so i can get in and out of places easy. I already drive an 18-foot pick-up, so it won’t be too much of an adjustment.

  5. We had a Class C for a while but never thought seriously about being a full-timer. We have too many projects that require a fixed location. But if you just want a year-long sabbatical, your might want to read another book by the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Philip Caputo. “The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America.” As first-time (NOT full-timers), Caputo and his wife traveled from Key West to the northern reaches of Alaska! See my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16066872-the-longest-road

    • Hello John, I understand the many projects. My biggest concern is: where do I store all my books and albums while I’m gone if I don’t have a house? I’m sure I’ll figure it out.

      I’ll check out the book. It sounds interesting.

  6. There are many ways to get away from it all and write. I moved to a small place in Spain. I hope you get to live in your RV and drive across Canada. Maybe you will stop at Medicine Hat!!

    • When I thought of writers travelling, I thought of you, Darlene. I will probably stop at Medicine Hat. I will be avoiding all big cities though. The thought of maneuvering an RV through a busy city street would be terrifying. I have no desire to see big cities; that’s the country girl in me. I’d drive an extra week to bypass places like Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton. I’ll take a two-lane country road every day of the week.

  7. I would love to try it, I am envious of my writer friend who sets off on holiday to Europe ( I should say mainland Europe ) with her husband in their camper van – but of course that is not the same as living in one.

    • I feel the same way, Tidalscribe. I will probably try a week at a time and increase my distance and time away. Then one day, I’ll keep on driving and see where it takes me. I’d like to do it for a few years, and then I’d settle into a small place and grow a garden.

        • Thanks for visiting. I’ve thought about putting a cap on my pick-up and going for the weekend. It’s an 8-foot box, so I’d have lots of room. It’s an ’86, so I won’t put a camper on it; I want to keep it until I’m too old to drive. But a cap would be okay. I’ve camped all my life (tent, pop-up trailer, log cabin, camp), so I’m extremely familiar with short outings. It’s the ones that you leave and come back months later I’m eager to try.

          I visited your site, It’s Her Van. Nice. Good luck with your build. We borrowed one of those ‘plug-in coolers’ from a friend when we went away for a week. It was great to keep things cool — not cold though.

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