How Will You Work on the Road?
Tim will be working remotely as a software developer. Hannah runs her own business, Sincerely SEO. During the workweek, we will be planning to stay in places with good cell phone service so we can have fast internet. We have an AT&T Mobley, unlimited Verizon plans (although we realize they are not at all actually unlimited), and a WeBoost Cellular booster.
How Long Are You Going For?
We don’t know. Indefinitely – until we are no longer enjoying the lifestyle, or we want to buy a house again for some reason, or circumstances force us to stop.
How Long Did it Take You to do This?
The idea for this came to Hannah in January 2017. It took a little convincing to get Tim on board. We started discussing selling our house with a realtor in March. We put it on the market at the beginning of April. It sold quickly and as of June 1, we were no longer homeowners. We purchased the motorhome in May and it was in the shop for over a month getting repairs. In June, we parked it and started to renovate. We started on the road in late August 2017. So it took about 9 months to make everything happen.
Where are you Going?
Good question – and we don’t really have a good answer! We know we want to go to the beach and we want to go out West. We want to see the main attractions, particularly the national parks. We also want Calla to have time back in Pittsburgh with family. She also needs to come back to Pittsburgh for her doctor’s appointments (thanks, insurance that only works in Pittsburgh!). We want to see the USA, but are trying not to force it or rush it. We are two people with jobs and a baby, after all. If you have suggestions on where we should go/have any ‘do not miss’ places on your list, e-mail us and let us know!
Are You Towing a Car?
Yes, we are towing our 2012 Ford Escape with 4 wheels down using a Blue Ox towing system. We had read mixed things about the 2012 Escape being towed 4 wheels down (transmission problems). We are following the Ford bulletin and lowering the level of transmission fluid and hoping for the best. This will certainly be the topic of at least one post.
Where Does the Baby Sleep?
We chose the layout of our motorhome so we could have room for the baby’s crib. The former owners had a rocking chair + footstool in this spot in the rear of the bedroom. We have re-purposed it as a small nursery area and have added curtains so she can’t see us in the room and get distracted!
How Many MPG Does the Motorhome Get?
We don’t know, and we aren’t sure if we want to know, but our guess is about 6-7 MPG. Ouch.
How Will Hannah go to the Gym?
I’ve gotten this question a few times from people who know how important exercise is to me. I hope that this life change, in general, allows us to live a more active lifestyle. One where I don’t need to go hard at the gym every day to make up for sitting for 10 hours. But beyond that, I plan to keep running, doing body-weight HIIT, and yoga. I know I will miss the community and nice equipment of a gym.
Which One of You Drives the Motorhome? Do You Need a Special License?
As of the start of our adventure, only Tim has driven Trudy on the open road. Hannah has practiced in a parking lot and plans to take over the wheel on the next NON mountainous route we have. And surprisingly, you can operate a motorhome with a standard drivers license.
Rolling On A Whim - Our RV Life
We are a family of 3 who began full-time life in an RV in August 2017. The only real plan is to enjoy ourselves and see both the hidden gems + the main attractions in the USA. We hope you'll follow along as we adjust to RV life with a baby, and reflect on what it took to get here.