Small House Big World

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Away I Go!

A lot has happened in the past week. I kind of don’t know where to begin. First off, I’m happy to announce that I am writing this from a new town in a new state. I successfully packed my stuff, hooked up the car, said goodbye to Kelly, and hit the road again, alone. I…

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Work + Travel: Earning a Living on the Road

Deciding to live in an RV and travel full-time was not a quick or easy decision to make. One of the big issues I had early on in process was figuring out if I would be able to support myself and make money while traveling.  Because sure, traveling the country sounds like fun, but is it affordable?…

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It’s Alive!

Whenever you make a big new exciting purchase, there is always some stress involved. I remember when I first got my puppy Max, I was terrified I was going to accidentally kill him (which I actually almost did when he ate a bottle of Ibuprofen, but that’s another story for another time). Kelly and I…

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Everything is Terrible. (a.k.a. – Moving Day!)

There comes a time in every couple’s relationship when two people must come together to mutually attack a difficult task and …things get real. Stress creeps in through small hidden cracks to fracture even the sturdiest foundation.  Moving day is no exception. So I am proud to announce: We survived! There was only minimal door slamming…

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Packing and Moving

This month Kelly and I have been focused on getting ready to move away from Chicago and into the RV. Very exciting! The plan is to load everything into a Uhaul and drive back to my parents’ house in Dexter, Michigan, which will be our “staging area” (thanks Mom and Dad!!) while we go get…

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How Much Will it Cost to Start Living Full-Time in an RV?

One of the most important questions we needed to answer before switching over to full-time life in an RV was: Can we afford it? Can we buy the type of RV we’d like with cash or will we need to get a loan? How much will it cost to move all our stuff from Chicago…

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Joining an RV Membership Club

We decided to do some research on if we should join an RV membership club of some sort before we set off. There are a ton out there, but we see a few repeatedly recommended to us that we felt were worth checking into. Below I will go through what I came across in my research, along…

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What if we Just Keep Going?

Kelly and I happened upon the idea of full time RV living while on a camping trip one weekend in April 2014. I grew up going on camping trips with my family, mostly in Michigan. Kelly had never gone camping and it was high on my list of things to do to take him. I knew he…

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How We Insured Our RV & Car

I purchased a car about a year and a half ago. A 2005 Honda Accord. If I haven’t mentioned, I LOVE to drive. Having a car in Chicago was something people warned me not to do – parking is a pain, you really won’t use it that much, it’s expensive, etc. These things are all somewhat…

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Budget Estimate

How much money will it take for 2 people, 2 cats and one incredibly handsome dog to live comfortably full time in an RV? Important question. Even more important now that I know I am no longer going to have steady income. Kelly and I have been furiously budgeting and trying to make sure we plan our…

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Spring 2015 Plans, Version 2

Our departure date from Ann Arbor has moved up to April 1st, and as such we need to haul tail down south so we can get this pink goo out of our RV’s veins. We had two criteria.  1) Get warm.  2) Don’t go too far east or west.   We aim to be in…

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Live from Chicago!

Smallhousebigworld.com is now live and ready to be shared with whomever may care to view it! Exciting? Sure. But the only word that keeps running through my mind is: HORRIFYING. Suddenly I am no longer writing for an audience of 1 (Hi Kelly). Now, this post can be seen by everyone who stops by (Hi EVERYONE!!!). Talk about stage…

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It’s a No.

Finally heard back from my work about my proposal to work remotely. I got a firm and resounding no. This is disappointing for a number of reasons, most notably a) holy sh*t I am going to be jobless and penniless and oh my god I actually WILL be living in a van down by the…

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Getting Rid of Things

I have heard before that throwing things away can help you clean up not only your physical space but your mental space as well. I have absolutely found this to be true. I didn’t realize that all my old t-shirts and ill-fitting jeans were on my mind in any capacity until they were gone. You don’t realize…

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Holy Sh*t I’m Driving a Living Room

At the time of our RV purchase, Kelly did not have his driver’s license, as he hadn’t needed to drive while living Chicago with its glorious public transit options (or… Uber). When it came time to purchase the RV, Kelly tried to obtain a new license, but due to some unforeseen bureaucratic issues with the…

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Cleaning and Making it Ours

Kelly and I have spent the past few days with the RV parked in my parents’ driveway.  We have been intermittently cleaning the inside and outside, trouble shooting problems that arise, and just generally spending some time in it. We have had some funny “problems” come up:  The heating doesn’t work! (Oh, this little switch…

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In All It’s Glory.

On December 22nd 2014, Kelly and I became the new owners of a 1993 Pace Arrow by Fleetwood. According to Fleetwood, this model is “the leading edge of refinement”. After a very thorough scouring of internet listings across Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan, Kelly and I found our new home.  You can see the final stages of decision-making…

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Finding The One: The Top 5 and Price Tiers

After my previous post on the top candidates for our Class A motor home, I did another round of culling the option pool further.  My goal was to get the list to 10 units, with a clear preference within each price tier ( <10, 10-15,15-20,20+).  I made a grid with the units broken down by…

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Spring 2015 Route

Route Options, May & June We’ll be setting off from the Ann Arbor area in late April, with the 30th being our absolute cutoff date.  We aim to be at the Cass Lake cabin by mid-June, with no firm date yet in mind.   I’ve plotted a route that takes us through the great outdoors…

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Legal Logistics: Domicile – How to give money to a state you might never visit

To grossly over-simplify the issue, establishing domicile as a full-time traveler is the act of simulating a home base.  This is accomplished by selecting a state with nomad-friendly laws  and using a forwarding service  to handle your mail.  You register to vote, get a Driver’s License (DL), tag title and register your vehicles, pay any income taxes,…

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