Surprisingly enough, it really IS a thing! I had no idea the RV community was so huge, nor did I know they were so COOL. Lemme tell ya a little story about how I discovered this quiet little subculture in America…
“Why Don’t We Just Get Rid Of Our Stuff And Move Into Mom’s RV Then?!”
One night a few months ago, my fiancee and I were having quite the heated discussion about, you guessed it, MONEY. The cost of living in a small one bedroom apartment in Gainesville, Florida had slowly been draining us of funds, even with my salary as a kitchen manager and her various jobs in photography, child care, and whatever else she secured.
In this the middle of this heated discussion, I got ridiculously frustrated, threw my hands up, and just yelled “Why don’t we just get rid of all our stuff and move into Mom’s RV then?! We can just live in a trailer park!”
Funny thing happened just then, we both got quiet for a really long moment, and I looked at Emily and said, “Wait a second… Is that actually an idea? Minus the trailer park part?”. We both pondered for a few minutes, then I texted Mom and asked if she had sold her fifth wheel RV yet. When she said no, I told her we’d take it.
Smartest move I’ve ever made.
Full Time RV Life Became The Goal
Upon coming up with this vague idea of a possible way out of such an expensive city, we began doing research. And man, did we find out some interesting things.
1. There are literally over a million people living full time in an RV. The modern-day nomads.
2. The majority of these people have secured income that doesn’t require a 9 to 5 job.
3. RV life is CHEEEAAAP!
4. Ever hear of Tiny Homes? A huge percentage of RV folk have converted their rigs into AWESOME tiny homes on wheels.
5. These remodeled RV’s look AMAZING on the inside, nicer than a lot of brick and mortar homes, for a fraction of the cost.
6. You can live literally ANYWHERE YOU FEEL LIKE.
Once we discovered all these RV lifers on Instagram, we got really excited. This looks like something we can actually do! So we started planning out our goal, doing research on how to make it happen, and got to work.
The Hard Part…
You ever tried to go through a closet full of stuff you’ve had forever and tried to get rid of some of it, just to clear some clutter? Difficult to decide what you want to keep, right? This is basically what we had to do with our entire apartment. If we were going to live full time in a 36′ fifth wheel, we needed ONLY the necessities and the MOST important of our cherished belongings.
Lemme tell ya, it ain’t easy to give your whole life to Goodwill.
But once we got the ball rolling, it became an obsession for a couple of weeks. Now I wanted to get rid of EVERYTHING, the idea of not having a bunch of things to lug around started sounding really nice. And it IS extremely nice to know what all I own now, as well as where to find any of it. No more tearing through closets looking for things and yelling, “Baby! Where’s that flashlight with the thing on the side?”
The Remodel Plans
We have since moved in and gotten settled quite nicely, and started doing a bunch of low cost remodeling, in my opinion, the place looks great so far. Most of the big projects are taken care of, cabinet removal, painting, TV mounting, etc., now comes the fun part.
My favorite part of any decor, is of course, the LIGHTING.
I don’t actually have any experience with RV interior lighting, but from the research I’ve done, it is no harder than any other home lighting. An added benefit, however, is that instead of the lights being 110 volts, (enough to grab ahold of you if you grab a live wire, ouch!), they are all 12 volt fixtures. Don’t get me wrong, 12 volts still hurt if you get shocked, but nowhere near as bad as if you get hit by a light socket in the house.
I have an idea of the lighting I want in here, but the plans aren’t firmed up yet. I’m leaving it open-ended for now, as I conduct deeper research into my options, I’ll keep you guys informed. Who knows, maybe some of you will have some great ideas for me to consider!
SickLites Goes Nomad?
In addition to featuring LED options for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and boats, I’m heavily considering adding RV lighting to SickLites.com, as I’m seeing more and more remodels with superior mood lighting, both interior and exterior. I’ve started to realize, there’s a whole lot of roaming nomads out there that don’t have the time or energy to try to hunt down the perfect lighting for their rigs, so why not make their lives a little easier?
Find all the options, (the coolest ones anyway), and put them all in ONE PLACE.
No more browsing through countless websites just trying to find that one replacement fixture that both matches your needs AND sets off the room. wouldn’t it be nice if someone did the hard work for you? Good thing you found SickLites, it won’t be long and I’ll have you rolling in perfect lighting options you didn’t even know were out there, all put together in an easy to order format.
I have faith that with your support and my hard work, we can create a strong community of RV enthusiasts that value turning their homes into their own personal artwork, all lighting up the nights with SickLites! I look forward to helping you to reach your goals as you all help me reach mine!
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