The Ups and Downs of RV Life

Hello everyone! Thank you for continuing to support our journey as full-time RV’ers! We are currently spending three weeks in Sutherlin, Oregon at a wonderful RV park. It used to be a drive-in theater that the movie industry also used as a filming location. It still has a large screen where they show family-friendly movies on the weekend!

Now, I’m not sure if you heard, but the northwest is experiencing a bit of a heatwave and fires! Record high temperatures in places that do not have AC. And of course, this is the time when our brand new air conditioning unit in our brand new RV decides to break. Our RV is so large that we have three separate units (one in the bedroom, living room, and kitchen, which is the one that stopped working. Thank goodness a repair person is coming out on Monday), but when one goes out, it is very noticeable.

Not only that, but our washing machine also decided to stop working. Our three-week-old RV has more issues than a reboot tv show from the 90s. We are working on getting everything fixed up and we are so happy to be in one place for a few weeks so we can really work on all of these issues that keep popping up. Oh and I almost forgot to mention the time Jerry smacked his head on one of the cabinet doors and broke the door (that’s being fixed as well). So we might be the problem?

We have spent a lot of our time here getting organized. With a home on wheels, everything needs to have its own space. So we have been really focusing on figuring out exactly what we need, what we don’t need, and where everything goes. I am still giving away stuff we don’t need at the same time we are buying new stuff we do need.

Speaking of purchasing, we have been using Amazon quite a lot to outfit the RV with everything we could possibly need, from dish soap to towel hooks. And we were able to do that by using the local post office. We just put our names and the post office’s address and are shipping everything there. The people who work at the local post office in Sutherlin have been incredibly kind for putting up with us. We are going in at least once every day to pick up our packages. We even brought a dozen donuts to say thank you. Such angels.

So far, living in our RV has been a dream come true. We are loving every crazy, frustrating minute of it. We are back to cooking meals, which has been great after going out to eat for so long. We are getting outside and being active every day. And we are meeting lovely people everywhere we go. RV people are the best!

Jerry and I were talking during our long drive up to Oregon and he said something really interesting that I wanted to note here. He said that normally, on vacations, he is always looking ahead and counting the days until he has to go back to work. It’s like the Sunday Scaries, vacation edition. But with our new lives, he doesn’t have to think like that anymore. There is no end to this vacation. We can stay as long or as short of a time in any place. Of course, this is an adjustment of a mindset, getting used to not being busy all the time. But each day is an adventure and work is in the rearview mirror. Moral of the story: retirement rocks!

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  1. Brenda & Martin Patrick says:

    You both look great. Love reading about your adventures.



    Glad you are taking all of these “breakdown issues” in stride. Enjoy your adventures.


    1. Thank you for reading the blog. Hope to see you soon!!


  3. Shenli Wong says:

    You both have great attitudes. Caca pasa! Enjoy your travels


  4. Joanne says:

    Love your weekly blogs. Glad all is working out and you are able to fix things that are needing attention. Good to see you out walking! B


  5. Alice Hardin says:

    Susan and Jerry, there ALWAYS seems to be issues with new rigs…so sorry to hear your a/c and washing machine…seems like the workmanship quality isn’t there anymore!!! Hoping all can be fixed before you leave!!!! As far as retirement, it took be about 6 months to a year to REALLY realize I didn’t EVER have to go back to work….we don’t HAVE to hurry, we don’t HAVE to worry about work anymore…what a feeling!!!! Enjoy your adventures!


    1. Right??? Such a different experience!! Especially mentally! ❤️


  6. Linda Wild says:

    Love getting the inside view of your adventure. And yes, those annoying breakdowns are a pain but thank goodness for repair people. So great that Jerry is realizing the joys of retirement! It is great to have freedom. Keep loving it all!! ❤️❤️👍


    1. Thank you. ❤️❤️


  7. Antoinette Kovacs says:

    OMG😳 Wow some problems with your new stuff🤨 but looks like you’re taking it all in stride. Great attitude ❤️🥰


    1. Thanks for reading the blog!!

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