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Living In A Tin Can
The Full-Time Airstreaming Lifestyle

Matt and I have been full-time RVers since July of 2008 -- and each day brings a new life lesson (help, I'm growing, and I can't stop!) We are having a wonderful time, and wish that more people would break free from the shackles of stationary life to join us (Kendra and Doug, if you're reading, this means you!) This weekly blog shares our experiences living the nomadic life -- tips about the mechanics and practicalities of full-timing, obstacles we had to overcome to be able to travel year-round, what it's like to work on the road, and our observations about the world as we see it from our Airstream.

Living In A Tin Can

Matt and I met some new people this last week when we were out with friends. When they asked, “And where are you from?” we gave them our standard cryptic answer (“Everywhere and nowhere”) — then explained that we were full-time RVers. They said, “Oh, so you’re homeless!” Sure, why not! But I guess you…

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December 25th, 2012

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Living In A Tin Can

As a full-timer, I spend a lot of time researching where we want to go next. I love it, but travel planning can seem a bit overwhelming — especially when you're visiting a new city and know nothing about the area. However, it's much easier for do-it-yourselfers to find both the fun activities and the…

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December 18th, 2012

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“Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along. You'll start happening too. OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!” ~ Dr. Seuss

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December 11th, 2012

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A lot of people ask, “How can you and your husband live in such a small space without killing each other?” I will tell you that sometimes, it's not easy! But there are a couple of things we've got going for us — three factors that I see as requirements for being able to full-time…

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December 4th, 2012

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When we bought our tow vehicle, Matt and I talked to other full-time RVers about whether we should go diesel or gasoline. The general consensus was that diesel would get you more power going up an incline, but in flat areas, gas would be fine. However, no one ever discussed the concept of “altitude” with…

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November 27th, 2012

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Although Matt and I aren't big-time year-round shoppers, I do love Black Friday as an opportunity to stock up on essentials. I know, I know — you wonder where I could possibly put items I “stock up” on. I can't buy a side of beef or a dozen cases of canned vegetables, but I do…

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November 20th, 2012

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When people find out that we're young and not retired, they often ask if we travel with our children. My response is, “Of course — we aren't about to go anywhere without our family on board.” But when I explain that our kids are small and hairy and poop in a box, this confuses folks…

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November 13th, 2012

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When people first visit our 200 square-foot rolling home, they wonder where the heck we keep all of our stuff. We don't have junk sitting out in the open — our countertops are clear, no baskets of loose miscellaneous items, and everything is tidy How is it that we can keep our trailer more organized…

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October 23rd, 2012

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As we travel around the country, folks in different areas always like to talk about where the worst drivers in the country exist — New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Miami. Matt and I have driven in all of the above, and I don't see that any one city is more problematic than another….

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October 16th, 2012

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I was talking to a newbie RVer the other day about the trials and tribulations of registering your rig with the state — she didn't realize that this was actually an important part of the “where to domicile” decision, and she told me that if she had to do it over again, she probably would…