Let’s face it: RV kitchens are a challenge under the best of circumstances. Throw in a lack of storage, weight considerations, and unfamiliarity with the local shopping options and you have a recipe for home cooking failure.
But with some planning and a careful choice of appliances, you can overcome and become adept at preparing gourmet meals within your limitations.
I have to admit that when we began our travels, both of us were fairly out of shape and a little overweight. After raising kids, working hectic schedules, not paying attention to our eating habits, and never exercising (at least me anyway), it was time to give ourselves some attention.
Terry was the first one to get serious. I secretly thought he was a little foolish to use various trailer parts (like the stabilizer bars) as makeshift weights. And I was happy to sit around in the trailer while he rode his bike for miles and miles in various weather conditions. But his enthusiasm became contagious, so I grudgingly tried to join in.
Residency is something that all full-time RV’ers have to wrangle with. The government and financial institutions really have a problem with people who don’t want to call anywhere home, so you are going to have to decide on something.
Most legal experts will advise you to choose just one state to be your ‘home’ and make sure that everything is tied to that state: driver’s license, vehicle registration, income tax, schools for the kids, doctors, and of course, your mail. Trust me when I say that this is extremely difficult and more complicated than you can imagine.
Some people become full-time RV’ers out of sheer necessity through a loss of their home, a job that requires or allows movement around the country, or for temporary housing due to natural disasters. But most of us make a conscious choice to become permanently ‘homeless,’ and a great deal of thought and preparation goes into the decision.
If you are toying with the idea of joining us on the road in your RV, here are some things that you should think about first.