We have been living full-time in the Alfa for almost three months now. Some of that time has been out on the road, and some of it has been here at Camp Driveway in the forest at the top of our property.
It is one thing to "dream" about living full time in an RV while still living in a large home, and quite another to actually live in the RV. Although I didn't plan on this "test" time, I'm glad we are going through it.
When we came back from our last trip, there were only a couple of things that I brought up from the house that I had not transferred to the Alfa before we went. One was a couple of slotted and serving spoons and a cooking pot lid that fit a particular pot that had not come with one. Craig is still adding tools. We know we will fit in a ladder, and bringing our bikes along is a question we have not yet addressed. The interior is pretty well organized, but the large basement bay still needs work. I had several sturdy bins I had used to store furs and fabric, and we have been using them in the bays, but they are not quite the right size and feel like they waste some space. I wanted to wait until Craig had brought up most of what he wants before I go out and get different bins. This is the sort of job I really enjoy: packing things to fit a space!
I think we have come to the point where we need none of the stuff that is still in the house. We are in limbo on getting rid of more stuff right now. Everything is either part of the staging or packed away in closets or the garage. When the house sells we will have the motivation to make a clean sweep.
I will say there are a couple of things I will miss. One is my Electrolux double oven, and the other is the rotisserie on the large Weber grill we have on the deck.
The Alfa has both a combination microwave-convection oven and an LP oven. Craig uses the LP oven frequently to bake his frozen rolls and frozen French tarts that he eats for breakfasts. It is hard to get up to temperature and is very small. I have nothing against convection cooking. My Electrolux was a convection oven, but I just treated it like a regular oven with excellent results.
I just haven't really explored the convection feature yet.
I really like to make roast chickens on the Weber rotisserie because I almost always get three or four meals out of one large chicken. I do not like the rotisserie chickens sold at groceries, Costco, or Walmart. They are usually small, and because they have been brined have a higher salt content. Tasty, easy, but not healthy. I'm sure once we are on the road I will learn how to do a whole roast chicken.
I am quite surprised that I don't mind hand-washing the dishes. They seem to get much cleaner than in a dishwasher, and washing up after dinner doesn't seem to take as long as it did to empty the dishwasher, rinse and load it, and then do the pots and pans. I am cooking most of the same things that I did in the house.
Because we are being careful about filling up the tanks, I have been practicing low-water-use dish washing by wiping dishes off with paper towels, rather than rinsing them, and dumping the dish water down the hill outside instead of pouring it down the drain.
We have also been taking showers and doing the wash at the house. We are not quite used to having only one potty, so some mornings I walk down the hill to the house for a bit of private time. I've done this at campgrounds too; it is not a real problem.
We will be going down to town to dump the tanks every seven days. They don't get completely full, but we don't want to risk sloshing on the steep hills we need to go up and down to get out of our property. If we had access to a shower house, and if Craig would be willing to use it instead of the shower in the Alfa, I think we could do ten days at a power-only campground. This is good to know, because many State and National park campgrounds do not have water or sewer hookups.
As the weather gets colder in the evening, I find I am cuddling in the bed and reading or watching Netflix more often. It's warm and comfortable. It's getting too chilly to sit outside. We have spent the last twenty or so years of winter evenings sitting in front of a cozy fireplace in our comfy chairs. I will miss that a bit, but not my daily chore of cleaning up the hearth and floor.
All in all, I am so ready to leave this place and set out on our full time adventure.
My emotions fluctuate between hope and despair about the house selling for a reasonable price in a reasonable time. We have lowered the price, but there has still been very few showings. But every time I go down there and walk thru I think: "What a wonderful house this is."
We leave for a month in San Diego soon. It sure would be a great holiday gift if we got an offer while we were gone. Then we could come home in January, clear it out and be on our way.
It will happen, it's just a question of the right buyer coming to see it.
(Note to robbers: there is nothing in the house worth taking.)