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Camper for a Year

Camper for a Year

It’s a mystery to me
We have a greed with which we have agreed
And you think you have to want more than you need
Until you have it all, you won’t be free
-Eddie Vedder

In January, my fiance and I decided to stop drinking.  Not because we necessarily had a problem with it, or anything like that, we just decided that it was inhibiting us from doing the things we love.  As we are getting older, we are finding that what used to be a minor hang-over the next morning before breakfast has turned into two full days of non-stop vegging.  We would eat ourselves sick on some chipotle, wonder aimlessly around our apartment, and basically do nothing.  This was preventing us from living our lives.  We weren’t hiking as much, camping, saving money, spending time with friends, or being productive.  Our apartment was starting to slip, and all organization went out the window.  I am not saying that we were even drinking that much, just a couple of drinks for me and a little bit more for David, and we were basically done for the next day.  Since we are active people, this was a problem.

This brings me to the point that since we stopped drinking, we’ve noticed a lot has changed in our lives.  For one, we are a million times more productive.  I started blogging, taking online courses, spending time with my friends and family, and I even started painting again.  David has dropped 15 pounds, can run a 5k like a boss, and has significantly diminished acid-reflux.  He has even stopped taking his medication for it, supplementing with Tums instead when needed.

Our mental health is at an all-time high, and we have noticed that our itch to travel is non-stop.  Like a rash that won’t go away, we just can’t scratch idea of getting out of town out of our heads.  We had a stroke of good luck from the universe last year around this time when my parents bought a new RV and we adopted their old twenty-year Mallard (I know the Ballard Mallard is all we used to say when I was growing up).  We decided to store it in our favorite campground, Sugar Mill Ruins in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  Here, we can go to our private oasis (we are homeowners  now after all) and get away from Atlanta.  After spending a few weekends in our camper, we decided that we could totally, one-hundred percent, live in that camper.  With minimal dishes, clothes, hobby stuff (this is a tough one for me), and furniture we can do it.  We could save a lot of money, pay off some student loans, and maybe even see a huge chunk of the United States.  Sure, our camper does need a little love, but we really lucked out because it is in terrific shape. We do have a few projects we are going to try to accomplish before we both go virtual:

    • Bathroom Reconstruction


    • New Toilet
    • New Vanity
    • Pull the wallpaper off and paint the walls of the tub and entire bathroom
    • Paint the tub lining
    • New shower controls
  • Solar Panel the roof
  • Figure out a good solution for a desk area
  • Put vinyl flooring in
  • Find a comfortable sleeper sofa
  • Paint and clean the outside of the camper
  • Cosmetic fun stuff
    • Pull the wallpaper up in the slide room and paint
    • Paint the walls all over
    • Paint a fun quote on the outside of the camper
    • Put up fun map and ocean paintings
    • Curtains
    • New Blinds
    • Put new knobs on the cabinets
    • Paint all the vents, speakers, etc.
    • Restructure the shelves in the closets to make them more accessible
    • Mount a TV in the living space
    • Set up our “kombucha world”

I will be posting about everything we do, taking a few time-lapses, and definitely some how-to videos as we go along. Below is a video of what it looks like now. There was some water damage in the bathroom, so that will be our first priority.  Below is a video of what it looks like now: