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Top 10 Best & Worst Of Full-Time RVing / “Light Life” Camper Up For SALE

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Hi friends!

Yesterday afternoon I walked into our camper parked in our backyard (for now) to get something, and something happened that I wasn’t expecting…after two weeks of living in a big ole’ house, the camper still felt so much like home! I felt tears well up in my eyes and so, I decided to indulge my emotions for a bit and sat on the couch and reminisced about the beautiful times over the last three years that were had in that small space. I hate goodbyes, but I guess my heart just needed to say goodbye so that I could let it go. I’ll be telling you what we’ve decided to do with our camper later on in this post!

But now that we have officially wrapped up RV life, we wanted to go out celebrating our 3 years of full-time RVing one last time by writing out our top 10 best & worsts of full-time RV life. Also, we wanted to tell you all what we plan to do with our sweet little Light Life camper now that we are settling down.

The Light Life’s Top Best & Worst of Full-time RVing:

We’ll start with the worst and end with the best… 😉

  1. RV bathrooms – It goes without much explanation about why tiny RV bathrooms, teeny tiny showers, and camper toilets aren’t exactly the most glam part of RV life. But you DO get used to it and it isn’t really so bad after once you do…until it’s Sunday morning and everybody is trying to get ready to go somewhere at once and you realize there is one person in the shower, one using the sink and 2 banging on the door needing to use the toilet. 😉
  2. Laundromats – Unless you’re blessed to have a small washer/dryer in your RV, then you know that laundromats will inevitably be a part of life for a while. While is a blessing to have campground laundry facilities or a laundromat nearby because well, it beats having dirty clothes. It pretty much goes without saying that laundromats aren’t the most awesome places ever. But they will do.
  3. Frozen pipes – Of course this is only a worry in wintertime. But we’ll just say, unless you’re RVing in Florida, you’ll want to wrapped your water line going into the camper with foam and have heat trace on your RV pipes for wintertime RVing. And of course, if it’s going below 32 anytime, leave your water drizzling…because frozen or busted pipes are SO not fun. Trust us.
  4. Campground bath-houses – Now if you’re temporarily boon-docking, of course this doesn’t apply. But as most are, if you’re staying or living in a campground, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Campground bath-houses are meant for campers of all types to have a place to shower and use the restroom. This means you will likely be sharing a bathroom with tent campers who {ah-hem!} tend to be just a tad bit dirtier than the average person for obvious reasons. Also, not all camp-ground bath-houses are created equal. Which means, some are nicer and more well-maintained than others. Still, we’ve never found one we would want to utilize without our shoes on. 😉
  5. Space – When you’re living in 350 sq. feet of living space or less for more than one person for a longer period of time than a few weeks, it starts to feel well…crowded. This is just an unavoidable fact of RV life that we learned early on to set an appropriate perspective, expectation, and attitude of life in our tiny space, which helped A LOT. But still, it’s just a bit tight! Or as we prefer to view it...super cozy. 😉

On to our favorite part, the BEST of RV life!

  1. Financial freedom – We can honestly say that this past 3 years has been the first time in the 14 years we’ve been married that we were so financially free. I mean, we still have to work to make a living and pay bills, but we were never strapped for money or ever were just barely making ends meet. When we wanted to go somewhere or do something, we could do it! Our space was smaller, but our wallets could breathe easier and there just are no words to fully express how amazing that feels. There was no house anywhere that could have compared to the joy of having the freedom to ENJOY life rather than just stress over how to PAY for life.
  2. Time – Hands down, one of the major blessings that 3 years of full-time RV life gave us back was time together. There were no more out of town trips away from us for dad or everyone running in all different direction. We were together, a lot; and the rewards were so rich in so many ways.
  3. Communication  –The natural benefit of close space proximity and increased time together was that we learned to connect with and get to know one another in a deeper way than just in passing as most families do and as we did before.
  4. Relationship – Often we have people comment on how impressed they are that we survived 3 years living in an RV and still like each other. Inside our heads we are always thinking the same thing, our goal was never to just survive this journey, it was to let it change us and grow us together as a tightly knit family. That is exactly what it did! The financial freedom took away so much stress which gave us time which gave us communication which gave us back rich relationship with one another. You could never put a price-tag on the positive domino effect it had on our lives.
  5. Experiences – The combination of financial freedom and living transiently, mixed with a little bit of an adventurous spirit brought our family more amazing experiences than we could even attempt to count over this wonderful span of time. We have 983,094 million pictures to prove the myriad of experiences that we had in just a short span of time.

As you can see, obviously, the good far out-weighs the bad. And we could go on and on because there were truly so many more….mostly good; but these were just the most obvious take-aways for our family on our 3 year full-time RV journey, and we hope they will enlighten and encourage you no matter where you are in your own journey.

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And so what, what will we do with our sweet little camper home? After much thought, we have decided to put our Light Life home up for SALE, and you guys are the first to know! We’ve had many ask us to inform them if we ever decide to sell it, well here’s your chance! All cleaned out and ready for a new owner to love it and have incredible adventures in it, just as we did.

{You can view all the info. pics, and exact specs. on the camper here. Also, feel free to pass this post on to anyone you know who might be looking for a camper!}

Although we are sad to see it go and will definitely be be choking back the tears as it drives away with its new owners one day soon, we know that our run with our Light camper has come to an end and it’s time to pass it on to a new set of adventurers.

Little did we know when we bought our camper back in 2013 that we were gaining so much more than money could ever have bought us. We thought we were buying a camper, but instead we bought back the gift of time.

The gifts of freedom and experiences.

The gifts that we rediscovered all over again, the gifts of one another.

It is our ultimate hope that this beautiful experience we’ve had, our small nuggets of our wisdom along the way, and our little camper home will bring the same all over again for a brand new set of adventurers!

Goodbye little camper home. You sure have loved us well.

While it is true that this is the very last RV post here at The Light Life Blog, it is not the last encouragement you will hear from us to fully embrace YOUR unique journey, and live it out beautifully.

-Anthony, Rachel, Olivia & Jackson Rowell 

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Sometimes Life Gives You A Big Ole’ “Welcome Home”

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Welcome to the “new” Light Life Blog! We promised we weren’t going anywhere, just getting off at the station to board a different train that will take us in a new direction.  😉

Although we are no longer living our full-time RV life journey, we felt that our name was still equally as fitting and so, we kept it!

So why The Light Life?

Because we believe that regardless of who we are, what we do, or what we live in, we live our lives as lights that shine brightly into a dark world. That has become our family’s mission statement – LIVE the light.

And so, we will stay The Light Life Blog!

I realize that some of you may be disappointed that we won’t be sharing our RV life posts these days. However, we’re willing to bet that you might find sticking around for this leg of our journey to be well worth your time too – at least we sure hope so!

13654255_878327102311846_5489519023965512515_nAs of this past Friday, we moved out of our sweet little camper home to settle into an old 1873 farmhouse in a quaint little southern town in South Carolina just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina!

While the house itself has been lived in and updated here and there through the years, it needs quit a bit of TLC to bring it back to life. As you know, old houses need constant care and are always a work in progress. But we will be sharing more of the history as we go!

13775889_880227538788469_1907651864583726424_nLike much in life, we know that this will be a marathon, not a sprint. It is a journey we have chosen to take knowing that it will take time, which will teach us patience…because we are just regular folks who definitely aren’t Chip & Joanna Gains, we aren’t financially independent (so somebody still has to go to work everyday) and we don’t have an entire crew helping us knock out our long punch-list.

We don’t have unlimited funds and will be remodeling this house on a pretty tight budget, so part of the story will be how to live well without being born with a silver spoon, winning the lottery…or robbing a bank. 😉

For the most part, it will be the four of us working hard together to make this sweet old southern house, our forever home.

I’m not gonna lie, it would nice to hire a crew to just come in and do it all for us and then move in, but part of the reward in it in the end will be that we did it together, we made a house our home – together; just as we made our little camper home together for the past three years… only now we have an 3,000 additional square feet of work and space.

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This is only the beginning, and we have so much to do and so much to share! A tour of the inside will come soon!

Mostly, we want our readers to know that we just adore and appreciate you, and the last thing we desire is for this blog to just be a place to document our farmhouse journey; that’s not what we’re going for at all. We want to connect with you, to share our lives with you, to encourage and inspire you to LIVE the light in your own lives, wherever you may find yourself.

There is a long road ahead and so much more to come. We hope you’ll discover the beauty there to be found in your life, as we share ours.

Welcome again friends old and new to The Light Life Blog! As we begin this new chapter, we’re so blessed you’re a part of our story too.

It is our hope that this place of sharing our story will be like a big ole’ southern front porch where life quiets for just a while and you sit a spell with us until your soul is encouraged and your weary heart is lifted with a warm and gentle embrace that says,”Welcome home. You are so loved.”

Here we go!

Much Love,

Anthony & Rachel

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We invite you to connect with us on Facebook & Instagram!

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The Light Life: A Little Inside Tour!

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Welcome to our tiny home on wheels! We’ve taken a few weeks to get acquainted with our new place (and each other again) and situated a bit. But we are settled in now and thought you might like to see the place the four of us have made our new home!

I won’t caption every single picture as they pretty well speak for themselves. However, I will be eventually doing a video tour on how we organize things to make living full time in 300 sq. feet work without going insane.

Welcome in!

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We wanted the same verse that had hung in our big 2500 sq. foot house to hang in our 300 sq. foot home. Because we realized that we are living the abundant life. The abundant life has nothing to do with what we live in or what we possess, but everything to do with how we live.

What we’re learning is that  it doesn’t take a lot of money to make a home….or an amazingly rich life. No matter where you live, or how big or how small the space….any space, can feel like home.

Because a home has very little to do with the size of the walls and the amount of stuff that surrounds us, but more to do with how we use our time. And how this place in time together is making so much more room for our hearts to become more and more woven together – within this sweet little space….we call home

Contrary to what the American Dream has told us, things don’t create a rich life, but the quality of relationships with those we share life with..and a relationship with the one who created it all.

For sure, we have traded in a much bigger, impressive to the eye, busier life for one in which we can just throw off some dead weight….and live just a bit more slower, simple and light.

Abundantly light.

Feel free to ask any questions you’d like in the comments below and I’ll answer you!
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