living simple

WHY WE LOVE OUR TOY HAULER

WE WERE RECENTLY ASKED BY KEYSTONE (THE MAKER OF OUR CAMPER) WHY WE LOVE OUR TOY HAULER AND HOW WE USE IT.  

toy hauler renovation

Our home and garage is so multi-purpose

When we’re in transit it holds our three motorcycles, 2 kayaks, 2 bicycles and camping gear.

When we have guest fly out to meet us (which we absolutely love) we transform it into a guest suite.

Kermit turned the rear door ramp into a porch for us to chill and entertain.

Sometimes we use it as a music studio and jam space.

Since we are parked for a couple of months in Pennsylvania we just pulled the motorcycles out and turned the garage into a temporary living room until we get the wheels rolling again.

Trinity also operates her photography business out of the custom built office/desk area 

Think you could live in 280 square feet? It’s fun to challenge ourselves to make it work based on our work and hobbies.

photo credit:  Mandy @188sqft 

photo credit:  Mandy @188sqft 

photo credit: Mandy @188sqft 

photo credit: Mandy @188sqft 

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keystone fuzion toy hauler
fifth wheel renovation
living in toy hauler rv
fifth wheel renovation
We recently pulled the bikes out and moved the living room out to the garage temporarily. 

We recently pulled the bikes out and moved the living room out to the garage temporarily. 

rv renovation

If you'd like to take a tour of our home and see more, click here to explore the rest of our tiny home on wheels. 

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THE CUPID IN A CAMPER

Happy February!  We were asked by McGoverns RV to participate in a blog series this month about how we met and how living in a small space has changed us as a couple.  We have a crazy tangled love story that all involves an RV....


We met in 2012 and only TWO WEEKS LATER jumped in this RV together and drove 7,000+ miles on a cross country trip! 

Only knowing each other 2 weeks here... 

HOW WE MET, A CRAZY STORY OF CONNECTIONS.... 

Written by Trinity: HAH!! Crazy story! … and long story short:  Kermit had always questioned himself “why don’t I drive across country in an RV while I’m young?” ..So, back in 2012 while sitting at a bar he started shopping for RV’s.  Two weeks later he was the owner of a Class C motorhome and was about to embark on a SOLO adventure of a lifetime.  Kermit wasn’t going to take any women on the trip, he wanted to go alone or with a childhood friend.. that all changed when he met me. I was friends with Kermit’s brother’s wife, Valen whom I met through a kidney donation and was living in California at the time with her husband Noah (Kermit’s brother).  Valen casually mentioned to me:  “You should drive across country with Noah’s brother Kermit “…  my immediate response was “I’m NOT driving across the country with a boy named KERMIT! That I don’t even know!! “ … well, that changed! I met Kermit a few days later and TWO WEEKS later packed my bags and was driving across the country with a boy named KERMIT! Haha.  We lived in that RV for one month, fell in love and fast forward got married a year and half later. Little did we know several years later we’d end up living in an RV FULL TIME across the country!!  So, RVing is how we met and has become a huge part of our lives. 


ONE YEAR AFTER MEETING EACH OTHER, KERMIT PROPOSED IN THE RV!

Photos: Lauren Fair Photography

Photos: Lauren Fair Photography


4 MONTHS LATER WE WERE SURROUNDED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR A LOVE CELEBRATION, THIS IS THE DAY WE GOT MARRIED... 

Photo credit:  Lauren Fair Photography

Photo credit:  Lauren Fair Photography

Photo credit:  Lauren Fair Photography

Photo credit:  Lauren Fair Photography


FAST FORWARD >>  About 3 years after living in our farm house with 6 acres in York, Pennsylvania and working almost 7 days a week towards a dream, we decided at the last minute to change our plans of moving to the California coast and buy a different RV ( our toy hauler) and hit the road for a while as Full Time RV folks! 

photo credit:  Mandy @188sqft

photo credit:  Mandy @188sqft

photo credit: Mandy @188sqft

photo credit: Mandy @188sqft

HOW HAS LIVING IN A SMALL SPACE CHANGED US?

Living in a tiny space has changed us in such a great way!  Leading up to this lifestyle change we were working about 7 days a week and barely saw each other.  Now that we live the simple life, we’re able to spend quality time together  and always be involved in each other’s projects. It all comes down to us respecting each other… our space, interests and independence.  We live together as best friends, a team, and that makes a huge difference in being able to live in 280 square feet.  ( That includes the garage… our actual living space is 212 square feet).  Before, we were busy working every chance we could get, cutting lots of grass, and barely passing each other in the hallway. Now that our expenses are low we have time to sit and have a cocktail and play cards with each other.. actually enjoy a meal and truly see how each other's day is going.  I'm sure we won't always live THIS tiny, but simplifying our lives was the best decision we could have ever made and has forever changed our outlook on life and each other.  Life is too short to not LIVE IT!

photo credit: Mandy @188sqft 

photo credit: Mandy @188sqft 

Photo credit: Mandy @188sqft

Photo credit: Mandy @188sqft


If you’d like to learn more about living in small spaces with family and pets or just want to follow new rad folks living their dreams, check out the other RV bloggers that are involved in this special Cupid Series  HERE   ... or simply search hashtag #cupidinacamper2018


Thank you so much for stopping by and being part of our lives.  We'd LOVE to hear from you and know you stopped by, simply comment below and say Hi! :)  If you'd like to learn more about us and our life on the road and living in a tiny space.. click here

SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE

From Trinity:  If you asked me 2 years ago if I could live in a tiny space with minimal things I would quickly say " Hell No! I LOVE my stuff too much!" 

full time rv couple

" Imagine a life of less... a life of passion unencumbered by the trappings of the chaotic world around you.. imagine an intentional life.  It's not a perfect life, it's not always an easy life... but its a simple and happy one. "  -The Minimalist Imagine a life where you know where every single item is in your home.  Imagine your house being clean all of the time.  Wow, that seemed like a DREAM life to me, seriously who lives that way!?  The concept of minimalism felt so distant and unachievable.  I would say "that's just not me".  I was busy working 7 days a week, busy filling the house with things that I thought would make me happy.. and yes, it did.. but it wasn't the deep happiness I was looking for.  

kermit and trinity

FAST FORWARD >> I'm currently writing you from our 280 square foot home on wheels overlooking a lake and living the life we've carved out and created for ourselves.  We just watched the documentary MINIMALISM on Netflix, it's a documentary about the important things in life.  I instantly want everyone to watch it and understand why we are living the life we are and to be able to relate.  I've realized this past year that a simple life is it, and stuff is not the answer for me.  

Kermit made an excellent point.. he said " Live life like a dog!" They don't need much of anything except shelter, food and love"... this was very profound to me as I quickly started thinking about "but I NEED this.. and I NEED that...  I had to ask myself " Do you really need 4 curling irons, do you really need 5 pair of brown boots.. and so on."  

So, we did it.  We traded our stuff for experiences to create a life that makes us feel rich on minimal money.  We have come to realize the value of time vs. money.  We don't want to live to work, if we keep our expenses low we can keep our experiences high.  Was it easy making the transition out of a 4 bedroom house full of anything we wanted down to 280 feet?  NO WAY!  Was it worth it?  HELL YES!!   

NOW, DO SOMETHING GREAT AND GO WATCH "MINIMALISM" ON NETFLIX NOW!  

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"Love people and use things, because the opposite never works"  - The Minimalist