Because We're Minimalists
Our family will live and travel for one year in a tiny 26-foot RV. Why? Because we’ve rejected this consumer rat race. We’ve unshackled ourselves from our corporate owners! Material goods have lost all meaning meaning to us.
... but, you know, obvi, we were forced to invest in a small number of RV-specific items to help us not die in the wilderness. So that you can understand a bit about the wandering life, here’s a sampling of what we’ve bought so far:
The Instant Pot: This 7-in-1 pot acts as a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt culturer, and porridge-maker. (There are definitely two more uses.) In case you don’t know, porridge is a food made by boiling ground up starchy plants, such as grains. We’ve tried quite a few varieties, but yucca root porridge is our fave by far. We grow yucca root in our backyard. We’ve taught Lily yucca husbandry. Fun fact: when not being used for cooking, this pot serves well as a small composting toilet.
Tiny Bakeware: We have a 12” x 13” convection "oven." We can bake one muffin or heat up one Eggo. But not if we don’t have bakeware. So we bought an eensy, baby, adorbs-size cookie sheet, roasting pan, and muffin pan. And a cooling rack. And a very compact dough kneader.
A New Shower: The RV came with an off-whitish-yellow plastic shower. It's the color of spoiled cottage cheese. So we renovated a bit. Now we have a teak floor, rock walls, and weathered beach wood framing. The added weight has significantly reduced our MPG, but natural surroundings pay for themselves in tranquility.
Safety Equipment: We have a screen on the dash panel that’s linked to a back-up camera. But the screen is small and not very bright. We are replacing it with a much larger screen, with front, rear, and side cameras. As it turns out, the front camera is not so that you can place a blinder over the windshield and toke. It’s so that we can film our adventures for you, as we see them. Don-Michael says POV is all the rage. He snickers when he says this.
A New Family Room: The RV was designed with a king-sized bed in the back. It can convert to two twin beds, in case the road inspires us to take up a monastic, chaste life. But since we're not very spiritual and we have no idea what the word "chaste" means, we thought, “Why can’t we turn those twin beds into couches, and place a sturdy, tasteful wooden table in between, which would collapse down at night so we can still rest our weary campers’ heads on our king-sized bed?” We thought long and hard about how to do this, and then we hired our contractor, Frank.
Basic Entertainment: The lame-o who sold us our RV had installed one sad-assed 22” TV inside. Was he pranking us? There’s no need to go Soviet Union circa 1936 just to get a taste of the free life. We’re limiting ourselves to two larger flat screens and Lauren’s new Nintendo Switch, for those rainy days when hiking just isn’t in the cards.
Well, this is just a fraction of what we’ve been forced to invest in. Oh, and room is at a premium, so other compact items include this cookware, microphone, plunger, cast iron pan, and waffle maker. Downsizing doesn't always mean $$ savings.
Update: We received our tiny waffle maker!
It made a real waffle!
We made RV chicken 'n' waffles!