Friday, September 03, 2010

The moving house where I live

This is the house where I will live for the next two months. It's a 24-foot-long motorhome with a diesel engine in front. Here I am at work. My kitchen table is my office. Across the room is a couch where I can take a nap or watch TV. In the back you can see the small bathroom. There's a shower, too, but it's out of view. The kitchen has a big sink, a three burner stove, refrigerator with freezer, and a microwave/convection oven. The RV has hot and cold running water, and storage tanks to hold waste water until I can find a place to dump it. It has a high definition TV and DVD player.

A heater keeps the motorhome warm in the winter, and the air conditioner keeps it cool in the summer. Really, the big difference between this house and my real house is that this one is much smaller, easier to keep clean, and it moves.

My bed is behind the camera in the photo above, over the cab area. It's called queen-sized, but it's really just a double bed plus a few inches.

I can live and work here just as easily as back home near Seattle. A Verizon Air Card connects my laptop computer to the internet at broadband speed, and I have my cell phone, which is what everyone calls me on at home, too. I can also video chat on the internet with my friends and co-workers. It's almost like sitting across a table from them.

These days I use a Garmin GPS system to tell me which road to take to get somewhere. I call it Eleanor because it has a female voice.

Today I am in Connecticut, where I will be for at least two more days. Then I don't know where I will be. The view out my windows changes a lot, but inside, my little home always looks pretty much the same. This the life!

26 comments:

Skylos said...

As this house is as adequate for your work and life; why do you own any other housing at all?

Skylos said...

As this house is as adequate for your work and life; why do you own any other housing at all?

Calvin R said...

Thank you for posting this. I have been trying to remember the size of your RV because of that picture you posted a while back of it backed into a small camp site. We want to go places like that, so we can't go any bigger than your rig.

Dan said...

I look forward to the day that everyday I look out of the window I am in a different place.

Anonymous said...

i am jealous, please tell us about fuel consumption

Walter said...

You are close enough to put the Battle of Plattsburgh NY on your itinerary. The last land/water invasion of our country was won here and the annual celebration takes place on Sept 11th (coincidence. There is a nice State Park on the lake.

maximo1173 said...

Hi,we have a Forest River Solera, same configuration but with a bed in the back. Not comfortable sleeping in that bed with 2 people. also a diesel and gets 15.5 mpg

Anonymous said...

Our Coach House Sprinter Fuel consumption averages 16-19 mpg. 25'9" is a perfect size to go everywhere. No need to apologize for the "Human Part" of your articles. In these challenging times, your life parallels many of your readers & FANS!!
Keep writing from your heart- also, let us know more about your Sprinter-they are NEW and not enough Blogs! Where is your spare tire? Do you use All Steel?

Elizabeth said...

Hi Chuck,
Hope you're enjoying your stay in our former home state. Good inexpensive campgrounds are scarce up there. Glad you found someplace comfortable. Hope you didn't get to much rain from Earl! Have a safe trip!

Full Timers said...

Love your travel blogs. Nice rig. we also full time and love the new scenery outside our windows. right now we are looking at the rocky mountains and the light dusting of snow. Heading for our winter destination, Rio Grande Valley. safe travels.

Gary F. said...

If you don't care for the female's voice, especially just after you missed a direction point and she angrilly states "re-calculating", here's ho: Select "settings" from the main menue, then "Locale" then to the right of the lips icon and select a different voice. Enjoy, have a great trip and make sure you take in the Upstate NY finger lakes wine country and the Corning Glass works.

Anonymous said...

Walter, I am originally from near Plattsburgh, now in TX. Just wanted to say hello. Neil West

Karilou said...

Thanks for the photos and sharing your joy of the RVing life. We've been doing this for 25 years (in a travel trailer) and in 1999-2000 took a year off from work to travel the US. Wonderful! Now we head for the California desert in the winter where we own a space in an RV resort. Not quite cool enough there...yet.
And...we, too, have a Garmin. Her name is Jennifer.

Karilou said...

Oh, yes, the Corning Glassworks for sure!

Paulette said...

never apologize for talking about personal life... nice to know you are human. I had my twins both leave for college at the same time, talk about a double whammy of "miss your kids" Well it took about two weeks to get over that, not to mention less cooking, laundry and grocery shopping. Besides every mother (or father bird) wants their baby birds to learn how to fly. Great school for Miss Emily , we wish her luck!
Enjoy your travels, we will look for you at the Giant Ctr. in PA Paulette and Kevin Mc

Susan said...

I've been in CT since AUG 2nd. Been a full timer since NOV '94, but am now doing it solo. I park in the family's drive and am not far from where you are. Isn't it lovely country?
Like your rig for it's size, but like my 37 ft. for the same reason. I'm hoping to go to the show in PA before I head south.

Dar said...

We have the Garmin also and we call her "Sweetie", we tried the male voice but didn't like him. We also use the Verizon air stick, only way to go, the big dishes look like a real pain to travel with and set up at each locale. We'll start our winter travels about the middle of October, can't wait. Enjoy your new found freedom and safe travels ! We enjoy keeping up with you each Saturday.

Anonymous said...

By all means enjoy upstate NY. Corning Glass is not to be missed. Elmira NY and Mark Twains' study [Pilot House] on the Elmira College campus is interesting too. Quary Farm where Mark Twain wrote many of his books is near by.
Enjoy your travels...

PapPappy said...

While you are going through this "Change of Life"....watching your Daughter go off on her own...it is good that you have your "moving house", so that you can enjoy this life and the new life you have.

You have a very nice little home...enjoy it! I envy you your freedom....

Anonymous said...

I was so glad Earl passed us by. I am currently in Glocester RI (you're almost next door!) on Waterman Lake visiting family. I had to move my motorhome up from the Lake to the driveway in case it intensified and I had an alternate plan in case the winds picked up. I have a 24' Winnebago with a rear kitchen and bath, couch, table and overhead bed and a slide. You're right, it's a great size to get into those smaller spaces but adequate to live in for a couple of months. Enjoy your time in CT. The weather is suppose to be beautiful the next few days. Family reunion, here, on Monday.

Tom Whipp said...

Hi Earl,
You look very comfy there but I was interested to see you have your Apple connected up to a second monitor!
I just bought my wife a 15" Macbook pro also with a second hi def monitor. She also writes (novels) but whilst we got the second monitor working, we didn't like the idea of having to move a MSWord window onto the 2nd monitor to utilise the system. DW likes the idea of editing with two copies of a story open at the same time. I'm wondering how you like it and especially how you work with the second monitor.
BTW we are just getting into full time RVing and are about to go pickup our new Dodge dually.
Regards
Tom Whipp.

Staff Report said...

To Skylos -- I enjoy having a home to return to. I like being on the road and I like being home, too. -- Chuck

Staff Report said...

To Tom Whipp -- I just plug in the second monitor and go to work. It's no hassle. It really helps when I am putting my newsletter together -- the laptop screen is so small that I have to open and close windows way too often. So the external monitor helps. -- Chuck W, editor

Gareth Goetsch said...

Since Feb 3rd we have spent 102 nights in our TT. Not full timers yet but sure are getting the use of the rig! we are already looking forward to December when we can leave Minnesota for Texas and four months of sun shine instead of snow.

Anonymous said...

I am so envious of all of you that can travel in your RVs. I have some real estate to sell then I want to travel the US also. It seems overwhelming when I think of what I have to do but that is my plan. My youngest is in college so the time is right for me. Happy travels-Nancy

Peter said...

Hey,looks like not many posts that I can see from 2013.I am traveling in a Thor 27' Class C.Bought it last year then work camped last summer.I used to have a 45' 5th wheel that my husband & I full timed in for the past 17 years.After he passed away I decided that I still wanted to RV hence my little Class C.I do love it.Enjoy traveling & hope to work camp up in Wa this July/August.Enjoy reading your blogs.Maybe I'll see ya down the road somehwhere.Travel safe.