Summer 2020: Reacclimating to life on the road

In a matter of 5 weeks (or was it 4?) we sold our house in Idaho, sold our plane, procured our next RV, filled a storage unit with everything that wouldn’t come with us, and hit the road. In June 2020 our third stint living on the road full-time had officially begun.

We had a few goals for the summer ahead…
  1. Re-establish residency in Colorado (not an easy task with no permanent address)
  2. Shop for a piece of property in Colorado (this could help with the residency thing)
  3. Don’t get COVID

Although we planned to travel full-time, we knew we wanted Colorado to be our home base again and that we would like to spend 4 months there every summer. With that, we were interested in finding a piece of property that could serve as a basecamp of sorts.

Other than that, we mostly spent the summer laying low, moving from one dispersed camping site to another every week or two. We knew we wanted to travel at a slower pace this time around in an effort to sustain this lifestyle longer than we had in the past and so I originally thought we might spend a month or two here and there at RV parks. As I type, I laugh recalling the idea. We love wild, open spaces. We don’t love tight, congested RV parks. So instead, we took advantage of the 14 day limit on public lands and only moved 60-90 miles at a time (at least for the summer). That pace turned out to be our sweet spot.

Mark outfitted our rig with a solar system that suited our electrical needs perfectly. Furthermore, the 80 gallon tank we have onboard our toy hauler could last us the entirety of our 14 day limit. Choosing a toy hauler turned out to be everything we had hoped and more. All in all, we rode out the summer of 2020, and all the uncertainty that came with it, in a way that was safe, affordable, and enjoyable beyond measure.

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We’re Mark & Michele, modern-day nomads perfecting the art of slow, full-time travel.  Our tiny home on wheels and slow-paced travel style allows us to minimize our expenses while maximizing our freedom.  May our unconventional way of life inspire you to design a life that you love.


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