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Their Clutter-Free Stationary RV Life with Summer Travel

Tammy and Donny separately came across videos of people living in their RVs and decided they wanted to try RV travel for themselves. Originally they purchased an RV just for vacations, but after 2020 hit, Donny retired, and they decided to sell their home and move into the RV full-time!

They actually live in the RV during the school year since Tammy still teaches, and then they travel during the summers. Their life feels “uncluttered” now that they’ve downsized and sold most of their worldly goods. Enjoy reading our interview with Tammy below!

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Teacher & Husband’s Full-Time RV Life in Arkansas

Donny and I had never RVed before. We knew nothing about RV’s or tha RV lifestyle, but one night we were both watching TV in different rooms of our home and both shows were about people living and traveling their RVs lol. So we started shopping for RVs and immediately it seemed like it was everywhere. We learned more and more about it and the plan just stared to develop.

We bought our first RV, a Keystone Cougar travel trailer in 2018. Two years after we first started shopping. We used it for weekends and vacations. Basically just making sure we really did like RV travel. We did! So much that we didn’t want to go home. So when Covid hit 2 years later, and we were both home we spent 2 months traveling in the RV, and then we knew we had to go for it.

That’s when Donny retired from his 33-year-long retail job, we sold our house and bought our current home on wheels, a Keystone Cougar 316rls. It was a brand new floorplan for 2021, and it was perfect for us. Our home and all our belongings were all sold 3 months later, and we were moved in the fifth wheel for real.

All the changes have been for the better! It’s just uncluttered our lives. We are so much more aware of time, space, people, everything. It’s really brought to the forefront how little we need to be happy, and our quality of life has improved tremendously because of it.

I am still teaching. I am in year 25 right now. I can retire whenever I am ready, but I still really love teaching. Donny has a part-time job at a local business when we are in Arkansas.

They allow him to work on my school schedule, so he can be off when I’m off. So we are stationary in our fifth wheel during the school year in Arkansas while we work, and we travel on long weekends, school breaks and summers. This past summer we work camped for the first time in the Outerbanks and loved it, so that’s definitely something we would do again.

I don’t think I’ll ever get use to seeing my home rolling down the highway behind our truck, lol. That’s definitely unnerving. You’d think the hardest part would be getting adjusted to this tiny space, but that was easy. The hardest part has everything today with pulling your home behind us and all the things that could go wrong.

The best thing about tiny living is by far opening that RV door to a brand new view! It’s amazing! We get excited every time we go to a new destination. But we also love the relationships we’ve built through this lifestyle. We have made so many friends and connections in our RV travels and that is something we didn’t expect but truly love.

If you’re thinking about tiny living: Do it! It’s scary because 100% of change is scary. And for that reason, people won’t understand it. But it will lead you on a path of self discovery that’s completely liberating.


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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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