A big part of full time RVing is learning to live more simply.  For some this is one of their main motivations for living smaller.  Whether it is a major factor for you in fulltime RVing or not it is still a necessity.  Most people are moving out of some sort of home into an RV.  No matter how big your RV one thing is for sure, unless you were living in your car, your RV is a whole lot smaller and has much less room for all your stuff.  Downsizing is one of the hardest tasks for the future full time RVer.

We have taken it by steps.  We moved out of a three-bedroom house with two full baths, a beautiful finished basement, and a garage for loads of stuff and the occasional car, into a one-bedroom apartment with a single bath and a little storage cage in the basement.  We had to get rid of a lot of furniture and a whole lot of stuff.  Deciding what to keep and what to let go of is real hard work.  And at times emotional.  Turns out we are attached to our stuff.

Today it really got real for me.  I am a TV guy.  I can spend way too much time watching it (according to some people). Before we moved into the apartment, we ditched cable. Cutting the cord was painful.  Now we have over the air TV and a few streaming services, Netflix, Hulu, and Hallmark Movies (Hey! If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.) It has been hard but I have made the adjustment without too much withdrawal.

When it comes to TVs bigger IS better.  There is no such thing as a TV that’s too big. Some would say that a TV is too big for a room.  For example some would say an 80” TV is too big for a 9X10 room. I say if the room is too small make it bigger. Don’t get a smaller TV, enlarge the room. Go big or go home!

That having been said I only had a 55” TV in our little apartment. Today it went away.  No matter how I tried, I couldn’t figure out where to put it in our Puma 253-FBS.  So, like so many other things it had to go. Now I’m  left with a 32” tv. I find the shrinkage embarrassing.

I am however hopeful that as we travel throughout North America that much of my TV viewing will be replaced with viewing the beauty of God’s wonderful creation and meeting the fascinating people He has scattered across the world.  I hope you’ll be one of them.

No matter how painful reducing the amount of stuff we have is, I am certain in the  end it will be worth it.


  1. You’ve joined the late, great George Carlin in lamenting our attachment to our “stuff.” But don’t you feel “lighter” as you continue your purge? Keep up the good work!


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