First Night in the Motorhome

Well last night was the first night in the motorhome. We still have the rest of this morning to empty our house before the new tenants arrive, but as we had already sold our bed, we were forced into the RV one night early.

I was pleasantly surprised at the temperatures. Living on the West Coast of Vancouver Island is great in one way because it rarely drops below freezing, however this area is also known as the ‘Wet Coast’. Yes, it rains ALOT.

My wife was complaining about the dampness throughout the first night, but to be honest I didn’t really notice it. She is a little more sensitive to things than I, but I guess that’s the same for most women. I’ve spoke to many people in the recent weeks about RV living and how it’s way easier for men. I guess men are ok with less creature comforts, even though I am a Taurus with Cancer rising, I seem to be less concerned about comforts than my stars express.

I have been advised to install a large tarp over the entire MoHo, for two reasons; one to preserve the integrity of the roof, which will limit potential leaks, but also for the noise of the rain. I can certainly confirm this. The noise get’s pretty intense even in a ground floor suite, so you can imagine storm-quality, ‘rainforest rain’, on the roof of an RV. Although I slept well, I sure noticed the intensity of the rain. Even a light misting gets noisy. I will be buying a larger tarp tomorrow.

We also have a dehumidifier, which I feel will be our most valued piece of equipment throughout the winter here. The one we currently own was intended for use in our home and is therefore way too large. I’m excited to sell this and buy a smaller one as it’s taking up the entire ‘lounge’ space!

I tested out the shower first thing in the morning. We are currently not connected to the water mains, but have a full tank, so we must use the on board water pump. We are connected to power, so that’s fine. The shower was hot thanks to the new gas water heater that I installed weeks prior and the pressure was, for the most part, ok. The pressure did seem to lower as I went though, a problem I feel will be solved once we are connected to the mains.

I don’t take long showers, so the six gallon tank continued to provide hot water for the short two minute rinse.

I used a standard electric kettle to boil up for coffee this morning, but noticed the lights dim when I switched it on. Those kettles are pretty power hungry at 1500 watts, so if our solar power project get’s underway, we might have to rethink the kettle situation and start using the propane stove to boil water.

It’s things like that, that we take for granted in ‘normal’ living situations, the simple use of our resources.

This is the start of a self imposed school of life. We will be learning a great deal on this journey that will contribute to our overall understanding of what’s required for our future intention of providing ourselves with an off grid eco home. There’s no better school than just taking control and doing it.

Here’s to a new way of life for an undetermined amount of time.


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