Friday was the two week mark of living in my small RV. There is still got lot of learning ahead of me, but I’ve had enough time now to make some initial observations about living in a small space with a roommate that I thought I’d share.
Now originally, I was hoping to write this up from Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island which is just down the road from where I live in Bluffton. I drove out there, walked to the little park area before the beach, and found myself a nice spot underneath a little shelter with a view of the ocean.
While I started typing, a steady stream of people coming off the beach flowed past me. About ten minutes later I looked to my right away from the beach and saw some pretty ominous clouds coming up over the treeline, uh-oh.
I hightailed it back to the truck and made it just in time before the storm started. When it was done I went back out to the beach with my camera and saw a very rare sight, the rain and washed all of the footprints in the sand away and there wasn’t a soul to be seen. I thought the rain clouds over the ocean made for a pretty video so I took one.
So instead I’m typing this from the Casita. The writing up a post at the beach thing will happen though, it’s one of those things I always imagined myself doing when I originally dreamed of what my life would be like when I was a full-timer. Will I do better work at the beach versus anywhere else? Probably not, in fact I’ll probably be much more distracted and the post will take longer to do, but that’s not the point. The point is that I want to and I can, so why not? Anyway, back on topic.
Right now I’m living in the Casita with a roommate (Julie) and her cat. Two adults and one indoor only cat make for a crowded living situation.
Observation number one for living with somebody in such a small space: only one person can be up and about inside the RV at one time. Hazel mentioned this is the comments of another one of my posts and it’s very true. That means that only one person can brush their teeth, get something out of the closet, or cook at any one time. The other person has to be sitting to be out of the way.
We’ve found that sharing my laptop works well in these situations. Whoever isn’t up and doing something is usually on the computer checking e-mail or whatever else needs to be done.
Observation two: The easiest way to increase your living space in a small RV is to use your outdoor space to the fullest. As I type this Julie is out putting up our borrowed screen tent so that we can spend time outdoors without getting eaten alive by South Carolina’s plentiful insect population. Could we continue getting by without this extra space? Yes, we could. But this will make it so much easier. It allows us to have two ‘rooms’ that one person can escape to when we need alone time, which does happen no matter how good of friends you might be.
Observation three: You need to be understanding and forgiving in order to share that small of a space with someone without driving each other nuts. This probably applies to couples as well as roommates. Any problems you have with each other are going to be amplified when there is no place to get away.
If you’re going to be hitting the road with a roommate and not a significant other whom you have already spent a good deal of time with and know well, think carefully about your personalities and living habits and how well they mesh. Go into it with the knowledge that you’ll both have to make compromises, like trading off who gets to sleep on the real bed and who gets the little bench bed.
Tomorrow is Julie’s birthday, but since we both work then we’ll be celebrating it today. In a couple hours we’ll be driving to Savannah to borrow kayaks from one of her co-workers and go kayaking. It’s another one of those things I wanted to do more of.
Are there any other aspects of living in a small RV that you all would like to hear more about? I have some ideas in mind but would love to hear your input. As always comments and questions are welcome, happy Mother’s day, and have a good week all!