Check out the homes of the RV Nomads Cast!! That’s right, you can get a quick peak into our homes and find out why we picked the models we picked. So come on in and get to know us a little bit more!!
Wait, you don’t know about the RV Nomads Movie?? It’s a movie surrounding the phenomenon of working-aged people leaving their traditional homes and jobs and hitting the road. You can find out more about it here.
Ready to explore the RV Nomads Casts Homes? Well, here you go!!
RV Nomads – Chickery’s Travels
In June of 2014, we moved from a 2,500 square foot home to a 44 foot Fifth Wheel. While some RVers may not think it is small, it was still quite the adjustment for us. The start of our full-time RV adventure coincided with us becoming empty nesters.
We chose a toy hauler because we had one son who was in college. The garage has a queen size bunk, TV, and its own bathroom so it actually doubled as his bedroom during school breaks. He and our other young adult sons have visited us several times over the last few years. It also doubles as an office when we don’t have visitors. We still love our Fifth Wheel, but are considering downsizing to 36-38’ in the future.
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We’re Sean and Julie Chickery, a couple of perpetual travelers who are currently exploring the country in our RV. After serving 20 years in the US Air Force, we knew we wanted to keep moving and experience even more of this beautiful nation. We enjoy slow travel, spending a month or more at each location so we can fully enjoy the adventure. We are also the proud parents of three young adult sons.
Sean is a Doctor of Health Science who works full time from our home on the road as a medical research study manager. He is the calm, logical one of the couple, and keeps Julie from stressing out too much. Julie works part-time as a content manager and is our primary trip planner. She’s also the adventurous one. You can find her riding roller coasters with her sons, jumping off cliffs in Hawaii, or parasailing in Florida.
RV Nomads – Mortons on the Move
We are the Mortons on the Move and we live in a 2005 Doubletree (DRV) Mobile Suites 32TK3 fifthwheel. It is 33’ 10’’ long and this size fits us well – we are able to fit into most of the places we want to go while still having plenty of “house space” for living comfortably on the road with our two dogs.
This is our 2nd RV, having downsized from a 41ft Cyclone Toyhauler (but that’s another story…). We bought it used and being a 2005 it is a bit older (and the décor is a little dated – something we will be working on updating this winter!), but being a DRV it has a really high build quality. It is well-insulated and has dual-pane windows throughout for a quieter and more comfortable interior experience. It handles cold weather well, although we still try to avoid it as much as we can! We have a high GVWR so we have a high carrying capacity to bring all the things we needed/wanted. One of other things we love it for was the layout, with the rear living area and the large, wrap around kitchen. With 3 slide-outs, it expands out to a very comfortable 272 sq ft. We just started a new project to outfit ourselves with solar. We love our home on wheels and see ourselves living in it for many more years to come!
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We are Tom and Cait Morton and we have been traveling full-time in our RV since September 2015. We left our sticks-and-bricks home and corporate jobs (Tom as an electrical engineer, Cait as a Business Analyst) for a life of adventure on the road with our two dogs, Mocha and Bella. We document our adventures on our blog and YouTube channel. We hope you’ll join us on our journey!
RV Nomad RV Chickadee
When I first got my Slingshot, I LOVED it. It didn’t look like ‘grandmas house’ inside like most of them do to me. But after about 5 months of living in it, I totally hated it! Believed I couldn’t have picked a worse floor plan. Now, I really like it again.
Why? Because I have learned to live without some things, such as drawers, and have adapted to other things such as not using traditional sheet sets on my very difficult to make bed. What it all boiled down to was getting used to a different way of doing things and a totally different way of life.
It’s not perfect by any means and I hope to soon downsize to about an 18′ teardrop or eggshell camper. But for now, my little Slingshot does the trick! I have plenty of storage since I have downsized SO much in my 2.5 years on the road. I love my huge window in the back. Yes, I miss drawers.
But I found I can live without them and the other things I believed to be deal breakers. Now, I think I have a good little rig on my hands.
The moral of the story is that it may take a ‘starter’ rig to know exactly what you are going to want.
Now I realize:
1) I don’t need something this big.
2) I boondock all the time so I need something higher off the ground and that can go places this rig cannot.
3) I definitely want ample windows in my next rig.
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Hi, I’m Kelly Beasley. My life is lived out of my 24’ Crossroads Slingshot travel trailer. I have no home base. “Where do you live?” is always a complicated question.
It’s been 2.5 amazing years on the road, living for FREE. I only boondock, only stay in/pay for campgrounds maybe 1% of the time. I enjoy living thriftily. Doing so allows me to spend my money more on things I WANT to spend it on, not on things we’re told we HAVE to spend it on.
I live out West for the plentiful boondocking AND amazing scenery. Chasing the good weather is also easier to do here than in the East. I have embraced minimalism, and want to get a smaller RV. It will allow me to maneuver more easily and also get to places I currently cannot.
There are no plans to lay down roots again at this time. I don’t know if I could stay locked into one location ever again. Only time will tell!
RV Nomads More Than A Wheelin’
The More Than A Wheelin’ crew is Camille, Bryce and Parker the Camping Cat. We live, work and travel full-time in a Tiffin Allegro Open Road Class A motorhome. The 2016 gas-powered rig is just over 34 feet in length and stands nearly 13 feet high—keeping us on our toes for low bridges and tunnels on our travels.
One of the reasons we chose this coach is its practical and convenient floorplan. The living and dining area has a long slide with plenty of room for a dinette and L-shaped couch. This space is opposite the kitchen—which includes a three-burner stove, oven, microwave and residential refrigerator—and television and electric fireplace.
The mid-section of the vehicle contains a bathroom with a stand-alone shower across the hallway. This area can be enclosed via pocket doors separating it from the living area and bedroom.
Another slide in the bedroom provides reasonable space around a king-sized bed, storage cabinets, closets and a second television.
The coach comfortably sleeps six people with conversions of the couch (queen-sized bed) and dinette (twin bed), and a drop-down twin bunk over the cockpit. In fact we just friends stay with us, and had six adults sleeping in the coach!
Major technical specifications include: Ford Triton 6.8 liter V10 engine, Onan gas-powered generator, 80 gallon gas tank, 24 gallon propane tank, 70 gallon freshwater tank, 66 gallon grey water tank, 50 gallon black water tank and 6 gallon hot water heater. We are considering adding solar panels in the future.
Visit us at https://www.morethanawheelin.com. And if you are interested in a free plan to help you transition to full-time RV travel click here. https://www.morethanawheelin.com/wanderlust-transition-plan/
Camille Attell left corporate America after 20 years as a corporate trainer and coach. She writes for More Than A Wheelin’ , their site about transitioning from traditional corporate life to life on the road. She’s also runs The Virtual Project Lab, which provides coaching and project management services to creatives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who need help completing projects or implementing ideas.
Bryce Cripe enjoyed a 28-year career as a corporate financial analyst in the banking and investment management industries. Since leaving his career in 2016, Bryce has been exploring entrepreneurial concepts and supporting the More Than A Wheelin’website.
RV Nomads Hebard’s Travels
We live and travel with our cat and two dogs in a 2016 Forest River Cedar Creek 36CKTS. It’s a 40’ fifth wheel with a front bedroom, mid bathroom/kitchen, and rear living floor plan. We bought it new in spring 2016. It was a previous year’s model still on the dealer’s lot, so we got it for 2/3 of the original MSRP. Finding this deal was perfect for us, since it knocked the price right into the “we can afford it” range.
So far, we’ve traveled from Kansas to Florida, to New Mexico, to Washington state. From there it went back to the factory in Indiana for much needed repairs. Two months later, when it was finished, we picked it up in Indiana and drove down to the Texas panhandle, then back up to Kansas. Even with all the problems it’s had we still love it, still call it home, and can’t wait to take it on the next leg of our RVing adventure.
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We are John and Laura Hebard. Before we started traveling Laura was working as a veterinary technician in a 24 hour animal hospital, and John was a medically retired veteran earning his bachelors degree. We decided that “normal” life wasn’t for us. We loved traveling, and we loved how much time we could spend together while traveling. So we decided to sell, everything, buy a fifth wheel, and hit the road! Our new life isn’t without its challenges. However, it’s a lot easier to deal with stress when you’re on a beach in Florida, or parked next to a lake in the middle of nowhere. We may have gambled with our lives, but it’s paying off nicely.
RV Nomads Dan & Lisa Brown “Always on Liberty”
What RV do you have?
2016 Heartland Landmark 365 5th Wheel…it’s 41’ 6”
Why did you choose it?
Because it’s a good-quality, luxury 5th wheel with comfortable living area, spacious galley kitchen with large farm sink, residential fridge, gas cooktop, convection micro, lots of storage, king size bed with room to move around it, outdoor television, whisper quiet AC, double pane windows, thicker insulated walls and full-body paint exterior (YAY! no decals!).
Would you choose it again? Why or why not?
We would definitely choose another Heartland Landmark 365 or Bighorn because they rock for full-time living.
Have you made modifications? What did you change?
We changed out our induction for a gas cooktop so we can boondock more. Dan completed battery upgrade and total solar install as well as several 12 volt outlets throughout our coach (all by himself!)
If you haven’t made modifications, are you planning to or are you totally satisfied with your RV as is?
In a few weeks we will be transforming our ‘luxury’ executive look to a Key West tropical theme! Painting walls, changing out furniture, and ‘maybe’ painting cabinets.
What is your favorite thing about your RV?
Everything…but to be technical, that it has WHEELS! (and all that above)
If this isn’t your first RV, what did you have before?
2014 Heartland Cyclone 4100 Toyhauler (5th wheel)
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Bio…A little more about us (for inquiring minds)
Already having been in three continents and lived in two countries by Lisa’s first birthday, traveling was already in her blood. Upon graduating high school, she enlisted in the Coast Guard to feed her nomadic spirit. Two years later, she reported aboard a large Coast Guard Cutter where she met Dan, who grew up in a small Pennsylvania farm town.
Together they’ve sailed the high seas on the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean conducting Search and Rescue and Maritime Law Enforcement. They married in 1983 and started a family. Dan continued on to serve a total of 30 years while Lisa finished her enlistments to raise their son Dana who is now married and expecting their first child.
Dan’s tours of duty kept them stationed primarily up in the New England states until his retirement tour in Kentucky where he retired from the military. Once they became empty nesters, they rode their Harley Davidsons cross country to satisfy their nomadic spirits. They yearned for more but their jobs got in the way.
Fast forward, in 2014, they sold their beautiful, newly renovated, five bedroom home to travel between the coasts with their two Maine Coon cats, Krissie and Kandi.
You can read more about their adventures on their blog www.alwaysonliberty.com or find “Always On Liberty” on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
RV Nomads Exploring the Local Life
Believe or not, but we are family of 4 living in our 26 ft Forest River Grey Wolf 26DBH Travel Trailer. It has one slide, bunk beds for the kids, and a tiny and much used kitchen. It’s simple and that’s why we love it. Oh, and it cost less than $30k new.
Aside from the simplicity and low cost of our unit, we also love our awning. It may sound weird, but our awning defines our outdoor space. It’s like another room. We keep it open, although we have considered adding a room there. They sell these large tents that attach to your awning. Anyway, for now we just use it as our little porch.
If we had to do it all over again, we would still pick this unit. The only other one that still lingers in our mind was basically the same unit, but it had an actual bunkhouse (separate room for the kids) and kitchen island. It was also 30 something feet long and $10K more. It probably would have been just fine, but I really think it was a smart move for us to go smaller and cheaper. It has helped us get into some small spots and our payments are very manageable.
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So we are Robert, Jessica, Nadia, and Daniel. We travel and RV full time with 2 cats. We love to explore historic downtown areas and have a weakness for gourmet coffees. Our goal is to live life on our own terms and to do what works best for our family. Some people think we are crazy, others thing we are brilliant… Whatever the case may be, we just want people to re-think the American Dream. Sure, you can still go with the status quo, but just make sure you know why you are doing it and make sure that whatever you choose, that you are happy.