More RV Living

So, BF got a job thanks to Indeed and military mechanic experience! I’ve been putting in applications everywhere, but BF talked to the Administrative manager at his job and she interviewed me and it looks like I’m in! So we’d be working at the same place, hopefully with almost the same hours.

So, BF has been fixing the leaks and buying new parts and everything so that is finally starting to come together. We’re working on all of the storage still: the bottom of the two bunk beds is now storage for our deep freezer and my nightstand and the vacuum (which we actually might not need). The biggest annoyance now is the RV rocking back and forth with any movement inside, like walking from the bed to the bathroom or other things. So, BF made sure that the jack stands were evenly spaced under the RV, supporting equal weight. Then we went to buy more jack stands to support the weight under the axles, and we bought things that go between the sets of tires to keep the RV from rocking forward and back, shaped like two triangles with the top points facing each other. They’re curved to fit around the tires. Basically wheel chocks that go toward the top/middle of between the tires. That has helped a ton, although the RV does still rock a tiny bit. We’re just about settled with it!

Cooking is a bit of a challenge because there is obviously very little counter space and the stove and oven are relatively small, as well as the fridge and freezer being small. But we’re making do, and I’ve learned that we can buy the fresh ingredients for things and eat at home for cheaper than going out to eat all the time.

To save a little on energy consumption, we like to keep the thermostat at 65 in the morning, 60 at night, and we just keep blankets and hoodies and cozy socks around to put on if we feel cold. I like to keep things unplugged where I can, like phone chargers not in use. I use a three wick candle in the evening for light in addition to the light from the tv. The blinds are open during the day to maximize natural light. Keeping the bathroom door also helps keep heat in the rest of the camper, because there’s a skylight and a vent in the bathroom and obviously no cloth things to help hold in heat.

We have to wash dishes a lot more often because the sink is very small and there’s no dishwasher. It made me realize that I bought WAY too many glasses. I have sets of four of five or six  types of glasses, so most of them are in storage.

It is quite the challenge to realize that all the stuff you have is probably not going to fit in an RV. You get used to all the things and don’t want to part with it until you get frustrated enough with lack of space to say “screw it, it’s going in storage.”

If I haven’t touched on something you’re wondering about, let me know! We’re only about two and a half weeks in to RV Living but just about everything normal happens in two and a half weeks.

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I have a Plan!

Budget prepared and payments ( including payments to savings) scheduled through May 2015. 90% sure my credit rating will reach Excellent by the end of February, and 100% sure it will reach Excellent by the end of March.

440 to the credit union for my car.

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200 or 250 (depending on month) to another credit union for my student loan

150 ( 75 per paycheck) goes to tithe ( to the church, because without God’s blessings I would not have the nice things I have)

100 for my credit card ( food, gas, and splurging)

And 200 or 250 (depending on month) to savings.

I also have tax return coming up, and in May it works out that I will have an “extra” paycheck that I can choose to do what I want with, and it is most likely going to go to savings so I can move away from El Paso in late Oct/ early Nov!