We have a whale of a tour for you today! Haha – get it? Mobi….a whale… ūüėČ We’ve had a few people ask¬†how we picked the name Mobi. It wasn’t a super scientific process but his short and squatty stature made us think of the loveable sea creature who roams the ocean. Plus since it’s so mobile we thought Mobile Mobi fit the bill.

Ok moving on…hooray Friday! I am so excited to take you through a photo walk-through¬†and give a rundown of the plans we have for our new little project. Come on inside and take a tour!

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This shot looking back gives a pretty accurate picture of how much space we’re working with. The U shape dinette and the rotating table is handy since it lets us get in and out¬†– I’m thinking we could fit at least 5 bodies back there for dinner and when it’s just us two we can stretch out our legs and lounge. Speaking of lounging, as with most RV’s, the table lowers to create a “bed”. We’re really excited about having a¬†relaxing little area where we can chill out and unwind at the end of the day.

And here we have a full-monty panorama shot looking towards the cab. This probably gives you the best idea of how the layout works. To the left of the fridge is the closet and to the right is the bathroom.

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Coming up next is the¬†spacious closet. Seriously though, I’m shocked at the amount of storage in this tiny little space.

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And here is the lovely wet bath.

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Towards the beginning of our motorhome search, having a separate shower was a huge concern of mine. It wasn’t until I saw wet baths were more common in the small spaces that I started warming up to the idea. I did¬†a bit of research on¬†living with one and found it didn’t seem to be as horrible as I first thought. Plus the space we’re saving is pretty significant so I think the trade-off is worth it.

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The kitchen area!! Second to size of the RV, finding the perfect kitchen was the next factor in the search. I really love to cook and if anything I cook more now than when we lived in our old sticks and bricks house. Finding an area that would continue to be comfortable to prepare meals was huge.

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Our current plan is to add two drop down sections on each side of the countertop so I can pop them up and have more space if needed. We’re also going to replace the sink with a single basin to create more counter space between the sink and the stove.

Look at the storage!!

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Here’s the view of the driving and sleeping area! It’s a little tight but I think we’ll be able to make it comfy enough to¬†get a little shut-eye.¬†1977-Dodge-Travel-Mate-Cab

Now on to¬†the¬†really fun stuff! Our renovation plans! I’ve been pinning my little heart out over on Pinterest¬†to get my head around plans for the interior. Up front, I had a good idea of the direction I wanted to go in terms of the look and feel and what better way to organize all of your ideas in one place than Pinterest! If you’ve followed us for a while you probably remember I did something similar last year when we were renovating Lucille!

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  1. Kitchen backsplash and faucet:¬†I’m a sucker for a white subway tile backsplash. I’ve seriously considered going that route again but I think it would be nice to change it up and bit and try something different. I found these really great peel and stick metal tiles¬†and I think they’ll be perfect. Our current kitchen faucet is such a delight that I wanted something very similar and found this gorgeous one in black. The high springy arch makes doing dishes a breeze and since it’s hand¬†wash city around these RV parts it is totally worth the splurge.
  2. Plants:¬†It’s no secret that plants are really important to me for our home on wheels. I think they add so much beauty to your space and they’re supposed to make your air clean right? Win win! I found this cool idea and want to do some sort of wall mount to keep plants secure while we travel.
  3. Bedding:¬†Since our sleeping quarters will be visible at all times I’m on the hunt for something awesome. I’m really digging this print right now!
  4. Cabinets: Swoon.¬†This kitchen gives me all the feels.¬†We love the decision we made to paint Lucille’s cabinets white. It really lightened up the whole space and they have held up great. We still plan to keep the uppers light and breezy but I’m feeling something a bit more dramatic for the lower cabinets.
  5. Countertop and Cabinet Pulls:¬†I’m craving a little more warmth this time around and since the countertop needs to be replaced we’re going to go with a walnut butcher block. I found these gold pulls and think they’ll be perfect. They’re recessed which translates to us not getting hung on them while walking by in the more narrow hallway.
  6. Stovetop: When Vintage Revivals was doing the Nugget Renovation I had a blast seeing how someone who traditionally renovates homes took on a travel trailer remodel. The way it turned out was so lovely and when I saw her idea of powder coating the stove top I stored it in my brain for the day that we may have a future project.
  7. Colors:¬†I’ve had a thing for Kilim for a while. I found this awesome pillow cover on Etsy and scooped it up since it was the only one. We aren’t really planning on a specific color palette, just a fun mix of¬†warm tones.
  8. Flooring:¬†Our vinyl plank flooring has worked out great! It’s so nice to not have any carpet since our hairy beasts like to shed a lot. We’re going the same route again only in a lighter shade!

And there you have it! What we’re starting with and a pretty good look into our renovation brain. :) It’s so nice to have a really solid thought foundation to build on before tackling a new project.

We can’t wait to get started!

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We shared some big news this weekend on Facebook and Instagram! There’s a new member of the Wheeled and Free Family! A 1977 Dodge Sportsman Travel Mate!

This is the story of our little motorhome Mobi and how he came to be.

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For most people, this idea will probably seem like it’s coming from left field. Why in the world would we ever think of getting something else when we have a spacious, comfy home on wheels? It almost seemed as crazy to me as when we first tossed around the idea of RVing full-time. In fact, in my initial research for full-timing, I read that people often feel they start out too small and end up going to a larger RV – not the opposite way around.

So why would we want to go smaller?

When we downsized last year to our 36′ fifth wheel, it was a life changing experience. Since I’ve been a horrible blogger, I haven’t really posted much of our journey, but the short story is that it’s been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Full-time RVing has allowed us to experience life in a way we really never thought possible. As clich√© as it might sound, we’re living life to gain experiences instead of things.¬†Even though 2015 didn’t turn out as we had expected, it has grown each of us and our relationship with each other stronger. This past year also really sealed the deal that we can live with even less, since we spent several months living out of suitcases¬†while staying with people who kindly accommodated us while I was incapacitated.

Initially, we started tossing around the idea of getting a smaller travel trailer a while back – something that would be easy to take on shorter, long trips – but then ultimately landed on a motorhome after also considering a slide in truck camper. One of the¬†reasons we decided on a small class C is so¬†I will be able to drive (since I’m not big on the idea of pulling Lucille) while giving Matt a space to comfortably work, thus opening up our days for travel to anytime instead of just the weekends. This got kicked into high gear once we realized instead of waiting a couple of years to try this crazy idea, we should give it a shot now and¬†find something before our big trip out west in 2016. Once we made up our minds it was time to start searching.

We sifted through thousands of RVs nationwide just¬†like we did when we were on the hunt for Lucille. Looking through so many RVs quickly narrows down what features you’re looking for and what you’re not interested in. Right off the bat we knew we wanted something shorter than 23′ for ease of mobility and something in good enough shape that we would be able to “quickly” renovate before heading out west. One of the big changes this time around was we were actually not looking for slides. We LOVE the three slides that Lucille has and it gives us a great amount of living space, but it also adds to the setup time and isn’t super great for quick overnight stops. Out of all the motorhomes we found, only a small fraction of¬†them really piqued our interest. From that group¬†there were probably about 15-20 that we thought might work for us and the pups. Then, on a Sunday, I found THE ONE.

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I had been a little bummed because we had just had video walk through the day before with a cute little motorhome in Illinois that we were seriously considering. Even though it would have been a 14 hour drive round trip, it seemed promising and worth the effort. After the walk through though, it was pretty clear it was going to be more work than we initially thought, so we passed, knowing that something else would come along. The next day, I was doing my daily Craigslist search when I came across an ad only four hours old – in Little Rock of all places – for a small motorhome that looked absolutely perfect. The ad said, “1977 Dodge RV, Good Old Camper, too many new parts to mention. If you’re looking for a well-kept older camper at the right price; then look no further.”. The layout seemed to be just what we were looking for and the price was within our budget. I emailed the seller right away since there was no phone number listed and waited very impatiently for a reply. Almost 24 hours passed with no response. At this point I was feeling down, thinking it had already sold or maybe the seller had gotten so inundated with spam emails that somehow mine had gotten missed, so I sent another email in hopes that my urgency would spur a response. A few hours later there was still no reply but everything suddenly took a VERY interesting turn.

While Matt was on the phone with his mom that evening, his brother happened to overhear them talking and piped in asking if we were still looking for a motorhome. Earlier that day on the way to his in-laws, his brother happened to see a small RV for sale and thought we might be interested. It turns out as he was¬†giving the description to Matt,¬†it was in fact the exact one I had found on Craigslist. In all of Little Rock – which is not a small city – he happened to drive by the one motorhome that I just knew was perfect for us. As Frasier Crane would say, “It was kismet.” He proceeded to give us directions on how to get there and we hopped in the truck at almost 9:00pm to go grab the phone number off the sign so I could call them first thing the next day. When we arrived there was no number so I took my chances and went and knocked on the door. I was greeted by the nicest guy who was more than happy to give us a tour and let us take it for a spin. We were elated and made plans to come back the next day with Matt’s dad who is a mechanical genius, just so he could give us a thumbs up that everything seemed solid. After a thorough inspection we left a deposit and made plans to pick up our new bundle of joy this past weekend. I’m still blown away with how things worked out. It’s crazy how sometimes everything just falls into place and reassures you even more that you’re headed in the right direction.

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So where do we go from here? Our current plan is to fix Mobi up and switch traveling between him and Lucille. We had so much fun with our last renovation we’re really excited to tackle a new one. Since Lucille will stay safely tucked away in storage, we’ll have a nice large home to come back to when we feel the need to spread out and have a little extra space. We’ve been joking that it’s almost like having a vacation home from our vacation home. ūüėČ Given the small size of 18 feet we will be able to travel and stay anywhere and everywhere and are looking forward to boondocking out west where public land is prevalent. Our goal is to get out, see even more, and spend time chasing delightful weather while¬†exploring the great outdoors.¬†¬†We’re thrilled for the new opportunities that this is going to bring!

Stay tuned for a photo tour later this week. We can’t wait to share every nook and cranny with you!

 

Well, it’s been a while.¬†

I’d like to say my lack of blogging has been from a lack of time, but that wouldn’t really be the truth. I’m going to be honest for a minute and get my thoughts out there before jumping into a recap of the last 11 months.

I lost my blog passion.¬†Not so much about ours, but reading the blogs that used to inspire me to want to blog. Most of the home renovation blogs that I used to read have all but fizzled out, and the blogging scene (except for other rvers) has changed so much in the last several years. I think social media has had a lot to do with the change since it’s so easy to quickly share a photo on Instagram or Facebook, which basically does same thing as a blog post.¬†I also have been too much of a perfectionist when it comes to blogging. I wanted every word and punctuation to be perfect before posting which often translated to a single post taking 6 hours or more.

So, from here out, don’t expect perfection. :) I’m not an English major so I’m going to write like I talk and be done with it. You’ve been warned.

With all of that said, I do still want to share our journey. Being sidelined for the last eight months left me feeling like I didn’t have much to share, since we weren’t traveling full-time, but now that we’re on the road again there are lots of adventures ahead and we couldn’t be more excited!

Since it has been so long since we’ve been here I’m going to back track the last 11 months at lightening speed.

January and February:¬†Whoa, these months were a blur.¬†We set out at the beginning of the year for our great adventure of 2015. We made¬†a couple of quick stops in Houston, TX and Lake Charles, LA and then made our way over to Alabama. We enjoyed hanging out at our favorite campground near Birmingham and spent time prepping the bike for my first race. At the end of February, we headed to Roebling Road Raceway for the weekend that changed our entire year. If you’ve followed along on Instagram or Facebook¬†you probably saw that my first race was a bust and my ankle got pretty beat up. If you didn’t, the short story is that I fractured¬†my talus, (which is basically the worst bone you can break in your ankle) spent four days in the hospital, and our travel plans for 2015 were trashed. We were¬†given the news in the hospital that I was not¬†going to be able to walk for three months and should expect to need physical therapy once I did start walking again, so there was a long road ahead.¬†I want to write an entire blog post devoted to the whole injury and recovery experience but that’s a story for another day.

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March: Up front I would like to say that we have amazing friends and family. The support we were given this past year has been incredible and we are so thankful. It made life so much easier having people to lean on during a time that would have been much harder without them. Right after my accident we were in a bit of a pickle because getting in and out of the RV was pretty much impossible for me. If necessary, we could have made it work, but it would have been really hard Рespecially since our bathroom is up two large steps. Our friends in Alabama graciously offered to let us come stay with them while I improved. We were there almost a whole month before I finally felt up to being able to travel. Since we knew for the next few months I would need to be seeing a doctor and doing physical therapy we decided to go back to Texas where we would be able be near family.

April-June:¬†We spent the better part of six months hanging out in San Antonio. For the first couple of months we actually stayed in my parents house since I was still pretty much wheelchair bound. However, even though we weren’t doing any¬†RV traveling, we didn’t give up our spirit of wanderlust entirely.

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We took advantage as much as possible of only being a couple of hours away from the beach in Corpus Christi and once I got the all clear to start weight-bearing in June, we made a several week trip to Alabama and back in the truck.

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While we were in Birmingham we magically found out a few hours before hand that Garth Brooks was playing and managed to grab some tickets. It was extremely fun! We even made the most of our little excursion by dropping by Gulf Shores on our way back to Texas.

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IMG_0425It was my first time seeing a white, sugary beach and I loved it!

July-September:¬†Once we got back to Texas we took the RV on a mini little trip up to the Hill Country in Ingram, TX. We had¬†only planned¬†to go for the weekend and attend a family reunion but ended up staying almost three¬†weeks. It was a pain to drive an hour and a half to physical therapy, but we enjoyed our time away so much. Being back in our little home was refreshing and the scenery wasn’t too bad either.

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IMG_0620I finally finished up physical therapy in August and had my last doctors appointment of the year on September 8th! I was given the all clear to return back to normal life and have been working on that ever since.

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My last day of physical therapy!

October – We’ve been back on the road since the end of September and have been loving every second. We did a bunch of projects around the RV during our relaxing stay on the lake in Alabama and had a blast hanging our with our Bama friends and having a big ol party weekend for the 11th Annual Barber Vintage Festival. Just a few days ago we set out and landed in Little Rock, AR where we’ll be for the next month.¬†IMG_1387

That pretty much sums up most of the major milestones from the¬†last 11 months! It’s hard to believe 2015 has gone by so quickly and we even hit our 1 year anniversary of full-timing back in September!¬†I have so much more to blog about, but there’s plenty of other posts for that.

Long story short, we’re thrilled to be back to normal life¬†and we’re looking forward to all of the new adventures that 2016 has to bring!

Thanks for sticking around during our time away from blog world! :)