We’re in our fifth week of full-time living in our LMTV / Bliss Mobil RV and are slowly adjusting to this new way of life. Read on for a deeper dive in to what I find to be the good, bad and the ugly (sorry Clint).
We are meeting friendly, helpful and all-around great people every day – differences in race, religion, or politics don’t matter as we all share a common love for being outdoors. A panelist at the recent Overland Expo West 2018 said that traveling (south of the border) restores his faith in humanity. Even though we aren’t yet south of the border, I echo his sentiment. Salut to everyone we’ve met!
We love our outdoor “living room with a view”. The awning is awesome! The outdoor rug ($20 from Home Depot) and Snow Peak furniture ($$$) make it homey. For the most part, the only time I’m inside is to sleep.
The outdoor kitchen has turned out to be essential to our daily routines – I’ve only used the indoor kitchen once to boil some water for coffee!
Dispersed camping. It’s what we love and seek. As much as we love people, we love even more being isolated and alone in the wild.
More of “The Good”:
- Great support from Bliss Mobil and Couch Offroad – we’re new to this vehicle and I have a lot of questions. These folks have been outstanding in patiently providing support.
- A super comfy interior. The Bliss Mobil interior is already very comfortable. Thanks to Lily and our friend Silema (@blackdahliadesign) it’s beautiful – pictures coming soon…
- Sleeping – the bed is cozy and I’m getting very good sleep, especially when it’s cool at night and we have the windows open.
- Sunsets and sunrises.
These are not “bad” – it’s really part of the experience – but to stay in line with the theme…
Chasing cell coverage and WIFI. Lily and I are both working part time and our son is using online resources for homeschooling. We are working out a schedule for “on grid”, “off grid” and “semi grid” but it can be contentious depending on who is chasing a deadline at the time.
Long driving days. The LMTV isn’t exactly a Lexus so a five hour drive day is taxing.
Back to back driving days. We don’t like it. It’s exhausting and doesn’t allow us much time to relax or work.
Strong winds (sand and dust). It’s hard to appreciate nature whilst having your eyeballs sandblasted. We’ve only had a few extremely windy days but they’ve been pretty epic.
We experience moments of crowding amongst the three of us but as long as the outdoor living room is usable (i.e. no bad weather), we are able to spread out.
Shit breaking. Our LMTV is a 12 year old truck that has been sitting idle in a military depot for a long time. Most of the rubber parts (hoses, tires, etc) have been replaced but we did experience our first failure: the starter. Thankfully it was a pretty easy and cheap repair – much gratitude to @motorheadrudeboy for doing the repair and for being an awesome human!
Arriving to our camp destination after dark. We’ve only done this a couple of times. Nopity nope.
We have a 100% custom rig and naturally have a custom sewer dump system. The first manifestation of the black water dump hose was, er, regrettable. Without going in to the details let’s just say I had to take a long, hot shower after using it.
The happy ending is that with help from my friend Steve B., we created a bulletproof sewer dump system from Shop Vac hoses obtained from the hardware store. No more hazmat suits!
We’re learning. We’re adjusting. The latter is perhaps the most challenging. But we’re still going! Stay tuned…