3 Year Nomadiversary

Thu Aug 05 2021

It's been 3 years since we moved out of our 4-bedroom home and into our 180 sq ft RV. As we celebrate our nomadiversary, we're also reflecting on the last year.

3 Year Nomadiversary

In the world of full-time RVers, it's common to celebrate one's nomadiversary - the annual anniversary of your time as full-time RVers. It was Tuesday July 31st, 2018 that we moved out of our apartment in the Bay Area of California and moved into our Outdoors RV 21RBS as our new full-time home.

2018 Travel Year In Review - the Start of Full-Time RV Life

2018 was a whirlwind year. In this annual review we look back at our travel stats, like places camped and miles traveled.

2018 Travel Year In Review - the Start of Full-Time RV Life

So last Saturday was our 3-year nomadiversary!

Each year on our nomadiversary we like to take the time to reflect back on what's happened and changed in the last year. This time last year we were boondocking with our friends Brian & Leigh from Campendium on their property in Washington.

2 Year Nomadiversary

This week marks 2 years since we left our apartment in the Bay Area, California and hit the road in our RV to travel the US.

2 Year Nomadiversary

It wasn't long afterwards that we began our long journey to the east coast.

Coast to Coast in 8 Days

In just one week we've traveled almost 2,500 miles across 12 states on our way from Washington to New York - and we've hit a lot of firsts!

Coast to Coast in 8 Days

We spent a little time in New York, before traveling up to New Hampshire where we had fun exploring the stunning fall colors in various parts of the state.

Leaf Peeping in New Hampshire

We've come to New Hampshire this fall to see the foliage change color and follow the change as it moves south - an activity known as leaf peeping!

Leaf Peeping in New Hampshire

But winter was coming. In November we moved the RV to a wonderful campground in Vermont which would be our home for the winter - and much longer as it turned out. This would be our first winter in extreme cold, so we tried to share as much as we could about what we learned.

5 Tips for Winter RVing

Winter RVing can be amazing IF you can handle the cold! Here are our top tips to stay warm and cozy in your RV, even during the coldest winter weather!

5 Tips for Winter RVing

As the snow set in we enjoyed skiing (me) and snowboarding (Diana) at Killington and Sugar Bush ski resorts. Everything was going great, and we fell in love with Vermont so much that we decided to start seriously shopping for property.

Building a Home Base

We've been full-time RVers, traveling around the US for over 2 years, but now we're ready for our next adventure - we're going to build a home base.

Building a Home Base

And then disaster struck. We saw water dripping from our ceiling and on further investigation discovered that our RV roof had been ruined by water damage and was full of mold. We had no choice but to abandon our RV and move into a hotel.

Abandoning our RV

In the blink of an eye, everything changed as we've been forced to abandon our RV in the middle of winter.

Abandoning our RV

We spent a month living in a hotel, waiting for the weather to improve enough that we could get the RV out of its winter camping spot. By early March we were ready to make the journey, and so in just 2 weeks we drove all the way to Oregon to get a new roof installed on our RV.

Replacing our RV Roof

After discovering mold in our RV roof, we had the entire roof replaced. We learned what caused the mold and made some modifications to help stop it happening again.

Replacing our RV Roof

Throughout the roof-replacement endeavor our property search had also been continuing. We had identified a property we liked, visited it with our realtor, and while we were out of state we put in an offer. Unfortunately, despite a hopeful response from the seller, our offer was ultimately rejected in late March.

Rejected Land Offer

In our search for land, we always knew to expect ups and downs, and we just had our first big disappointment.

Rejected Land Offer

But we weren't back to square one - the experience had taught us a lot about what we wanted, and how to navigate the property purchasing experience most effectively. Undeterred by the rejection we were straight back in, and within a couple of months we were the new owners of a 40 acre property on which we plan to build our dream home!

We Bought Land!

Find out how we bought 40 acres of raw land in central Vermont, and how we plan to build our dream home all by ourselves!

We Bought Land!

The past couple of months has been a whirlwind of activity. Behind the scenes we have been working with our engineer, architects, town and state officials, utility companies and consultants to begin working on our dream home. Meanwhile we've been busy ourselves doing what we can on the land as we wait for various permits to come through, using our new tractor to help get things done!

Kubota L3901 Compact Tractor

We bought a brand new Kubota L3901 4WD HST compact tractor with attachments and accessories for helping build our house.

Kubota L3901 Compact Tractor

Most recently we've been clearing trees and brush where we can, chipping the slash and spreading it on our trails.

Blazing Trails

We decided to use the wood chips from last week's chipping to spread on our land to make some nice hiking trails - but it's a slow process!

Blazing Trails

Wow, what a busy year! It was a little over a year ago that we first seriously started considering buying property. We were in Boise, ID, and had recently completed the remodel of our RV.

RV Remodel with Ergonomic Workspace: Before & After

After living full-time in our RV for 2 years, it was time to remodel. We embarked on a big project to remodel our RV and build the ultimate ergonomic workspace.

RV Remodel with Ergonomic Workspace: Before & After

We visited a few open houses in the area, not with any serious intent to buy, but just to get a feel for what was out there. We could never have guessed what the following year would have brought!

Even though we've been a lot more stationary during our 3rd year in the RV than previous years, we still very much consider ourselves to be full-time RVers. Although building our house is the priority for us, we're still planning on getting out and having some more adventures - not just in New England, but hopefully further afield too!

But there's one thing missing. Celebrating with friends.

In 2019 we were with friends in Washington, and in 2018 we sat around a campfire with a group of friends in Leadville, CO and shared stories from the road.

This year it's just us, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate. I think this weekend we'll head out for a nice meal and think about what our next year in the RV might have in store for us.

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