How did you choose Tiny Living?
We say that Tiny Living chose us. When we sold all of our possessions, moved out of our house and hit the road, we had no idea what to expect. After 8 weeks on the road, we were sold—we made the shift to live tiny, full-time, and haven’t looked back since.
How do you make money?
Although we live full-time, we DON’T travel full-time. Adam has worked in Education for 13 years, which allows us to travel during the three two-week breaks, summer and on the weekends. I (Ashley) am at stay-at-home mom and dabble in Social Media Marketing, Home Staging and Design. As far as income is concerned, I believe in a old school philosophy taught by my dad: barter and trade services. It allows me to dictate my schedule and have the freedom and flexibility to still be at home with my youngest twin boys.
Do you Homeschool?
Yes and No. The girls are enrolled and thriving in a year-round Charter School that they attended before we went tiny. The boys received two years of therapy at age 2, which caught them up and advanced them beyond the need for Preschool. I have home-schooled them this past year in Kindergarten and they will attend the same Charter School as the girls in the Fall.
What are your favorite Instagram tiny-living accounts to follow?
- rvfixerupper Trina and her husband flip RVs and add fabulous design, style and class to a home on wheels.
- thosebyrnesgirls, this adorable family of 6 lives full-time and will give you the best tips and tricks to keep travel cost low and adventures full of fun!!
- themayesteam, Debbie and her family renovated a school bus and live full time. If you are looking to make the transition to working on-line, this is the family to follow!!
- 188sqft, Mandy, her husband and adorable animals, live and travel full-time. They are currently renovating their second home on wheels and have the best advice and encouragement to take the leap towards tiny-living.
what are some rv terms no-one knows by RVers?
- Full Hook-ups: Water hook-up, Power (20, 30 or 50 amp), Septic drain
- Boondocking: NO Hook-ups (power, water and septic)
- Back-in Site: a campsite that requires you to back up into it
- Pull-through site: a campsite where you can pull straight through without having to back-in
- The basement: underneath storage in a RV with outside access doors
- Black Water: sewage water captured from the toilet
- Grey Water: water captured by sinks or bath
- Camp Host: where you work the campsite in exchange for free stay, mainly at State Parks and 3-6 month commitment required at most locations
- Toy Hauler: An RV that can hold ATV, motorized scooters, motorcycles, etc. and has a back garage door that lowers to drive your accessories in and out
- Fresh Water Tank: The tank used for storing city water for drinking and bathing while having no hook-ups
- Slide Outs: refers to the part of an RV that can expand to make the space bigger
- Winterizing: Making the RV safe to be stored in cold climates.
- Underbelly: the floor under the RV
- Dry weight: the weight of an RV without water, propane gas or passengers
What RV do you have?
For full details, layout and remodeling, please refer to our TINY HOME page or click here.
Where do you park your RV?
Parking...that has been a process. When we started out, we parked at an RV park, then a friend’s house, and now we have officially landed at a County Lake that has a full-time RV section. This past year has been an eye opening experience, as we once had many poor assumptions of RV Parks. While there are still some parks we wouldn’t visit, we have met the most amazing people and community after getting past our poor assumptions. Once we determined our preferences/requirements as to where we would live, we settled in an environment surrounded by nature, full-hook- ups, and a great community.
Where you do stay when traveling?
When we first started out, we would only stay at KOA parks and Privately Owned RV Parks. Now that we are more experienced and know what we want out of traveling, we stay at BLM, Boondock and State Parks. We use two Apps to help us find places that meet our needs, fit our size rig, and have the amenities we are looking for: Campendium and All-stay.
when you wanted to live tiny, where did you begin?
The first time I heard about living in an RV, full-time with kids, was when I watched the Knorpp and South YouTube channel. They are a family of 11 who spent a year living in a fifth-wheel RV. I spent a whole week getting lost in their videos and the possibilities of what it looked like to live tiny and travel full-time. My next stop was the YouTube channel, Big Truck Big Rv. On his page you will find all you need to know about towing, what truck to buy and the tips and tricks to learn when hitting the road. I learned what questions to ask, to check the year-dates on the tires, why I needed to climb on the roof and why we need to get under the RV to inspect it.
Next, I made a list of what the main priorities were, for our family, in regards to layout. We needed a large kitchen, large main living space, tall ceilings, and a space under 37ft. Then it was time to look, walk into and narrow the search to our favorite fifth-wheel floor plans and manufacturers. It took us two-weeks to find the perfect RV for our family and then another week to purchase a truck that could tow it. We then bought a hitch and had it installed in the truck. We spent two weeks nearby in-order to adapt to Tiny-living and then hit the road.