In 2007 we lived in Portsmouth, VA and owned a brick ranch with a half-an-acre. A large yard for the dogs, fenced, so they were safe, but we could still enjoy the view. We were backed up to a tidal marsh and across the street from a wildlife refuge. Michael was 5 minutes from work, and we could walk two blocks to the river. But, we were miserable. We always had something to fix or do around the house. Yard work, cleaning, repairs and it never seemed to end.

Michael took a job in Kentucky, and we borrowed my Aunt’s motorhome while we looked for a place to rent while the house in VA sold. After staying in her coach for a few weeks, we decided that the money we would spend on renting a place would go further buying an RV. We began looking, thinking we could live in it until the house in VA sold, then purchase a home in KY and use the RV for weekends or holidays. A solid plan. After six months in the Heartland Landmark 5th wheel, we came to the conclusion that going back to a house was not for us.

That was ten years ago, and we have never regretted it.

If you have any questions or you would like to know more about our full-time experience drop us a line.


Lehnanne has shared with the internet her love of research, animals, and writing since 1996. She created and ran several independent online directories and communities. The desire to travel nurtured by every new duty station of her military family moves has stuck with her. When she is not busy being a cat servant and dog-mom, she enjoys exploring new places and dark chocolate.


Lynn · 2017-05-18 at 07:47

It’s funny that you bought the RV without a truck. So did we. Sold our 2nd 5th wheel this March. Not sure what’s next, because I am a tumbleweed and I always feel grounded by owning a house. Even a house tucked in the middle of nature and loved. Living vicariously thru you guys in the meantime. Hugs. Miss you both.

    Lehnanne · 2017-05-18 at 08:47

    I forgot to add that bit of info — cart way before the horse, LOL. We have the “grounding” with the lot in Vegas. Knowing we can ALWAYS go there if we need to is a comfort. Miss you guys too.

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