7 Pieces of Advice for Living in an RV with Children

In my last blog post, I shared that I lived in my motor home with my husband, my 4 year old, my baby, and my dog for 11 months. While writing that post, I was inspired to share what I learned along the way in hopes to help other moms through similar situations. I have put together a list of the top 7 pieces of advice I would like to share with those moms. Whether you are going on a long trip, are going to fully live in your RV like we did, or are thinking of living in a tiny home with children, you will want to read this list. I wish that I would have had all of this information before jumping into our hot mess of a situation!

1. Park your motor home somewhere with full hook ups and a dump station.
The last thing a mom needs while living in a tiny space with tiny humans, is to run out of water while giving the baby a bath or while washing her bottle. No thank you! If you aren’t traveling and have a relative with RV parking and hook ups, use it. If you are traveling, it is worth it to pay a little more for full hook ups. It will keep you sane.. trust me.

2. If you don’t use it every single day, get rid of it or put it in storage.
If you’re moving from a house into a motor home, you already know that you’re going to need to downsize. Just because an item can fit into the motor home, does not mean that it needs to be in there! A small space feels even smaller when it is cluttered so be sure to keep only the things you regularly use.

3. Invest in a good mattress topper! Your back will thank you for it.
Motor home mattresses aren’t meant for long term sleeping. Travis and I started to have back pain after just a few nights of sleeping on ours, so I did a ton of research and found a thick mattress topper with good reviews, and the price really wasn’t bad either. Definitely worth it for us. This is the one we bought. It was a little too big so we just cut it to fit the bed.

4. Plan a ton of activities and get out!
It took me a while to learn how important this one is. Kids (and moms) get cranky when they’re cooped up and bored. Go to the park, a play date, an indoor playground, etc. It helps to break up your day and keep you sane.

5. Get a sound machine!
Everyone in our family sleeps better with a little sound and if you don’t want your children to wake up every time you go out to the kitchen to get a midnight snack, a good loud and soothing one in the area where they sleep is essential. This is the one we used (and still use in their new bedrooms). It holds a charge all night too so if you’re not somewhere with full hookups, it can be unplugged through the night.

6. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
Use up all of the little spaces you have for things that will make your life feel a little more organized. We didn’t use the top bunk bed for sleeping so I put up a shower curtain rod to hang all of the kid’s clothes. Another little thing we did was use the dinette area (folded down) for my baby’s pack n play where she slept. It is the perfect sized little space and it keeps her bed out of the main walking space.

7. Last but not least, my favorite tip..
Since I’m on the topic of pack n plays, the first month we lived in the motor home, we had the regular kind that is a pain to put up and take down. If you’re living in a motor home, you will want to take it down each morning in order to use the dinette area for eating, then put it back up for nap time, take it down for dinner time, put it back up for bed time, etc etc. It became such a pain!! I did a ton of research and found a new bed for Quinn and it was a huge game changer. The 4moms breeze GO opens and closes in one quick motion and saved me a ton of headache. It is pricier than regular pack n plays, but it is WORTH IT!!

I hope this list can help even one mama out there because living in a tiny space with tiny humans is hard and this list really does make it a bit easier. I would love to answer any questions you may have about living long term in an RV. I am full of answers on the topic!

xoxo, Cambria

What We’ve Been Up to for the Past Year

After we sold our previous home in January 2018, we lived in our motor home for 11 months. Yes, you read that correctly.. we LIVED in our motor home for almost an entire year with our children and our dog! We had no idea how long it would be at the time because there still wasn’t anything on the market that we loved (I know, we are crazy), and when we finally found something in June that had everything we wanted, it turned out to be an insane renovation project that would last another 5 months. The one thing that kept me sane through all of this, is the fact that my parents have RV parking on the side of their house and we parked there for the bulk of this adventure. Although we did have access to all of the amenities inside of my mom’s house, we still slept and spent a lot of time in the motor home.

During our “motor home phase” of life, Kane turned 4, Quinn turned 1, Kane played his first season of t ball, and Quinn started walking. Even though our house wasn’t ready to live inside, we were able to enjoy our pool in the summer. With the amount of work that was done on our house, it was a miracle that we were able to move in before Christmas and I am so grateful for my handy and hardworking hubby for making it happen!

Here are some of my favorite photos from our journey.. most of them are cell phone shots so pardon the quality!

Living in such a small space for 11 months with a baby and a 4 year old, all while renovating a house was one of the most difficult things I’ve walked through. God brought be through it as a more patient wife and mother.
Would I do it again? Honestly… probably not. It was so hard! But I am happy to have grown from it once.

Until the next one,
xoxo, Cambria