After celebrating living our first year Living tiny & nomadic I was asked more than a few times this week to share some of the things that we don’t like about living tiny… and honestly it was a STRECH. It’s not that there aren’t parts of living tiny, its just a matter of what can you as an individual can handle. Over that past year, slowly the things that “kinda” bothered me, bother me less. We are having too much fun to really care about small nuisances.
Disclaimer: looking over the images that I shared in this post… it looks like Johnny deals with all of the “harder” things… but it’s mostly that I just think to photograph it while its happening.
1. The Extra Vehicle
To tow behind or to not tow behind…. that has been the question.
Johnny wants to get rid of the car, leave it behind or sell the vehicle and just go carless… he has valid points, but man I just cannot get the idea around my head. I know there are plenty of options, like using Lyft/Uber or just renting a car but I am already stressing over it.
We currently have a Ford Explorer, it has 7 seats and fits our large family well. However we do not have a tow package set up on the bus or the car, so I follow the bus in our travels. We know that we are just putting extra miles and it just isn’t really worth the squeeze, every mile just adds to the wear and tear of the vehicle. Which as you know means visits to the mechanic.
He is ready to get rid of the additional gas, miles, and maintenance that this car needs; I am still hesitant but up for the adventure. For now, it’s along for the adventure… probably with a for sale sign on it while we drive.
2. Bus Maintenence
This is one of my stressors, even though I literally will have no control over when or if we break down. The idea gets my anxiety going on travel days though.
When we first picked up the bus in Oklahoma we broke down on the way home, our idler puller seemed to have loosened up on the drive. We think that it was from the mechanics not tightening it down enough before we took off.
Recently we “stalled”/not sure what you call it as we were trying to move to a new site (in the same campground). Our oil was SUPER low, and after pouring in 15 qts without resistance we decided that we needed run maintenance on the bus.
Thankfully we have a friend in NC that is a diesel mechanic and knows busses (Military Transpo Buses are basically the same). Things look good so far but it has been beneficial that Johnny learned some key ways to self maintenance the bus.
3. Cleaning More Frequently
Oh the irony for a person like me… I hate cleaning. With such a small space and a ton of kids this bus can easily look like and explosion of stuff everywhere. Luckily, I have a ton of kids and their chores that aides in keeping the mass messes at bay.
Besides having a child workforce, cleaning the bus really only takes 30 mins for a quick clean and maybe 1.5 hours to deep clean. Its mostly sweeping and just tidying up daily.
I ca’t REALLY complain, its significantly faster to clean and about 2,300 sqft less than before!
4. The Grey Water & Compost Toliet
Is pee/poop ever fun…
Actually, nevermind don’t answer that.
A HUGE part of living tiny and traveling full time is where to dump/get rid of our waste. We all want to do it correctly but there is some vagueness to how to do so.
Most campgrounds that house RVs have some sort of dump station. If you have black/grey water tanks this is where you’d dump your stuff. When you have a “compost” toilet there are some variations.
There’s the ‘bag it’ method and the ‘bury it’ method. Either way there are things you have to consider for both.
No one on the bus really is scared of bugs, except me an cockroaches. So to us, its not really awful… but whoever maybe not so okay with creepy crawlers should note this. Bugs of all sorts will come out of nowhere. You just have to be okay with a. squishing them or b. grabbing and chucking it out of the windows.
Our school bus conversion still has all of the windows, RV side sliding windows, which is what we looked for when purchasing. We didn’t remove, replace or seal any off with metal. So any window (with the exception of a few) can be opened to maximize fresh air flow. We LOVE that about our bus and throughly enjoy just opening the windows and running fans.
6. Internet Connection
When we took off, we thought we would just use our cell phones hotspot and that would be enough for basic internet browsing. Oh how this is not so… we barely use it because we rarely have signal!
Now any campground or bigger city that we are staying at.. no problem. They have plenty of towers etc to support a denser area. Its when you get into the mountains or like right now in rural Georgia I am struggle to LOAD Instagram. Verizon is said to be one of the best as far as coverage (we’ve seen it totally has beat out most other companies)
Again it is just another nuisance item, generally we pack up the kids with their devices & homeschool workbooks and hit the library up. However with us planning on going carless in 2020 we are now looking into devices like the Togo Roadlink to help us with homeschooling and working from the road.