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Why I Live in an RV: A Single Woman's Story of Full Time RV Living

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Why would a single, 48 year old woman with a business, sell everything and move into a 23 year old RV? After 7 months of living full-time in my Class C RV, I share the ups and downs and what made me decide to take the plunge! Carolyn Rose of CarolynsRVLife.com debut video For more RV Living stories and tips, visit: http://CarolynsRVLife.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolynsRVLife/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Carolyns_RVLife Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolynsrvlife/ .
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Robin Jones (13 hours ago)
Hey bay area girl well I live in the San Francisco area Santa Rosa California from Marin County originally yes it is pricey here and I have some of the same problems I pay all my bills nothing left feeling very confined confused don't know what to do
Robin Jones (13 hours ago)
I think that's great that you have a job where you can set your own time and effort but for those out there who do not have any skills whatsoever I have not gone to college in with their dream reading level all I know is hard level jobs that's it so I guess I need to save a lot of money to be able to get around him definitely not good at computers be interesting to see what would happen when I get on the road or if I get on the road
LocStar Naturalist (1 day ago)
You are living your dream. I am so happy for you. Thats why i left the city & moved to the country. Life is way to short.👍💜👐
Mattie Brown (2 days ago)
Hi Carolyn. I just found your channel and I like it. My grandmother's name was Matilda. I'd never heard this meaning of the name. 😊 I subscribed to your channel.
Lone Star Travelers (9 days ago)
Hi Carolyn, thought I would start watching from the very beginning of you venture... Great intro!!!!
Johnny Yum (15 days ago)
Did You stay in the RV while getting the trans.done?
Country 360 (19 days ago)
Very interesting to listen too how you got started ! I like this !👍
My Jeep and Me (24 days ago)
Just read your ebook via Amazon Kindle. Well done, helpful, and thought provoking material.
Tina Scott (29 days ago)
Shared , great video #BEKIND
charmaine irving (1 month ago)
Youre amazing!!!! keep on BEing you! I am too setting out to the RV lifestyle permanently untill the wind changes my mind... My husband and I and our two girls!
hurstma59 (1 month ago)
Thank you Carolyn. I’m a 67 year old woman who like you, has always had wanderlust, hates the status quo, and bores easily. However, unlike you...I’ve never roughed it, done long hikes, and do enjoy the many souvenirs I’ve brought back from world travels. Have recently divorced, the big house is mtge. free, no car payment, etc. I’m watching a lot of videos like yours and also looking at small travel trailers I could tow behind my Ford Edge. Most are very small and I would be spending most days outside. Safety will be a major concern, finding places to park for a week or so at a time, and of course maintenance and repairs. I also have 2 dogs who would travel with me.
Esperanza Hernandez (1 month ago)
YOU GO GIRL!!!: ) MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!!!: ) Maybe one day we can go backpacking, again: )
bamslerc (1 month ago)
After watching you on and off for some time, I am going back to the beginning. Going to pretend today is a rainy cloudy day (NOT, in SW FL:), and binge watch from video #1. You are my hero. And I wish I was brave enough to do this.
Andrea Dorethy (1 month ago)
I don't know how I found your video but so Happy I did your awesome love how open and honest you are . I live in Tucson where we're you filming this video ?
david smith (1 month ago)
You are truly free! For me Maybe someday. I thank you for your YouTube videos.
Nancy Fahey (1 month ago)
Its June 2018 and I'm binge watching. Thank you so much. 😊
unwinding time (1 month ago)
Carolyn, you are a trooper, love ya to bits...am 63 and thinking in doing this. Am out of the country now, but may come back to do this...hugs! Annie
Zero-Two (1 month ago)
You speak to me on a very spiritual level. After years of trying to Justify a normal 9-5, with a nice cushy career it always comes full circle And i realize that my need to live Nomadically will never be satisfied by a weekend trip.
Froggin Around (1 month ago)
Good for you!! Just stumbled upon your channel and I love it...you're living my dream lol
Josh Waye (2 months ago)
Carolyn, this is awesome! We are looking into the RV life and I think the fact that you are already doing it is amazing. I look forward to checking out your other videos. Cheers and stay safe!
CRYPTOZOOLOGY GUY (2 months ago)
Ruff camped my whole life getting a c class this year I'm 48 lol
Carolyn Walters (2 months ago)
I have thought for some time that the only thing wrong with my house is that it wasn't mobile. I hate the city in the south where we have horrible humidity. Really appreciate the information that you and Bob give out to let us know the best way to begin, you probably save new comers a lot of money not having to redo their whole system if we can make the right decisions from the first. I love the west and desert and the freedom. You are so great. Keep up the great work.
april asbahr (2 months ago)
Where in the world did you buy your RV for $8,000.00???
Genaro Ambrosio (2 months ago)
Insane crazy bum.
TexasGaL (2 months ago)
Hi Carolyn! I just subscribed this morning. I felt such a connection with your story and thank you for sharing. I'll be catching up on your videos/tips and following along with you on your journey. I hope to do some RV travel like you. The only difference is that I am married and I'll be doing some trips solo/with spouse. I have done a ton of travel as a solo female and with my daughter. Been all over Europe, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and I adore roadtrips. I've been trying to decide on which type of RV to purchase and I love your "tilly" (sp) and have been wondering if I should go with something I pull, or drive. Anyway, Hello from Texas and I'm looking forward to your trip to Alaska! ~ Helen
Paula Bradley (2 months ago)
wow have brave of you!
Swoon Films (3 months ago)
I love your story! So inspiring! Thanks for sharing your life with us!
stvn509 (3 months ago)
I purchased 10 acres in rural wyoming. I've been fulltiming 2 years in Florida and decided it's time to go complete rural.
Mable Lane (3 months ago)
oh wow😯 I've always wanted to be a Hobo too, and jump on a train & just go wherever the train takes me. 🙂
Dizziemiss Lizzie (3 months ago)
Subbed! Thank you for the story. I'm hoping to downsize into an RV or bus? I probably won't travel with it. I'd like to live off grid, and I'm doing this alone ❤️ That view behind you!! 😍😍
Deanna Zimmerman (3 months ago)
Ahhh darn. I have been sick for a long enough time to be able to binge watch your videos from #1 to #210 (the live-feed, which I am watching on my tv as I type). But I've missed out on so many opportunities to comment because I'm watching on my tv instead of on my computer. So, now I feel well enough to get back on my computer, and was looking for the last 22 unseen videos on this thread. Unfortunately, only 200 are showing (that I can see). Hmmm, I guess I can find them another way, eh? Anyway, I've watched close to 200 of your videos in the last few days, and I just LOVE you. I started watching your video's awhile back, but being sick, I had a chance to binge watch. What fun I've had in my flu misery! :) I really hope I am able to get on the road this year, and I'm looking forward to meeting you at the 2019 RTR. Bob Wells was my very 1st exposure to van life. I found you thru him, and I love you both!
John Potter (3 months ago)
Carolyn you are a travel person your doing a fantastic job touring the world of your dream.You are a brave woman. keep it up.
Eric Scott (3 months ago)
Thank you Carolyn’s thank you for talking about you and if I can said you make the show good and fun to see and thank you not stop please and thank you
Dawn Webb (4 months ago)
Thank you for sharing. 😊
Richard Hilgers (4 months ago)
Hi Carolyn, my son Keith started his first long term RV adventure recently. In a conversation with him today, I asked him where he was getting certain information about RVing. He told me about your U tube site and here I am. Keith is from Montana but right now he is somewhere in CA. I have not ever seen him so positive and relaxed. Thanks for your effort in making these informed videos to help people conquer the challenges of first time RVing. I enjoyed viewing the first video and I will be viewing more soon. Blessings to you and safe travels.
Rey Stx (4 months ago)
Loving your videos so I started from the beginning 😁
Citi Zen (4 months ago)
I noticed comments were disabled on your winter video. I just wanted to say. Have you ever tried to put cling film/not sure if it called plastic rap over your windows. It helps keep in the warmth and you can still look out the window. It would be better if you could get hold of some of the wrap they use for the pallets in warehouses/factory's. I used this in my last home that was so cold. It always seemed warmer outside. Love your videos.
Gavin Wright (4 months ago)
Brave lady, stumbled on your channel and find you interesting, good luck from Sheffield England. And I've subscribed.👍
Howard Eastman (4 months ago)
Just Brilliant! Howie (UK)
Snowpink6663 Fine (4 months ago)
Have a Blessed day and years. Peace
Darrin McGann (4 months ago)
What an awesome story! Thinking. .... Thinking. ... hmmm
Mary Ann Mirro (4 months ago)
I love listening to you. Always wanted to live that kind of life.
candice german (4 months ago)
I'm 59 year old single woman, and my goals / aspirations have changed -- I've wanted to buy an RV and travel with my dog too, but I'm afraid for security reasons and vehicle problems .. I want to be free from the everyday life of work then home routine... .
Ishtiaq Ahmad (4 months ago)
Carolyn, yes alone women I fancy you yes, what a pretty and good mood smiley personality,blessing,pleased watching yours videos to just watch yours charming personality.
WalkingOnSunshineMan (4 months ago)
Awesome!
Judy Carey (5 months ago)
Sounds like a beautiful life to me.
Tina Sparks (5 months ago)
Wanna cook? Jk, you are my new TV show. I’ve been choosing one off Netflix, watching the whole series, then moving onto another. But now? you are it
Carolyn's RV Life (5 months ago)
ha ha!!! thank you for watching. I'm honored!
Fidel Blanco (5 months ago)
I'm looking for a single woman, I'm single, can I be with you.
Tiffany X (5 months ago)
I like your shirt.
Yvette Kastur (5 months ago)
I love you!
Jennifer Thomson (5 months ago)
Way to go Carolyn! And thank you for the inspiration. I am about to launch solo in my 21' Chinook. Leaving the strange land of Florida...my rabbit hole. Heading West, back to the land I love. I too, grew up backpacking. In Northern California. Several solo trips. Your video was just what I needed to hold the vision. Since I'm only 55, I must create a mobile income. I've been exploring doing exactly what you are doing. I have the skills & the will, just need some training. So encouraged by your success! Would be honored & excited to rendezvous somewhere. You feel so familiar. Many of your sayings have been mine as well. Nature is my spiritual place. Boredom comes fast & is not pretty on me. My dream is a comrade to caravan with for safety. But for now...gotta cut loose & roll. Cheers Sista!
Tammy Sanford (5 months ago)
Wow I wish you had videos of all your travels I would have loved to follow you around!🙏🌏✌💞🎵🍀🔮
Carolyn's RV Life (5 months ago)
If you've missed them, you can start here from the very beginning: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLezWHERL6sh-HzlwkJb85waSxQ_VRPxkx thanks
Carolyn's RV Life (5 months ago)
Have you not seen the 200+ videos I've made of my travels???
Tammy Sanford (5 months ago)
That's my dream✌😇🍀🔮
Diane Hassell (6 months ago)
I. Just. Love your videos, Keep me coming,
freedom (6 months ago)
I love your story, Carolyn, I am your age (48), I have a dog similar to yours ;) and I want to do the same thing, that why I stumbled across your page... I have already cancelled my office job a few years ago, working freelance right now, left my old home and have moved all acrossed my country and now the RV project is on my mind... I will definitely follow you! All the best and kind regards from Germany! <3
trainroomgary (6 months ago)
Like 🚂
Virgo- 1luv (6 months ago)
Wow! Im so proud of you Im so happy for you! Love your videos thank you. Be safe have fun
Mark Anderson (6 months ago)
New sub, looking forward to reviewing the previous vids and future ones as well!
Joe Jordan (6 months ago)
FYI a Matilda is a bushman's bundle of possessions carried when traveling. On the other hand a bindle is the bag, sack, or carrying device stereotypically used by the American sub-culture of hobos.
Was directed here by a friend here on you tube.... Partially Off Grid & Homesteading. You're living the life a lot of us dream about. I will follow along. I'm starting from the beginning so I don't miss anything. Thanks for sharing your life with us. Subbed to you also. Take care and be safe............... B
Janessa West (6 months ago)
Loved this video, can't wait to check out more of them. I'm working towards the same idea... Hopefully in another 2 years!! Look forward to your tips
Perlita Habanera (6 months ago)
some income you mightve forgot because in the video of how much it cost you to live a month. yousaid that in a year it has cost ypu lile 32. hindred but your income after taes was 395 a month ( own business)wich left me thinking that there is noway you could do all that uou said with a 395 a monylth so if you had savings and spend it then ..
Boo Boo (6 months ago)
Is there a way to reach out to you personally..my life and purpose have suddenly changed due to the death of my mother.. Im wanting to make the leap into RV life but need some encouragement.
Sharon Loewen (6 months ago)
Hey Carolyn: I've been following you for about six or seven months. Iam probably a year or so away from following in your footsteps. I've been thinking about it for about 10 years. I know we'll meet and get along great. I want you to know you have been so inspiring and entertaining and just plain fun. Great personality. I am a friendly, with a big ol' dog Kodiak. Love Tilly, so glad you let Matilda go. It was time. I've sold everything and getting my ducks in a row. Thinking Van...Love your blog...Sharon
Jesse Espinosa (6 months ago)
Got $45K to invest. Tiny home or Class C? Just found you, subscribed and diving in to this headfirst.
Janet G (6 months ago)
Came across your channel after searching for tiny homes and then found rv living. You are an inspiration! I’ve watched your vlog on your past family life growing up and you are a strong woman! I would love to try this lifestyle and dream of making this a reality one day!
Carolyn's RV Life (6 months ago)
Thank you so much Janet! Welcome, I'm so glad you're here and I do hope you too make it a reality some day!
Lee Ann Wolff (6 months ago)
I'm seriously thinking about doing this but....I'm chicken.
wendy cain (6 months ago)
Thank you for these words of inspiration! I'm going into the same exact boat and just bought an Rv. I can't wait. So I'll keep watching!
wbretz1 (6 months ago)
Great video, thank you for telling your story! In 2009 I also lost my house and divorced my husband who is an alcoholic. My whole life changed that year. I met a wonderful man who happens to be a Canadian got remarried and moved from Texas to Northern Canada. We plan on becoming full time RV's in 2 years when hubby retires and we can't wait! We have just purchased a Dodge Ram 3500 dually so we can upgrade from our travel trailer to a 5th wheel when it's time. Keep the videos coming, I love watching them. Am also a big fan of Camper Van Kevin. Happy Trails and drive safe!
Margaret deVries (6 months ago)
You are amazing! I had plans to tour America, but circumstances just didn’t work out, We are retired and now disabled. So it is not going to happen , spent years planning my golden years, turned out to be tarnished . I cannot imagine doing it by myself and my husband lost his leg, we drive a van, but try not to drive after dark Finding the videos you made I can just enjoy where you go! Thanks !
Star Gaze (6 months ago)
You’ve touched my heart, i will watch all your videos.
Nora Caylor (6 months ago)
I see you via other peoples videos, so, I decided to follow you. Starting from the beginning. My dream one day! Somehow!!!!
Janice Peck (6 months ago)
My first vidios I saw of yours. Jp.OK
Doug Auchey (6 months ago)
OMG! I love you!
ilyas ali (7 months ago)
nice video ty i dont care about nature and travelling i am just trying to get rid off my rent i live in nyc and life has gotten so hard in here ty i will sure soon will move in one of those moter home
alan may (7 months ago)
Yes, a matilda is the sack of belongings carried around, & the Aussie song Waltzing Matilda means to go from place to place (waltzing) with all your belongings wrapped in a sleeping sack, a matilda.
CraftsAndMore315 (7 months ago)
Mathilda also means might, power, strength, battle. She (the name Mathilda) is a warrior woman. It also means strength in battle, strong in war. :-)
Sec Barbie (7 months ago)
Just found your videos, I can't wait to watch the rest of them. I'm a travel trailer girl but love to hear other people's journey's!
Carolyn's RV Life (7 months ago)
Welcome Sec!!! Thank you for coming along for the ride! :-0
Scar Stigr (7 months ago)
Bring the dog and come visit me and mine in the spring at honeys park idaho. we would be honored to meet you. Email me first and I'll get so Kobe beef for dinner as a special. honeys park Arco idaho , Google it. love Capone and would love to meet you
Kyle Pritchard (7 months ago)
Brave n beautiful women.Love ur accent ,I'm from New Zealand. You are courageous to live like this.Free.So many people are afraid and paralyzed with indecision.You have spunk gurl .I'm lookn forward to riding along with you n seeing some of ur great nation.
April Mae (7 months ago)
Carolyn, Why did you buy such a long RV, certainly it holds you back from getting reasonable gas mileage and finding good boon docking spots. For only one person and a pet a short van would be good enough?
jamie zebra23 (7 months ago)
I am binge watching your vids thank you for putting in all this work
Carolyn's RV Life (7 months ago)
Thank you for watching Jamie!
Emily Cunningham (7 months ago)
I've been stealth camping for 2 years now. Still learning and honing this new life. I love your channel. I've decided to start watching your vids from the beginning.
Diana Lorene (7 months ago)
😁
Ghost (7 months ago)
What's this gps location ??? Please share it. Thank you
Michael Kloeckner (7 months ago)
Just watched your first video. Great to meet you ;-) ... I'm not retired yet but I will be by the end 2018. Then it would be great to set my sights on the John M Trail
Carolyn's RV Life (7 months ago)
Welcome Michale. Thank you for watching!
Robert Allen (7 months ago)
..I 'booted' the husband..lol
Letha Lauenborg (7 months ago)
Bishop, Mammoth, Bridgeport are very nice. Bodie, a great old historic Western (ghost) town to visit. Alot of history there.
Destination mobileone (7 months ago)
Watched all your videos Carolyn. You seem far less stressed in your first ones. Out of the frying pan and in to the fire. Maybe ! Keep that shrink of yours close by ! Happy days !
CarrieVannie (8 months ago)
omg! I can relate to you on SO MANY levels! Thank you for your videos!
jim ngueny (8 months ago)
easy! start of like a dog! you eat crap! an u will survive
jim ngueny (8 months ago)
Excellent! story
Alfred kabura (8 months ago)
We all want to live happy live your happy life wishing you happiness and be safe.
Tensi Perez (8 months ago)
Can't wait to learn more about your adventures and Capone.
Sherry Hicks (8 months ago)
Thank You Carolyn. I lost my husband earlier this year. I am thinking about doing this for myself. Looking for all the tips I can get. Good Luck to you.
Sin D (8 months ago)
basically trying to drink myself to death. Yup, that was me and now I'm hiking the JMT! yeehaw.
vickijd22 (8 months ago)
Hi Carolyn, I have but one thing that holds me back from RVing... fear of snakes...ever encountered any?
Jesse W (8 months ago)
interested in your assistance on starting a business sound like minded i love your attitude ;)you know ford stands for Fix. Or. Repair .Daily .lol sorry till
Slow Cooked Adventures (8 months ago)
So much I resonate with here Carolyn! I also have a marketing business, I'm 46, I've bought my motorhome (I'm from the UK) and I'm currently in the process of selling everything off so I can go and travel around Europe. Like you I want to travel, get out in nature and go hiking! I'll be following your blog & channel! :-)
opchick05 (8 months ago)
I'm trying to talk my hubby into doing this.

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