Full-time RVers: What object(s) could you NOT leave behind?


    By Chuck Woodbury
    This video below got me thinking. I think you will like it. What it made me think about relates to full-time RVers who sold their homes for a life on the road.

    I’ll pose my thought as a question: What object (or objects) could you absolutely NOT part with when you moved into your RV? Was it a certain photo, or maybe your mother’s necklace, or an old coat you’ve had for years and years but could simply not do without?

    Please confess to the world about that certain something you simply could not, no matter how hard you tried, sell, give away or otherwise be without.

    To give you an idea of what I could not leave behind: I could not part with my father’s hairbrush. When he died nine years ago, I put the brush inside two Ziploc bags. The brush still smells like my father. Once a year on his birthday I open the bag-in-a-bag, close my eyes, and inhale a whiff of what my father smelled like. It brings a flood a memories. We can see pictures of someone we lost, we can hear their recorded voice, but we cannot smell them. That brush allows me to preserve a little extra memory of my father. I could not give it up.

    So what can’t you part with? Please (please, please, please) leave a comment!



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    Gary G

    4+ yrs ago the DW passed after 50+ happy years. Would not/Could not leave her ashes; my armory, and two devoted aging labs. Sold the McMansion, gave away the rest and happily on the road since..

    j orygun

    My best friend’s ashes. We travelled to a lot of places, including RVing across Scotland to the Isle of Lewis. I still feel his companionship carrying his ashes with me in a Oor Wullie fudge tin.


    I would just sell everything not needed and leave some furniture and then BNB the house. Bare necessities. Otherwise, give me my lap top, my tablet, phone and television and we are good to go.

    Jeannine Patane

    25 years worth of handwritten travel journals. Probably 80lbs of words and paper.
    Thanks Chuck and Gail for your time. I greatly appreciate your interest and advice.

    Art Walker

    Simple – my tools

    Sandra Melendez

    Two piece’s of Petrified Wood from my parent’s rock garden….

    Cathy Sorrells

    Our music on cd’s


    A handcrafted wooden angel, given to us on our wedding day, by a dear friend. She said as long as we kept the angel, she would watch I we us and keep us safe. As we sit directly in Irma’s, all prepped and tied down, on our 28th anniversary, I have complete faith that everything here will be fine. That Angel stayed with us as we were full timers and kept us safe all over the country, through lots of adventures.

    Cammy Baldwin

    When each of my 3 sons were in 3rd grade the school brought them on a field trip to a museum. I used to collect dolphins and each of my boys bought me a small glass dolphin in the museum gift shop. The funny part is each of the boys bought me the exact same dolphin! The gift shop still sells them to this day! Could never part with those 3 tiny things.


    Somehow over the years I had accumulated a number of stuffed animals. I kept one small one that reminded me of each of our children and grandchildren – Yogi Bear for one grandchild that loved to camp at Jellystone Parks, mini- Mickey and Minnie for the other granddaughter I took to Walt Disney World, a Chef Mickey to remind me of our chef son, Toy Story Woody for the sons that loved Toy Story so much and Ernie for the son that my husband used to sing “Rubber Ducky” to when my he took a bath. As much as I think about getting rid of the clutter on the side of the dash, every time I look at them I smile.


    A God Bless Our Home plaque that was given to my parents on their wedding day, May 12, 1940. My father passed it on to me after my mother died. One of the first things I did after purchasing our Class A motorhome was to hang the plaque above the windshield on the passenger’s side.

    liz nichols

    My address and birthday book. Chuck would I be able to place an advertisement in your newsletter and pay you of course. Regarding swapping of an RV or looking to hire or biy. Cheers from mirandavale8599@bigpond.com ..Liz from down under.


    All my weapons. Don’t reload anymore but brought all my guns along.


    My sewing machine and supplies for quilting.


    A ceramic casserole dish that looks like an ear of corn that my mother got as a wedding present in 1945.


    I would take my scrapbooks. They span 30 years (and counting) of our families lives and are priceless to me.