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Len Yancey
5 months ago

Personal ad in today’s newspaper: Man with toilet paper seeks single female with sanitizer for good, clean fun.
My kids overheard after Friday’s homeschooling lessons: Geez, I hope I don’t get the same teacher next year! I was devastated.

Peggy P
5 months ago

Corn on the cob

Jerry X Shea
5 months ago

Chuck, as for this Covid-19, without realizing it you nailed one of the side effects in your Editor’s Corner — “can’t remember because time is going so fast.”

Deborah Font
5 months ago

I nearly fell off my couch laughing at the jokes. We changed all our locks.

Alisa Brandenburg
5 months ago

Chuck and Gail,

I simply can’t go a weekend without your RV newsletter! Full-timer here grounded on a half acre in east TN where I teach English at our local high school. I downsized 4 years ago when I realized my $1K a month rent was unrealistic in the unpredictable financial climate (okay truth: my pragmatic older brother asked me if I could afford my “swanky downtown loft” when I retire from teaching). Neither of us could foresee today’s real financial crisis, but thank goodness for wisdom, even if from an older sibling.

After about a year planning and saving, I purchased a 2012 17 ft. Spirit Delux Casita and a 2011 Ford 250 Econo van (yes, I put the cart before the horse!), and moved to full-time RVing while paying about half that rent at a local, private campground. Still not quite financially free but getting there, I saved more and planned more over the next two years and purchased a half acre (with a cave!) where I am happy living full-time in my lil fiberglass egg, still teaching full-time (currently,100% online until the quarantine is lifted).

While I am still downsizing and still saving and planning for that next step toward total financial freedom, extreme minimalism is not only my goal, but an ideal way of life for me. Shortly, by selling my van, I will be able to pay off my property this summer while I am looking forward to building a smallish metal building to house my Casita, my mini schnauzer Booboo, and me. Mind you, I will still be living inside my Casita inside the building!

Essentially, I live on one-third of my teacher’s salary, spend less than $300 a month in personal expenses, and have never been more happy or more free.

When do I travel, you may ask, since I own the perfect travel trailer? I am planning on retiring in the next 10 years, before I turn 60, so I can see this beautiful nation of ours, if that’s even possible after this pandemic. I may convert my property to an Air B&B when I hit the road, or not. That’s the wonderful thing about it: I am free to make those kinds of decisions.

I can hook up and “be gone” in less than 30 minutes. But why would I when the Cherokee National Forest sits behind me, the Appalachian Trail in front of me, and the Nolichucky River just a short kayak pull down the path. I ride my bike to the store for the essentials I need and replaced the weekly drive to Walmart with groceries ordered from Amazon.

All this may sound fine n dandy for me, but I know does not appeal to everyone. I stopped sharing with my colleagues that I live in a camper when I noticed their concern, almost pity, for my frugal living conditions. One co-teacher asked me, “is that even legal?” Another says she’s “worried about me,” while I simply smile and say “thank you.” Sadly, now, it’s them for whom I worry.

I’ve been reading you all since day one of my transition, and while only now have I reached out, I want you to know how very important your newsletter is, especially NOW. Thank you, and continue leading us, Chuck, along with Gail, on that personal journey towards freedom-whether financial, psychological, or emotional independence-you all are the Captains of my camper-heart. Godspeed.

BTW, hope you can view the link of my prop, rig, n puppy below 🙂

Sincerely 6-feet away,

Alisa Brandenburg
Erwin, TN

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Z22Khkxck9vin8nz9

Jeff
5 months ago

Enjoyed reading your message

Lee Ensminger
5 months ago

Alisa, I think the coworker who asked whether or not what you’re doing is legal is making reference to your local [county, city, township] zoning. While I applaud what you’re doing, where I live, even though I’m rural, that would not be permitted by our township zoning, even on more land than .5 acre. Did you check into your local regulations? If there are none, or they don’t prohibit what you’re doing, enjoy!

Jeff
5 months ago

The city of fond du lac, wi is fining teenagers up to adults for not social distancing now.

Jeff
5 months ago

Waupaca county wi shut down all campgrounds. Oconto county, wi shut down all boat landings, campgrounds, and 4 wheelers. The state of Wisconsin shut down more state parks. They said high cliff state park had 16,000 visitors last weekend. People were not social distancing and trashed the park. No pictures or videos were shown so how do we know the park was trashed. The Nicolet National Forest shut down all bathrooms but they want you too use the trails so what do you do if you have too go number 2?
This shutting down the whole country and killing the economy was not needed. This last statement is my own opinion. I’m afraid when the economy does open back up the people who are off of work might have a hard time going back too work. Others who are working from home may only going into the office one or two days a week and keep working from home. My wife said people who are off from work may find out they can make it on one income and not go back too work.

John
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff

I too think much of the actions are over-reactions. Two things. One, I am far more afraid we will permanently lose our Constitutional Rights and Freedoms, than I am about getting sick or dying from the virus. Two, the damages from all these closures and people using up their savings, will hurt much longer than the actual virus.

Kim
5 months ago
Reply to  John

About which constitutional right and freedom are you most concerned? I’m wondering how not spreading a highly contagious, deadly virus affects your rights, or mine.

Jeff
5 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Kim,
First amendment rights.

Mike Sokol
5 months ago

Hey everyone. In addition to the Southwire meter kit contest on Monday, I’m also doing an open Q& A Webinar this evening (Saturday, April 11) starting at 7pm eastern time on YouTube. All you have to do is subscribe to my RVelectricity YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/rvelectricity, and you’ll get a notification when I’m online. You ask the questions, and I’ll try to answer them live. See you tonight at 7pm eastern time.

Bob
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

Mike, link does not seem to work, would like to join you this evening, would you check it out please?

Mike Sokol
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob

I double checked, and the link does take you to my RVelectricity YouTube channel. All you have to do is subscribe and it will send you a notification when the webinar stream goes live at 7pm eastern time.

Russ De Maris
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

Mike, i tried it too, all i get is a dead link on the youtube side