Eager to get out west, we left Wisconsin with rugged landscapes and mountains on our minds.



But there was no way we could pass through Minnesota without stopping to visit our dear friends, the O’dells. We met the O’dells almost four years ago while on a walk in a campground outside of Savannah, GA. We connected instantly, and since then we’ve met up numerous times at their house and in Colorado.


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For many, the RVing lifestyle is only possible if a person can continue to work and bring in an income. While there are many ways to earn an income on the road, it is not always so easy to manage life on the road and work at the same time.


Luckily, working on the road in this day and age is probably the easiest it has ever been. Internet can be found nearly everywhere, cell phone service is abundant, and more location independent positions can be found.



That being said, working and living on the road doesn’t mean you are on a vacation full-time. You still have to work, be productive, and be successful!


Below are five tips for working and living in an RV full-time.

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It really has been forever and a day since we’ve made the trip to Leavenworth here in Washington State. The last time we visited was in winter, years ago, so to be able to experience summer here was exciting for us.

We arrived at the Thousand Trails campground in Leavenworth and were directed to our site, located right on the edge of a darling little lake. Tall, towering pines surrounded our site and at once I felt at peace.

Here is the view from the inside of our trailer looking out – I’m sorry we are not there right now. What a beautiful spot it was.

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“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our hearts, we still cling to anything- anger, anxiety, or possessions- we cannot be free.”  – Thich Nhat Hanh

When Lori Rewick Simon bought a vintage trailer in June of 2011 she had no idea that this “project trailer” would “save” her. Life was good. As the National Director of the nonprofit group, Casting for Recovery, she enjoyed an active outdoor lifestyle in her transplanted home of Vermont. A native Californian who frequently moved as a child, Lori was accustomed to change and easily adapted to it. If there was a negative side to the frequent moves, it was that Lori developed a strong desire for perfection in all that she set out to do.

A professional photographer with an MA in photography from the Hallmark Institute of Photography, she had aspired to become a photographer for National Geographic. Finding that a difficult position to secure, she drifted in to teaching high school photography and then in to yearbook sales. At a time in her life when she was reevaluating her priorities she discovered a class being taught at her church entitled, “Abundant.”  The class was a 16-week commitment and focused on crystalizing what really matters in life and living your life in an “abundant” manner. It was then that Lori made the decision to get out of sales and move to nonprofit work. With the support of her husband, John, and their children Charlie Chelsea, Lori made the career change. Her first job was with the March of Dimes in Phoenix. Her continued advancement eventually meant moving to Montana. This new location gave Lori ample opportunity to indulge in two of her favorite hobbies; fly fishing and horseback riding.

After several years in Montana, the March of Dimes wanted Lori to take a position in Dallas, Texas. She thought that the weather in the south would make their outdoor lifestyle harder to enjoy. When a friend told her of a position available in Vermont with a nonprofit that helps women recovering from breast cancer by providing them with fly fishing weekends, she thought it sounded like a perfect fit. Casting for Recovery (CFR) thought so, too, and hired Lori to be their National Director. The move to Vermont suited them perfectly.

I met Lori at the Museum for Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont in May of 2011. I was in Vermont displaying my Sister on the Fly trailer at the fly fishing museum’s kickoff event for their retrospective on women and fly fishing. At that time Lori knew about the Sisters on the Fly because they had partnered with CFR to raise funds for the organization. Sitting in her office, I remember her telling me that she wanted to join SOTF and get a Metzendorf trailer. I cautioned her about the amount of work that older trailers can often require, but her heart was set on a Metzendorf.

Lori’s 1962 Metzendorf on the day she brought it home

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The majority of RV interiors have been designed with organization in mind. There are usually ample cabinets, dressers and compartments under the furniture. Not to mention the storage bays accessed from the outside of the RV. Even with all the space, a little extra organization can go a long way. Not only will you make the most of your space, you won’t have to worry about finding this or that thing or battling clutter (trust me I know about this one!) because everything will have its place.


So let’s go through the RV room by room and talk storage solutions and organization. I’ll share my real photos here and some things I’ve learned from the RV community at large. Of course, I’d love to hear about your storage solutions in the comments below!


Kitchen/Living Area


In most RVs the kitchen and living area is combined into one space. Our kitchen and living area is the heart of our RV. It’s where we gather for food, conversation, games, and entertainment. Often Brent or I will prepare food while the rest of the family sits and chats with us. Having this area organized not only makes food preparation easier, it contributes to a warm and welcoming space the whole family can enjoy.



While our RV came with plenty of cabinets, much of the space inside the cabinets was wasted because there weren’t shelves, just a big open space. Adding an extra shelf or two greatly increased the space and makes it easier to put things away.


LEFT: We added a wire shelf to give us more room in our kitchen cabinets. (Note: We’ve been using Corelle dishes for 4 years on the road without any breakage.)
RIGHT: C. Baksteen uses plastic baskets with handles to keep cupboards clutter-free and keep things within easy reach. No more digging in the back of the cabinets for her!


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