We have been traveling full-time in our motor home since January 2009 and one of the conditions was that I would not have to stop working on my artwork, including fibre art. Long before we purchased our motor home we had both individually made up a list of needs (non-negotiable) and wants and then discussed how we would achieve as much as possible from these lists. My non-negotiable included a kitchen with some counter space and storage and work area for my art. Taking my sewing machine with me was a given! When we actually made our purchase we were on holiday with no expectation of finding 'the one' but it was meant to be and we made it work. My husband specified motor home not 5th wheel, and diesel not gas, and I'm glad now that he did. When traveling in an RV weight and weight distribution is always a concern and diesel gives more lug power. We periodically drive over a scale, weighing each wheel, to check that we have not made an inappropriate shift of weight inside the coach or storage. Interesting point we discovered this year, we travelled for a distance this year with a couple with the identical coach but theirs was much more lightly loaded and our fuel consumption wasn't much different.
|Dual Purpose Bed!|
|Outside studio when required!|
When we are 'touring' I tend to work on had projects that I have prepared in advance or on computer preparation for future projects. I gather everything I need into ziplock bags, including the right needles and a small pair of scissors or other tools that are required if duplicates are available. I store a number of these bags in a large UFO bin in the storage compartment below and only keep the current ones on hand. My stash, yarn, embellishments etc. are in labeled bins in one of the storage bays below.
|Books, embellishments, yarn, fabric, and ???|
|Sewing Machine, embellisher, embroidery unit and ????|
|Sewing and other embellishments and tools|
|Gave up closet space for art|
|Yet another cupboard|
|All my marking/small sewing tools|
|DH is happy here!|
All in all it works for us. Part of our travel experience ties in with my interest in genealogy so I also have some related materials stashed in bins down below and use a computer program for what I have managed to get recorded. This is a work in progress but the geo-tracking component makes it easy to check and see if we should check local resources for more info as we travel.
I'm sure this post will generate more questions but it will maybe provide a basis for discussion. What one needs to take with them is a very personal thing and as I 'garage saled', dealt with antique dealers, sold via word of mouth and sorted in preparation for this adventure, it became very obvious to me what was important to me. ' Things I couldn't part with on the first pass (year one) had moved to the not so important list in the second year and so on. We were four years in this preparation but then we had been family 'archivists' and 'curators' all our married lives. The benefit/cost of having lived in a large farm house for many years. Once it was determined that no-one in the family was willing/able to take on the rolls, we started seriously searching for new homes for things, always mindful of our mantra 'Is it part of our life today, do I see it as part of my life tomorrow, can it be easily replaced if I change my mind.' With both of us coming from families that have treasured family memorabilia and always re-used, recycled as much as possible, the experience of purging was freeing. Check out a previous blog posting.