Stationary RV Living – 1 Crazy Year

Unintentional Stationary RV Living

I recently marked my one-year anniversary of unintentional stationary RV living. I say unintentional because sitting still for this entire year has been very difficult in many ways. However, I believe everything happens for a reason and now I finally understand why things unfolded the way they did.

Snow in Mid-April. No thank you.

When I’m not traveling, I’m set up on my brother’s property where I have a full hookup site. We love spending summers in Western Washington. The other three seasons are not nearly so pleasant so I normally head out of the area in the fall.

Unfortunately, I was not able to travel last fall for several reasons so I dug in and got ready for winter in my Airstream. For more information about living in an RV in the winter check out this post. Complete Guide to Comfortable Full-time RV Living in Winter.

The Reason

It turns out, the reason for this period of stationary RV living has been a terribly unfortunate series of events. First, my brother had an accident at work in October. He injured both wrists and shoulders and has been in significant pain and off work since it happened. He’s facing a series of surgeries with the first just a few days ago.

Sometime last summer or fall, my sister-in-law injured her foot but has no idea how it happened. She was scheduled for surgery to repair the fracture. Just a few days before the surgery, her brother built a small ramp for their side door so she could come and go using her knee scooter. The very next morning it was icy and she slipped and fell fracturing her wrist. The fracture required surgery and her foot surgery had to be postponed. I believe it will be in June.

In the meantime, they put their house on the market and it sold fast. They had 30-days to find a new house then pack up and move 25-years of accumulation. Thank goodness for all the help of friends and family.

We’ve Moved!

We moved to a small town about 40-miles south of Olympia just three weeks ago. There’s a lot to do but we’re getting there. There were no RV hookups here at the new house, but we are having them installed.

stationary RV living
My Airstream is to the left of the house.

We’ve had a lot of rain and snow. The ground has been very wet so we had to wait for some dry days to move the Airstream to her new spot. We didn’t want to tear up the yard or get stuck.

Utilities Burial Site – AKA the Mud Pit

We have a sewer connection, 50 amp electric, water, and a beautiful fence now. It’s a muddy mess but we’ll get it cleaned up soon. I’m planning a series of posts about adding a full hookup stationary RV living site on personal property.

Murphy’s Emergency

Several weeks ago, I caught Murphy with a chunk of rat poison in his mouth. I had no way of knowing if he had ingested any so we had to proceed as though he had. What an experience that was. Fortunately, he’s fine and living his best life here in small-town Washington.

Murphy enjoying the grass.

The incident was very scary and required emergency vet treatment and multiple follow-up visits. When we bought Murphy home as a puppy I enrolled him in pet insurance through Healthy Paws. Last April I switched to a different company due to excessive annual rate increases. I found a better policy with much better rates elsewhere. We now have Lemonade Pet insurance for him and they have been amazing.

I’m able to file claims on their app. It’s quick and easy and I normally get reimbursed within a day or two. If only human health insurance was so efficient. I am not an affiliate, only a happy customer. You can check rates and benefits here. Lemonade Pet Insurance

Connectivity Issues

We also have serious connectivity issues here in our new little town. There isn’t much in the way of wifi, and cellular access. The only game in town is super slow. So slow that streaming is impossible. The town is working on getting better access to the area but it’s a slow process.

Our Corner of the New Yard

We are on the waiting list for Starlink satellite service but that could be a 1 to 3-year wait. Some days my cell phone works and some days it doesn’t. I haven’t had time to see if another carrier would be better here. My cell booster is up and running but the results are poor.

So, if any of my regular readers have been wondering why I fell off the face of the earth, that’s the story. I’m sure we’ll get things working better soon.

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