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It's been another quiet day around The Ranch and about the only thing I've accomplished is throwing some more things away. I think I've mentioned before that I have a one track mind and I have to want to do something before it ever gets done and lately I've wanted to get rid of things.
It's a bit harder getting rid of things in the Arctic Fox because everything that I put in the Arctic Fox before I went full-time are things that I thought I really wanted or needed. In other words everything in the Arctic Fox are things that I determined that I couldn't live without. But surprise surprise I'm finding out that I would be just fine without half the stuff that I brought.
There's also been some expensive disappointments in my choice of things that I brought along, and one has been my vacuum food saver. It sounded like a great idea before I went full-time to be able to buy a normal amount of food and then seal it up and save it. Because it's really hard to buy some foods for one person without it going bad. But I guess because of the way that I shop and eat, it really hasn't been very useful, in fact I've only used it once.
I also bought a small crock pot to use in the Arctic Fox and I've only used it once. I brought along a medium-sized pressure cooker that I've had for years and I haven't used it at all. Then there's the microwave popcorn popper which seemed like such a great idea but I haven't used it since last winter. I don't know what I'm going to do with these things, I keep hoping I'll find a use for them so I don't feel like such a fool for buying them.
Now you would think that someone who has been RVing as long as I have would have a better grasp on the reality of what it takes to be happy on the road, And I'm rather disappointed in the decisions I made myself. but the only excuse I can come up with is this. traveling in an RV is a whole lot different than living in an RV, physically and mentally. and in general it means that living in an RV you need to take less than you would if you were going on vacation, sounds weird I know but that's been my experience.
I guess the moral of the story is, if you're going to go full time don't buy a bunch of stuff that you think you will need, wait till you get out on the road and then buy it if you need it. Because it's really hard to say what your life is going to be like living full-time in an RV. Things that you enjoy doing at home may not be so enjoyable in an RV. And your favorite hobby at home may not be as interesting while you're full-timeing.