First, we wanted to welcome you to our website. Our goal here is to be THE source for all your RVing information. While our goal is to showcase living full time in an RV, we are open to all RVers, whether you are a “weekend warrior”, or just like to hit a local campground for the weekend, or are considering doing what we did: Downsizing and transitioning to living full time in an RV.
Who We are:
The Early years (before we met)
Tracey is the youngest of 3 children and is originally from Whitehorse, in the Yukon. Her father got into gold mining in Northern BC when she was younger, so she spent a lot of time in an RV growing up as her parents moved from northern BC in the summer to mine, and then to southern BC in the fall to spend the winter (and for Tracey to go to school)
She has a love of photography and travel. So much so that she took a travel tourism course in college in Kelowna, BC.
Rob is the oldest of 3 children. In the mid 80’s he moved to BC with family after graduating high school and has lived in BC ever since. Shortly after moving to BC, he went to college to take a business management and marketing program.
It was during this time, when we were both in school, that we were introduced by a close mutual friend. We dated, moved in together, and eventually got married. A few years later we had our son.
After, having our son and moving around for a few years chasing jobs, Rob went back to school again. This time to take courses in the technology field, which ultimately let him to get a job at an online marketing firm in Kelowna. After a few years working there he moved on and started his own online marketing firm, which he has successfully operated for almost 15 years. He really enjoys his job and the best part is, all he needs is his computer, internet and a mobile phone. That means he can do his job from anywhere, which is ideally suited to our current “RV Lifestyle”
It was during this time when we decided that living a “traditional” life with the house with a picket fence, 2 cars in the driveway and kids in the backyard playing wasn’t necessarily what we wanted in life.
In short we didn’t want to spend our lives working to pay off a home. We didn’t want to work to live. We wanted to travel and enjoy life. That lead us to the idea of going mobile.
At first, we thought we would build ourselves a tiny house. We really enjoyed watching different tiny house programs on TV and thought it would be fun to do – downsize and live smaller. They were just beginning to grow in popularity and it seemed like a good way to both own a home and enjoy life and travel at the same time.
After our son graduated from high school, we sold a bunch of our possessions put everything we didn’t sell into storage and moved into our 1969 Scamper for the summer. This was initially our first step towards our plans for building our own Tiny House. This is because we moved to Tracey’s father’s property. He has about an acre, so we felt we had more than enough room to begin construction of our new tiny home. The Scamper was too small for the 3 of us (it is a 19 foot trailer) but, luckily, Tracey’s dad owned a motorhome that he let us use. So our son stayed in the motorhome, while we lived in the Scamper. At this point we weren’t much more than glorified campers. But we did have high speed internet, so we were good! :)
We soon realized that building our own tiny house probably wouldn’t work. We just didn’t have enough construction experience. So we decided to focus on finding the ideal RV to live and travel with.
We also decided that we couldn’t winter in either the Scamper with it’s 2 inch thick walls) or the motorhome, so we decided to rent a condo in Kelowna BC with our son. We moved in there in the fall.
In the spring our son decided he wanted to make some “real money” so he moved to Alberta to work. The oil patch was booming and we had different friends who thought they could help him get a job. We decided to follow him out there in the summer, and bring the rest of his stuff from storage. So we loaded up our Scamper and headed to Alberta for the summer. We spent most of the summer in Red Deer, where our son ended up, but we also took time touring and visiting friends and family.
After helping our son find a place to live and settle, we came back to BC in fall. We were still living in the Scamper so knew we couldn’t spend a winter there. We made plans to spend the winter in a motel in Kelowna. Shortly after, our son decided to move back to BC as he wasn’t able to find a good well paying job in the oil and gas industry as it was starting to slow down. He moved into the motel with us for a couple months until he found a roommate and a place of his own to move in to.
Through all this time we were always on the hunt for a better RV we could move into and spend more time in. Ideally we wanted to be able to live year round.
In the spring we found what we thought was the perfect fifth wheel at a great price. So we bought it and moved into it. We were only living in it for a couple months before we took our new toy on the road. Our first big trip was from the North Okanagan to Mount Robson near Jasper for a family wedding. We then spent a few days touring the Clearwater area before coming back to the North Okanagan where we spent the summer.
In the fall of 2015 we moved into a hotel room for the winter again.
In spring 2016 we had our fifth wheel set up in an RV spot behind a motel in Kelowna. We spent the summer here. It was like our own private RV park. We had full services, satellite TV and internet. While we were here we started planning our first trip to the United States. We discussed where we’d like to go and settled on Nevada as we have a friend who owns a house down there.
So October of 2016 we headed south for our first major trip. Our goal was to spend the winter in Las Vegas at the KOA campground at Sam’s Town Casino
In April of 2017 we started our drive back to Canada. We drove north through Utah, Idaho and Montana, crossing the border into Alberta, We came this way rather than a more direct route home so we could spend week with a good friend who moved from BC to a small town called Bow Island in southern Alberta a few years before. After that we headed to Banff for a few nights.
We were chased out of Banff by a snowstorm so headed back to the North Okanagan where we lived in our fifth wheel in an RV park for the spring, summer and fall of 2017.
Rob had a retina detach on September long weekend, dashing our plans of heading south for the winter again, so instead we parked the rig and got a motel room in Vernon BC for the winter.
Even before we started our RV adventures we always wanted to take a road trip. so in Mid February of 2018 we packed up our car and headed south, to Yuma AZ for 2 months.
We came back in the spring of 2018 to our fifth wheel and realized that after spending the past 6 summers in an RV of some kind we decided we wanted a summer break so rented a condo up at the Silver Star Mountain Resort near Vernon BC.
We started looking at motorhomes that summer because our plan was to take a trip north in 2019, through northern BC and the Yukon and didn’t want to pull a fifth wheel all the way up there. Plus, we were finding that the fifth wheel was just too small, what with Rob working full time while also living in our RV. It made for some pretty cramped days, especially if the weather wasn’t nice outside
We found the ideal motorhome (the other RV showing on our home page) and moved into it, back at Tracey’s fathers property for the winter to live, but also help him out more as he just turned 92.
Which leads us to now.
Our future plans are to continue travelling as much as we can. We would still like to head north, but don’t think that will happen this year. We also plan on heading East to see more of our great country. And when we can, we’ll also head south again, perhaps for another winter. We’d also like to spend a summer (and maybe even a winter) on Vancouver Island.
But who knows? You see, that’s the best part about living this lifestyle. We aren’t tied to a specific place. And with the portability of Rob’s job, home is the next place that has internet and an RV plug outlet we can plug into.