With our first 2 weeks down in the camper, there are few things I have to note. Let me start by saying I went into this somewhat blindly. I had never stayed in a camper until the first night here. I really had no idea what to expect. If you are reading this and you frequently stay in a camper you may roll your eyes at some of my findings, but for this newbie, there were a few things I wasn’t ready for.
- It is bedtime and we are all nestled in our little bed, when all of the sudden the entire camper is shaking and I am sitting up in bed asking if someone is breaking in. Joel informs me one of our kids rolled over in their bed. oh. all that shaking for a shift in position? well, ok then!
- The toilet room is extremely small. I mean, I know you aren’t suppose to be doing a lot of moving around but goodness. Also, it kind of feels like a port-a-potty, which doesn’t feel fabulous. I am getting use to it now but will be extra happy to have normal toilets in the new house!
- When your water is ran from a hose to the camper, when you take a shower it really makes you feel like you are showering from the garden hose. Essentially, you are, but just inside. You know how water smells coming out of the hose outside? Or is that just me and my overly sensitive nose? Any way, it is a thing, at least for me!
Speaking of shower, when you have 7 people who need to be bathed, and your husband says “oh by the way, you will have to wait at least 20 minutes between each shower because the hot water tank isn’t very big” you realize that showers will now have to be scheduled and no one is allowed to get dirty unless their scheduled shower is next.
- While blow drying my hair in the middle of the day, all electricity goes off. I realize I have thrown a breaker. After I threw the breaker 3 more times I realized I wasn’t going to get to blow dry my hair. Apparently when it is 98 degrees outside the camper is working really hard to stay cool and can’t handle my blow dryer. My shower is now scheduled first thing before it gets hot.
It is funny how we get use to certain things and even though there really isn’t anything to complain about living here (we have a roof over our head, electricity, running water, indoor potty), but it still takes some getting use to. I am so thankful for this opportunity and right now I am welcoming the challenges the camper brings. (ask me again in a month or two!) Now if I could just get excited the challenges that the 2 & 4 year old are currently bringing…….
We have had so many people ask us how it is going living in the camper and I must say that so far, it really hasn’t been bad. It has only been 2 weeks of staying here and we have a long ways to go still. I am happy to have less to clean and I am enjoying the simplicity living in the camper has brought.
Here’s to another week of camper living, coffee, & Jesus!