132 | Finding Home through RVing with Joshua Sheehan of RV Gear & Far

RV Gear and Far
Join us as we unveil the must-ask questions that will be your guide to navigating the exciting world of RV travel.

For those who have been trying to follow our family gap year adventures, I’m sorry!  We have really embraced being off-grid more often, less creation and more practice in the coming down from one epic journey.  At the time of recording we are just coming off a week-long stay in Big Bend and eager to hit the slopes to ski.  We have extended the gap year in to spring.  This last loop has included a considerable amount of meet ups with friends and family along the Deep South along with work and life picking up as we embrace what it means to go home.  

In true RV fashion, this loop has not been unscathed from RV fixes.  As we field more and more inquiries about RV life, one area that comes up are in the technical aspects of RV ownership.  In our transition to RV life, my husband went from being a high school tech ed teacher (IE shop classes) to becoming a certified RV technician.  If you or someone you know is interested in RVing or looking for resources when it comes to owning an RV and the maintenance required, Brent (my husband) is a handy resource to have.  His Downloadable RV Inspection Form is a helpful guide to buying  and maintaining an RV for your family adventures.  

I met our guest through the RV Entrepreneur podcast and later met him in person at the RV Entrepreneur Roundtable.  He is a full-time RVer, a proud father and husband, and a total RV junkie. He is the master of practical tips and unique perspectives while RVing, from awesome gear reviews to exciting DIY projects and lots of tips in between on his channel.  We’ll talk through his own RV journey, the process for making RV decisions and approaches establishing an RV lifestyle with a family, even if just for weekend adventures.  He is a skilled storyteller, a gear guru, and a master in creating community and organizing in-person events evidenced by his recent RV Content Creators Meet up at the Tampa RV Show.  Josh Sheehan, Welcome to Ordinary Sherpa.  

 

  1. Full time RVing for Josh and his family was the means to an experience in finding the place to put down roots and a determine a destination to call home.  
  2. Leverage what you already have.  In the grand scheme of RVing, Josh describes pop up campers as the gateway into RV life.  When they started, their minivan could tow the pop up camper.  The minimum requirements were a real bed to sleep in and air conditioning.  Through the pop up experiment they figured out what worked and what didn’t work for them.  
  3. There is a spectrum of what RVing can mean.  In the end RVing is a means to an experience.  Whether you choose a more off-the-beaten path set up or something that never sees 6 feet off the pavement, think of it more as an empty void that you can design what that means for you.  For Heidi and her family framing the RV as their vacation home on wheels helped them think more broadly about using an RV to help create a unique travel experience that would be hard to recreate in other ways while still having the comforts of home.  
  4. If people are interested in getting started with RVing some questions Josh and I discussed might be: Where do you want to go? Why RVing? How many people are traveling which would determine the type of RV set up works best for the number of people. How far do you want to go? Sometimes for long road trips in a compressed amount of time, having an easy set-up and tear down at each campsite is ideal. How much do you want to spend? What vehicles do you currently own? Much like the Sherpa Philosophy meeting people ahead of you such as at campgrounds or online (Such as the RV Content Creators group) many were able to offer perspectives on what their set up is and what works for them which was helpful. 
  5. Asking questions from existing RVers you will get their opinions, their experiences, and their preferences.  Having the ability to filter their feedback through your preferences, experiences, and opinions will be important.  
  6. There are so many things to learn about with an RV as a mode of transportation that even though it’s not difficult it can be overwhelming.  If you choose to rent, Josh suggests building in time to familiarize yourself and also to ramp up and ramp down for learning, packing and unpacking time.  
  7. Not everything from sticks and bricks living translates to RV living.  For example cooking and baking, having realistic expectations of what you are trying to accomplish and then what equipment can help you accomplish the tasks that are important to you.  The best predictor of what you need in the future is testing out what you already have, use it and determine how important it is going forward. 
  8. There will be items that have multiple purposes, and there are items that have a single focus but do that task really well and warrant the space.  Given the space and weight limitations of RV living that comes along with the towing and payload are things that any RVer needs to be mindful when determining what is nice and what is necessary.  
  9. Truck and RV sales people might tell you that technically you half truths.  “Yes, your F150 could potentially tow your if you put nothing else in it, and you want to white knuckle down the road.” There is a big difference between towing a flatbed full of cinderblocks and towing an 25’ long 10” tall RV.  As a beginner RV camper Josh’s advice is to educate yourself about the difference between towing capacity, payload and knowing your weight fully loaded.  
  10. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.  What a life lesson to keep in mind.  Regardless of the context, this mantra has been helpful for our family in setting boundaries across all sectors of life.  
  11. Lessons from RVing and Parenting have many parallels.  As Josh eluded to, the amount of talk around the campfire about poo was something that he never expected and black tanks will forever be a topic of debate in the RV industry.  
  12. Bringing people together and creating community in one aspect or another, it’s amazing to see how opportunities open.  The question I leave you with is What if it’s better than you ever expected?  The perspective shift instead of What if I fail? Is to flip it and say, What if I succeed?  

For those interested in RV adventures, use this downloadable inspection form to save time, catch potential issues early, and enjoy peace of mind on your travels. If you are looking to learn more about RV gear, tips and hacks check out Joshua’s channel or follow him at any of the links below.  

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