Sunday, April 7, 2019

Emergency Preparedness: Survival Kit

The Department of Homeland Security is urging all Americans to be prepared to sustain our lives in the event of a natural catastrophe or terroristic attack.  With that in mind, I have started collecting items that will help me in a grid down situation.  While I am a newbie prepper, I feel it necessary to start small and continue adding to my skills, stored items, and awareness.  The above video was created to get the ball rolling if you will, but it is not to indicate that my list is complete.  My list is growing by the day and I try not to get overwhelmed.  The motto on my channel is "Keep it Simple and Take it one day at a time."

Please share in the comments below.  I realize that many have been preparing for years.  Knowledge is power.

Emergency Preparedness--Food and Water

Takeaways we learned from Hurrican Katrina and Venezuela:

  • Help will not arrive right away
  • Basic supplies on hand can save lives
  • People die without clean water 
The Department of Homeland Security is urging all Americans to store 3 to 6 months of food for emergency preparedness.  With all of the talk about the upcoming economic collapse,  the possibility of terroristic attack and possible shutdown of government for any reason, it is incumbent upon all of us to take measures to make sure that we can sustain ourselves.

My goal, even in an RV, is to become as self-sufficient as I possibly can.  With that in mind, I have prepared a video in which I share some of the food items that I keep on hand in the case of an emergency.  I feel it is necessary to share--it may save lives.

If you have some items on your list that you feel would be helpful to add to the list, please share in the comments below.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Why I Choose to RV Full time

My name is Beverly and on my YouTube channel I share 5 reasons I chose to RV Full Time one year ahead of retirement.  I am learning so many valuable skills.  I also watch and listen to other full time RVers who share their stories.  For more reasons why RVing has become a viable lifestyle watch the full length Full Time RV Movie below.  It just might change your life.

Monday, January 7, 2019

What Minimalism Means to Me

Coffee Talk Series on minimalism

As a new year begins, I realize that it really is an opportunity to begin anew.  I have not set resolutions for the year but I have set intentions.  I have set a purpose for everything I want to do.

Minimalism is about setting intentions for what you want, need, and do.  It is not just about throwing away all your stuff.  The question you have to ask yourself is 'Why do I feel the need to consume so much?"

About six months ago, I asked myself, "Can I live with less?" and I discovered that, for me, the answer was and ever remains a resounding YES!  Then the question became, "HOW?" That is when I discovered minimalism.

The best way for me to describe the concept is by using the analogy: Minimalism is to decluttering as Stress is to things.

The process of decluttering is far more painless when you realize what it is you want and become focused on attaining that.  For me, I wanted peace of mind, freedom to travel, and less stress.  The more I gave away, the more relief I felt.  Opportunities to give surfaced, which made the process much more enjoyable for all parties involved.  The intent was more about giving to those who could find use for the items and less about trying to make a few bucks.

We really can live with less.

If you are interested in pursuing the idea of minimalism here are a few helpful tips.

  • Use it or Lose it.  Get rid of anything you have been storing in hopes of using it "someday."  Things harbor memories, it's true, but they also carry mental and physical weight that can keep you stuck in time and place.  Rule of thumb: If you haven't used it in a year, get rid of it or pass it along to someone who can use it.  Donate it to charity.  
  • Declutter your life.  Sometimes we don't realize how much stuff we are hanging on to until we start cleaning house.  When you get rid of unnecessary items, you make room for bigger and better things to move into your space--physically, mentally, and spiritually.   
  • Experience freedom.  Once you start giving things away you feel light.  
  • Practice Gratitude.   When you are content with what you have, you don't feel the need to consume things.   Less truly is more!

I would love to hear your thoughts.  Please share your comments below.  

Online resources on minimalism - a quarterly digital publication - the guys who started the minimalist movement - 7 Tiny steps for the Beginner Minimalist

Tour my T@B

To video or not to video?  That is the question.  I am not a professional but I believe that everybody has to start somewhere.  In fact, all of this is new to me and I consider myself in learner mode.  With that in mind, I have uploaded the first video to Miles and Coffee RV o YouTube.  I made so many mistakes that I don't know where to begin.  I have much respect to people who make videos full time!

Just like RV Life in general, I jumped in head first and I figure I will learn as I go.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Win a 2019 T@B Trailer

Are you obsessed with T@B Trailers?  If so, here's your chance to win a brand new one.  From now through February 15, 2019 you can enter to win the 2019 NuCamp T@B 320.  You are allowed to enter everyday until the contest ends.  Good luck and happy trails! Click here to enter the sweepstakes.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Why I Chose a Tiny T@B Trailer

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T@B travel trailers have enjoyed a cult following since the 50's.  They are derived from the popular teardrop trailers that were popular with families at the time.   Though small, T@B trailers are plenty big enough to make camping enjoyable.  It is very well made and constructed by the Amish.  The T@B brand has gone through several company changes.  The name of the company that markets them now is NuCamp.  For this review, I will focus on the 2017 Pleasant Valley T@B S Max.  It is compatible with the Nu Camp T@B U 320.  There are three main reasons why I chose a T@B:
  1. The T@B is the right size for my tow vehicle.
  2. It has adequate storage.  
  3. It has an undeniable cuteness factor!
First of all, I chose a T@B above all other RVs is because of its size.  I was originally seeking a truck with a powerful engine because I thought that I needed one to haul a huge trailer with all the bells and whistles.  Boy was I wrong!  After tons of research, investing hours on YouTube, and many sleepless nights, I came across an article that informed me that my 2016 Kia Sportage has the capacity to tow 2000 pounds.  

My tow vehicle: 2016 Kia Sportage 

That tidbit of information was a game changer.   I realized that I already owned a tow vehicle.  I just needed to change the focus of my attention and switch my search to tiny trailers. was a helpful resource for me.  RV Trader lists hundreds of RV's of different makes and models from all over the country.  I could literally see the size, specs, and gross vehicle weight rating all on one website.  I was also completely committed -- I was willing to travel to purchase the trailer that I was looking for.  

It was a great day when I saw this ad pop up on RVTrader!

Screenshot of the original post from Gerton Auto Sales via RVTrader

My first thought was, "I can't believe this! This T@B is the right size for the right price!"  My second thought was, "It matches my car!", and my last thought was "At this price this RV will sell fast.  I need to call the dealer ASAP!"  Which is exactly what I did.   After much research, I knew that older T@Bs were selling for more than the asking price of this one.  I also discovered that this was the last and final price and it included the paperwork and walk through!  I asked how much to take it off the market, sight unseen, and I was told that I needed to wire $500 with proof of identity. I jumped at the chance.  John Gerton assured me that he sold RVs to women all the time.  He told me "Beverly, don't worry about anything.  We will prepare your RV and let you know when it is ready for pick up."  We kept in touch via email and by phone and for some reason I trusted John Gerton.  I did not get that trusting feeling at dealerships that I visited in person.  I have learned to trust my gut and this case, I am so glad I did.  Everything worked out from the first initial payment, including the walkthrough.  John even made coffee upon my arrival and set up my brake controller.  I highly recommend Gerton Auto Sales.  For me, it was worth the drive all the way from Louisiana.  I am pointing family members near Indiana to Gerton Auto Sales without hesitation.  

The second reason I chose a T@B is that it has enough storage to serve my needs.   In spite of its size, it really is roomy.  In fact, T@Bs are bigger on the inside than on the outside.  Let's take a look at the floor plan for the T@B S Model.  

As you walk in, the galley is on the right.  It includes a two burner stove, a compact fridge, and a multi-purpose sink.  

Directly in front of you is the wet bath.  

I required an inside galley and a toilet.  Other models exchange a closet for a toilet and an outside kitchen.  My review is focusing on the S Model with a wet bath and an inside kitchen.  

To your left,  as you enter is the U shaped seating area which converts into a twin bed or a King size bed, depending on whether you want to take your bed down and set it up every day. 

Between the two benches is a Lagun table which swivels and can be removed and attached to the outside of the trailer for entertaining.  

Lagun table set up outside, Miles, my tiny trailer. 

There is storage underneath the passenger side bench, while the bench on the driver's side houses the electrical units.  You can access it for service only.  I use the passenger side bench to store extra food items that must stand upright like bottles, etc.  

The Seating/Bed is a sofa during the day and folds down to make a full-size bed at night.  Behind this is a bank of overhead storage bins.  I store clothing here.  I use one for pants, one for shirts, and one for skirts and dresses.   Beneath the overhead storage is a cabinet for miscellaneous items.  I use soft bins to store makeup,  socks, underwear, and jewelry.  There was just enough room for four soft baskets to house these items.  Phew!

Kitchen storage, on the other hand, is a challenge.  The overhead cabinets are small and odd shaped.  The cabinets under the sink are only big enough for the basic necessities.  I keep spices, eating utensils, paper plates, and dry goods in the top cabinet.  I have housed the Instant Pot in the bottom cabinet.  

I will post more about storage in a future post called Favorite Gadgets, Part 2: Comfort.

The third and final reason for choosing my T@B is for its cuteness factor.  This tiny trailer is just too darn cute.  I had so much fun decorating it for Christmas and I get tons of compliments and questions at every rest stop or check-in.    

There you have it. My reasons for choosing a T@B are for its size, its storage, and its cuteness factor.  I chose a T@B because it is as cozy and comfy as a Hobbit Hole! and it's just the right size for me to maintain independently.  

Emergency Preparedness: Survival Kit

The Department of Homeland Security is urging all Americans to be prepared to sustain our lives in the event of a natural catastrophe or...