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Single Woman RV Living - Fears of Full Time RVing

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How did I overcome my fears of full time RVing living as a single woman and push through all of the questions I had regarding safety while traveling alone as a single woman, protection on the road, maintenance of an RV, finding a place to sleep every night, and learning to embrace the beauty of what's on the other side of fear. ★ My Favorite Gear & Equipment I Use (Amazon affiliate links) My main camera: https://amzn.to/2nuKZs7 Dash Cam/Action Cam: https://amzn.to/2KLndkI Second backup camera: https://amzn.to/2MIKjdy Best bendy flexible tripod: https://amzn.to/2P2D41U My phone wide angle lens: https://amzn.to/2vEd5FP Does it all phone mount, lights, microphone: https://amzn.to/2vC9cBr Favorite omnidirectional camera mic: https://amzn.to/2OWWYey Can't do without it cell booster: https://amzn.to/2vFAoiw My book for traveling: https://amzn.to/2OxDSe9 Season 1 Episode 18 reveals how the greatest success is on the other side of fear. Please subscribe to my channel and leave a comment below! You can always find more about about my adventures, where I am in my quest, and more that I don't have in the video at http://www.StoryChasing.com.
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Story Chasing (10 months ago)
Please head on over to my blog https://www.StoryChasing.com where I share more about my travels, links to overnight parking/camping areas, costs for each area I stay in, update on my quest completion, and more on starting your own business, saving, finances, manifesting your dreams, and living a life you truly love. Create. Do. Live!
Miss O (1 month ago)
Thank you so much! I am about to buy my RV and Im so anxious about "taking that step" even though I want this with every fiber of my being. And you are right, its the pressure of doing everything that once the RV is purchased the rest of the selling, planning, and learning begins. I plan on moving to a friends land for 6 months and learn how to boondock in the city and using my savings to pay off my debts so once I take off come winter I will have minimal bills. You have got a subscriber! Cant wait to binge watch all you videos 🙂
Gym (2 months ago)
Thank you for a great video. Coming up to a point in my life that i need to live on a smaller amount of money per month. Always had the idea of livinng in a rv in my head. The house is just to expensive. By living a camping lifestyle. I figure i can both save money and live much better than i am now. One of my issues is to much stuff. I want to stay away from paying to park it. The boondock like you said. Just so many things to figure out.
Baby Blue Travel (2 months ago)
I get it...pushing through fear is what I have done my whole life!! Just another door to walk through! 👍
Princesslatera Andrez (3 months ago)
I don't really hear you answering the main questions of why I came to your video. What dangers to look out for? How often have you felt in danger? What was your worst experience where you had to protect yourself and what would did you do? Do you hear about alot of cases of robbery and rape or murder? If not what do you do to avoid them? How well equipped should you be before heading out to maintain RV or small traveling home? And what insurances and licenses do you need?
Madam Butterfly (2 months ago)
Princesslatera Andrez - yes I agree, amber didn’t address any of those dilemmas in your post at all. Overcoming your fears is something we’ve heard all our life, so this is nothing new. Unless Amber has never encountered really scary situations, she’s no authority on what to do when faced with life or death, rape or burglary or your RV disabled by some nut or even mechanical breakdowns
mastorovich (4 months ago)
This was your best video ever! I just started following you about one week ago. I've never been inside an rv, but I can see myself selling my 6 bedroom empty house and hit the road. "Your greatest success is on the other side of your fears" How true!!!
Story Chasing (4 months ago)
mastorovich Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏
Peggy Boyd (4 months ago)
Messaging for the soul! Settling up for liquidating the large things makes perfect sense. Fear is a great gift for peering into your own insight. I really never camped except doing Army drills where most things are done for you. Fast forward, a friend of mine and myself used to look at RV's during downtime at work. She always did camping with a popup trailer with her family. Nearing partial retirement, I did buy a travel trailer and had never hitched anything in my life. Since then and a moving up to a better travel trailer I am better at negotiating fears. Amber, good choice on the Hymer Aktiv!
Story Chasing (4 months ago)
Peggy Boyd thank you.
Monte Mitchell (4 months ago)
Great video.
Story Chasing (4 months ago)
Monte Mitchell well you are so welcome! Thanks for watching!
c sikomas (4 months ago)
Definitely a role model. I've been admiring this choice for myself for a while now. Still in the research phase, and the "what would I do if"...phase. :) It's definitely no longer satisfying to collect stuff. It's definitely no longer satisfying contemplating being a caregiver indefinitely to material possessions which require a roof to be of any value. While this may be a longer phase than I wish, it is helpful to come across videos that put some of the thoughts into words. Thanks.
sweetc & Tazer (4 months ago)
Thank you, I needed to hear you tonight. I really want to do this RV lifestyle and fear is a big one. You really helped. Thanks
Story Chasing (4 months ago)
Cindy I’m so glad you found this video too. I’m so grateful you found some inspiration in it and hope you can push through those fears. We all have them. I had them. Trust me. It’s a sweet life.
Torres Family (6 months ago)
Thank you so much for your powerful words. ❤️
Story Chasing (6 months ago)
Kriss T You're welcome and glad it touched you.
RVersity (7 months ago)
Wow you shared some really brave stuff with us. I feel a lot of the same things. 🤔I never really feared the dumping part. 💩 I don't think I really knew too much before my first trip.😂 I never knew what dry camping was or that you could. I'm not really sure what I thought lol or why I even got the idea to buy an RV. Love to follow your Story 🚐 Hope to start creating mine soon!
Story Chasing (6 months ago)
RVersity You'll get there. Just keep pushing forward.
Jamie Rupert (7 months ago)
Hi! I'm a newbie to your channel & I just love your saying that your greatest success is on the other side of fear. Makes so much sense. I might have to steal that from you, lol. Best to you! :)
Story Chasing (7 months ago)
Jamie Rupert thank you and glad you liked this! Of course, steal away. lol
jennifer Loy fairhurst (7 months ago)
Oh for god's sake! You are caravanning as millions of gypsies and retirees have done for generations!!!!
Story Chasing (7 months ago)
I'm not sure I understand what your point is. Can you elaborate? Did you watch the video to understand the discussion?
Thank you Love. This video has encouraged me even more. I am renovating my rv now and preparing myself for "take off" so to speak, in one year. In the meantime, I am doing dry-runs on weekends within my surrounding areas. You are an inspiration and I adore you. Safe travels and God bless you. Namaste my friend.
JesusReigns 3:16 (8 months ago)
Meditate on God’s Word. Thank you for the video. God Bless you ❤️
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Kristina Allen well you are so welcome! Thanks for watching!
Summer Knight (8 months ago)
Fear is looking in your rear view mirror and someone is stalking you; three years later. I am either buying an RV or a Big Rig.
Madam Butterfly (2 months ago)
Summer Knight - on Tami’s channel, she was stalked as a solo female nomad - she talked about it, really scary
Story Chasing (8 months ago)
Summer Knights - Is that happening to you?
Joe Falcony (9 months ago)
Awesome videos. Thank you for sharing.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
Joe Falcony well you are so welcome! Thanks for watching!
maria custodio (9 months ago)
Thank you so much for yours words I'm 71 years old traveling is my dream I bought a small motor home but stay in home because the fear in get alone in the road you have no idea how much you help me GOD Bless your Soul
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
maria custodio well you are so welcome! Thanks for watching and I hope you get out there and live your dream!!!! The time is now. 😄
Diana Miller (9 months ago)
What is the RV in this video?
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
It's a 2018 Hymer Aktiv.
Diana Miller (9 months ago)
This is so helpful. I totally want to do this and live this lifestyle. I love the look of your RV. Thanks for posting this video.
Story Chasing (9 months ago)
You're so welcome Diana and hope you get the chance one day as well. 😁
TRUSTin WWJD (10 months ago)
Whoa, , ,that was some serious & good advice to me to finalize my serious thoughts past few months. Additionally Keep reading out-loud Proverbs & Psalms daily base does do good for all I believe but of course not all will do it. Safe RVing ! GOD bless for your good works
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
Thank you so much and so glad you found some value that resonates with you. 😁
Kat Justice (10 months ago)
Thank you for this, very thorough and thought of the same things as you have.. I am retirement age (retired) living on SS and a pension. I live in a senior apt now and have been for 6 yrs but I love to travel and see new sights and cultures but with my bills here, I can't afford it.. I would have to sell everything and start out living in my car which I could since the back seats fold down but would have to save the money for a cargo van, which is what I want and then the money to convert it to livable space.. I watch all these videos on RVing, van life, and everything just to prepare me..
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
You're so welcome and hope you figure out an option that's just right for you and creates some abundant happiness in your life. 😀
Downtrodden Bob (10 months ago)
Hi Amber, I love the way you addressed your fears. Personally, I've always believed fear is a thief! It robs us of so many experiences. I refuse to let fear rob me of time and opportunities!
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
Downtrodden Bob well said my friend!!!!! You're so right! It can definitely take from us outcomes that are transformational if we allow the fear to rule our lives. I find it empowering to conquer those fears and with each one I conquer I feel so much stronger. ❤️
John Aguilar (10 months ago)
Attta girl !!!!! You are a bad ass!!!! Keep on keeping on!!!!!
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
😁 Thanks John.
John Aguilar (10 months ago)
Buy a nine mm handgun, maybe a guard dog. You will be wore than ok :)
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
😁
Carol Deards (10 months ago)
Thank you. Excellent exploration of this topic.
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
Thank you Carol. So glad you enjoyed.
Lynn Smith (10 months ago)
Good advice 😊 Your honesty is a very good personality trait. My question is do you get lost or does the GPS always guide you.
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
thank you. GPS does a pretty good job of getting me there. I always have my Google maps going and the Garmin GPS.
Javier Martinez (10 months ago)
I wanna say Thank you for sharing your Story it was very useful
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
So glad you enjoyed Javier and that you found a takeaway from it and my experience. 😁
jgperez2005 (10 months ago)
What a great video! Congratulations on overcoming your fears. I'm considering RVing very seriously and I do have some of your "old" fears. Greetings from Peru!
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
Peru!!! Wow! So glad you enjoyed AND that you are reconsidering! You can do this. Fears are made to conquer. Conquer them!!
Desiree Lamarche (10 months ago)
How do you know where to stay and for how long?
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
I have specific apps I use. More to come with this in upcoming videos. 🙂
Desiree Lamarche (10 months ago)
I'm thinking about it.
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
🙂
Had my rig for 4 years almost...4 years!!! Fear was my driver and it almost ran me over. So, slowly I am shaking it off. I am pushing through and renovating my rv slowly...just purchased a generator, so I am on it and getting the renovation started. Thank God for YouTube. I thank you for your story. You're an inspiration. I will hold my own hand. And "live a great story" as it says on your wall. Thanks. Namaste.
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
Ahhh.. Beautiful words Wanda and what an amazing inspiration you are. Amazing that your renovating your RV yourself and learning as you go. Sometimes that's what it takes right? Good luck with the reno and let me know how it's going. Would love to see pics.
Very smart not telling what your protection is...very smart. Good for you. Not sure why other women put that out there. Why give folks an upper hand...good for you.
Jamie Rupert (7 months ago)
Yes, never even let them know what you have in a sticks & bricks house either, or even what you carry on your person in everyday life.
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
Thanks Wanda. Yeah I like to be private about some things. lol
Rhonda White (10 months ago)
You should download the parking app on your cell phone to give you info on free parking
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
Thank you Rhonda! I'll add that one.
Rhonda White (10 months ago)
The parking app is called park4night and it’s supposed to pinpoint where you are and provide all the nearest place you can park.... I saw it on another nomads channel (susi Cruz) .... check her out also.... be safe 😀
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
+Rhonda White what’s the app called? I have several put not a specific parking app.
Angelica (10 months ago)
nice video. thank you for sharing. is that a 25b? i'll check your channel for a tour.
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
+Angelica thank you as well. Yep it’s a Winnebago Spirit 25b.
Rose (10 months ago)
it is no more scary than to be in an appartment if you listen to your instinc
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
Rose - Yes it can be just like that. I think peoples fears come from the unknown, like where do I stay each night, or can I maintain an RV, where will I travel and then not knowing people in those areas. But you do get accustomed to it and learn how to accept these things as opportunities for growth, joy and just to be spontaneous.
Angela Grace (11 months ago)
After staying at an Airbnb which was a small travel trailer and I loved it do much that I cried when I had to leave so I bought the exact travel trailer to drive it somewhere warm in the winter to live in. I started watching these videos and it hadn’t occurred to me to live in it on the road. This video has been really helpful.
Story Chasing (10 months ago)
Angela what a great story and you followed your draw to have something beautiful and freeing. Oh yes there's a huge world out there waiting for you to explore. Come join us!
Suzanne Iannaccone (11 months ago)
Thank you. Excellent video. It was really helpful to me.
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Suzanne Iannaccone Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏
Reiki on the Run (11 months ago)
I'm a single mom to two boys. We are considering it full time. Good stuff!
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Reiki on the Run that's amazing! Hope you find what works best for your love of the road and nature.
G Forcke (11 months ago)
Very well said. So glad I came across your video.... your encouragement is much appreciated. My house is going up for sale this weekend. Next week .... RV shopping 😁
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Woot Woot! RV shopping! Congrats and hope your house sells quickly. Enjoy the journey!
Marieline Juillard (11 months ago)
Thank you so much for this great video , very helpful.
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Marieline Juillard Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏
EAO (11 months ago)
Well said! Thank you. .
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
M Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏
Fay Champoux (11 months ago)
A meditation practice is key to eliminating stress.
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Right on for sure!!!! I love to meditate and it has really helped me over the years.
Fay Champoux (11 months ago)
I just bought a [email protected] and I will be solo Rving. Thanks for your video!
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Absolutely welcome and congrats on the cool [email protected]! I've seen several videos of people living full-time in the [email protected] and it looks really cool plus you have a vehicle you can explore with! Have fun!
Robyne Stevenson (11 months ago)
Thanks for this great video! I'm 6 weeks away from going on my own RV solo adventure. Pushing through all the fears and concerns and even mistakes as I have great hopes this will be a fun lifestyle.
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Robyne so exciting!! 6 weeks will go by quickly and then you'll be out on the road and enjoying RV life. Good luck and keep me posted on your travels.
Red Sox! (11 months ago)
Don't worry about being a single female RVer, this Brit will come keep an eye on you .....and it has nothing to do with you being a good looking lady with a lovely accent....lol
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Texas is great, it just wasn't something I cherished when growing up there. I think now I have found a new appreciation for it though.
Red Sox! (11 months ago)
Story Chasing How come you moved away from Texas, it's a lovely state right?? I've been thinking I would like to go live in an RV in Quartzite, Arizona. I've heard a few folks talk about it being so hot this time of year though, I guess November to March would be great maybe. By the way, your talking about stress Etc, deep breathing is great for anxiety Etc. The thing with it is consistentcy ...I need to practice more Regular!
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Yes I moved away from Texas many many many years ago and moved north. You're kind thank you.
Red Sox! (11 months ago)
Story Chasing Yes I can hear it if I really listen, but I guess you've been in the North some years right?? Me full of compliments, onlyyyy being honest with you, your a lovely person too, I can tell.
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
+Red Sox! Well arent you full of compliments today?! Lol my accent. Funny most people think I’m from up north in US but I’m from the south in Texas. I somehow lost my accent though I do say y’all still. 😂😂
David Gabrie (11 months ago)
Hi Amber...Thanks for this video it’s great, I watched it in the morning and it’s noon now. In between then and now I came across another video that rated, “Emergency Alert Beacons”. They had rated 3, two are subscription and one was not. The one that wasn’t just sends a signal via satellite to the government and they come with everything to rescue you. The one I probably would buy offers roadside assistance anywhere you need it, even down 30 mile roads to tow you. That towing costs an extra $30.00 a year. I’ll look into it more if you are interested or at least send you information if you like. Here is my big question.... I was Monroe looking at Motorhomes. I saw yours and went inside and it is huge and tall. What size Class B would you be looking at if you traded yours in? I see them range from 24-19 feet... I’m thinking of a 22 foot Pleasureway myself. And finally... from living in a house for a year and now in an RV, have you actually saved or are costs about the same? I pay roughly $1,350 a month for the mortgage with $800 homeowners fee. I’m hoping to reduce these expenses if I buy an RV. Dave
Madam Butterfly (2 months ago)
David Gabrie - $800 per month HOA fee????? Wow - you live at Graceland or what??? Lol - my hoa is $117 per month, beautiful home in a great neighborhood - lol
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Hey David - Yeah no more weeds. I'll just be hiking over them. lol Congrats on the impending retirement! Are you parents in the Seattle area too? Yes, research is totally key for sure! I did that for about 5 years before I made the leap. Not that it takes 5 years but wanted to be prepared for when the time came. There's lots of resources out there. Let me know if you're looking for something in particular and I might be able to help point you in the right direction.
David Gabrie (11 months ago)
Story Chasing , and the yard work can take up a lot of time and energy too! No more pulling weeds for you! In a few years I will be able to retire with full SS benefits, so I’m try to get rid of things now, and I’m helping my parents sell their home and move into assisted living care. In the meantime, I’m reading books, and watching videos on tips so when the time comes, I’ll be prepared for the adventure. I’ll be attending RV Shows and renting a few for trips in Washington State and Bend Oregon. I do enjoy your videos so much, and see you are getting close to 1,000 Subscribers, Congratulations! Dave
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Hi David. Hmmm that's interesting on the tow as well. I wonder if it matters how far off of a paved road you are? I ask because my current 2 roadside assistance services will only pay if you are no more than 100 yards off of a paved road. Thanks for this info!!! I use SPOT for the emergency rescue and to also keep family notified of where I'm at realtime, etc. Oh the Pleasureways are super nice!!!! I have a friend who has one and it's really cool and more compact and nimble than my class C 26 foot. On the class B the one I'm looking at is 20 feet long and only 9.5 feet tall. Sounds like you're still researching and doing a good job of trying to figure this all out prior to purchasing. When do you think you'll be ready? I've saved so much more RVing than being in a house. No utilities, no buying extra things for the house or some of the repairs on the house. You can spend as much or as little as you'd like in RVing depending on how you watch your consumption of water, showers, propane, how many miles you travel daily and if you boondock more rather than stay in paid places. Oh GAWD!!!! Those homeowners fees in Seattle are nuts! Yeah you can definitely save.
Jimmy Jammin (11 months ago)
Do you carry bear spray?
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
+James Chavis yes and wasp spray. Shoots great distances if needed.
Vanna Mae (11 months ago)
Girl!! You inspire me! Thank you! Im thinling about selling my home and investing in my happiness, which is getting an RV and traveling. I dont want to wait till retirment age to do it. I want to live my dreams now! Your post has inspired me and is a sign for me to live those dreams! Thank you!
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Vanna Vanna Vanna!!! Oh you can do this if this is what you really want! There's so much beauty in this life. I know if I can do it anybody can. I'm a normal woman just like everyone else who just took a chance and ran with it. Start planning now, no matter when it is you "think" you'll transition into this life. You never know when the right time can come up. So excited for you and keep me posted.
Tille Y (11 months ago)
Thank you for letting us know about your fears. I love the wood work (faux or not) of your RV? Class A, C, or trailer? Bed placement looks so so cozy. Please tell me. I love that you didn't let going out on your own stop you. Every step is a hurdle, but the biggest one is overthinking!! However, as I'm getting closer to 60, losing physical ability is a little bit worrisome. I hate city driving!!! I've done three x 1 month long cross country (coast to coast) RV trips (pop-up and then travel trailer) more than a decade ago with my then teenage daughter. All the trips were taken in the month of August. One of them was about the time a mother, daughter and daughter's friend disappeared from Yosemite and were later found murdered. Looking back, I had no fear about taking those trips. My first road trip with her was when she turned one year old and I was returning home to my parents after a divorce in a packed to the gills Chevy station wagon. So at 25 I was already bitten by the travel bug or perhaps it was in my genes. All those times, I never invited anyone into our camp. I talked to people when I was on the street or at public location in view of other people. The only real scare I had was in the pop-up while camping in Wall, SD. I thought a tornado was coming because the wind picked up and the sky looked awful. I had a sleepless night and looking back, my daughter and I laugh at how silly the situation was. But we did have a biker try to invite himself into our company at Jacobs Lake. We weren't very sociable and he left. The questions he asked were the ones that were answered when you checked so I sensed it was just his way of weaseling into our company. I look forward to picking up RVing full time when I retire and don't have to worry about my mom.
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Tille Y - Thank you for sharing your story and experience with RVing and travel. I hope you do get out on the road again when you can and it sounds like you definitely have the travel bug. That's definitely scary about the family you spoke of in Yosemite. I don't know what the circumstances are and no matter what it's tragic. I think we can all just take precautions, be as safe as we possibly can, and live our life. Bad things can happen anywhere whether RVing or not. I'm sure we all hope nothing will ever happen to us and we'll live a long life. I know I do. I just don't want to let fear grip me though and prevent me from exploring. Oh the RV is a class C Winnebago, 26 foot and wood work is real - I think. LOL. It looks and feels real.
martha salter (11 months ago)
my friend used to call these "AFGOs" - another f***ing growth opportunity. They are always difficult and finding the kernel of growth, strength in that experience is definitely the payoff. <3
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
LOL Martha. I've never heard that acronym before but it's great. I absolutely agree that finding the "kernel of growth" silver lining through the challenge is what makes us stronger and able to overcome and see the beauty on the other side.
Is your rig a Winnie 25B? If so, how do you like it? I’ve been looking at smaller class C’s without slides. Great for boondocking...
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
She's a Winnebago Itasca Spirit 25B which is just like the Minnie Winnie's for the most part. No slides. I didn't want slides just because with the smaller rigs the slide is usually where the bed is and in case I those time where I was parked in a Walmart, truck stop, or casino, I don't want to slide that out. Plus just one less thing that can break. That's just my preference though. I really like my Class C. Only downside is even though she's still smaller than most, she still doesn't always fit in some areas that are more populated.
Carol Haralson (1 year ago)
Absolutely loved this video! Thank you for your insights and generous sharing.....but the “important” question is....what brand/color is you fabulous lipstick!!?? I too am a redhead and am in continuous pursuit of the perfect color😊 I too am planning a new life on the road in mid 2019....working my plan & working thru my nerves😉
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Thank you so much Carol!!! I might take you up on that one of these days. I just came through there in the fall but not sure when I'll be back...maybe fall again. I always love a great boondocking spot. When I was there at my sisters this fall, she lived out on a rural area and I remember the smell of the trees and air at night. It brought back so many memories of growing up in Texas (Carrollton to be exact). I called it moochdocking at her place. lol
Carol Haralson (1 year ago)
LOL! Thanks Amber - I love Burt’s Bees too and will check out those colors😊 When you get back to Texas let me know - I have 25 acres just south of town (good road access) that you are welcome to boondock on😊🚌. Will get caught up on your videos and look forward to future updates.....Happy travels and adventures!
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Carol Haralson Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏 I LOL'd for real on the "important" question. Okay so you'll laugh, but I'm in love with the Burt's Bees tinted lip balm. I think that one was Pink Blossom but I also use Hibiscus and Rose. Yeah colors are hard for me to find and I tend to like the more slightly pink but with a touch of coral rose to it. Not to nude, not too pink, just between. Just keep planning, nerves will still be there. This is a big step and a lot to learn if you've never RV'd before. I had never been RV'ing before I purchased mine. I just knew I would love it because I love road trips and always wanted my house with me (and Lily my dog) and not pay hotel fees. I guess I took a gamble, but it paid off and I think I knew myself well enough to know I'd love it. I had never been so sure about anything before. Even when I purchased my home, 1 year prior to selling it, the day I moved in all I was thinking of is RVing. Now I don't think of something else that I would be more happier doing.
Dee from Tx (1 year ago)
Great video. I'm a widowed 64 year old retired female and found your story both interesting and inspiring. I'm hoping to be on the road within the next 10 to 12 months. I've got lots of things to get rid of and loose ends to tie up before I can leave, but I'm determined to do this. The road is calling my name! I didn't catch what kind of rig you have and would be interested in knowing what your set up is. I look forward to more videos. Be safe.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Dee from Tx Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed my videos. 😌🙏 Congrats on your impending road travels as well. You'll get all those loose ends tied up and before you know it you'll be sitting in your RV, behind the wheel, ready to roll out of your driveway, and be in complete excitement with a sigh of relief. The future is bright my friend! I have a Winnebago Spirit 25B and had 720 watts of solar installed on top so I can boondock rather than be plugged in most of the time.
Drifter Chance (1 year ago)
Do you have a pet to travel with you it helps I don't know how long you have been doing this but I'm happy for you
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
I do have 10 lb dog, Lily, who is a great traveler. You'll see her some of the videos. Thank you so much Drifter!
Alexis Murillo (1 year ago)
9:52 girl I felt the inspiration 💟💟💟💟🌍
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Oh you give me goose bumps. I love hearing this about you!
Arthur Lapalme (1 year ago)
AAA Premier RV/Motorcycle Costs about $130. a year and is more than worth it. Towing, jumpstarst,and more.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
I agree! When my current plans runs out that came with the RV, I'll purchase AAA.
Chrissy Someone (1 year ago)
Great message! I think fear holds a lot of people back too! ' Your greatest success is on the other side of fear. '
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Thank you Chrissy! Absolutely it does. Push forward, sometimes baby steps, and eventually when you look on the other side, you see greatness, achievement, beauty, accomplishment, love, and more.
Peace Love And Unity (1 year ago)
Thank you sooooo very much for making this video, these are allllll the things that I’m concerned about with getting started! Now I know I’m NOT ALONE in all of my thoughts, feelings and concerns.
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
So glad you enjoyed! Have you looked into boondocking?
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
First Peace Love and Unity - congrats on taking the first steps to get started in this amazing life. Next, absolutely you're not alone. So many of us go through these feelings and it's more common than people think. We have an amazing RV community as well that you can learn from and socialize with. Super fun.
James Lugenbell (1 year ago)
Great video and Awesome advice for anyone, male or female. I love your quote! We all have dreams or goals, but so often let fear keep us from achieving them. I would much rather live with the fact that I failed at something than to never have tried at all.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Hi James! So glad to hear men are chiming in and talking about this as well. I agree it can apply to anybody especially as it concerns solo traveling. So glad you liked the quote and absolutely agree with you on failing rather than never have tried. Love it!
CeNedra Lea Heldra (1 year ago)
wow only just found your channel. Wow your epic
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Wow epic? Nice! Thank you. That's a great compliment and so glad you're enjoying CeNedra!
Cheryl Anderson (1 year ago)
Really appreciate your describing your internal dialogue here. It applies to my life right now, since I'm at a crossroads so the tension has been mounting. Yesterday had that feeling of some relief - after finally, just beginning on a project put off too long. ...so felt better after putting in the time to get some of the info I need gathered up. Didn't finish yet - but felt better for pushing past my anxieties & at least beginning, - which noticeably took away some of the stress! So Yes! Once I'm past this hurdle - I'll feel so much better. It's been hanging over my head so long it caused the kind of chronic stress, where you can't even remember where it's coming from exactly - so, just feeling full of fears. Thanks again. By now, since this was posted over a year ago, you've posted about many RV experiences - which I'll enjoy learning from. I think selling the house & RVing would be an interesting challenge & a good way to get a change of scenery, but it is daunting.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Absolutely! Good luck too.
Cheryl Anderson (1 year ago)
Thanks for noting a specific way to get back on track.
Cheryl Anderson (1 year ago)
Since I have these avoidance patterns, when there's stress involved - there's a catch 22. So i have to catch myself & get back on track, since I'm so good at avoidance.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Cheryl - thanks for your honesty and vulnerability here. If you can break down the things that are stressing you out into baby steps of action it might not seem like such a mountain. I use this technique as I can have "analysis paralysis" as well. What small step can you take today, and each day to move forward towards your goal?
Cheryl Anderson (1 year ago)
Thanks for the great reply. Still working on it. Facing some strong patterns of destressing via avoidance - which really only impedes progress, so...really appreciate the support today!
Loretta Tay!or (1 year ago)
😇😇😁!
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Glad you're enjoying!
Loretta Tay!or (1 year ago)
Vinegar in a squirt bottle. Go for the eyes. Kick them in the nuts . carry a baseball bat.all normal protection stuff.😁😇
Madam Butterfly (2 months ago)
Yep, that’s a great way to live having to worry about protecting yourself while enjoying nature or if in the middle of the night, a stranger or strangers outside your RV & not knowing what they’re up to ( flatten your tires, shoot thru your windows, with no way out, etc etc). No thanks, I have been all over our beautiful country & Europe, but have always kept my home so I will always a home base. I’ve read & heard on YT some really scary stories, especially in the National forests, ppl disappearing or out in the middle of nowhere so if U needed help, there’s no one!! Tami’s channel talks about all the dangers instead of glossing over the nomadic life without a care in the world!! Overcoming your fear is great advice, but common sense goes a long ways too!!! I would never sell my home & everything I own to live like a gypsy - with that being said, I wish every nomad a safe journey!! PS: I realize there are dangers lurking everywhere, even with traditional housing, but life in the road presents far more unique challenges in my opinion.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
lol Loretta! I like the vinegar idea. I'm not sure how effective it is, but hey, it might just deter them. 😂
Loretta Tay!or (1 year ago)
Only thing I'm afraid of is mechanical break down.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Hi Loretta - Mechanical breakdown will happen sooner or later just like things in your house can break. The difference being you're on the road so, yes, it can create challenges. I've overcome this fear by making sure I have a service like AAA that will bail me out if something happens and readily available funds if needed. Thankfully my RV has a great warranty so most of my maintenance costs are related to oil changes right now, but I do save every month for maintenance for the time I'll need it.
R A (1 year ago)
Wanting to do this, but can u share how you support yourself and this lifestyle?
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Hello RA. I hope you do. It's really a fun and adventurous lifestyle. Currently I am employed remotely with a company who I've worked with for about 5 years now and 4 of those years have been remote work. So for me it was easier from a job perspective to move into this life since I didn't have to change careers, etc.
David Gabrie (1 year ago)
Real question please... How did you bargain the price you paid for the RV? Was there haggling involved? Did you buy new, if used... did you have it inspected?
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
David I just did my research on what was out there and then contacted 3 dealers and negotiated a price and then went with the dealer that I really liked and also matched the other deals from other dealers. I did buy new, which in retrospect I wish I didn't and had been warned not to just because you loose so much value in the beginning and that you don't always know exactly what you want when you start this life. So that said, I love my RV and I bought new because I wanted the warranties and a reliable vehicle traveling on my own. I'd rather have a class B van now, but time will bring that to me. :)
David Gabrie (1 year ago)
Baseball bat covered with Barbed-Wire! How about a giant U.F.O. Landing next you, taking you aboard the craft and harvesting your eggs? Damn imagination... too many Outer Limit episodes.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Great idea on the baseball bat; however the UFO....that's freaky and I'm not up to date on methods of self protection against aliens, but should you find out, please let me know!!! I'm sure they'd pass on these old eggs too. lol
Shavauna Ronan (1 year ago)
Your video really spoke to me. I have a dream about doing what you are doing, although I do have so many fears around actually doing it. I have PTSD, so have a lot of anxiety about feeling safe, which was my biggest concern. Awhile ago I rescued a 4 yr old 110 lb Black German Shepherd Dog, and as is with many rescues, they end up rescuing you, lol! It took time for us to bond, as well as some training as he had been isolated his entire life. He now is pretty much my therapy dog, we are inseparable and he makes me feel very safe wherever I go. Even a small dog is great as they can give warning barks. I recently bought a 24' motorhome, without my dog, I know I would not have had the courage to do this. As well, channels such as yours, educating myself and gaining more knowledge is definitely encouraging! Thank you so much, happy travels!
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Shavauna - Wow wow wow! Look at you lady - overcoming your fears and just going for it! How does it make you feel? Congrats on the new RV purchase. Are you already out traveling? What's your dogs name? Yes, I believe you're absolutely correct. We may rescue them physically but they rescue our heart! I'm so glad you have your fur baby to travel with and you'll feel so much better with him(her?) around. I was nervous at first too, but you learn and you use your intuition and gut to know what feels safe and what isn't it. You might start off in RV parks and then progress to boondocking, but take it slow and do what feels right to you. I remember the first time I was going to boondock with NO ONE around. I was scared to death and just about took out of there in the middle of the night and left everything behind, but I stayed and overcame my fear. Now it's no big deal to be out somewhere all by myself with it pitch black outside. I actually love it now. You start to find the beauty. Good luck!
OurLifeOurTime (1 year ago)
You are speaking to my heart I subscribe right away to follow your journey
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
OurLifeOurTime that makes me so happy this spoke to you. I hope you find the courage, if you haven't already, to pursue your dreams and not let fear overcome you. Good luck!
carjack69 (1 year ago)
Awesome,we love you video..hope see you in the road some day
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Carjack69 thank you and so glad you're enjoying my videos. See you on the road!
JM (1 year ago)
Thank you for this
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Glad you enjoyed it Jill.
Cathy Cooper (1 year ago)
Yes I guess I am.. I just want you to just have a lot of fun and enjoy doing what you’re happy doing. You are living my dreams and I love watching you have fun with it.if I could I would be right out there with all of girls. Just living the life on roads and seeing everything I could. God Bless you Amber and don’t forget enjoy your life. Catt.🐱Texas,
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Thank you Cathy. I'm definitely enjoying this life.
Cathy Cooper (1 year ago)
See amber you are doing a great job helping these women get out there Iam so proud of you for what you’re doing. People are loving you and all the comments are awesome and I hope that this also will help you stay strong and enjoy your life and I’ll be watching you do just that. God Bless you and little lily and be safe. Catt.🐱Texas,
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Cathy you're just my cheerleader lady!!!! lol
Cathy Cooper (1 year ago)
Thanks I know you’re going to really help aid women cause I heard that there’s a lot getting on the road these days. I can’t travel but if i did I believe I would be just like you I would just get out there and do it. I really miss traveling a lot .. me and my husband was catastrophe adjusters for 30yrs. We travel all over the USA and love it. But he passed away 10yrs. ago and now I can’t travel because of my health. But we just love all of it so much the work was hard but it also was fun cause we seen a lot things. So god bless you and be safe and enjoy your life . Love you guys and glad lily is feeling better. Catt.🐱 Texas,
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Thank you Cathy.
Diana Cryder (1 year ago)
Great video! I hope to meet you on the road.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Keep me posted as you go. Would love to see what RV you end up purchasing.
Diana Cryder (1 year ago)
Story Chasing Not yet. I'm waiting for my divorce to be final before I can buy an RV. But as soon as I'm able, I'll be hitting the road.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Diana - Thank you. Are you RVing too?
Cathy Cooper (1 year ago)
Thanks for getting back to me Amber and I do hope you do more videos like that cause there are a lot of women now that are traveling in RV now just like you and I think it may help them feel better about it all. Be safe and enjoy your life and have a lot of fun. Catt.🐱Texas,
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Cathy, Yes I do believe you're correct. If I'm feeling this way and have these experiences than others must be as well. I'm definitely on that path to creating more vids like this and empowering women.
Cathy Cooper (1 year ago)
Amber, I think you may have just sent a great massage to anyone thinking about rving Solo . And I think you have done a great job your self so be safe and enjoy your life. Catt.🐈 TEXAS,
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Thank you Cathy! I'll be doing more videos like this in the future as well.
Wandering Free (1 year ago)
What a great video. I'm solo and going full time in 30 days. My head is filled with the " what ifs." I'm now telling myself.... My greatest success is on the other side of fear. Thank you for posting this video!
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Thank you Cheryl. Happy dance on full-timing in 30 days!!!!!! 💃OH YES...the "what-ifs". It's very natural to think about those, but the great thing is that you're doing this regardless of those "what-ifs" and overcoming your fears! When you're out there and doing this, you'll soon realize that some of those fears were just of the unknown and really nothing to fear. So, I would challenge you to think of the positive "what-ifs" and fill your head with those too. For example, what if you head out on the road and fall in love with this life despite some challenges. What if you find that people are really genuinely good and not as bad as what's all over the news. What if you never spray yourself with black tank sewage (I've done this by the way...lol but you learn what NOT to do next time). What if you meet incredible people along the way and develop these great "like-kind" friendships. You've got this Cheryl. Hope to see you on the road.
myjeepzia (1 year ago)
Great video and beautiful beautiful thoughts thanks for sharing.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
quietlike (1 year ago)
Im a guy and find this helpful! Im about a year or two away from my own adventure, diving huge into the info.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Quietlike - Thank you for sharing that you found this helpful even though you're a "guy". :) Yes, no matter what gender, we all have fears that can arise about making changes, especially life altering ones. So excited for you!!! There's a ton of info out there and research research research. I did for about 5 years before I started my adventure - not knowing when I would make the leap, but knew that I would one day so I wanted to be prepared. Keep me updated and let me know if you have any questions.
Rose Solis (1 year ago)
What about full time insurance? Do you have it? If so who do you use?
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
I have 3 policies, my normal RV insurance and then with it comes roadside assistance, my Ford truck comes with roadside assistance, and then when I purchased the RV it came with an RV roadside assistance. So I'm definitely covered too. Each has there own policies and what they cover. I did however find out that NONE of them cover getting pulled out of dirt (when I got stuck in Yuma) if you're more than 100 yards off of a paved road.
Rose Solis (1 year ago)
Thanks, I added my travel trailer to my Liberty Mutual auto policy, but I'm thinking I need another like Good Sam, I just don't want to be stuck, I do have AAA Roadside also, I just worry to much.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Rose I have insurance through Progressive and they do offer RV insurance and for full-timers.
Rose Solis (1 year ago)
Wow we are a lot alike, I am about to retire in a few months sold all my stuff and going full time
Story Chasing (11 months ago)
Thank you and hope you get out there soon. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS and do some story chasing.
Standra Ivey Jones (1 year ago)
Really enjoyed your video. Thanks for speaking to fears and reality as a single woman. I am retired, 66 and ready to travel the U.S. I will be following you😃
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
That's awesome and I'm very excited for you. That feeling of being able to get up and go when you want is truly freedom! So do you have a countdown to retirement on your phone or fridge so you see how many days you have left?
Rose Solis (1 year ago)
Yes, my plan is to go up to Oregon, then Washington, then eventually back to down to Florida and New York, places I have not seen that I have been wanting too, now I can!!!
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Congratulations Rose on you impending retirement! You must be so excited! Then icing on the cake - you're going full-time RVing!!! Woo hoo! So excited for you! Do you have a plan on where you'll go over the next year?
Yvette Rankin-Hill (1 year ago)
Love it.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
:)
Elaine Fleureton (1 year ago)
Smart woman!
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
😉
larkin b (1 year ago)
you r so pretty
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
:) Thank you.
earthbybike (1 year ago)
Love your videos. They are so well done and polished. What you have to say is very interesting. Keep them coming!
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Why hello Earthbybike. I just responded to your comment on my whole food plant based channel! Thank you for the compliments. It means a lot. Really it does. Seriously. :) When you're first starting out and just getting traction it's hard to know what people are interested in or think because you have very little subscribers. Also, I'm still learning through the process on what flows more on the videos, etc. The most important thing is to just get those helpful ideas out there to others and keep pushing forward. I'm enjoying my travels. I'm actually in AZ and CA for the winter. If you haven't headed over to my blog http://www.StoryChasing.com, you can see the general area of where I'm at real-time. Again, thank you for the compliments. Would love to continue hearing your feedback and any questions/comments you have.
Great video- and well done for overcoming your fears. We love RV life & exploring because there are so many incredibly different people out there- age & background is not important. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas & New Year. Have subscribed- look forward to seeing more of your adventures! Maybe see you out on the road one day. 😀
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Thanks for the subscribe. I've subscribed to you as well. Would love to make it to Europe one day in a RV/van. Hope you have a great holiday as well. Yes, this life shows us so many different facets of the world, people, and society. It's a life that, IMHO, brings us back to the simple things and to actually getting out there and meeting people. Who said RV life is lonely? NOT! :)
Nivasi (1 year ago)
women are just as capable as men. I love being on the road - the adventure at every turn. a person regardless of gender should be able to handle any situation.. the only fear we have truly is FEAR itself.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Very well said and absolutely spot on! I love th thrill of the road, meeting people, seeing what’s around the next corner and mountain, and also facing any fears I have and squashing them. I hope more women join us and feel the freedom.
Christine Ramos (1 year ago)
Amber, you are so brave!!! I get scared to even take a short road trip with the dog by myself. I love your quote about fear - I will be referencing that frequently. I was just wondering about something - so, I buy most of my stuff on Amazon because I hate actually going to the stores and dealing with people, lol, so how do you get things you need? If you don’t know where you will be in a few days or a week, I am wondering how you order stuff? And as I write that, I think that, duh, you stay at Walmart and Home Depot sometimes, so I guess you can just shop while you’re there.
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Christine - baby boy will keep you company. You can do it Christine!!! Maybe I'll get stickers with that quote made up. Great question on Amazon stuff. If I'm close to people I know then I'll have things shipped there or if I'm staying at an RV park (which is rare), but otherwise I can use Amazon lockers or have it shipped to a UPS Store in town. I buy on Amazon a lot too, but now that I travel more I do tend to buy more local so I don't have the challenge of waiting for mail or boxes.
Tracy (1 year ago)
Great video!! I'm a bit scared to get out there on my own. I didn't have any issues when I took my trip to Canada but the next trip I want to take is way further! Driving on mountain roads scares me. Especially if the road is really narrow. I just have to get out there and do it!! Thanks for all your tips!!
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
I did a lot when I first started. I really really really wanted to see Maine! I usually drive between 30-70 miles per day. Sometimes more sometimes none. I don't particularly like driving for too many hours. I get too tired and I'd like to see more of the areas I'm in. Yep I use the tow/haul function all the time in the mountains or anywhere there's a descent that requires me to brake too much. It engine brakes you instead so you don't wear out your breaks. They Hymer has it so I figured Roadtrek would since it's now owned by Hymer.
Tracy (1 year ago)
PS Do you ever go over any scary mountains? I saw this one couple on youtube that went over some mountains where the road was super narrow and to their right the road just dropped off with NO barrier. The lady started screaming and I was like HECK NO! I was scared just watching the video of it. I got lucky when I bought my toyhauler 900 miles away. I flew down to buy it and 2 days later I flew my daughter and grandson down when she was off work and she drove my toyhauker all the way back home for me. Through the mountains and everything. Then I had her boyfriend drive my Roadtrek home from the dealers which was about 2 hours away. IF I can get someone else to drive for me I always do. (or I will take a Ferry when I can to avoid so much driving) I don't like the driving part of traveling. I want to get super rich and hire a chauffeur to drive me around in my Roadtrek! LOL
Tracy (1 year ago)
Oh wow you've done a LOT of traveling! How many miles do you usually drive per day? I really liked Canada and want to go back there when I can! I'm not sure if I have a tow/haul mode on my Roadtrek. I don't remember seeing on but I'm going to check. So even if your not towing anything you can use it going down mountains? So how often do you pay for a place to stay? As little as possible?
Story Chasing (1 year ago)
Thanks Tracy! You can do it!!!!! I went all the way from Seattle, WA, through Yellowstone, over to Maine, then through Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec in Canada, then down the East Coast and back over to the West coast. Do you have "tow/haul" mode on your Roadtrek? I think they have that option. I do as well and it engine brakes you down the mountain descents so you don't even have to touch the brakes.

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