RV Lifestyle – Sort Of


Last winter Tahoe got like 800 inches of snow. It was seriously the craziest winter I can remember. Given the fact that I have been dealing with some back issues and didn’t want to risk a slip and fall, I mostly stayed at home and wrote while Ken took care of all the errands. Suffice it to say that by the end of winter I was ready to get out of the house.


Ken and I have talked about having a beach house for years but so far the idea hasn’t been economically feasible. Then my sister told me about a RV resort right on the beach only a half a days drive from Tahoe. The Pismo Beach area is not one we have visited in the past, but we took a trip down to check it out and realized that having a place to go for part of the winter really would make another hard year, should we have one, all that much more tolerable.

While in Pismo this past spring we took a day to look at RV’s and ended up buying a 5th wheel even though we don’t even have a truck to tow it. Luckily we don’t really need to tow it to use it the way we intend. We hired a service to transport it directly from the dealership to a storage lot, and then we will have the same service deliver it to the resort each time we stay. It really does seem to be a perfect solution to the cabin fever we had last year, and is close enough we can go back and forth as often as we want so as to spend time at both locations.

We leave this weekend for our first trip to the 5th wheel. We have been collecting items to outfit our home away from home all summer so I think this trip will be all about getting set up. Still I do plan to walk on the beach between writing sessions so check in over at my Facebook page for photos as we spend our first week at our new ‘beach house.’

I plan to turn the dining table into my office away from home. I think I’ll get a lot of good writing done there. Our plan at this point is to spend 10 days out of every month at the coast which I hope will only heighten my ability to focus on the awesome books I have planned.


In order to be entered to win a $5 Amazon Gift card comment below. If you have been to Pismo and know good places to eat let me know that as well.


The randomly chosen winner of last weeks gift card is Debbie S. (I guess this is Debbie Steele?) Please email me at kathidaley@kathidaley.com to collect your gift card.





35 thoughts on “RV Lifestyle – Sort Of

  1. Deb Forbes says:

    Kathi that sounds like a great solution to your cabin fever. I have never been there so can’t help with places to eat. Look forward to pictures from your trip

  2. Peggy Hyndman says:

    I’ve never been to Pismo. What a wonderful way to deal with your cabin fever and spend time on the beach. Your RV looks awesome. I imagine the relaxing atmosphere of the beach and comfort of the RV will provide a great writing atmosphere and a wonderful getaway for both you and Ken. 🙂

  3. Alice says:

    What an awesome home away from home! I have never been there, but I actually have fun looking for that perfect local place to eat! Enjoy!

  4. Opal mayan says:

    Wow that trailer is amazing, congratulations! Hope you enjoy all your time there, I’m sure it’ll be a beautiful place!

  5. sallycootie says:

    What a wonderful idea – enjoy! And take care of that back. We RV’d for years and thoroughly enjoyed it, and the best times when were we were just set up somewhere as you plan to be. Have been to Pismo but in the RV so don’t know where to eat :-).

  6. I have never to been to Pismo. But we love traveling in our motorhome. Its nice to get away and enjoy different places. Since my hubby retired we have been doing some traveling south for the winter. Great fun to see all the sights out there. Have fun in your new home away from home!!

  7. sb8857 says:

    This is beautiful Kathi!! I’ve never been to Pismo but I’m glad you get to be there in a 5th Wheel and in a warmer spot for Winter or anytime you get Beach Fever!! Congratulations!!

  8. Joyce says:

    I’ve never been to Pismo Beach. What a great way to enjoy time away from home, and actually be home too. I’ve been trying to talk my hubby into selling our house and getting an RV and just taking our fur baby and travel to places we’ve never been . Enjoy it Kathi.

  9. Janet says:

    So funny we are buying a goth wheel to spend our summers in northern Sierras and Lake Tahoe . I haven’t stayed in Pismo but our friends stay there every year and love it! Can’t wait to hear about your new adventure

  10. peggy clayton says:

    Love Pismo beach and what a way to clear your head! Hope you both have fun in your new RV. Plus it is great that he does the errands when you have your mind deeply writing a book. That is so nice and understanding Kudos to him for doing that for you very thoughtful!

  11. Nice beach house! It’s a beautiful area and my family and I were there last June. Restaurant recommendation is for the Cracked Crab, 751 Price Street, Pismo Beach. We celebrated my nephews graduation from CalPoly San Luis Obispo in June. Enjoy your time in Pismo!

  12. Debra Woloson says:

    What a great idea. I have never been to that part of the state but I understand it is beautiful. I hope you get to enjoy your mini vacation and your new home away from home. Take your time and get it set up so you can enjoy your new space.

  13. Debbie S. says:

    Sorry I’ve never been to Pismo so I can’t help, sorry. My in laws had a fifth wheel trailer and they loved it, they used it mostly the same way you plan to set it up and go spend a few days. Have fun!

  14. Hi Kathi! My husband and I just bought a trial travel trailer. It has a garage for his side by side. We’ve taken it out once and the dining area is PERFECT for writing. I love PISMO. I’ll have to put that on our travel stop list.

  15. kittsklosetdollclothes says:

    Now that looks like the perfect home away from home, it’s awesome! I follow your FB page so will be looking forward to pics and fun with the 5th wheel 🙂 (Tari Hann on FB, using my biz Word Press account for WP blogs) barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. servedogmom says:

    We have never been to Pusmo Beach. The pictures I’ve seen look beautiful. It does give the feeling of offering the opportunity for a great mental health break. Congratulations on your new home away from home.

  17. Vee says:

    I envy you, Kathi! We sold our RV three years ago and I miss it a lot. Never made it to Pismo with it though – too many beautiful places close to home on the Oregon coast! Enjoy and happy writing.

  18. Lynn Hogan says:

    That is a beautiful RV. My hubby traveled in his work, so we ended up getting one for him to stay in as hotels get really, really high. Of course when he was on the Canadian border, that didn’t work too well. In winter months, he underpinned the RV and sometimes had to put a heater under there to keep pipes from freezing.
    However when he was in New York, close to Canada, he and a couple others just rented a condo…. much warmer… Hope you enjoy! It is really a beauty!!
    Love and hugs!!

  19. Janet Bailey says:

    We’ve never been to Pismo. That sounds like a good way to take an RV vacation. I wouldn’t like to drive a pickup towing one.

  20. Vicki Highley says:

    I have never been to Pismo Beach. I very interested in more pictures of your RV, my brother’s dream was to live in one year around and travel., that will never happen. I can’t wait to see your pictures of Pismo Beach. What a way to escape cabin fever.

  21. Jo Anne Vincenti says:

    never been to Pismo so can’t help you there – RV living sounds interesting – enjoy and looking forward to pictures

  22. Never been to Pismo and only drove through Tahoe once years ago. My parents were RVers for about 10 years after they retired. Shop lightly for your new home, so can quickly overwhelm your space though a 5th wheel has a lot of storage.

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