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The Waki Way - Living full-time in a motor home

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We always seem to get asked the same questions about living somewhat off grid in a motor home, to which the answers seem to spark a dozen more questions! So (to give our voices a rest!) here's the answers to our most frequently asked questions...

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The Waki Way's new base

Posted 1/1/2015

Shortly before Christmas, and through a typically fortuitous series of events, Ryan found himself what can only be described as a fantastic new full-time job as a mechanic with an agricultural engineering company instead of working part-time in the warehouse with me. It did however mean that we both now needed to be in different places at the same time, so couldn't be on-the-road as such without bringing my car along as well! Talk about a spanner in the works but it was most certainly one of those not-to-be-missed opportunities for Ryan to branch out into a new area of expertise...

For the past year we've been staying in a selection of parking spots around my work area and regularly pit-stopping at Ryan's parents house for a place to do laundry and empty the toilet etc, or to simply leave Waki somewhere safe when we needed to use my car instead. Well, it turns out that Ryan's new place of work comes complete with a camp site at the rear so we've moved in – with permission of course! New year, new base! :D There are also storage containers for rent which means we can move Ryan's tools and bike out of his parents' garage, and they even have a small off-road quad/motorbike track. How cool is that?!


The camp site was originally created for contractors to stay at whilst they were building a local road, needless to say the toilet and shower unit is a bit of a mess so I'm gradually working my way through that little box of horrors! The yard area is a little muddy at the moment but, aside from the industrial look of it, offers a much more peaceful nights sleep compared to what we're used to and there are still birds that sing in the hedgerows around us and a kestrel that makes regular visits to the skies above so it's wild enough to keep me happy. Our other neighbours seem nice too! >>Our neighbours, the Alpacas! :)Our neighbours, the Alpacas! :)


It's so nice to finally have somewhere we can leave Waki, and my car while I still have it, where we don't feel like we're imposing or in the way at all. Since we're not yet touring the country to attend craft shows etc it did seem a little crazy driving around every night to find a new parking spot and it's certainly reduced Ryans daily commute!


I've missed working with Ryan in the mornings but now I do now at least get to see his happy face in the afternoon while he test rides a quad in the yard! It's clearly the right place for him as every day he can't wait to tell me about all the interesting places he's visited and what he's learnt about the tractors, buggies, quads and other machines he now works on. As much as it currently ties us down to a single location, I know it's great for Ryan, and is therefore good for both of us. We just have to compress our exploratory urges into the weekends and holidays for the near future!


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About us:

My name is Sarah and in 2011 my husband Ryan and I decided to buy and re-fit an old motor home - we named it Waki and now live in it full time in the UK!

We live neither on or off-grid, rather somewhere in between, and are not the first and I dare say not the last to choose this way of life... read more>> 

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