MEDrake

Age: 30-45

Member since August 2012

Wandering Artists and Musicians

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April and I have recently purchased an old 23' class B RV (we named him Harvey the RV) and put him through his paces on a 3 week trip. That went well and now we're taking the plunge into full time! We are both in our late 30s and decided enough of this hectic, expensive, unfulfilled life in Florida, we're moving to the mountains!

Hello, we're Marcus and April and are both artists and musicians. I struggle with autism, so it makes holding a regular job nearly impossible for me, and I need a quiet secluded place to live and work. After spending 3 vacations in western NC, including 3 weeks in the RV camping and boondocking we both decided this was the way to live! We sold or gave away all of our stuff except the necessities (art supplies and guitars) and are almost set to go. We plan to stay in the national forest, moving every two weeks as required, until we can save enough money to buy a couple acres in the forest. We know it won't be easy, but would rather hunt and gather a little food than struggle in a workplace which wrecks me emotionally and mentally.

I want to put together a blog discussing the unique challenges of living full-time in a RV as an autist in the hopes it will encourage others who share my condition to get out there and live a happy fulfilling life. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a very widely spaced spectrum of "disorders" which affect how a person perceives and interacts with the world and other people. It's a shame that the general public knows very little about ASD, most of what they know coming from the movie "Rainman", and as a result we are misunderstood and thought to be stupid or slow. Actually, the reverse is true: many autists are quite gifted and even geniuses, we simply have a hard time communicating with regular people.

We look forward to setting sail this week!

Peace, Love and Art!

Skills & Expertise to Share

Artist, musician, writer, woodworker, handyman. I can lay a tile floor, build cabinets, install a new sink and faucet, paint a mural on the wall, and tell you how I did it all with a song. I'm also pretty handy in a garage since I was too poor to afford to take my car to the mechanic.
Oh, and I make a mean French Onion soup.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

The Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina is a large, beautiful park where natural spring water bubbles right out of the mountains, ready to drink, and the trout fishing is exceptional.

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MEDrake's Rig

We have an '88 Fleetwood class B 23' RV we named Harvey. We redid the interior and are contemplating putting a funky artsy paint job on the outside, but don't want to look too garish. Any ideas?