My Perfect Bed arrived while I was standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona. Just one of the personal tales in my new book, Living the RV Lifestyle. The story of the search for the perfect bed for my RV is below.
Donna’s latest book can be found on Amazon.com and as a Kindle E-reader, Click here to go to the Kindle store.
Editorial Reviews of Living the RV Lifestyle
“As the title indicates, this is a book with a lot of practical advice and personal experiences gleaned from living full-time in an RV…Her book details how to buy, prepare and afford the RV lifestyle of your dreams. This book would be especially helpful for newbies, but would also serve as reminders for experienced RVers.”
Marcella Gauthier, columnist of, From the Bookshelf in the Escapees Magazine (www.escapees.com)
“Whether someone is considering a full-timing road trip as a permanent way life or a temporary adventure, Living the RV Lifestyle: Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road is filled with the author’s many valuable tips for making the most of it. Trying to balance domestic chores with the RVing learning curve is a challenge for most people. Toss in the need to earn a living while constantly changing locations and the business of learning how to be a nomad turns into a full-time occupation. For anyone who needs to manage all of these lifestyle factors, Donna’s new book lives up to its promise of providing practical advice for success.”
Rene Agredano, columnist for RV Life Magazine (www.rvlife.com)
My new book, Living the RV Lifestyle: Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road is a combination of practical advice on RV living as well as personal stories from life on the road, giving you an idea of what it’s really like to live the Full-time RV life.
The excerpt below is from Chapter 3: Preparing for the Full-time RV Journey
Moving into your New RV Home and What to Pack for Life on the Road
Surprisingly, one of the heaviest items in the RV was the original queen size mattress that came with the Bighorn RV. In keeping with lightening our load, my husband decided to order a Sleep Number mattress made especially for RVs which is an adjustable air mattress. I did miss my comfortable bed from my traditional house, which now rested inside the storage shed. The message from my bed story following this section would be: Make sure you find a comfortable, light-weight bed, hopefully, before you leave the driveway. If you can live with a queen size, great, but if a king-size will only do, then it will cost you some space in the bedroom. There are some concessions to be made down-sizing into a smaller space. You do have to leave some of that extra stuff behind for safety on the road, and also, because you just don’t have room for it all. One of the realities of living in an RV: You are now living in a Tiny Home, and sometimes, that means adjusting to a new bed.
A Sleepless Adventure – When did I become the Princess Sleeping on the Pea?!
The search for a comfortable bed had become almost laughable. Like the princess who could feel a pea under her stack of mattresses, I had Jim order a variety of pillow top covers for the bed with none feeling as plushy as my former bed. Finally, we tossed the mattress that came with the RV into a landfill in Arizona. While other people remember Winslow, Arizona as the town made famous by the Eagles song, Take it Easy (written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey), I will remember Winslow as the final resting place of my RV mattress.
My new Sleep Number mattress made specifically for RV homes arrived at the Meteor Crater campground in Arizona where we stayed that week. My sister, Doreen happened to be visiting that memorable week, touring around the national parks with us. In between visiting the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and Sedona, my bed arrived. Anticipating a good night’s sleep after a rocky three months on the road, I collapsed onto the bed, experimenting with the range of sleep numbers. Beginning at a higher number closer to 100, I quickly lowered the firmness of the mattress until I was only left with number 5. The bed didn’t go any lower, and it still felt too firm for me. I had become the princess sleeping on a pea.
After spending all that money on a new queen-size bed, I couldn’t justify buying another one so I piled back on all the pillow top covers until I sunk into a cushy crevice. Now, I sleep on one side of the bed with a hump in the middle while Jim sleeps on his side at his favorite sleep number. We both miss our soft-sided king size waterbed. Perhaps, there is no bed that matches the comfort of our former bed. I can only think of one bed more comfortable, and that was a feather bed at the Winslow Hotel in Melbourne, Australia where the English royalty stayed when they were in town. I guess I need a bed fit for a King and a Queen.
As you can see, I am not really roughing it on this grand circle of the country. As I tell people on the road, I am not on a camping trip or even a summer vacation, this is my lifestyle now. If this is going to be my only home, I want to be comfortable. In the past, I gazed at those long, luxurious RVs, and scoffed that that wasn’t really camping. Now, I understand why they were living in those wheel estates. They, too, had probably progressed from the tiny tent to the pop-up camper, and then to the van camper, and finally upgraded into their 40 foot plush palace. Once you’ve lived in one of these comfortable caravans, it’s hard to go back to sleeping on the ground in a tent with morning dew dripping on your face. That may be fine in your 20’s, but in your 50’s and older, comfort is what a King and a Queen need on the road.
Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A., CHT is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Western Astrologer and Author who counsels clients through her business of Iris Holistic Counseling Services on the road at http://www.DonnaFisherJackson.com. She has published the self-help book, The Healing Path of the Romantic: Type Four of the Enneagram Personality Type System and a novel, Clara & Irving: A Love Story of Past Lives, based on the true story of a Romantic. And now her latest book, a travel adventure book, Living the RV Lifestyle: Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road. All of her books are available in a print and Kindle edition on Amazon.