Meet “ChronicNomadness” – Our 380 sq ft home on wheels:
What started life as a standard Heartland Road Warrior 5th wheel toy hauler RV has been modified into our comfy, high-tech “home on wheels” that allows us to live, work and adventure from anywhere – even
|About Us: |
4.5 years full-time, 55 parks, and 38 States… so far
Ann – Certified Holistic Health Coach
Mike – Certified High Performance Coach
Bryce (13) – 9th Grade Home Schooler
Brooks (11) – 7th Grade Home Schooler
|RV: 5th Wheel Toy Hauler|
Model: 2013 Heartland Road Warrior Titanium Edition
Sq Ft: 380
Length: 38 ft
Weight: 16,000 Lbs
Suspension: Custom 4,200lb Springs, adding 2″ Leveling Lift
|Off Grid Capabilities|
Solar: 2400 Watts (12 200w panels – 3s4p configuration)
Battery: (2) 24V Tesla Model S Battery Module (1080ah)
Inverter / Charger: Victron Multi 3000w 24v
Generator: 2000 Watt Predator (used as back up battery charger)
A.C.: 12,000 BTU Mini Split (runs directly off solar power)
Fresh Water: 110 Gallons + 60 Gallon Water Bladder for Refills
Grey Water: 145 Gallons
Toilet: Natures Head Composting Toilet. All urine drains into grey tanks.
Model: 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 Laramie Crew Cab Long Bed 4×4
Engine: 6.7 Liter Cummins + Tuner + Exhaust (450 hp, 1000 ft/lbs torque)
Transmission: Aftermarket RFE 68 (extreme towing transmission)
Tires & Wheels: 33″ Commercial Tires, 19.5″ American Racing Wheels
Gearing: 3.56 Gear Ratio (4.10 equivalent with larger tires)
Tow Package: Aux Transmission Cooler + Rear Diff Cover
Transformation From Toyhauler to Tiny Home
Of course, the toy hauler came in the standard “poop brown” decor of every RV ever made. This wouldn’t do so we remodeled, customized and decorated the rig to make our home feel light, airy and homey! You can read about our roller coaster story of selling our house and our buying and moving into our new tiny home here.
Before & After:
High Tech Meets Off-Grid Living
Off-grid living is powered through a combination of a 24v Tesla battery, solar panels, Victron chargers, and inverters & onboard generator. With 110 gallons of fresh water storage, a 60-gallon
Almost everything in our home has been converted to operate on direct DC power, minimizing the need for the generator or inverter.
We rely on a combination of Verizon and ATT hotspots with unlimited data with cell boosters to stay connected to the stationary world when we are living on the fringes.
This lets Mike work his corporate software job from his custom-built stand-up workstation. Ann does an amazing job of running “Road School” (our name for Home School) with Bryce (12) and Brooks (10) while running her health Coaching and DoTerra business, playing logistics manager, and delivering live webinars from our custom-built dinette/workspace.
Our Mobile Basecamp
Our mobile “basecamp” and clever gear storage has enabled us to hike, hunt, backpack, paddle board, mountain bike, snowboard and rock climb all across the country for the past 3+ years (40+ parks and monuments so far and counting!).
Living Nomadically in a Tiny Home Isn’t Always Easy
Of course, living in a tiny home that sees lots of travel means lots of maintenance, troubleshooting, and work to keep “ChronicNomadness” operational. This is what fixing your generator in 102-degree weather looks like when boondocking in BLM land… messy!
Every time something needs repair or maintenance, we just remind ourselves, “Same house everywhere we go. Different yard we never have to mow.”
Every Buggy Needs A Good Horse
Lastly, we can’t talk about “ChronicNomadness” without also talking about “Marilyn CanTow” our RAM 3500 Dually. She’s basically a towing bad-ass that has been customized with engine, transmission, gearing and tire modifications that make her our beautiful “Tow Pig”. She reminded us a lot of Marilyn Monroe… a little loud, proud, classy, gorgeous, curvy and hard NOT to notice.
So in homage to her, meet Marilyn CanTow (just say “CanTow” just like you would “Monroe”…)