Ahoy and Welcome!
What the heck is Interstellar Orchard about you ask? A few things really.
This site is about traveling. Full-time travel with a small footprint, solo, and on a budget to be more precise. My name is Becky Schade, and I hit the road in September 2012 at the age of 28 in a small camper trailer. I've been nomadic ever since.
Instead of following the masses and suffering through the daily 9 to 5 grind of work until retirement, I said screw the status-quo and started working on my dreams of perpetual exploration, growth, and adventure.
I am not rich. I've made less than $30,000 a year my whole adult life, and since hitting the road I've thrived on about $16,000 a year. I am not a genius. I was a truly average student in high school and college, no honors courses or distinctions of merit here. What I am though is determined to make my life the best it can be, no holds barred. And if I can do it, so can you. And no, it need not involve deprivation or unnecessary risk. Which brings me to the next point:
Living a Deliberate Life
How many people do you suppose spend more time planning a two-week vacation then they do planning their lives? I was totally one of those people. But then I had a wake-up call, an epiphany, an “ah-hah!” moment. Just because most people live that way doesn't mean we have to.
Going full-time RVing was my first big dream, the one thing I couldn't not do. What's yours? Have you even given yourself permission to think about it before?
It's time to start taking your dreams very seriously. It's been proven: on their deathbeds, people regret the things they never got around to trying more than the mistakes they may have made. This site will show you how to turn your dreams into reality and lead a more fulfilling, meaningful life.
The Woman Behind the Website
What's that? You want to know more about the
man behind the mask woman behind the website? Myers-Briggs can't decide if I'm an INFP or an INFJ, and I can't decide if the benefits of eating avocado is worth the strange texture. In my old life I use to work with monkeys...no, not in childcare, actual monkeys. I'm an outdoors enthusiast, a fantasy/sci-fi geek, and a fire dancer. Oh, and I really love watching sunsets. Something I get to do a lot of these days. 🙂
Bertha, My Tow Vehicle
Bertha is a '01 Dodge Dakota SLT Club cab truck, with a 4.7 liter V8 engine, 2 wheel drive, and a factory installed tow package.
Her GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) is 4,100 lbs and she has a max towing capacity of 6,500 lbs with the correct hitch. I bought her mid October of 2011 with 87k miles on her from Carmax. She came with the large camper top and I later installed a Tekonsha Prodigy P2 brake controller.
She's getting on in miles now, but has proved to be a very reliable tow vehicle.
Tribble, The Hiker Trailer
My current rolling home is a 2018 5X8 Hiker Highway Deluxe, by Hiker Trailer. I ordered it custom from the factory in Denver, Colorado in October of 2017, and finally picked it up on September 21, 2018. Total cost? $9,624.
It's 12' 3" in total length, with the box measuring 5' by 8'. Up front is a toolbox containing an AGM battery, battery monitor, 600 watt pure sine inverter, and other electrical stuff. There's a 95 watt solar panel mounted on the front of the roof with a MaxxAir fan just behind. The spare tire is full size, and yes that's a small window in front, bracketed by vents where I can hook up a combo heating/AC unit in the future if I want.
The layout is very much like a teardrop, with a central living area containing mostly a bed with a few overhead cubbies for storage. There's a 12v outlet mounted in the front cubby along with two USB ports for charging small electronics. At the back of the living space is a pass-through door leading to the rear galley, where a 110v power strip supplies power when the inverter is on or when plugged into shore power.
The rear galley has three shelves with ample storage. The black jeep-style fenders are strong enough to stand on and reach the roof racks above. The tires are 14", the side windows slide open and have screens. On the left side of the trailer (behind the door in this pic) is an 11 lb propane cylinder, where I set up my table and stove to cook.
It has no plumbing and is too short to stand up inside. I love it to bits!
Cas, My First RV
My first RV, which I had from March 2012 up until September 22, 2018, was a '99 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe named Cas. He got me on the road and was the driving force behind many great adventures. We parted on good terms - I decided to downsize to my current trailer not because I had issues with Cas (they make great full-time homes!), but because I wanted to explore new ways of traveling.
Want To Learn More?
- My first impressions of living in a teardrop trailer.
- What I do about a bathroom and kitchen when my tiny trailer doesn't have either.
- Why I decided to downsize from the Casita to the Hiker Trailer.
- How to choose your own best RV.
- More information about my Casita.
- The three-year review of living in my Casita.