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She didn’t choose the camper life, the camper life chose her…
Well actually, she did choose the camper life! And she is one happy camper! Haden Lee Carrillo lives full time in her RV. Today, she’s here to answer some questions about it!
1. Can you please tell me a little bit about yourself?
“My name is Haden Lee Carrillo and I have a love for everything between plants, aviation, Western fashion, color yellow, and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I was born in Spokane Washington, but was raised in Stephenville, Texas. I’m no stranger to the rodeo atmosphere; my dad, Adam Carrillo, rode bulls professionally for 30 years and is one of the original founders of the PBR. I am currently working towards getting my commercial pilot license and chasing my dreams to one day have my own private charter company. I live with my best friend, the Standard Aussie Kepler Bravo. In my spare time, you can find me at the gym, thrift shopping, or on the lake with my family.”
2. What made you decide to camper live?
“The biggest reason is so that I don’t have to sign a lease; the idea of being under contract and tied down to an apartment never appealed to me. The freedom of having the choice to hook up and leave whenever I wanted to and go wherever I pleased better suits my lifestyle. I also wanted to buy a camper so that when the time comes, I can buy land and live in it on the property while my little barndominium is being built.”
3. How long have you been camper living?
“Over a year!”
4. What are your best tips for working with little storage room and space?
“This hasn’t been a huge issue for me, actually. I consider myself an extremely minimalistic person. I’ve never been one to hold on to items that I don’t use or would be impractical to keep. As far as closet space goes, I have tubs of seasonal wear that I switch between. In the spring/summer, I will put all my winter wear and accessories in their labeled tub underneath my camper and pull out my swimwear, tank tops, etc. Although, when I have friends or family come and visit me, it does give me anxiety, because it can get crowded quickly. I’m also a clean freak, and in such a small space one thing being misplaced or a single beer in the sink will make me feel as if my home isn’t clean.”
5. Is there an item you bought for your camper that you just can’t live without?
“I want to joke and say my box fans, but it would be somewhat true! My Splendide washer/dryer is the best. I can wash all my clothes inside the comfort of my camper without paying money to do so. I also like how I don’t have to turn over laundry, because it will have my things washed and dried with just one click of a button!”
6. What advice would you give to someone looking to live full time in a camper?
“Make sure you’re completely knowledgeable on the basic maintenance that comes with living in a camper full time. From how to clean your tanks to your electrical system. It definitely was a shock to me that my daddy wasn’t there to fix everything for me anymore. Waking up in the dead of winter to your camper being 30 degrees because you didn’t know your heater used propane was not one of my proudest moments.”
7. What is your favorite part about camper living?
“The feeling of not being tied down somewhere is up there, but also how much money it has ended up saving me.”
8. Please add anything else you would like included here!
“Just a reminder that life is too precious to care what anyone else thinks about you. How you view yourself and doing what makes you happy is way more important! All the love and blessings.”