Important things that we have learned on the road…

Almost exactly one year ago, we hit the road in our RV.  We sold our house and everything in it, quit our corporate jobs and started our new adventure.

And we have never looked back.

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We currently live in our 37 feet long Winnebago Itasca Meridian with our two dogs and every bit of craft supply that I could possibly stuff in any random crevice.  My husband jokes that if I buy one more skein of yarn, he will have to tie me to the roof to make room for it.

living full time in a rv

Over the past year, we have visited the entire east coast.  We lived in Bar Harbor on the coast of Maine for six months…

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We explored the beautiful mountains of New Hampshire, the rolling hills of Virginia, the green forests of North Carolina, and the sandy coast of Florida.

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Living full time in a RV has been a great adventure for us.  We have adjusted to living in a 400 square foot house on wheels.  We have moved from amateur RVers who took an entire evening trying to figure out how to level the coach, (and ended up sleeping at a 45 degree angle for the night), to experienced RVers who learned most everything the hard way.

But we did learn.

Over the past year, I managed to put together a list of our Top 10 must-have gadgets for the Serious RVer.  But I have to tell you that the number one item on that list is a necessity for any home owner (even one that isn’t on wheels).

That most important item?

A Water Softener

water softener for rv

Many parts of the country that we have visited have very hard water.

What is hard water?

hard water in the united states

Hard water affects water in more than 85% of the country.  As rainwater passes through the earth and into other means of water, it picks up certain “hardness” materials.  It is a result of the dissolved minerals calcium, magnesium and manganese.

Hard water does things like build up limescale on your equipment which affects the life of your appliances, and causes rust stains and water spots.


Sinks, toilets, and showers with hard water damage can make it difficult to resell a home or RV, and hard water will greatly reduce the life of hot water heaters.

And it even dries out your skin and hair.

Have you ever noticed particularly spotty dishes, buildup in your shower or that your laundry feels like sandpaper? Then you may have hard water in your home.

So what to do?


My husband purchased a water softener that easily manages our water from outside the RV.   There are lots of varieties of water softeners available and they are simple to install whether it is in your home or your RV.  The nice folks at Morton Salt gave us some coupons to try out their Water Softening Salt.

morton salt water softener

Because we seem to end up in major hard water areas, he does a regeneration about every two weeks.  This simply means he does a back flush and adds Morton Water Softening Salt.  This process results in some nice soft water.

And the plus is not only is our equipment safe, but our skin is soft too!

Check out this informative video by Morton Salt to learn more about how water softeners work!

We are currently in Georgia right now and will be hitting the road again in a couple of weeks.  The new destination?  We are headed west towards the Grand Canyon!

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Who knows what is around the next corner!  But one thing we do know for sure is that we will not have hard water issues no matter what part of the country we live in.

Want to find out if you have hard water in your home?

Visit Morton Salt and fill out their form.  They will send you a free water test strip to determine if you have any hard water issues in your home!

Protect your home and appliances and have softer skin and hair too!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.