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A Journey of Resilience: Embracing the Road with my RV

Hello, my dear follower.

Greetings from the road! It’s been a while since I last connected with you on social media. As some of you may have noticed, I took a break from Instagram and Facebook since November of last year. This hiatus was not because I stopped doing photography; rather, I needed to step back, catch my breath, and focus on my mental well-being. Depression and mental health problems have been constant companions in my life, and the summer of 2021 left me mentally drained and devoid of the energy needed to pursue my passion. But fret not, dear follower! I’m back and ready to embark on new adventures, including my RV project. Let me share with you the challenges I faced and the progress made during this time.

My home away from home.
My home away from home.

Focusing on the RV Project: 

As spring approached, I set my sights on getting my RV project up and running. However, this venture came with its fair share of setbacks. The initial modifications, including installing a tailgate camera and replacing a broken taillight, proved to be more challenging than expected.

Electrical Woes

The RV’s 12V outlet played a critical role in powering my appliances, such as my EcoFlow power bank, phone, and tailgate camera. Despite quick fixes, the outlet continued to present problems during my fall photography expeditions, leading to further delays.

Overcoming Engine Troubles 

Issues with the engine’s glow plugs caused morning starting troubles, prompting another return home for fixes. Additionally, an unfortunate mistake made by an auto shop while modifying the electrical system added to the time-sensitive dilemma, leading me to park the camper for the approaching winter season.

Dealing with Setbacks and Seasonal Depression

As winter set in, a roof leak in the RV surfaced, presenting yet another challenge to address. Combined with my struggles with depression, the seasonal blues weighed heavily on my spirit.

Hope on the Horizon

 Despite the initial difficulties, I never lost hope. With resilience and determination, I tackled the issues one by one. The electrical problem was eventually resolved, and I upgraded to a new lithium battery and power generator, offering me newfound freedom to explore Norway without power worries.

Recharged and Ready to Explore 

As the days lengthened and the sun smiled upon Norway, my energy began to recharge. With my loyal companion Ludde, the miniature schnauzer, by my side, I’m once again ready to embrace the road. The good weather has brought a renewed enthusiasm for photography, and I can’t wait to share more captivating images and experiences with you in the months to come.

Life’s journey may be challenging, but it’s also a testament to our resilience and determination. Taking a break to focus on my mental health was a necessary step, and I’m grateful for your unwavering support. With the RV project setbacks behind me, I’m eager to hit the road and continue capturing the beauty of the world through my lens. Thank you for being part of this incredible journey, and I’m excited to share new adventures with you soon. Stay tuned!

Warm regards, 

Toffa and Knotten

Hey there, fellow adventure seekers! I'm Toffa Berg, your friendly neighborhood vanlifer and landscape enthusiast, hailing from the stunning panoramas of Norway. As a nature aficionado, I've traded the buzz of city life for the tranquility of starry nights and the thrill of winding roads. My trusty co-pilot, Ludde the miniature schnauzer, and I are on a quest to uncover Norway's hidden gems. I've got a lens in one hand and the steering wheel in the other, capturing the intricate play of light and shadow that nature orchestrates so effortlessly. Oh, and did I mention that I'm the creative mind behind the Toffa and Knotten website? That's where I occasionally share snapshots from my photographic escapades, along with tales of vanlife and embracing the unknown. While Stavanger keeps me grounded, it's also my launchpad into the wild. Here, I recharge, ruminate, and get ready for the next great escapade. So, if you're all about celebrating the unfiltered beauty of nature, swapping stories from the road, and occasionally indulging in some photography magic, hop on board! Stay wild, keep chasing horizons, and let's make every mile a memory.


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