Family of 13 squeezes in RV to live life on the road

The Kellogg family is pictured in front of their RV. (DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

The Kellogg family is pictured in front of their RV. (DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

Matt Ingram, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

TORONTO — How many Americans can you fit in an RV? According to the Kellogg family, the answer is 13.

Yes, that's right, 13 people in one 11-metre RV. And actually, it was 14 before the eldest child left to take a job.

Meet Dan and Susie Kellogg, and their 12 kids: Kerry, 20, Grady, 18, Brody, 17, Kady, 15, Kenny, 14, Dally, 12, Cardy, 10, Maddy, 9, Rowdy, 7, Emmy, 5, Elly 3, and little Coby, 1.

Dan's a software engineer and Susie is a stay-at-RV mom.

The Glenwood Springs, Colo., family sold their home, packed the necessities and hit the road.

After 19 months travelling in the United States — they clocked nearly 72,000 kilometres in 24 states — the Kelloggs partnered with GoRVing Canada for a Canadian journey.

They have been be showcasing their lifestyle at stops along their route through Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Their RV, a 1999 Georgie Boy Cruise Master has about 28 square metres of space filled with a bathroom, a bedroom, a booth that converts into a bed and two sofas that do the same.

That's room for maybe, just maybe, six people. They also have plenty of tools for cooking, including a stove, an oven, a microwave, and a collection of blenders, juicers and other gizmos.

But where does everybody sleep?

According to Susie, it's not really a problem.

"Everybody just kind of falls asleep on top of each other. Nobody's ever complained about sleeping arrangements."

While hard to believe at first, the family has made it all work nicely. They have a small refrigerator so they stop for fresh food every three days but can store several weeks' worth of canned and dried goods in the various storage areas in the RV.

They don't have too much space for clothing, but even if they did, the clothes don't last long with the active lifestyle that goes with RV living, said Dan, who continues to work from the road.

"We totally wear our clothes out. With this many kids you always pass things down but that doesn't work as well in the RV because they wear things out faster because they're outside all the time."

While being in a small, confined space with 13 family members may seem like a nightmare to some, the Kelloggs describe it as a pleasure, saying they rarely fight.

"Just typical little things but nothing major ever," said Susie. "It's the lifestyle. How can you hang on to little trials and tribulations when you jump out of the RV and see mountains or a gorgeous river? The fun we experience let's us let everything else go."


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