‘Sister Wives’ Star Janelle Brown Defends Her Decision to Live in an RV on Brown Family’s Coyote Pass Property: “It Was a Choice, Not a Have To!”

“At first, Kody suggested I just live in one of those moving trucks we have on the property, but I had to draw the line somewhere.”

With house prices soaring and rentals near impossible to grab, Janelle Brown of Sister Wives is taking a different approach to home life post-pandemic. 

When the rental home where she was living went on sale by the owner, it left her scrambling to find suitable accommodation. A few days ago, the ‘Sister Wives’ star announced that she is now living in an RV on the Brown Family’s Coyote Pass property.

While Janelle seemed excited about the move, the show’s fans had a lot to say about it, with many bringing up the fact that Janelle’s husband Kody and other members of the family are currently experiencing money problem. After reading some of the criticism in the comment section of her post, Janelle defended the decision against nay-sayers who questioned if the move was financially motivated, due to the Brown family’s recent money problems.

“So I have something fun to share. I acted boldly and seized an adventure,” Janelle shared on Instagram, along with a photo of a Milestone RV, in which Janelle revealed she’d be living on the Brown family’s (much-talked-about) Coyote Pass property. 

“Lots to do out here on the land so I figured why not be on site,” Janelle added. “Honestly I’m alternating between extreme excitement as I’ve always wanted to try this and anxiety at all the unknown variables. So stay tuned, this is about to get real!” 

This may point to why Janelle was checking out a road atlas back in May… 

The Coyote Pass property is interesting, given the Brown family left Las Vegas in 2018 to move to Flagstaff, Arizona. Originally all four wives and their communal husband Kody were going to live in one giant house along with all their children on the property. 

As the fans of the show saw, the idea was not popular among Kody’s wives and kids. 

The wives vetoed and instead put forth the plan of having four different homes constructed on the site. With delays and setbacks galore, Kody ended up renting and buying two homes for his cohort of wives before the Coyote Pass project could even begin. 

No construction has started though. Coyote Pass is desolate and there haven’t been any permits filed in Coconino County, Arizona, according to In Touch Weekly. 

Whether this is related to Meri Brown and Christine Brown seemingly wanting out of their marriages or not remains to be seen. Meri’s March Instagram post detailing her knowing her worth definitely didn’t dissuade viewers from thinking there were major marriage issues between her and Brown family patriarch, Kody. 

Money issues surely aren’t helping either. In recent years, it’s been exposed that Christine was in medical debt for $450,000, Kody and one of his sons owed $30,000 in a settlement from the 2017 Las Vegas car crash, and the fact that the Browns owe thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes to Arizona for the Coyote Pass property. 

Janelle seems to be taking hold of her own destiny with the RV, giving her quite a bit of independence from everyone else. On Tuesday she posted another photo of the property with the caption, “Good morning 🙂 This is going to be a fun adventure – nice perks.” 

In the comment section of her original post, Janelle defended her decision to live on wheels. When one fan brought up the fact that Janelle had mentioned on the show that she’d like to live in an RV someday, Janelle commented back.

“She has mentioned before she has always wanted to do this,” the fan wrote. “She probably just used losing the rental house as a great opportunity to fulfill her dreams.”

“Thank you! Exactly!” Janelle replied. “It was a choice not a have to.”

She also made it clear that she was following all zoning and permitting rules. 

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(Photos: TLC; Instagram) 

11 Responses

  1. You can totally use everything in your trailer/motorhome without full hookups. It’s inconvenient to have to take your trailer to dump every 10 days, but it’s not the end of the world. I would suspect that she has an external generator to help with electricity. With slideouts, she probably has more space than she would in an apartment. Janelle can live in her 5th wheel year around in AZ, without the utility bills and household expenses of her previous home.

    Truthfully it’s probably one of the better decisions she has made for herself—with the added bonus of having limited space for Kody’s hair and ego.

  2. I have a German coworker who didn’t know about Chris Farley’s legendary Matt Foley Motivational Speaker LIVING IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER!!!! skit. I made her watch the skit on YouTube. Jenelle is literally going to be LIVING IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER when the reality TV checks stop coming in and the original three wives scatter.

  3. Has she considered the fact there are no utilities out there? Doubtful, but I’m sure she’s gonna get a swift and hard slap of reality when she wants to take a shower or flush the toilet, or even wash her hands, or turn on a light. Or when the heat index is over 120* and she has no air conditioning because she has no electricity?

    Stupid decision financially, stupid decision practically, and typical considering the source. SMH

    1. Exactly!!! Aren’t some of Janelle’s kids still high-school aged and living with her?? Life in a trailer, even a nice RV, doesn’t sound like the life of a reality TV star! You have to have all the amenities and hook-ups that allow the RV to function!

  4. Uh oh, we have ANOTHER “Janelle” living in a manufactured home out on “The Land!” A sure sign of Armageddon?? Is Kody worse than David Eason?? My main question is this: Is Janelle living in the RV alone? How many of her kids are living with her?? Are there water, power and sewage hookups out on The Land? This doesn’t sound very comfortable so far.

    1. Water and power are my biggest questions. How does she have hookup? Cost of running utilities to the property is one of the many reasons they haven’t started building. Also, has Savannah given up and moved in with Christine? One of her brothers?

  5. Anything that gets her away from Cody is a godsend!

    Run away and don’t look back!!

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