Like many people, you’ve probably considered purchasing a vehicle and hitting the open road. The amenities of an RV make living away from home easier, but the RV lifestyle is a commitment. You’ll need time, flexibility, and patience to make it work for you. Here are some factors that may influence your decision to live full-time in an RV.
What Type of RVing is Right for You?
Some full-time RVers choose to stay at a campsite or RV park. Often these places have utilities, such as water and electricity hookups. RV parks usually have a shower facility and many have Wi-Fi. Campsites often require reservations and will cost money. If you’re the type of RVer who likes to stay put and enjoy the same area for a long period of time, staying in an RV camp is going to be more appealing to you.
An alternative is to boondock. This is when you park on public lands. You’ll save money because you can stay for free, but usually, there is a time limit to how long you’re allowed to be there. You get to enjoy stunning views, spending time in nature, and more privacy. However, this style of RVing is not for everyone. Boondocking is a more primitive style of camping. These sites don’t provide restroom facilities, electricity, Wi-Fi, or even trash bins. However, you can outfit your RV with a generator and other amenities.
Adjusting to the RV Lifestyle
When you choose to live in an RV full-time, it’s not a permanent vacation. You get to enjoy seeing the country, meeting new people, and spending more time outdoors. However, there are also chores to be done. You still have to do dishes, wash laundry, cook meals, and clean your living space. And these chores can be made more difficult because you’re living in an RV.
If you choose to park your RV in a camp for months at a time, you’ll develop a community and become familiar with the local area. You’ll learn where to grocery shop, where to wash laundry, and you’ll find favorite restaurants to frequent.
When you travel more frequently, you get to explore more of the country. However, you’re always on the search for the neighborhood amenities. It’s a constant adventure trying to find a laundromat. Every grocery store you visit is unfamiliar. You don’t take time to settle into a local area and get attached to a coffee shop or breakfast diner.
Deciding on a Full-Time RV Lifestyle
RVing and the freedom of the road may seem like an exciting adventure. Make sure you’re well prepared to commit to the lifestyle. Try it out for a year so you can experience your RV in all seasons. Read articles and blogs from other RVers and learn from their mistakes.
There are plenty of things to think about before you purchase an RV and hit the road full-time.
Will You Sell Your House?
If your RVing lifestyle doesn’t work out, would you move back into your home? You might rent your house out for a year or two if you’re uncertain that you’re ready to sell. You’ll have to deal with renters and you’ll still be responsible for maintenance on the home. However, it’s possible that rental income could help keep you on the road.
Do You Need to Work?
Some RVers work full-time and others have retired. If you work on the road, create a schedule to get work done. In most cases, this means finding a campground with Wi-Fi. Though, some RVers work in coffee shops and co-working spaces. If you’ll need to generate income on the road, make a solid plan for earning before you commit full-time to the RV lifestyle.