What is the RV lifestyle? It all depends upon your perspective.
What do you want a recreational vehicle to do for you? What type of lifestyle do you anticipate? What are your hobbies and favored activities?
For some the RV is a home—full time or part time. For some it’s an economic family vacation and for others it is a luxury vacation with suitable amenities.
For all RVers, it is a fantastic lifestyle that surpasses expectations and opens the door to numerous opportunities and experiences. Some plan to tour the U.S. and Canada checking off items on their bucket list, camp in the natural surrounds of a national park, state park, and local recreation area, or seasonally locate in a community of like-minded people.
Some pursue activities related to special interests including dancing, visiting historic sites, hiking trails in outdoor recreation areas, birding, golfing, geocaching, boating, or fishing—the list is endless. Still others participate in volunteer activities or workcamping.
The RV lifestyle is what you want it to be!
Rather than purchasing a recreational vehicle, you are purchasing a lifestyle. And the RV you choose should compliment that lifestyle.
Do you want to leave the RV at a nearby lake for the summer and go fishing on weekends.
Do you plan to camp at a nearby RV park or local recreation area with a strong social or family program?
Do you desire the snowbird lifestyle and migrate to a Sunbelt area during the cold winter months?
Do you want to camp in the woods and enjoy the sound of birds?
Recreational vehicles have suitable sleeping and dining areas; bathroom; cooking facilities with gas stove/oven, microwave, refrigerator/freezer; air conditioners; TV, entertainment center, computer—the list goes on.
Does your physical condition require special consideration or adaptation to the RV?
How many people will occupy the unit? Will you travel with pets?
Do you plan to live in your unit full time or for extended time periods? Where will you park the RV when not in use? Do local bylaws or ordinances restrict the parking of an RV on private property or city streets?
What is your budget? In addition to the purchase price consider the unit’s operating cost, routine and preventive maintenance, unexpected repairs, taxes, insurance, storage?
If a towable, have you considered the costs of operating the tow vehicle? You will need to match the towing capacity with the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of your towable. Is your present tow vehicle up to the task? Proper sizing of the tow vehicle is a critical component of safe RV towing.
If a motorhome, will you tow a car or SUV? Is your current vehicle towable four wheels down?
Do you plan to tow a boat or transport other toys including ATV, dirt bikes, or motorcycle?
Convenience and automation are two popular trends that have recently emerged with RV manufacturers.
Power awnings, power jacks, and outdoor kitchens complete with refrigerators and cabinets are popular options especially with young families since they maximize the time out-of-doors and anything that limits trips back into the RV is being looked at as a positive.
Well designed floor plans provide versatile living quarters with ample storage for everyone’s gear.
The reality is that purchasing a recreational vehicle is largely a personal choice. Depending on a variety of factors including space requirements, budget, driver comfort level, and lifestyle preferences, select the type of RV that best meets your needs. There’s an RV for every taste and budget. And there is a variety of new and pre-owned RV at every price point. Not everyone is looking for all the bells and whistles of a diesel pusher.
Buying an RV is a major decision. But if you have a sense of adventure, a desire to explore, and a willingness to find your own fun and lifestyle, there is an RV for you.
It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.