Thousands of RVers choose to spend the majority of their time on the road.
For some, a weekend is enough. For others, the call is much stronger.
Full-time RVing makes adventure part of your everyday life. Learn more about having the whole world at your doorstep, every day of the year.
From retirees to families to those whose jobs demand mobility, thousands of people choose to spend most of their time living and traveling in their recreational vehicle.
Following are some of the most common reasons that RVers give for choosing the full time lifestyle. Do these reasons speak to you and your current or future lifestyle?
Reason 1: Retirement
Many retired individuals and couples are a shoe-in for the full-time RV lifestyle. Their schedules are flexible, their families are grown, and their lives are just as comfortable on the road, seeing places they’ve wanted to see their whole lives.
Reason 2: Mobile Work
As more and more jobs become mobilized, more people find the need or the desire to take their work on the road full-time. Fortunately, internet service is more widespread and reliable today than it was several years ago, and working remotely can be a seamless experience.
Reason 3: Family Togetherness
Some families decide that what they really need is just each other. So they pack up, hit the road, and leave all the distractions behind. Some choose to home school their children, not just through textbooks but through the education the world and its places and cultures have to offer.
Reason 4: Saving Money
Many full-time RVers find the less extra space they have, the less they feel compelled to buy things to fill it, which helps them save more money for their next adventure. Plus, RVing allows you to skip hotel stays and the hassles of air travel.
Reason 5: Seeing the World
For some, the call of the wild can’t be ignored. A life of adventure speaks to them, and they answer by hitting the road full-time. There are few modes of travel that offer more flexibility, control, and independence than RVing, a perfect fit for adventurers young and old.
Full-Time RVing: Things to Consider
RVing promises the kind of flexibility and independence that’s hard to find elsewhere. But making the jump from being a weekend warrior to spending extending periods of time in your RV means changing your lifestyle, so it’s important to take your time and consider what’s right for you and your family.
Following are a few considerations to take into account before making this major lifestyle change.
Maintaining Your Home
Decide what you’ll need to do to rent out your home or keep up with maintenance while you’re on the road full time. Planning ahead and having trusted family members, neighbors, and service partners will make all the difference.
Downsizing Your Belongings
Most RVers find when they have less space, they need far less stuff. You’ll need next to no furniture, far less clothing and living supplies, and little more than the essentials, plus your favorite gear for the road. Consider whether you’ll sell/donate extra belongings or utilize storage space.
Choosing an RV
Do your research on what you need for you and your family to be comfortable for extended periods of time. Remember that not all RV brands and manufacturers are created equal. Some RV dealers provide quality service and many do not.
Some costs will go down significantly, while others will increase. Make sure to factor in not just the cost of your RV but also taxes, registration fees, insurance, camping fees, fuel, and maintenance costs, which vary between RV types and brands.
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