Full-Time RV Living
Ah, the freedom of living in an RV. While it might be great, there are things you need to know before you jump into full-time RV living. Learn about the full-time RV lifestyle here.
Living in an RV full-time brings freedom and flexibility you won't get living in a sticks-and-bricks home. However, it also brings with it a different set of challenges. Here you will find articles that share what we've learned over a combined 13 years of living in an RV. Here are a few subjects that we will cover (plus plenty more!):
Should YOU Full-Time RV?
Living in a camper as your primary residence is way different than living in a traditional home. Figure out if full-time RVing right for you.
RV Tips & Tricks!
Life on the road brings a unique set of challenges. How are you going to get mail? How do you find campgrounds? Learn great tips and tricks of life on the road.
Important Things You Need To Know To Live In An RV
It's not all fun and games, you know. Though there's a lot that IS amazing about the lifestyle, an RV is not a house. It's a complicated piece of equipment with MANY systems to learn. They can (and will) break. Also, campgrounds are not quiet, stress-free zones. Trip planning can be challenging. Do you want to boondock or always stay in a campground? There's lots to consider. Let us help you navigate the challenges.
Living In An RV Full-Time
So you're interested in full-time RV life? That's great! We chose it and it lasted a long time for each of us. (5.5 years for Kelly, 6.5 for Marshall - and counting) In fact, after 2 years off the road, we missed it so much we are back at it.
Though it has its benefits, it's not all rainbows and unicorns. It can be difficult. Especially if you boondock full-time as we did.
Boondocking full-time means you have to move around approximately every two weeks. And you have to move a good distance away, not just around the corner and in the same area.
You must figure out what RV will work the best for you. Then negotiate the price you pay (RV dealers WAY overprice their units!) Once you get yours, you need to learn your RV systems.
You have to figure out if you want to be in campgrounds or on public lands or camping on friend's properties (if you're lucky), etc.
You're going to have to learn how to fix a few things, to be a little bit of a plumber, electrician, auto mechanic, natural gas technician, etc. That or you will have it in the shop periodically.
Where will you camp? If you're planning on being stationary, there is no one ideal location for climate. Except for maybe Southern California. You will either be locked in one location for a job, or you will have to decide whether to endure high heat or extreme cold.
Other than that, you may move like a snowbird to chase the climate. This means getting your campground reservations well ahead of time. And some have a stay limit, so there's that.
As you can now see, there's a lot to decide on, to plan, to organize and more in order to live the full-time RV lifestyle.
Is it worth it for you? It's something you may have to experience in order to find out. We loved it until we didn't. Moving so often took a toll. As did visiting the same old places because they had the best internet, local amenities, and views.
But going full-time for a while provides you with a FANTASTIC opportunity to see the country if that's your goal.
All you need is gas money, probably some campground reservations, and a vision of what you want to see! Visit every state, and its best attractions. Visit any or all of the national parks and/or state parks.
Or just follow the road to wherever it leads. We highly recommend seeing much of Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.
To RV full-time hopefully means freedom for you. If you have the freedom, why sit in a campground for 6 months or all year?
Travel. See the country. Meet new people. And best yet, make sure you have a great adventure!