Quick — what do you think of when we say full-time RVer?
- Traveling nurses who move around the country with their family.
- Retired couples seeking new experiences and adventures.
- Nature lovers who enjoy the ability to work remotely.
You probably guessed retired couples were the standard full-time RVers, but that’s a stereotype that doesn’t hold up. These days, more and more people are giving up standard lifestyle expectations for the new experiences a full-time RV life provides.
Before you make a major lifestyle change like becoming a full-time RVer, you need to know what you’re getting into. We complied the 4 things you need to know about full-time RV life before you consider giving up your permanent home address. It might have you thinking twice about the possibilities.
1. Full-Time RV Life Can Be the Simple Life
Think about how much stuff is in your house, that you use once or twice a year. Or even less than that. Those things will not come out on the road with you.
In fact, when you make the choice to be a full-time RVer, we’d recommend packing and then actually taking about half of that stuff. And before you buy anything specifically for full-time RVing, spend some time on the road. You’ll probably find everything you used on your current camping trips is good enough for the long-haul.
For some full-timers, storage back home is a must, but others say those items in storage stay there forever and it ends up being a waste. RV life breeds simplicity, and after some time, you’ll find yourself using fewer things because space dictates on the road.
A lot of people who choose to hit the road in their RV love this freedom, and if you’re nodding your head right now, you definitely need to keep reading. Full-time RVing could be for you.
2. Home is Where You Make It — Literally
Moving out of state used to be such a shocking decision. Few people were rebellious enough to move away from their home community, partially because it was time-consuming, expensive and stressful. Today, a person’s home isn’t defined by their neighborhood, and the idea of moving beyond those boundaries isn’t unusual at all.
Full-time RVers can take the barrier-free lifestyle to a new level.
Home becomes the nucleus within the RV and the location is totally flexible. This takes a lot of the pressure off people — especially millennials — who struggle with the negatives of settling down in one location. Gone are the factors that home owners face, like bad neighbors and property taxes.
This is really appealing to people who work in flexible fields or do travel frequently for work, which is a growing number of workers in America.
3. Family and Friends Are Within Reach
One big change for full-time RVers in the twenty-first century is the technological connections. There are literally hundreds of platforms available to connect with your family and friends while you’re on the road.
WiFi connections are easily purchased, but it’s not bad to consider a pay-as-you-go service so you can maintain flexibility on the road. This Internet connectivity is one major factor bringing new faces to the full-time RV community. Families can home school their kids on the road and employees can stay connected to their office from national parks.
That same technology that makes it possible to be experiencing RV life full-time makes it easy to stay in touch with those loved ones who live in different parts of the world.
4. The Right RV Makes All the Difference for Full-Timers
If you’re going to make the leap into full-time RVing, you need a certain amount of space, but you should always buy what you need and what you can afford.
Don’t compare your camper to your neighbors because RVs in Idaho or RVs in Washington will be different than in Arizona or Michigan. Once you’re on the road, it’s about your experience and no one else’s ride matters.
These are popular because of the easy set up: You pull in, push a few buttons, and you’re done. For families, the ability to access everything inside the coach while traveling is appealing because it gives mom and dad a chance to keep kiddos entertained during the drive, and it generally gives everyone more space. Motorhomes can be harder to fit into some campgrounds and more intimidating to drive, but it depends on your experience with RVs.
This is the smallest model we would consider a full-time RV, and it would be perfect for one or two people. Because a travel trailer is a bumper-pulled camper, it’s ideal if you already own a truck to tow it (no added costs there). This option gives you more flexibility in size, but you’ll definitely sacrifice storage.
Fifth wheels are a great compromise between a travel trailer and a motorhome, with a good amount of space and lower costs than a motorhome. The amount of space you need might differ from the amount you want, so it’s important to really take your situation into consideration before making a choice.
Are you ready to take the plunge and make RVing a full-time lifestyle choice? We're here to help you jumpstart your adventure!