Selling everything and driving off into the sunset for amazing new places has a certain allure. In today’s economic uncertainty, as well as increased social distancing, living as a full-time RVer might sound attractive to you.
But what happens after you start that drive? Here are a few things to think about:
- Great Locations – yes, it’s true. You will see some amazing things. Our advice? Make sure you get off the main highways every now and then. The best places are often on the roads less traveled.
- Flexibility – bad weather? Leave! Don’t like your neighbors? Move! Want to visit a friend across the country? Start driving!
- Never forget anything at home again! Why? Because your home is always with you.
- No (or lower)/mortgage or rent. We opted to buy an older RV rather than finance something. In addition to that, we like to boondock, which is free camping. This combination allows us greater flexibility and less financial stress. Keep in mind, if you finance your RV and plan on long-term stays at campgrounds, your costs may be the same as or more than what you are currently paying to live in a traditional home or apartment.
- No electric bills. This applies only if you upgrade your RV with adequate solar and batteries, but we highly recommend you do this. We go for weeks without ever having to run our onboard generator, and it especially comes in handy when you have those instances where you are somewhere and can’t run a generator or plug in.
- More time together. We have been married more than 28 years and we fell into the habit of being so busy with everything else and putting ourselves last. Since we have been RVing full-time, we enjoy more things – together – and our relationship is better for it.
- You become less materialistic. Let’s face it, you’ll be living in a much smaller space. That space can only hold so much, so you learn to decide what you really need vs want.
- Finding places to dump your tanks & fill fresh water. If you stay at campgrounds, this isn’t an issue. But if you prefer to go off-grid and boondock like we do, you have to plan and look for these places in advance.
- Getting mail. We use a mail service and it works well for us, but there are things you need to be aware of. If you have a package shipped to your address through your mail service and at a later date request it forward to your location, you have to pay to ship it. This results in sometimes paying double the shipping cost, just to get an item. You also have to factor in a time delay. If it is an item that you need to have in hand, submitting the request for shipment to your location and the additional shipping time does get inconvenient on occasion.
- Medical care. If you have certain health issues or prefer to go to a doctor that knows you, traveling full-time can be a bit problematic at times. This is true also for your pets.
- Constantly moving. A bit odd to put this in the con’s, because when you think about RVing, you think about traveling. But for some people, they want to travel, but not a lot. Because of the way we like to camp, this often means departing an area every 10-14 days, which is the standard time allowed on most federal lands.
- Connectivity. Internet and cellular connections can be problematic. Even with boosters, WiFi rangers and the like, there are just some areas where staying connected will be an issue. Be aware, that many campgrounds that advertise “free wifi” will often be subpar or be free for email only.
- Space. You will most likely be living in something smaller than what your current house or apartment is currently. If you come into full-time RVing with the mindset that it is a place to shelter you in-between your time outside, you will be better off.
Watch our Pros & Cons of Full-time RVing video:
Not ready for full-time? Check out our weekend warrior friends from Endless RVing as they discuss the benefits of being a part-time RVer!