How many times have you thought about selling everything you own and hit the road? You’re not alone; especially after being stuck at home for so long. You can very easily live in your RV full-time. As long as you can access the basic necessities and are prepared for long periods of driving you’d be amazed how freeing RV living can be. There’s a misconception that to be comfortable, you have to have a large house filled with things you may need at some point in your life. For some people having all of that could be extremely overwhelming. They don’t care about having a ton of material items, but rather the joy of traveling and experiencing the greatest fulfillment in life is their prize. Before you pack up and take for the open road, we’ve put together nine tips on how to get started on your new journey!
1. Why Do You Want This Lifestyle? Full-time RV Living is extremely freeing and gives you the opportunity to visit places you might not normally see. It’s not simply packing up and driving into the sunset, though. Depending on the RV you get and where you want to travel, you’ll have to be mindful of where you can shower, empty the septic tank, park for a bit so everyone can sleep, and more. All of these decisions can get overwhelming if you don’t plan it out. The more you plan and research, the better full-time RVing will be.
2. What about your home? Just because you’re full-time RVing doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything in your life. Depending on your age, house maintenance, and your mortgage payments, it will help determine if you want to keep the house as someplace to take a break from the RV or even renting it out. If you’re looking for some extra cash, selling the house can help fund the RV lifestyle.
3. Minimize: Over the years of stationary living, people tend to gather a lot of unnecessary items that are stored in the attic or basement, that may or may not have recently seen the light of day. Everyone does it one way or another. There is limited space in an RV. You’ll have to downsize what you need and want to fit it in the RV. Plus, the excess purging will be exhilarating, and you can have a yard sale for a little extra cash.
4. A Monthly Budget: Look into how much you’ve spent over the last three or four months on food, insurance, gas, house, eating out, etc. Most of these costs will translate to what you use in your RV, with the exception of gas fluctuation.
5. Full-Time Rig: The RV you choose will determine how comfortable you’ll be overall. Think about if you’re going to stick to traveling and finding random appropriate spots to sleep each night, or do you want to take up residence at a campsite. Buying an RV is the same as buying a home. You have to be comfortable in your own space.
6. Making Money, Wi-Fi, & Cell Service: Making money on the road is not the same as going to a “normal” job. One good thing about COVID-19 is that it’s forced a lot of companies to do remote work. As long as your job is okay with you leaving the area, and you can still guarantee your work hours, it’s a great option. If not, there are several remote jobs that you can apply for to make sure you keep the money coming in. In the same light, you have to have wi-fi and reliable cell service, not only for your job, but to explore the area or call for help if needed.
8. Mail Delivery: If you’re full-time RVing, unless you’re keeping your house, you won’t have a permanent address for mail to get forwarded to. There is a mail service for RVers called Escapees that will give you a permanent mailbox to send everything. You can also have a close friend or family member’s address with their permission.
9. RV Insurance: Your RV is your car and home all rolled into one. Having insurance is extremely important in case something happens.