Waking up to the sound of crashing ocean waves on Monday, and to chirping birds and the gentle babble of mountain streams by week’s end.
Meeting and sharing stories (and s’mores!) with amazing new people every few days, if not even more often.
Knowing exactly where every single item you own is — and realizing exactly how little you actually need to get by.
Never again shoveling snow or shivering because you’re following the weather, parking your camper where it’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Yup, there’s a whole lot to love about RV living. So much so, in fact, that some of us make it a permanent gig.
But, of course, full timing isn’t all stunning vistas and generous neighbors. Even if you’re head-over-heels in love with vacationing in your rig, you might have second thoughts about taking to the road full time. After all, wanderers lose a lot in the way of stability. Say goodbye to regular Tuesday night meals at your favorite restaurant, knowing exactly where to find that specific box of cereal at the grocery store, and in-person trivia nights with your non-nomadic squad of friends. Can it possibly healthy — or even doable — to never really settle down anywhere?
But as it turns out, there are ways to mitigate all of those problems. And yes, in fact, full-time RVing is survivable. Good for you, even.
Here’s just a little bit about how to become a full time RVer — and a whole lot about why you should seriously consider doing so.
Benefits of RV Living
Here’s how living as a full-time RV nomad can actually make your life better.
1. It forces you to challenge yourself.
One thing’s for sure: When it comes to full time RVing, predictability is out the window.
You’ll run into a mechanical issue. The weather won’t cooperate. Even the most carefully-charted itinerary is sure to get thrown off course in one way or another.
But none of that is necessarily a bad thing. In fact, dealing with constant change and the challenge of learning to roll with the punches can make you a stronger, less-easily-stressed-out person… which can translate into a whole lot more happiness in your day-to-day life.
2. You get to meet a ton of new people.
Even if you’re traveling solo, RVing is anything but lonely. Campers are a generous and caring bunch, and you’re likely to meet a whole amazing slew of them — not to mention everyone else who populates all the different places you’ll visit along the way. And there’s no medicine quite as potent as a new friendship.
3. You’ll be outdoorsier.
OK — obviously, you don’t have to be outdoorsy to live in an RV full time. You could always just stay in concrete-slab campgrounds and curl up on the couch and watch TV.
But one of the best parts of camping is taking advantage of the opportunity to get closer with nature, and we fully encourage you to do so. Even if it’s just a walk in the woods, getting outside can make you more active, healthier, happier, and maybe even more creative. And you don’t have to take my word for it; it’s science!
4. You’ll own and use less stuff.
When everything you own has to fit in less than 300 square feet of living space, you start to seriously second-guess all of that junk you might have blithely purchased when you lived in a regular-sized house.
Furthermore, to avoid turning your rig into a claustrophobic dungeon on wheels, you’ll need to be pretty strict with your organization tactics… which means you’ll never again spend thirty minutes looking for something you just had in your hands two seconds ago. (Psst: here are some of our favorite storage hacks for RVers!)
5. You’ll appreciate each day more.
When every experience and place is novel, nothing can become overly boring and routine — which means you won’t take any given day for granted.
I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds way healthier than living through twenty forgettable years in a single family house working a fluorescent-lit desk job.
So — feeling a little more convinced and curious about full-time RV living?
Here’s a little bit of advice for beginners considering making their motorhome their permanent abode.
Frugal RV Living
One of the main reasons many people are attracted to RV living in the first place is the idea that it’s a more affordable way of life. After all, you don’t have to pay rent or a mortgage.
But although RV living can be inexpensive, it can also easily match your regular cost of living. It may even end up costing more.
The good news is, in an RV, your average annual living cost is all within your control. And although certain rigs, experiences, and adventures may be pricey, you can also get a whole lot of awesome on a dime.
For instance, you could end up spending thousands of dollars a year if you’re living fulltime in an all-inclusive RV park that costs hundreds of dollars a month. But if you’re living off grid most of the time, you can slash your campground fees to pennies.
We’ve written a lot about cheap RV living and sticking to a budget, whether you’re on the road full time or simply for a trip. Here’s some of our best advice for getting the most out of your travel dollar — and even how to make a few more of ’em while you’re traveling:
- Ways to Save During a Road Trip
- 8 Clever Ways to Save Money While Traveling in Your RV
- Keep Your RV Running Longer with These 9 Tricks
- Working on the Road: How to Make Money While RVing
RV Living Hacks
Although it’s awesome, RVing is quite a bit different than living in a sticks-and-bricks house. From figuring out how to drive such a large vehicle to getting familiar with each of your rig’s internal systems, there’s an undeniable learning curve.
But luckily, we’ve got lots of content to help you through it! Here are a few pieces to help you get started:
- 7 Helpful Hacks for RV Newbies
- 7 Common Travel Mistakes Every RV Owner Has Made
- Our Top 15 Camping Tips and Tricks
Full Time RV Living
We hope this blog post has helped convince you that RV living is not only possible and sustainable, but also inspiring and fun. After all, we wouldn’t write so darn much about the lifestyle if we didn’t believe in it — and we can’t wait to meet you out there on the road.