The idea of living in an RV full time is becoming more and more popular these days. There are a lot of benefits to this lifestyle such as freedom, mobility, and the affordability.

What Is RV Full Time Living?

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RV full time living is a lifestyle choice that many people make for one reason or another. It could be for saving money, retirement, being able to go where they want when they want, or a combination of all three. The choice to live full time in a RV is not an easy one and there are many things that need to be considered before making the leap into this lifestyle. This article will explore some of the reasons people are choosing to live in an RV full time and how they make their full time living lifestyle work.

How to Decide if RV Full Time Living Is for You?

Living in an RV full time can be a great way to see the country and have freedom, but it’s not for everyone. The first step is figuring out if you even want to live full time in an RV.

There are three options: camping on private property, camping on public land, (e.g. boondocking) or living in a campground. Each of these options has its own challenges and benefits, so it’s important to consider them before deciding which option is best for you. For example, if you need to be near electrical hookups and water sources all the time, then living in a campground may not be the best choice. Or if you want to spend every night under the stars, camping on public land, (boondocking) might be more your style.

Once you’ve decided which option is best for you, there are still some key factors to consider before making the leap into full time RV living. How often will you be off the grid? Do you need access to amenities like showers and laundry facilities? How much privacy do you want? These are just a few of the things that will help determine what type of RVing is right for you.

What You Need to Know Before Starting RV Full Time Living

There are some things you need to know before making the leap. One of the most important is that you’ll need to have a good amount saved up, since RVs aren’t cheap. You’ll also need to drastically downsize your belongings, as there isn’t much storage space in an RV.

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Also, think about your lifestyle and whether it’s something that can adjust to living in close quarters with family or friends. If everyone involved is on board and ready for the change, then RV full time living can be a fun and rewarding experience.

Pros of RV Full Time Living

Your Home is Where You Park it
Your Home is Where You Park it
  • There are many pros to living full time in an RV. For starters, it can be a great way to reduce stress and live a more simple life. You’ll also find that traveling full time is a great way to maximize your time. Plus, living on the road is an excellent way to explore different cultures and experience new things firsthand.
  • One of the biggest advantages to living full time in an RV is that you don’t have to worry about maintaining a home or paying rent/mortgage. Most RVs are much cheaper than a house and a RV has all the amenities that most people need. They have a bathroom, kitchen, beds and storage areas. It is much cheaper to live in an RV than it is to rent or own a home. This can be a huge money saver for those who are living on a fixed income.
  • You’ll also have the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want. If you need to move somewhere quickly, or if you want to take an impromptu trip, you can do that with ease. And if you decide later on that you don’t like where you are, simply pack up and hit the road again. If you are boondocking, you don’t have to worry about making reservations or planning in advance. You can just go!
  • There are many places that are great for full time RV living. The best places are those that have warm weather and low cost of living. Florida, Texas, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona are all great choices for full time RV living.
  • You are more in touch with nature – Many people have been so busy working and living their lives that they forget about the natural beauty of the world around them. RV full time living allows you to see this beauty on a daily basis.
  • You can make new friends. RV full time living gives you the opportunity to meet people that are like minded and share your interests. This is an excellent way to make new friends.
  • You are more self reliant RV full time living allows you to be less dependent on the system and other people.

Cons of RV Full Time Living

It’s not all sunshine and roses when it comes to living full time in an RV.

  • On the con side, you have to get rid of most of your personal property. You can’t just take everything with you on the road, so you have to figure out what to do with it. You can keep it in storage, sell it, give it away or throw it away.
  • If you are traveling with others, you’ll lose some of your privacy—especially if you’re living in a small van or small RV.
  • You’ll also be away from family and friends. If you’re close to your family and friends, this can be an enormous drawback.
  • You’ll have to deal with the weather, which can be difficult if you live in an area that gets extreme winter weather or hot summers.
  • There is a sense of freedom that comes with RV living, but also a lack of stability and permanence.
  • Pets can be a big hassle. They require a lot of equipment, food, and toys.
  • You give up some of the comforts of home, like a consistent shower and stable internet connection.
  • It may be difficult to find places that allow overnight parking. In some areas, it is illegal to park overnight in certain places. If you are going to be traveling a lot, this could make life difficult for you.
  • Finding friends and community along our travels- something that’s not always easy when moving around constantly. But through online resources and by being proactive in your search, you’ll be able to find a great group of people that we now consider family.
  • You need to have a mailing address and driver’s license in one state, and you must pay taxes on your RV even if it’s your primary residence.

What Do Full Time RVers Use for An Address?

When living full time in an RV, you’ll need to have a permanent address. A mailing address is typically required for insurance, taxes, licensing, and other purposes. Many people choose to use a mail forwarding service. This is a service that will scan your mail for you and send it to a new address of your choice, without taking months to approve or rejecting you later on. This is the best way to maintain a domicile while living in an RV full time.

Check out this video for more details on what is involved in choosing a domicile:

How to Make the Most of Your RV Full Time Journey

Living in an RV full time can be a great experience. Here are a few tips:

  1. Make a budget and stick to it. This is especially important if you’re trying to save money while on the road.
  2. Find ways to make money while traveling. There are many opportunities for those who are willing to work hard – teaching English online, freelance writing and editing, offer website design, etc.
  3. Stay connected with friends and family back home. Technology makes this easier than ever before using Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.
  4. Explore your surroundings. Hit the beaches, go hiking or camping, visit museums and other tourist attractions—the possibilities are endless.

How Do I Save up To Pay Cash for An RV?

There are many ways to save up for a large purchase, like an RV. Here are some tips:

  1. Plan ahead and save up in advance of the time when you’ll need to buy your RV. This will help you avoid taking on a lot of debt.
  2. Make sure you have enough money for the RV and all of its maintenance costs, including gas, insurance, registration fees and repairs.
  3. Choose a smaller RV if you are on a budget. Smaller RVs cost less to buy and maintain, as well as being cheaper to insure.
  4. Look for used RVs if you can’t afford a new one. You can find used RVs at RV dealers, as well as through online classified ads or websites like Craigslist and eBay.
  5. Get the RV inspected by a professional before buying it, so that you know exactly what you are getting for your money.
  6. Buy an RV that is ready to use as soon as you buy it. This means buying a towable, van, or motorhome with everything included, like a bed, bathroom and kitchen equipment.
  7. Get the RV insured before you use it and make sure that the insurance covers any damage or theft.
  8. Get a copy of the RV’s manual, so that you know how everything works before you start using it.

Why Do People Quit Full Time RVing?

There are many reasons people quit RVing. One of the most common is that they don’t have a lot of money to start with, so it’s often difficult for them to afford a RV, gasoline and all of the other expenses that go along with full time RVing.

A lot of people who want to try RVing think they need to buy a big, expensive Class A motorhome. That’s not necessarily true. The cost of a large motorhome can be prohibitive, particularly for someone just starting out in RVing.

Rent an RV before you buy one. This will give you the opportunity to try out different types of RVs and see which ones are most comfortable for you. You’ll also get a sense of what kind of RV lifestyle is right for you.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of benefits to full time RV living. Some people enjoy the freedom and flexibility it offers, while others find it less stressful than traditional home life. However, there are also some disadvantages, such as reduced social interaction. If you are considering this type of lifestyle, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making any decisions.

Happy Trails,

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