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29 Reasons Living in an RV is Better Than Living in a House

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I don’t have anything against houses. I grew up in one. But living in an RV for the past year and a half has made me realize just how cool RV’s can really be.

After college, some of our friends were already settling down and buying homes. There was nothing inside of Alyssa or myself that had a desire to “get settled down”. We wanted to see the world and go on adventures. What better way to do that than spending your first year or so of marriage in a tiny space?

Our friends and family made a lot of “Breaking Bad” style jokes about us moving into an RV before we hit the road. Some of them also questioned whether or not we would still be in love after a year of living in an RV. But I have to say it’s been 18 months and neither of those things are true. Even after going through all the breakdowns, leaks, and fights we’ve endured in Franklin, I would say we love it even more.

But I don’t want to speak for my wife, Alyssa, because on occasion I have locked her in our RV shower for 30 minutes (it was an accident, I swear!) and even flashed our neighbors while trying to kill a spider with a flip flop. All craziness aside, RVing has been an epic adventure.

Here are 29 reasons why living in an RV is better than living in a traditional home. One reason for every foot of our awesome RV named “Franklin”.

1. Our RV has taken us to 49 states across America. My childhood home didn’t have wheels. Deal breaker.

RVing through the redwoods in California

2. Franklin likes to boast breathtaking views out of his window. In a normal home some of these views would run you a million dollars.

view from our RV at Yellowstone Lake

3. RVing across the country makes you not take normal things for granted (i.e good wifi, nice showers, and a dishwasher). I miss the days where streaming Netflix was almost thoughtless. Now we measure RV park wifi based on whether or not we can watch Daredevil.

4. I can drive to a destination and cook a Totinos pizza at the same time. Heck, Alyssa can cook most of our meals while the RV is driving.

5. We aren’t being crushed under a giant mortgage. Our home is paid off.

6. Living in a small space during our first year of marriage forces us to learn how to resolve conflicts, like the massive blow-out fight over the GPS while driving in downtown Albuquerque, NM.

fighting over the GPS while driving in Albuquerque
Fighting over the GPS while driving in Albuquerque

7. The RV lifestyle promotes being outdoors where as having a big house promotes sitting on the couch, binge-watching Netflix.

kayaking in the tetons
Kayaking in the Tetons on our inflatable Challenger Kayaks.

8. Our RV pays for itself in one year. What we paid for our RV ($11,500) is the equivalent to approximately one year of rent in Austin, Texas (and equivalent to way less than a full year of rent in most other cities across the country!).

Side Note: Here are the exact numbers for how much it cost us to drive to all 50 states.

9. We have no utility bills.

10. RVing is like speed dating for friendships. Invite someone over for a cup of coffee and see how long you can stand being with them in a small space.

happy campers
When we gave Snagajob’s company a tour of our RV. Pretty sure we broke some fire code violations.

11. An RV teaches you to be clean. One dish left out is no big deal in a large house, but in a 29 foot RV it’s basically going to make the whole place feel like a mess. Clean that up!

The remodel of our RV
Franklin after we gave him a massive renovation!

12. I can pee without having to make a pit stop. Maybe this is a guy thing, but I think it’s cool.

13. You can decorate for the holidays on a ridiculously cheap budget. We skipped Halloween, spent $15 at Walmart and Franklin is decked out for Christmas.

How to make a fake fireplace: Go to Youtube, type in fireplace. You're welcome.
How to make a fake fireplace: Go to Youtube, type in fireplace. You’re welcome.

14. It takes five minutes to clean the entire house. Six minutes if you vacuum.

15. When you cook bacon, the whole RV smells like heaven.

Cooking in the RV

16. RVing is a great conversation starter. No one cares that you own a house. Everyone lives in a house, but everyone we meet asks to tour our RV.

17. When you want to move, instead of hiring a moving company you just pull in the awning and unhook from electricity. Plus, you can move every day. Don’t like the weather? Tired of the mountains? Want to live beachfront for the summer? NBD. You can live literally anywhere.

Biking through La Veta, Colorado
Biking through La Veta, Colorado

18. It’s perfectly acceptable to constantly eat s’mores, popsicles, and hot dogs whenever you like.

19. You can travel full-time and still make money. Here’s a breakdown of how much money (and how) we made while RVing in 2015.

bow falls, banff, alberta, canada
Sunset hiking around Banff with my bride. Pictured: Bow Falls

20. You can only be a hoarder for so long, because you literally don’t have the space to accumulate stuff. You’ll never own anything that isn’t essential.

21. It allows you to be somewhat nomadic and embrace a lifestyle of whimsy. You can take your RV anywhere in the world. (And yes, we have met people who ferried over RVs from Europe, where RVing is also popular.)

Exploring the Alaskan Highway
Exploring the Alaskan Highway.

22. RVing can help you eat healthier. In my former life I spent $300/month eating out. Now since we travel with our kitchen we (as a couple) only spend $50/month eating out. Plus I don’t eat McDonalds and all that junk anymore. (This may mostly be a side effect of marriage).

23. If you want to sell the RV you just post it on Craigslist, instead of hiring a realtor. (Except why would you sell this thing? It’s awesome!)

Update: We totally did sell Franklin! But, no sadness here. We upgraded to a 2016 Winnebago, check it out!

24. When you watch the Walking Dead in the middle of the woods, it’s so much more intense.

25. You aren’t homesick when you’re away from your home town. Home is where you are.

26. Whenever you want to remodel your house, it only takes one can of paint to change the entire feel of your home

RV remodel

27. The RV lifestyle reinforces not living a “comfortable life.” Things are always breaking, life is hectic, and really difficult to make plans. It helps you grow as a person (like when the slides on your RV won’t let you reach all of your underwear or the tow car nearly crushes you to death, true story).

living in a RV
TBT to that time I had to change out our dump hose (sewage)

28. RVing teaches you to fix things. I hoped I was going to be rich enough to pay a mechanic all the time. That strategy hasn’t worked out for me yet, so now I know how to flush my radiator, fix my generator, check gauges, and a lot of other manly stuff I couldn’t do before. I even recently outfitted our Honda CR-V for proper towing, Dad would be proud.

29. It teaches you to value experiences over belongings, and relationships over work. At the core of it, this is what our lifestyle is truly about.

Breaking our first martial arts boards and seeing the Grand Canyon all in one day.
Breaking our first martial arts boards and seeing the Grand Canyon all in one day.

Several years  ago I remember listening to Dave Ramsey talk about how one couple moved into a trailer after getting married so they could save money and pay off debt before buying a home. I remember thinking to myself, “That seems cool and everything- but I would never live in a RV. I’m better than that.”

Those were my exact thoughts. I wanted the comfort of a home, security, and consistent income. To live in an RV I might be thought of as “less”, or people might judge me.

However, somehow I landed an amazing wife who challenged me to dream big and to not worry about what other people think. Awhile back we faced a decision to either stay in Austin with our jobs and save up, or buy an RV and hit the road. We decided to choose adventure instead of comfort, and it’s made all the difference in the world.

I wish I could tell you there weren’t any times where I was scared or unsure about our situation. I’ve doubted myself quite a bit actually. But looking back over the last six months I’ve grown more as a person than I could have ever imagined.

All in all, I stand by all of my beliefs in choosing the RV lifestyle over buying a traditional home. Does that mean we’ll never settle down and buy a house? Not at all, but for this period of my life, it was the best decision we could have ever made.

If you liked this post, I curated a few more RV related blog posts that I think you’d love.

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11 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used RV

How Much Does it Cost to Travel America in an RV?

The Renovation of Our 1994 Motorhome

How to Plan a Road Trip Using Pinterest and Google Maps

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Cofounder of CampgroundBooking.com and host of The RV Entrepreneur Podcast. From 2014-15 my wife, Alyssa, and I traveled to all 50 states making a documentary about hourly work. I love sharing this RV lifestyle with new people, meeting friends on the road, and the occasional binge of Tex-Mex food.

  • You two are inspiring.
    And I mean that in the most hilarious of all possible ways…
    http://yarrvee.com/1-reason-30-foot-rv-life-better/

    =)

    -Jon

    • Heath Padgett

      Haha thanks Jon! How long have you guys been RVing for? Are you working along the road?

      • We technically aren’t YarrVee-ing yet. =)
        We bought a 30′ Four Winds Hurricane 30F in October, and we’re in a spot at the Skylark RV and Mobile Home Park in Lafayette, Colorado – but we’re also still in our apartment in Thornton, Colorado, packing up, sorting, getting rid of stuff, etc.

        Our ‘drop dead date’ is December 29th.

        As for working on the road?
        We originally planned to keep working our day jobs in IT through 2015 while we developed a ‘location independent’ source of income. However, I recently interviewed for and landed my first client as an independent ServiceNow Developer. The first week will be at their office (15 minutes from our new home in Lafayette, as opposed to the 1 hour+ commute each way I was staring in the face with the old job), and after the first week?
        100% Remote.

        I’m pondering taking Christmas week “off” and driving the YarrVee out to Sacramento to surprise my 70 year old mother. =)

        Oh, look Disqus decided to use my ‘regular’ Google account. *chuckles*

        -Jon, Captain of the YarrVee

        • Hey Jonathon! Been a long time! Are you guys on the road now?

  • Lisa Zahn

    This is a fantastic list. It really, really makes me want to live in an RV. Of course, I have already wanted to do that, but you have rekindled my interest for sure! I think you two will be GREAT at helping others do what you’re doing. You’re inspiring.

    • Heath Padgett

      Lisa! Thank you so much. You’re way too kind! And when you start looking, let me know! I would love to be helpful. RV shopping is one of my favorite things.

  • I love it. We don’t know how long we’ll be staying in country, but if we do, there’s a good chance we’ll either get a campervan or a tiny house! We’ll definitely hit you up for advice.

    • Heath Padgett

      Thanks guys! We originally looked into getting a “tiny house” because of the allure of getting a tiny house lol. They are straight cool, and we still think so! However, it all depends on how often you want to travel. Our lifestyle is more or less going to constantly be moving for at least a little while. Tiny Houses, while technically mobile, aren’t really something you want to haul around a lot. Trust me, hauling is very stressful even when it’s just a little car! Let us know and we would love to be helpful!

  • Andrea TheBloggingMama

    I found your website through Gone With The Wynns. What an inspiration to have started out on the dream life so early! I would love to be doing what all the full time rv’ers are doing; living the dream! I manage to do some ‘living the dream’ as my husband works for an international company and we are about to start our second overseas assignment next month (London). You really do have to enjoy every day you get!

    • Andrea!

      I absolutely agree. My wife and I are looking to cross off some international trips this year as well :). Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. Stay in touch!

  • Carol

    My husband and I are downsizing and have been exploring Tiny Houses vs getting a 29′ RV. Can you tell what kind of RV you have?

    • Hey Carol!

      We have a 29′ Leprechaun Coachmen and it is a 1994. We definitely explored both options in great length when we first start looking for RV’s and I can definitely say I’m happy with our choice. I think it all depends on the type of travel you’re wanting to do. For instance, we wanted to be really flexible so a motorhome allowed us to move around quite a bit. Also, with a bit of interior redesign we made it feel like our own little tiny house :).

      • Carol

        Thanks Heath. We are looking at a new Jayco Redhawk. Do you know anyone with a Jayco?

        • I don’t Carol :/. I would recommend visiting a Facebook group called “RV Tips” and asking somebody in that forum what their experience has been with a Jayco. Hope that helps.

  • Darrion Allen Severin Olsson

    I’m doing the same thing in a 5th wheel it’s a 37ft fleetwood pride I bought it cash and bought a 2013 ram 3500 for it I’m 22 and the only debt I have is my truck payments but that’s it and I’m looking forward to exploring canada and the usa

    • That’s awesome Darrion! I’m a big Dodge fan and I hope you have a blast man! Glad to see younger people out there hitting the road.

      • Darrion Allen Severin Olsson

        It’s a 03 but it’s home it would be nicer if my water didn’t smell like anti freeze I’ve drained it over and over but it still smells do you know how to fix that?

        • Eek! I haven’t had that issue personally, but check out this article! http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php?topic=65895.0

        • Chip Casey

          Darion, It could be that whoever owned it first winterized it with anti freeze. Don’t drink the water out of the tap until you have filled the fresh water tank to capacity and drained it from a lowpoint drain until the smell goes away. The new anti freeze (propylene glycol) is relatively benign but the old stuff (ethylene glycol) is bad stuff and can kill animals. Just rinse the tank over and over (and I wager there are neutralizers now adays too) until it goes away. Remember this is the fresh water tank too, not the place you hook up the city water to. jmtc.

          Enjoying reading your adventures Heath. My wife and I are about to start that adventure soon. My crossroads cruiser will stay at my camp while I pull my new Big Country 4010RD around. This is an inspirational blog and my wife is getting excited too. 🙂

          • Thanks again Chip! We’ve also had some issues with winterizing the RV. You just live and learn. We just had to fill up our fresh water all the way to the top and drain it a couple times. Wasn’t too big of an issue.

  • Dan de Angeli

    Hi Heath:

    Your story is very inspirational to me. I left home when I was in my 20’s to backpack in Asia. Now at age 58 I yearn for the open road again.

    As a backpacker and camper, I definitely understand how you had to overcome some snobbery to embrace your current lifestyle. It’s amazing how our own belief systems can limit our view of the world.

    My fiancee and I have talked about selling the house and RVing, I have to say it seemed like a running joke, but when we only have one week vacation in the whole year, I am starting to think about this option more seriously.

    I don’t see many people your age doing what you are doing, and it gives me hope for the future.

    I like your creative approach to life and wish you and your bride every success.

    Dan de Angeli

    • Hi Dan,

      First off, thank you for reading. I understand the tension that comes with even sitting down to read a blog like this. For me, I get antsy real fast and reading about others’ travels only sparks that bug even more.

      I’m glad I could play a small part in encouraging you for the future Dan.

      Sincerely,

      Heath

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  • Justin Yoder

    This is amazing, I’m almost 22 but still in college doing some auto cad classes so when I get out I can design my own rv/travel trailer or tiny home on wheels. I’m always reading articles blogs and videos! Can’t wait

    • That’s awesome Justin! I have a big dream of doing a bunch of RV renovations and potentially filming some webisodes about the process to teach other people. Hit me up if you’re interested in possibly doing something together! Here’s my email –> Heathdellpadgett (at) gmail.com

  • Vanessa Crandell

    After graduating with a couple Bachelor’s degrees in 2013, I couldn’t find work in northern California. I ended up in West Texas. For my first 8 months out here I was living on rigs in the oil field in the same trailer where I was working. I finally made the decision to buy a 15′ travel trailer that my Jeep can haul so that I have a place to call my own. It’s so nice to be able to go home everyday. At 24 with a personality geared to run and not settle down, it’s perfect. After I finish my Master’s degree, I can just hook up and go wherever I please.

  • Chip Casey

    Heath you only forgot one reason that I know of and that is you can own more than one RV just like you can a house and put it on a small lot with a cover over it and if someone will watch it for you while you are gone, you can be a multi home owner at the age of 25… lol.
    I have one 34′ 5th wheel that I leave up at camp and then I am getting a 41′ Big Country for my house.

    • haha that’s awesome! Right on Chip. That’s definitely another solid reason the RV life is awesome lol.

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  • Zoe

    Hey Heath! This was so inspiring! Thank you!

    I will finish high school in a year or two and I am starting to look at what I want to do after I graduate! I really love traveling and I love being my own boss (not having to “punch in” so to speak). However I am having a really hard time find any decent information on what kinds of jobs you could do while you are RV-ing… Do you have any ideas? (I am good at reading, writing, math (especially algebra), photography, computer programming as well as some other stuff) I am trying to figure out what to do of my career and I want something that will let me live and travel in an RV.

    Thanks again for this awesome blog!

    • Hey Zoe,

      From the brief list you described, computer programming would in my opinion be the easiest for you to create an income that allowed you to travel. Businesses are ALWAYS needing new websites (even setting up basic WordPress sites can still pay you $2,000/site). Something like photography is great as well, but it takes time to build up a client based business and most of those would keep you in one location. I would use photography as a way to produce good content for a blog that you could eventually monetize. I interviewed a fellow RVer about how she was able to monetize her website that might be helpful for you to read here –> http://www.heathpadgett.com/make-money-traveling-how-to-make-25000-a-month-blogging/#comment-2471218656. Wish you the best!

      • Zoe

        Thank you Heath! 🙂

        P.S. I’m from Austin too! 😀 (well now I live on a ranch in Buda, just south of Austin)

        • Ah super cool! Austin will always be home, even though we are always on the road lol!

  • Heath. Very inspirational story. I’ve been preaching it for months. Unfortunately, the significant other wasn’t at all on board. As I’ve been mentally preparing myself.

    Not sure if I’m “Physically or mentally” ready yet… But fuck it. Might as well take a leap and try it.

    Your story is crazy too cool. Hope to hear about all your joy, in all your experiences.

    • Maximus, thanks for taking the time to read man! I don’t know if you can ever be “fully prepared”. Good luck with the leap brother

  • nuq1

    Thank you for sharing this inspirational story! My wife and I are considering the full-time RV lifestyle. We want to sell our house and get on the road with our toddler (yes, that’s the trickiest part). Before he reaches kindergarten age, we think this may be a wonderful 6-18 month experience.

    • I totally agree! Thank you for reading 🙂 and good luck on the adventure.

  • Skye Brennan

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! Im 18 and getting an RV to travel around the country with my dog in. I love photography and travel and this story just inspired me even more! Cant wait to get mine!

  • ClarityToSee

    Heath,

    Very inspiring post. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. Kinda getting tired of living in the system living life like a debt slave, doing the jobs I don’t even like, far from experiencing life as a free and a sovereign individual.

    In addition to your benefits, I would add my personal three benefits as below:
    1) Freedom from debt slavery.
    2) Limit big brother surveillance and big taxes on everything from real estate to utility taxes.
    3) Freedom from almost all utility bills.

    • I love all of these benefits 🙂 thank you for sharing!

  • I’ve been considering selling a home in NJ, because 1. I inherited it… and 2. Never wanted to live in NJ in the first place. But…where to go? Then I started thinking about an RV. I am single, with two dogs…what other choices would I have at this stage in my life. I’m retired and love traveling. I’m debt free, and prefer to live a simpler life. I’m going to have to research this a bit more 🙂 Juliana

    • Juliana!

      Sounds like you’d be an awesome fit. I’d recommend doing a trial of the RV life. Perhaps renting one and taking a mini trip to see if you like it :).

      best of luck!

      Heath

      • My brother bought an RV, and He lives in Houston…barely ever goes on a trip. And I’m the one with Travel Fever! lol I’ve lived in a lot of places…and still get restless… I love seeing new places. I’m also an artist, musician – so it’s hard to sit still. LOL I’m also 65 years old…so this would be a serious move. I will have to keep following your Blog…because I’m really thinking this just might be the way to go. IF I ever do settle down…I’ll Hit my brother up for a place. HAHAHA

  • Iain

    Awesome post! My girlfriend and I have been living in our RV for a about a year now. We’ve spent many years paying rent and at it was just the most logical option at the time. I’d like to add to your post that you don’t need to travel full time to live in an RV. I’m a small business owner and my girlfriend works full time. We’ve spent the year living in an RV park outside of town. We pay a very small monthly fee to be hooked up to water, sewer and power all the time. There’s laundry facilities here, a pool and a lot of open park space. We’ve saved over 25k between the two of us by living in the RV instead of a house in one year! Now, since my business is seasonal and she can take a leave from her’s, we are headed to British Columbia to snowboard all season. And guess what, we’re driving the RV and living in it over winter! Thankfully, It’s a fully winter capable Triple E, made in Canada and a true four season RV. We couldn’t be happier!

    • Awesome! We spend roughly half the year staying in one place (here in greater Austin, Texas) and use the rest of the year to travel. It’s definitely a good balance and it really is so much cheaper than a house!!! Enjoy BC! We spent a lot of time up in the Canadian Rockies this summer. We are obsessed! So beautiful.

    • Kami Almeida

      Lain, I’m interested in your experiences living in your RV and working full time, professional, permanent jobs. My husband and I are getting ready to do that in the next several months, and I’ve found there isn’t a lot of information about that. We are getting ready to move from one part of the country to another for permanent relocation, so between selling the house and deciding where we want to live, we will definitely be in that position, maybe even in the long term if we end up enjoying it. I would love to hear more from you guys!

      • Iain

        Hi Kami, good to hear you guys are moving into the RV full time. You don’t have to worry about it cause you will be fine and will probably enjoy it. I asked my girlfriend what she thought and she said “if you guys are already willing to do that then you won’t have any problem”. Basically it’s most people’s state of mind that will keep them from ever doing something like this. I’m not sure the state of your RV but we found these things to be essential while living in the RV full time assuming you will be at an RV park with bathrooms that have showers and water, sewer, power hookups. These things may seem obvious to you but everyone has a different idea of what is essential: 1. A decent sized fridge and freezer. 2. A way to cook good food. 3. Running water to the RV sink and toilet (we kept our hot water tank off to save electricity and just showered in the park bathrooms). 4. Some form of entertainment like TV or internet with streaming capability. 5. A love for being outside and exploring the nature around you! Those things were essential and we couldn’t have lived without them, now here are some things that will make your stay in your RV much more comfortable: 1. Good neighbors at your park, choose your spot wisely as your privacy will most likely be invaded on occasion. A lot of people at these parks have nothing to do all day so they walk around and talk to everyone in the park. 2. A comfy place to sit in your RV like a couch or a cpl good chairs. 3. Well kept and up to date park bathrooms. 4. A park superintendant/owner that is easy to get along with as you will be dealing with this person quite often throughout your stay. That’s pretty much it, it’s just like living in a house but smaller and a lot cheaper. It will likely cause you to be healthier, get outside more and live a more active lifestyle!

    • Anthony

      Hey finally someone who lives full time in am rv and simply stays in the same spot forever. This is exactly what I’m trying to find but it’s always oh to go travel blah blah blah. Super annoying. Ok so anyways any advice you might be able to give? I’m currently still deciding on a rv to go with I’m thinking of building my own through a bus or simply buying a new one. I know you should never buy a new rv, but just spending that much money on a used vehicle of anew old age as you all well know that’s when there affordable. But by then there already deteriorating and the old owner (s) probably didn’t take care of them and like the poster I am not mechanicly savy so getting a huge list of problems would be problematic. Anyways any advice you could give towards living in a rv full time and pretty much just sitting in place forever. I’m not big into travel. Or any advice you can give towards picking out a model or anything really would be greatly appreciated. Now I must say I highly go for the motor home models and not the trailer ones. But yea any tips from an experinced rv’er who sits would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and have a nice day.

      • Hey Anthony! I can give you a few tips for picking your RV. You’ll want a trailer or fifth wheel and not a motorhome for sure, since you won’t need an engine to move the rig around. Buying a rig with an engine would be a huge waste of money if you never plan on traveling. If you don’t have a truck, you can always get your trailer or fiver moved by a service.

        We also always recommend buying used, 10 years+ is usually best for depreciation depending on well it’s been taken care of. Here’s our guide to buying a used RV and what to look for: http://heathandalyssa.com/buying-a-used-rv/

  • voteallthefkersout

    I lived in a small VW T2 for almost four years in Europe. Absolute best years of my life! I didn’t have a care in the world! I went with the wind, played street music to earn my way: I met amazing people and had wonderful experiences in more than twenty countries. Then I met my wife in Germany and we had to upgrade to a Ducato. We have a “real” home now as well, and “real” jobs, but I still love the simplicity and ever-changing scenery of RV life the best. I highly recommend such a lifestyle at very least to gain a rounded perspective on life. And it doesn’t have to be Europe. The US has plenty to offer 🙂

    • That’s awesome! I keep telling Heath we need to RV Europe next 🙂 I’ve heard amazing things!

      • voteallthefkersout

        I don’t know how rogue you like to roll, but there are a lot of tips and tricks if you wanna roll around Europe. Hit me up when you are ready. Maybe I can help you to not make a lot of mistakes I made. There is something to be said about learning things the hard way, but there are some things I wish I woulda been given a heads-up on. Anyway, like I said, I’ll be happy to tell you everything I learned which will likely save you a lot of dough and more than a few headaches 😉

        • Awesome! Yes I will keep you in mind to ask questions–thanks! 🙂

  • Rachaelfsu

    Loved this post 🙂 My husband and I sold our ho https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b10a4910b38999c0ed788912c51cfc8cba4ee5792f50bd36958b382b44d8c1ff.jpg me last summer and used the profit to pay off debt and purchase our amazing 5th wheel that we now live in full time along with our 2 year old daughter and kitty! I’m a stay at home momma and he works for the State of Florida so we park on a beautiful portion of 5 acres that his family has owned for decades in Tallahassee. We use his massively stock piled vacation days to take small long weekend trips often, and longer trips every few months. We love being able to tote our home on a ton of mini vacations with our daughter and show her there is more than one way to live life!

  • Douglas Pary

    Gonna retire in five years and can’t wait to start a my new vagabond life! Going to buy a sport-utility camper with a drop down back to load my motorcycle in. Sell my house in Florida and follow the weather and blacktop!

    Thanks for the extra motivation.

  • Meg Smyth

    Wow! Great article confirming our decision to change our lives.
    Our house is on the market in Santa Fe,NM for 1.6 million. My husband and I lived in a renovated chicken shack on a gorgeous 144 acre farm that was owned by his Uncle ( 45 years ago ) . Then we rented many homes over the years, then bought homes( small to 2 very large mansions). NOW is the time for a huge change and we are excited about this new life. He’s retired and I’m a semi retired nurse… It’s time to see the earth around us and get the albatross of a house off our backs and flee debt…..
    Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration.! God bless all the great RV’ers ( and their comments were so helpful) that had the courage to step out and live an unconventional lifestyle!

    • That’s awesome Meg! 🙂 Glad you’re joining our super fun RVer lifestyle! It’s the best (but we are obviously biased!) 🙂

  • Kiwi06

    What are the maintenance costs like (and how often do things go wrong)?

    • Depends on if you have a motorhome or a trailer and how often you are moving. Maintenance is more difficult with motorhomes, since not all mechanics can work on them, so the issues can be pricier and take more time, whereas trailer people have trucks that can be serviced by anyone. I’d say it’s common to come across issues once every two months or so, depending on the speed of your travel. The more you move, the more things will break! I would say enough things go wrong that no matter what rig you buy, it’s 100% worth it to buy the extended warranty.

      • Kiwi06

        Thanks – are the warranties available if you buy used? Guess it might be different in the US anyway..

        • If you buy used from a dealer, like Camping World for instance, you can usually buy one.

  • Bill Jones

    You have not convinced me that #3 and #27 are advantages. lol. Seriously though. While my girlfriend only uses about 2 GB per month, I average about 700 GB. Until high speed mobile data is affordable at the 800 GB level, I can’t RV.

    • Haha I would probably agree with you on that! We now use an unlimited Verizon plan so we don’t have to worry about using RV park internet anymore. We now watch way more Netflix, but have way fewer internet-related headaches at least!

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  • Sue Pusateri

    Really enjoyed your article on RVing full time. Sue pusateri

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