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RVE 63: 21 Questions Everyone Asks Us About Living in an RV

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Jumping into living in an RV brings on a ton of questions.Where do you dump the poop? How do you drive it? And other important questions that people ask us about living in an RV.

Most of them are pretty basic, like, where do you dump your poop? That one is easy to answer, we actually hired a guy to follow us around and he manually dumps our poop once a day. Kidding. That would be the crappiest job in the world (sorry, I had to… I’m done with bathroom talk).

Other questions are more difficult to answer. Questions like, “Where could you see yourselves living one day?”

No matter what questions people ask us about living in an RV, I always enjoy answering them (unless they ask me how we drove our RV to Hawaii, people always ask that question and then laugh out loud like they just busted a Chris Rock joke… I don’t get it).

I hope this post gives you a bit of insight into what it’s like living full-time in an RV. It’s difficult to explain everything in one little post, so if there’s anything you have more questions about—please, leave a comment at the end of this post and I’ll respond to all of them! Enjoy.

1. Do you ever get tired of living in such a small space?

Honestly, no. Sometimes I miss having a bathtub. I realize that as a man it sounds weird acknowledging that I miss bathtubs, but I don’t care. Baths are awesome. I guess what I’m saying is, every now and then I DO miss some little luxuries like limitless hot water and amazing wifi.

But as far as space goes, I never feel cramped or tired of living in a small space. At least not in the first three and a half years of doing it. Plus, it helps that we keep our space clean. We do the dishes after almost every meal and make the bed every day.

Doing these little things helps us feel organized and helps to make the space feel bigger.

2. How do you get mail, Internet, TV, phone service?

For internet, we have an unlimited AT&T data plan, as well as an unlimited Verizon plan that we can tether from our phones. Our first two years on the road we only had Verizon, which I can vouch for in all 50 states (with the exception of a few places in west Texas and the Teton mountains).

Most RV parks have wifi, but the speed is slow and it might make you want to pull your hair out. If you’re going to be working out of your RV full-time, I would highly recommend investing in a cell booster that amplifies your sign signal. A cell booster will amplify your signal while camping in places with low signal. We use the WeBoost cell booster (affiliate link) and it makes a huge difference in allowing us to get internet in remote places.

For mail, we currently have that forwarded to my in-laws. Most of our mail is via email anyway, so that’s not too much of an issue for us. Escapees is a great company that will help you set up your mail forwarding before you ever hit the road. You can read more about getting mail on the road here.

For TV? We mostly watch Netflix (when internet permits) and an occasional DVD of Friends. Most RVs have antenna or cable hook up capabilities and many RV parks will have cable available onsite.

3. Do you just stay at RV parks? How much does overnight RV parking typically cost?

Heath Padgett

We frequently stay at RV parks. However, it really depends on where we are and what we’re doing. While we’ve spent time out on the west coast, we’ve stayed on a lot of state parks, national parks, or BLM land. (There aren’t as many places to boondock in the eastern half of America.)

RV parks have all your basic amenities—bathrooms, showers, washateria (not all of them), internet (typically slow wifi), and the occasional pool. One of the first things we realized early on was the difference between an RV Park vs. a Trailer Park. RV parks are places where RVers like us or retirees typically stay. A trailer park is… well, what you think of when you think of trailer park.

RV parks typically average around $30/night, but can easily go much higher (especially on the west coast). We are members of Passport America and Good Sam, which both offer discounts at participating campgrounds (We’ve easily saved hundreds of dollars on camping by using Passport America while on the road).

We’ve also been known to occasionally boondock on some national forest land or stay overnight on a winery. Although some of our favorite camping is done using a program called Harvest Hosts, which allows us to stay at wineries and breweries all over the country for free.

Camping at Hauser Estate Winery (a Harvest Host location in Pennsylvania)
Camping at Hauser Estate Winery (a Harvest Host location in Pennsylvania)

4. How long do you typically stay in one place?

We don’t have any typical length of time we stay in one place.

This past summer we stayed in Maine for well over a month because it was the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen. Just look at that lighthouse! Our time in each place is determined by how much we like the area, the weather, and what kind of projects we have going on.

Portland Headlight, Maine

5. How long did it take you to downsize?

We made the transition not long after college, so we really hadn’t accrued a lot of stuff. We had to get rid of a TV, few pieces of furniture, and a lot of our clothes, but other than that—not too much. This was probably much easier for us than it would be someone who has lived in a home for 20-30 years. I can understand the difficulty of what that might look like when I see my parent’s home where my brothers and I were raised. I can only imagine how hard it must be to give everything up.

That being said, I’ve talked with a lot of full-time RVers who do a “test-run” of RVing before selling everything. This way, they can test out the lifestyle and see if they like it before going all-in. You can rent an RV using a site like Outdoorsy (we actually rent out our RV on this site).

If you’re starting the downsizing process, we have a free three-day course to get you started!

6. What made you guys decide to buy an RV vs. a tiny house?

Class c vs class a motorhome
The two different RVs we’ve owned since we started RVing in 2014

I honestly looked at buying a tiny house before we moved into the RV, but our style of travel was better suited for living in an RV.

We like to move around a lot and while tiny houses CAN be mobile, they aren’t mobile like RV’s. The other reason I originally looked into tiny houses because of their sleek and modern design. But as it turns out we were able to renovate our older RV and our newer rig has quite the modern feel as well (see pictures here).

7. How many miles per gallon do you get in one of those things (in other words, how much does gas cost)?

In our new Winnebago, we probably get a whopping 6-8 miles per gallon. I know, it’s a bit painful. That being said, you don’t buy an RV because of gas mileage efficiency.

In 2014, we drove to 48 states in our 1994 Class C Motorhome and we spent around $6,000 total on gas over seven months and nearly 20,000 miles. I wrote a detailed report of our 48 state road trip income and expenses here on this post.

8. How do you stay in shape while on the road?

Mostly the Bowflex… kidding.

We go on walks, I do push-ups, and on days when I’m feeling super motivated I’ll go for a run. Other than that, we don’t do too much.

For a period of time, we also had a gym membership to Planet Fitness. It cost $20/month and we had access to over 800 locations across the country. If you’re trying to stay in good shape while you’re traveling I would definitely suggest Planet Fitness. They typically have really nice facilities for showering and workouts, plus free massage chairs and tootsie rolls. Need I say more?

9. Will you travel when you have kids?

This is the million dollar question. To be totally honest, I have no idea. I know that we WILL travel some when we have kids. I don’t know if it will be full-time or part-time, probably a bit of both. I want our kids to have other kid friends, but I also want them to see the world.

I’ve interviewed several families recently on the RV Entrepreneur podcast and the more I talk with travel families, the more I’m inspired to take my kids on the road one day.

10. When are you going to return to the “real world”?

Recently a stranger commented on a blog I wrote about why we love RVing and said this:

Personally, I think you’re just using it as an excuse to avoid living in the real world and taking some responsibility for yourselves.”

This isn’t the first time someone has said something like this to us, or asked, “When are you coming back to the real world?“.

When people see two twenty-six-year-olds driving around the country in an RV, there is instant judgment placed on us. Obviously, we are rich, entitled, or hit some kind of lottery that enabled us to go escape “the real world” and travel full-time.

Of course, the truth is we aren’t rich. We work a typical 40-ish hour work week and unless Alyssa is hiding something from me, we have won no lottery. All of these factors make it a lot more fun to answer the question of when we’re going to live in the “real world”.

Short answer: Never.

Longer answer: Read this post.

11. Where do you dump your poop? (Oops, I brought it up again)

Most RV’s have a grey tank, black tank, and a freshwater tank (although some people use a composting toilet).

The freshwater tank can run around 60 gallons and that is your drinking water. The black tank is your waste. The grey tank is sink or shower water. You have a little hose that comes out of your tanks that connects with a sewer. You pull a lever that says grey and one that says black and you dump your tank. It’s actually very simple.

Update: If you’re still reading through this post and have a million more questions about RV life, Alyssa just released a beginner’s guide to living in an RV! You can check it out below.

A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV

This guide answers all of the most common questions we’ve been asked about RV living, such as how to find the right RV, navigating health insurance, internet, and much more.

Buy on Amazon

12. What do you do for making money on the road?

This is the million dollar question.

Prior to buying our RV in 2014, we had no idea that it was possible to make money while traveling.

Our first year on the road, I came up with the idea to work a job in all 50 states (it sounded like more fun than sitting in an office). I pitched an online job board to see if they would help me line up some of the jobs and they ended up sponsoring us and sending some film equipment in the mail (the cameras showed up to our door the day of our wedding and we hit the road 4 days later).

After realizing how much we loved RV life, we continued making videos for clients while RVing. Over the past few years, we’ve shot videos for small businesses, authors, weddings and even big brands like Winnebago, Jellystone Resorts, and TedX.

In addition to shooting video, I also co-founded a software startup called CampgroundBooking.com, monetized a podcast I host called The RV Entrepreneur Podcast, and speak at companies like Chick-fil-A and UPS.

Related blog: 7 Ways We’ve Made Money While Full-Time RVing

13. How do you keep up with friendships while on the road?

We lost a few friends from back home when we hit the road. That’s natural when you graduate from college or leave any geographical region. The good news is, we met a lot of people out on the road who had similar mindsets and missions in life… and we developed a community of people who also travel, write, and work while full-time RVing.

I think the most encouraging part about traveling is that once you hit the road you start to meet people with a similar mindset who can affirm your beliefs and values. I know that sounds obvious, of course you’ll meet people on the road who also like to travel. It’s hard to envision what that feels like when you’re only surrounded by people who don’t understand why you’d want to sell everything and go travel in an RV.

Our family wasn’t 100% on board at first, but after RVing for a few years, they came around.

Aside from family, we are constantly meeting new friends on Instagram or in our RVer Facebook group while visiting new places. We host meetups, attend conferences, and last year hosted our first RV Entrepreneur Summit in Fredericksburg, TX.

14. What do you guys do for health insurance?

Ah, healthcare. This is probably my least favorite subject to talk about. It invites so much controversy, confusion, and rip-your
-hair-out hassle. Not to mention finding healthcare for RVers is ten times more complicated.

We’ve been RVing for three years and have tried quite a few options for coverage on the road. We’ve actually used something different every year because until this year, we have not been happy with our options. We recently changed healthcare providers and switched to a health-sharing ministry.Our previous health care solution was through the RVers Insurance Exchange and we also tried the Affordable Care Act one year. We currently pay $250/month for both of us on our health-sharing plan, which is significantly less than we used to pay through traditional providers.

For in-depth details about our experiences with healthcare on the road, check out this post on healthcare for RVers here.

15. What about washing clothes?

I packed 10 shirts total for our trip when we first hit the road. We didn’t have much room in our motorhome, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t my entire wardrobe. We read a book before we started traveling called “Packing Light” and it was great inspiration for us to not be RV hoarders.

As far as laundry goes, every RV park we stayed at has a laundry room. You could also buy a little portable washer/dryer set from Amazon, but it’s so tiny I haven’t heard great things from it. I would much rather just budget a little bit of money per month to wash clothes in a real machine.

16. Does Alyssa drive the RV?

Nope, she doesn’t. She drove our RV one time, that was when we filmed the GoingRV TV show.

Our older motorhome was a bit smaller and less bulky than our new Winnebago, so she did drive that one. This one she prefers not to drive since we’re also towing a car behind it.

17. What do you guys do for groceries and cooking?

We go to grocery stores like normal people. Alyssa has a gluten allergy so we cook almost all of our meals in our RV. We’ve done that ever since we started full-timing.

Here’s one of Alyssa’s favorite “Texas-style” meals to cook in the RV.

18. How did you know what type of RV to choose?

This was a much tougher question when we were first getting started.

First of all, I had to do a lot of research to better understand the difference between fifth wheels, motorhomes, truck campers, pull-behinds, etc. Ultimately, we made our choice on motorhome because we liked the idea of having our vehicle and home be all in one. We enjoy being able to walk to the back and use the restroom or make food, without having to leave our vehicle while we’re traveling.

We also like the desk that flips over the passenger seat so that we can work while on the road.

19. What’s your favorite place/trip that you’ve been or done? 

This summer we fell in love with Maine. I mean, you can’t beat the ocean vibes and morning sunrise on Cadillac Mountain (first place the sun rises each day).

Cadillac mountain sunrise
Morning view of us and a few friends bundled up and watching the sunrise over Cadillac Mountain

Outside of Maine, we also fell in love with driving the Pacific Coast Highway a few years ago.

We put away our laptops, pushed work aside for the week and just enjoyed the views along the Pacific Ocean. We camped out along the water, went to Hearst Castle, and really embraced what the RV lifestyle is all about (freedom, endless s’mores and adventure).

There is so much energy while driving up the west coast. It’s real and invigorating. You wake up and look out your window and you’re literally on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done.

20. Have you guys found anywhere you might want to live?

The answer to this one is tricky. We’ve found tons of places we could see ourselves living in the future, but right now we just aren’t at a point where we want to settle down quite yet. Top of our list is Nashville, TN, mostly because we’ve made a lot of great friendships in that town and we would have a lot of awesome community. But we’re still definitely keeping our eyes open for more great places to live.

21. Why did you choose to live in an RV?

We chose to live in an RV mostly by accident.

We wanted to travel across America and we calculated that buying an RV would be the quickest route for us to go and visit all 50 states. We had no idea that we would live in an RV longterm, share the lifestyle with other people, or that I would spend so much time writing about living in an RV. The rest happened because we truly fell in love with the lifestyle.

Living in an RV has helped bring Alyssa and me closer together in our first couple years of marriage. We’ve seen more of America than either of us could have imagined we would (and still have a lot to see!). Because we are self-employed, we’ve been able to pick up and go when new opportunities come our way. Not to mention, in the past few years of travel we’ve also been able to pay off all $27k of my student debt.

This post has become a mammoth. I didn’t intend for it to be this long, but there are a lot of questions people have asked us since we started full-time RVing. If I left any questions out that you’d like to know, leave me a comment below and we’ll answer it!

Also, if you have any remaining questions, make sure to check out Alyssa’s new book: A Beginner’s Guide to Living in an RV. She answers these questions much better than I do and in WAY more detail (plus she covers a lot more that we wish we knew before living in an RV.)

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  • Billy Moyer

    Great post, Heath! A lot of questions answered for me! Miss seeing you guys.

    • haha thanks Billy! Miss seeing you too man. We’ll be back in Austin in April. Should get together soon and would love to hear how everything is coming along.

  • Alyssa drives the RV! That girl is awesome!

    Okay here are two questions I’ve been wondering… 1) What kind of situations have you run into where it would’ve been realllly nice to have a car? 2) What are the logistics like when you try to visit your family? Is it difficult and thus you don’t see them often except when you have a long stay in Texas?

    • Don’t mind me, I’m casually creeping on my husband’s blog and saw your comment. 😀 Yeah, driving the RV is fun! Kind of like driving a tank.

      1) That one time Heath backed the RV into a car at a crowded grocery store, yeah it would’ve been nice to have a car.
      2) We park the RV at our parents’ houses when we visit. I think we see them a good amount. Heath’s parents have a 30 AMP hook up so it’s really easy to park there.

      🙂

      • 1) …or maybe a temporary shrink ray gun? …or the car from Despicable Me where he just rams everything in his way and blows stuff up? Is that an upgrade option for Merica the Brave?!? 😉

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  • We typically look places up before we arrive and find a place to stay.

    • Nathan Johnson

      Awesome, good to know!

  • You bet Lillian! 🙂 thanks so much for reading

  • Dawn Nelson

    Just wanted to say that I find #16 to be rather funny. I am a 42 year old single mom with 15 years experience driving buses. I come from a family of truck drivers, and my mother drove professionally for 22 years. I’m licensed to drive everything, but my vehicles are a yellow school bus and various luxury class coaches up to 45ft. I’ve even taken care of various professional sports teams during my time driving charter buses. Actually, I find quite a few of the questions to be a bit funny. I also live full time in an RV, and dream of winning the lottery and either buying a converted Prevost or an Equine Motorcoach. I’m quite happy with the lifestyle, and working towards my upgrade. I plan to put a tank less on demand water heater, stacking washer and dryer, and drawer dishwasher in the one I retire in. They’re relatively inexpensive, all things considered, and will make my home on wheels more liveable. I’m glad to see so many young people being brave enough to break the mold society seems to want to shove all of us into. Wasted half my life trying to meet those expectations. Wish I’d have learned about this lifestyle sooner.

    • Haha I find some of these questions funny as well Dawn. 🙂

  • Carol Dawkins

    Hi! I have a travel job and am saving to hopefully in the next 2-3 years, buy a rv so that I don’t have to struggle to find apts or rooms to rent for 3 months at a time. First, thanks so much for providing such valuable info! I have a few questions. Do you think a female, ALONE, can hook/unhook a towable RV to a truck? Unfortunately, I don’t have anyone to travel with yet. Do I need a special license or certification to tow an RV? Are there any classes I can take to practice manuvering an RV? How are RVs washed, serviced/repaired? Thanks!

    • Hey Carol! You don’t need a special license and there are classes offered for how to drive RVs. You can check with your local dealer or Google RV driving schools. There are a lot of solo female RVers. You can find groups on Facebook to connect with them and learn more. Or there’s this episode on the podcast where Heath interviews a solo female traveler: http://heathandalyssa.com/rve-0022-safety-tips-solo-female-rvers/

      • Carol D

        Wow! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a relief! I’ll check out the podcast.

  • Bill Widmer

    Awesome podcast, Heath! BTW the last link “Make Money Traveling: How to Make $25,000/month Blogging.” goes to an error page!

  • Bridgette

    Great podcast. I really enjoyed the questions and almost wish had done something like what we are planning to do at beginning of our marriage when we were 21. Cause downsizing? We are doing that NOW. I figured it would take us till the last sibling graduates next year. haha. 14 yrs married and military moving us and not having to pay to ship household goods…well all that has left us with quite a lot of stuff. Plus six years in Belgium saw me stocking up on great antiques. I did say the biggest unit we will rent though will be a 20×20. So gotta get a 2,000 sq ft house and 14 yrs down to that. WE WILL DO IT.

    It may just be me yet I find it VERY funny people actually ask about how you get rid of poop and if Alyssa drives the RV. *rolling my eyes a little*

    • YOU CAN DO IT!!! Downsizing is the biggest hurdle I’ve heard from anyone RVing who has had kids or a house. I can’t even imagine!

      But yeah, people ask all sorts of weird questions. There are less boundaries when you live in an RV I think 🙂

      • Bridgette

        Thanks. 🙂 haha I heard you say it like that Adam Sandler movie. Yeah I would think is a huge hurfle. At least the kids are siblings and they can take their stuff with them to college and I don’t have the whole “mother must keep everything” vibe.

        I just was affronted for you… as if a woman cannot drive a big RV. Glad you guys go with the flow and just answer them though. It let’s us other readers have a little giggle

  • Ben Baker

    Really enjoy your articles. We became full timers 4 months ago. Started traveling in our motorhome last year after I retired. Downsized after four children and 35 years of collecting anything and everything. It was tough to do. But we truly feel this is the next step in our lives. We rode motorcycles for ten years, 90,000 + miles in all 50 states. Yes we rented one in Hawaii. Our home base is Nashville, TN. People ask where we are moving to and I tell them there is no better place to live than Nashville. Staying at Jellystone this week as CMA’s are happening. Then on we go. Hope to cross paths one day and meet you folks. We will be the old people enjoying life. I will recognize you two cause Alyssa is the pretty one.

    • I definitely agree, no better place than Nashville! That’s at the top of our list 🙂

  • Lucy Johnston

    Hey! LOVE your site, everything I read I think “Wow that’s good to know.”. My boyfriend and I are both nurses and we’re just starting trying to plan/get everything together to start full time RVing in less than a year so I’m open to all advice and words of wisdom. Thanks again – I can’t wait!

    • That’s awesome! Congrats to you two. I know a lot of travel nurses who are in RVs now. It’s starting to become more common! I literally just released (today) our free guide of everything step-by-step to do to make the transition. You can download it here: heathandalyssa.com/guide

  • Emily Soderquist

    This was so helpful! My fiancee and I are living in Wimberley now and will be transitioning into a 5th Wheel in August full-time! We made the decision to begin simplifying our lives as students this past year, have been planning and preparing, and this post really helped to reaffirm and encourage me as we get closer to moving in!

    • That’s awesome Emily! Congrats to you guys. You’ll absolutely love RVing! It’s the most fun.

  • chatman56456

    When it is a matter of living in a RV then there must be some question arise. In this article there have almost every kind of relevant question and necessary info we need to know about living in a RV. This one is really an informative article.

    • Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. If you want more information on RV life, we have a free guide too: heathandalyssa.com/guide

  • Great post! My wife and I are exploring all options as we are not really finding the home we want to purchase. We’re a family of 5 and one of our kids has severe autism. Our dream is to have a few acres that we can grow our own food, have some chickens with plenty of privacy. My question to you is: do you think it is feasible for a family to live in an RV (let’s say a 5th Wheel or trailer) without traveling? We’re considering buying a piece of undeveloped, completely raw piece of land (no water, no electric, no sewer/septic) as we build a prefab home ourselves over the course of a year or so. What sort of cost would be associated with that?

    • Hey! 100% possible. A fifth wheel would be ideal as you can easily find a model with a master bedroom and a bunkroom for the kids.

      As for living on land like that, you’ll definitely need water and electric at the very least, which will be an expense. I can’t say as far as how much land and everything will cost, since that largely depends on what part of the country you’re in. But definitely possible and an easy way to live cheaply for a while. After we’re “done” traveling, we plan on doing something similar down in Texas!

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  • Michael

    Do you folks ever boondock without any hookups?

    • All the time! We’re on the east coast and it’s a bit harder over here to find good spots, but we do a lot of boondocking in the Rockies and the PNW.

  • I’ve only just started thinking about RVing across the country with my family and the biggest question I have is how safe is it to ride in the back of a motor home as opposed to being belted into one of the seats? We have a 4 year old, who obviously rides in a car seat in our vehicles, but how does that work with a motorhome? I’m also going to follow the link to the family RV blog to see what they say, but since I’m here, what’s your opinion on how safe not being belted in is?

    • Hey Jessica!

      So all motorhomes will have seat belts at the table or on the couch, or both. Many motorhomes have hooks in the floor behind the dinette booth that is designed for strapping in car seats too.

  • Kevin Duffy

    I don’t have the writing skills like you so I’m wondering if you have met RVers who can make it by being work campers or finding local work. I have custodial, construction, retail experience. I really want to sell my home and go full time. I’m just not sure how to make $ while on the road. Thanks for any suggestions, Kevin

    • Hey Kevin! Have you listened to the podcast? It’s all about how different full-timers make money while traveling: https://heathandalyssa.com/rv-entrepreneur-podcast/

      • Kevin Duffy

        No I just found you guys. I will start.

        • There’s definitely a good range of careers and jobs represented in the interviews!

          • Kevin Duffy

            Thanks, Alyssa I will take a look. Thanks for your help. Kevin

  • Danny Finch

    where do you get the rv serviced at? also lets say something catastrophic happens to the engine and needs major repairs, cant just take it to a jiffy lube right?

    • We usually go to an RV dealership, but since we have a gas rig, we can take it to a lot of car mechanics too. Even Walmart for basics like oil changes. But there are plenty of RV-centered mechanics or even mobile mechanics to help you out on the road! It isn’t too hard to find someone to work on the rig, the only difficult part is them fitting you into their schedule!

  • Kevin Stufflebeam

    Just getting a feel for all of this stuff. My wife and family are facing eviction with no place to go. We’re seriously looking into an RV. 1> It’s shelter. 2> It’s smaller/ less to keep picked up, 3> We can pick up and travel during the summer/ holidays and not worry about hotel costs/ availability.
    Problem we’re having is the same problem we run into with apartments/ houses PETS. What do you do with dogs/ cats? Can you walk them at an RV park (even if you pick up after them). Making room for them? Do parks frown on chaining up dogs outside of the RV? I mean my pets are part of the family.
    Cooking. Do parks mind if you pull out a grill. I know at state parks, a lot have grills there. But, I mean in town RV parks.
    Do the fees for the park include electric hookup/ water/ sewer dump? Or is all of this drastically different from park to park.
    I’ve read some have laundry, some don’t. That’s okay, I can find a laudromat. I can even shower at the gym if I need to.
    I just want to know what I’m getting myself into.
    Oh yeah, and school. We’re looking at LIVING in the RV for now; NOT just traveling.

    • Hey Kevin! Actually most RVers travel with pets. It’s extremely common and many people walk their dogs at the RV park. But it is frowned upon to keep the pets outside unless you are also outside. Some parks will have designated pet areas even.

      A ton of people leave grills outside. Unless you’re in an area with a burn ban, parks don’t care.

      Fees usually include sewer and water, but if you’re in a place for months at a time, you may need to pay for metered electric. This is usually only if you’re somewhere for longer than a month. (But yes, this is different from park to park)

      I believe every RV park I’ve ever been to has laundry. Most have showers too, though gym showers are likely better 🙂

      As for school, if you’re doing public school, the park may let you use their address. A ton of families live in RV parks, so it’s definitely possible 🙂

      Good luck to you and your family!