Have you ever found yourself sitting at your campsite after a stellar weekend of enjoying the great outdoors and wondered, could I do this all the time? You love your RV; it’s a home on wheels. So, why not make it your primary residence rather than just a seasonal escape?
Full-time RV living is alluring, and many individuals have already embraced it. However, before you embark on this adventure, several essential details must be carefully considered.
Ready to go minimalist?
While many RVs have many of the comforts of home, they don’t have all of them—that’s their point. Something is appealing about a simplistic life that a stationary home does not allow. However, if you are closing up your primary residence for good, lots of decluttering and storing will be required.
There’s not a lot of room for anything other than the essentials, so depending on the RV, you’ll have to do some soul-searching and decide if you’re ready to let go of most of your material possessions, like the doodads and knick-knacks you’ve accumulated over the years. When jumping into full-time RV’ing for the first time, we recommend storing your extra items until you are convinced that this is the life for you.
You can get creative with your space, and while Pinterest and blogs offer a variety of ideas and suggestions, figuring out what is important to you in your travel home will be vital to the success of your newfound RV lifestyle.
If you’ve already got an RV you love and can handle living in it, you’re already ahead of the game. For those that don’t, you must consider what RV size will work for you.
A fifth wheel with all the amenities would be ideal since it resembles an actual home. However, if you plan on moving a lot, there can be a lot of work to move and set up; determining how often you plan to move around will make it easier to decide on the RV. The flip side is getting an RV far too small can be an adjustment when downsizing from an entire house.
Thankfully, there are a variety of RVs that can meet your needs. Depending on your style, needs and use you can determine what is best for you and your new adventure. Customizing your RV with specific amenities, like a larger bed, island counter space, bathtub, bunk room, entertainment, you name it, and it can be yours.
The Paper Trail
Once all the fun details are figured out, you’ll have to do some planning for the more dull stuff. Technical matters, including where your mail will go and where you’ll list as a residence for tax purposes.
You’ll also need to figure out how to earn a living, presuming you’re not retired and living off your pension. Thankfully, so many jobs are remote, so you can work from just about anywhere as long as you get an excellent internet setup. The perks of logging on for an online meeting in the middle of the wilderness with a picturesque view cannot be beaten.
Of course, depending on your style of full-time RVing, it may be an opportunity to find work wherever you decide to park your RV. Full-time RV’ers do not have to be nomads but can be those looking for a simpler life right in the area they have always been.
The most important thing you’ll need is the right go-with-the-flow attitude! You’ll want to know how to fix any minor things that may pop up and be ready for any literal and figurative roadblocks that might appear along the way.
You’ll find some of the best advice from others in the same situation. Take the time to speak with other full-timers; since they’re already living the life you’re looking into, they’ll have all sorts of tips and tricks you may not have considered.
At Vernon Recreational Products, we’re your partners in finding the perfect RV for your needs. Reach out to us at 1-833-293-3402 or visit us in person. We’re committed to helping you prepare for full-time RV living. Call us today!