Travelling by RV can be quite addictive. You start out on a few weekend trips, this leads to week long travels and before you know it you’re on the road for weeks at a time. There is one last step in being the ultimate RVer, going full-time. Let’s look at why you should say goodbye to the brick and mortar home, let’s look at the benefits of full-time RV travel.
What Are the Benefits of Full-Time RVing?
Goodbye to Your Mortgage
One of the number one benefits you will get with full-time RV travel is letting go of your traditional home and letting go of all the associated costs as well.
No property taxes, mortgages and upkeeps costs, granted it does cost money for campgrounds and resorts but if you live efficiently, these costs can be much smaller than traditional living.
Many RVers are easily able to find work if you need a source of income. This could be finding seasonal work at National Parks, maintenance, and activities at your RV resort or other easy income. With the advent of wireless technology and capabilities, many RVers still choose to work full-time jobs by telecommuting.
Freedom On and Off the Road
The number one non-financial reason that people choose the full-time RVing lifestyle is the freedom that it affords them. You’re not tied down to a concrete address, you don’t need to make stringent itineraries, book flights or make sure there is someone to look after the dog. You can wake up one morning and decide you really want to see the whale migration of the Pacific coastline or catch some giant snapper in the Gulf of Mexico and there’s nothing holding you back.
Within a few minutes, you’ve unplugged your utility hookups and you’re on your way to a whole new adventure. This also means you get the freedom to choose your climate, if Florida is too hot and muggy for you during the summer you can head to the mountains of Colorado, when that starts to get cooler you can simply move to the desert of Arizona.
The whole US is open to accommodate you.
Sense of Community Among RVers
Many full-time RVers choose an RV resort to call home base. RV resorts offer long-term leasing opportunities for people who have chosen to take on RV travel full-time. These resorts are not simple pads and bathrooms, many resorts offer stylish amenities, such as clubhouses, pools, fitness centers, and organized community events.
These events and activities will allow you to meet many other like-minded people who have chosen to hit the road for good. You can easily find a great sense of community and fun, you may even meet and make some new lifetime friends in these type of resorts. Communities like Escapees, KOA, Good Sam Club and more can bring you together with RVers across North America.
Quality of Life Improvements
Another great reason to choose full-time RVing is the quality of life that it affords. People who RV are more likely to be active, more likely to be outdoors and live a healthier lifestyle. All these factors are shown to contribute to happiness and quality of life. Not to mention that many people who RV together report that they develop stronger relationships and bonds due to the RV lifestyle.
Full-time RVing allows you to get away from it all, see the country the way you want, and do it on your own timetable.
You can come and go as you please which can bring you comfort, relaxation, and adventure all at once. Full-time RVing puts you into control over how you live your life and where you go to do it.
There are many other small benefits of going full-time but these are some of the major ones. Browse some RV forums and talk to other full-timers to get a better idea of what life is like before you set off on your own. Full-time RVing isn't for everyone but when you realize what an RV can do for you, and your family, it's hard to turn your back on the opportunities and freedom it affords.
RVing full-time isn’t for everyone. If you’re not sure if it’s right for you, consider a month to six-week long RV adventure. Drive longer than you have before, visit places you never thought about trekking, and consider dry camping or boondocking to get a taste of all the different facets of RVing.
From there, you can decide whether the full-time life is right for you.