The 6 Worst Things About Full Time RV Living

Full time RV life is amazing 99% of the time, but we have to “keep it real” and talk about the challenges of life on the road. This week we’ll join our friends at The Freedom Theory and discuss all the worst parts about RVing full time.

Watch the video:


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Internet connection is essential for full time life-on-the-road. Whether you’re doing business or talking to family, a solid internet connection is a must. We have multiple devices and multiple providers, but the best tool in our arsenal is the WeBoost cellular booster. It allows us to boost unusable cell signals to strong signals capable of Skype calls and Netflixing!

But, sometimes we’re just stuck without internet :\

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When we lived in a sticks & bricks house, inclement weather was mostly just annoying. Now a strong wind storm is enough to rattle our bones! We’ve experienced 60 mph winds, torrential down pours and freezing cold nights; all of these conditions are amplified now that we live in a tiny home on wheels.

The up-side: we live on wheels, so we are free to move. But, sometimes the weather will creep up on us pretty quickly.

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Living in an RV means you’re going to have to minimize your “stuff”. The first stage is donating or selling all of your unnecessary belongings. Then you have to figure out how to cram all that left-over stuff in your RV.

After a year & a half on the road, we’re still getting rid of stuff that goes unused. Its amazing how few clothes we wear… but, there’s never enough storage for kitchen items!

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Screws get rattled loose every week!

RV maintenance is an ongoing venture. We overhauled and renovated every system in our rig before hitting the road, but maintenance is never ending. Once we fix a leak the tires need attention, and so on…

We recommend as much preventative maintenance as possible, but it’ll never be enough.

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Some huge rigs have washers & dryers… ours is not one of those. Each week, in every new town, we hunt for a laundromat and hope we have enough quarters. This issue annoyed me much more in the beginning, but lately its become a therapeutic chore.

A good rule to live by: always have a least $10 in quarters at any given time!

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A life of constant movement can easily turn into a life of solitude. We’ve found that slowing down our travel speed can help create new relationships with the locals. We also joined a few RV groups (Xscapers is our favorite) to build friendships with fellow nomads. And, lastly, a phone call to the family can always cure the nomad blues.

Before you get too bummed-out, make sure to check out the Freedom Theory’s video about the best things of RV living!

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  1. Good list, especially the Laundry one! I even bought more undies so I could go longer between laundromat trips. The only one that doesn’t apply for me is the lonliness one; I boondock almost exclusively, 365 days a year, and never get lonely as long as I have something to read!

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  2. Ah, the irony of laundry. Our college-aged son has a washer/dryer in his apartment. We full-time RV parents are the ones taking our dirty clothes to the laundromat every week! Did not see that one coming…

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  3. We’ve been lucky with laundry. When we’ve campground hosted, the state parks all had laundry facilities on site. Our big headaches have been maintenance — every time an RV moves, seams flex, screws vibrate, and seals around windows and elsewhere that we thought were watertight turn out to have leaks the next time it rains. Storage is the second biggest issue. We have plenty of it; it’s just not especially convenient. Lots of blind corners where it’s easy to forget exactly what all is in the compartment when you can’t see half of it or compartments where access to them involves getting down on the floor and seeing things from a snake’s perspective.

    This winter we’ve been having condensation issues, which is not something we expected in Arizona. We probably should have because of the dramatic differences between day and night temperatures. The pads for the bunk over the cab got soaked from water building up on the inside of the window glass and then running down on to the bunk. We invested in a dehumidifier and that’s helped.

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    1. We completely understand! Living in an RV is constant maintenance! We also have issues with condensation with our camper from time to time. I dont think we have anywhere to put a dehumidifier though.

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  4. Internet has been the main issue for us. Free WiFi doesn’t always mean at your site, or a good connection from the clubhouse. We’ve upped our data twice and only been on the road 3 months.
    We bought one of those little washer that suppose to spin, it doesn’t that has been a waste of space. But agree, we brought too many clothes. I’ll be cleaning out next month before we hit the road again.
    And kitchen stuff,… it is spread all over the camper due to lack of actual kitchen storage.

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  5. Your list is a good one, but as with any major life change it takes serious thought and a lot of consideration. My wife and I have been active RVers for 46 years, our dream was always to be full timers and travel. We host at State and National parks all over the US for about 9 to 10 months out of the year, we have been doing full time for 6 years. For us there is no better life, but our answer to everyone that asks, this life isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of things you must give up and likewise all kinds of gains. Even though we new we could handle the changes we did it for 2 years and kept our home until we were absolutely sure we wanted this life. I would say the thing on your list that most is at the top of our list is the weather, laundry and one you didn’t list, medical care. Heck most of the others you have even in a permenant home. The bigger the space the more you use, maintenence is needed on anything and so on. A very important fact is if your living in it buy a unit that has full time features. Ours has insulated windows, no sweat, cold weather package, extra heavy tires and axles, it was built to live in not just for camping weekends. We hope everyone has as much fun as we do, our travels have taken us across the US 6 times and across most of Canada.

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  6. We replaced our WeBoost Drive 4G-M with a Maximum Signal Max Amp RV cell booster/repeater, and found we are getting solid cell signals and good data speeds on both Verizon and AT&T even in some places the WeBoost gave us little or nothing. The Max Amp inside antenna also gives us a signal throughout our motorhome, instead just within a few feet of the inside antenna like the WeBoost. We’re obviously very pleased with the improvement!

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