RV Living is gaining major attention these days. In fact, RV sales are at an all time high in the USA. But, the question remains: Is RV Living for you?
We think so!
Maybe we’re a little biased (or a lot biased), either way today we’ll give you 10 reasons to explore the possibility of full time RV living.
In case you want a second opinion, here’s a video of 10 RVers sharing why they chose RV life!
#1 Family Matters in RV Living
Once you hit the road, you may be sad to depart your beloved family and friends. Take this chance to rekindle old relationships with loved ones across the US.
We started new traditions of spending holidays with cousins who live across the country. It has been such a blessing to spend more time with family members that we once saw only every couple years.
We’ve also reconnected with old friends throughout our travels.
#2 See The Country
Well, duh! Isn’t this what fuels everyone’s desire to take up RVing.
This country is insanely beautiful and unique. During our “sticks & bricks” life we’d have to cram in as much travel as we could into a two week window – now we get to really experience the country at our own pace.
We stick by the old saying, “the west is best!” But, it’s all worth exploring.
#3 Increases Your Awareness
I guess the hip folks call this “getting woke,” but we like to think of it as living in the moment.
If RV life does nothing else, it forces us to stay on our toes. Being in ever-changing environments and meeting new people around every corner… it trains us to be aware of the present moment.
It’s also made us aware that people are good! We’ve had more strangers approach us with a helping hand than a harmful one.
#4 Make New Friends, Quickly
Making friends on the road is easier than we ever imagined. And, the quality of friendships is wonderful.
These friendships are based on a mutual love for adventure & exploration…not based on our cubical proximity.
We recommend joining the Xscapers RV Club to find likeminded travelers.
#5 Save Money…For Real
Yes – it’s possible to save money on monthly expenses once you hit the road. For many months our total expenses were less than $2000.
This will obviously depend on your lifestyle, but if you do some research and learn about boondocking, you can travel the country virtually rent free!
We boondock about 50% of the time – here’s a monthly expense report showing how much it can lower your bills!
#6 Festivals, Baby!
When your home has wheels you can take it anywhere the road leads! We’re not much into festivals, or so we thought. We imagined half naked bodies, hopped up on drugs and dancing to rave music when we imagined festivals (nothing against it, just too intense for us).
We quickly found that festivals come in all shapes and sizes. We explored a vegan food fest in Denver and a blues fest (featuring Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal & Steve Winwood) in Telluride.
We now LOVE LOCAL FESTIVALS!
You only live once. I’m not sure I believe this, but it’s a smart philosophy to live by! Like the infomercial say:
Why Wait? Act now!
#8 Become a Trivia Master
Your geography will improve once you hit the road. Your knowledge of American history with grow. You may even become an expert of random roadside attractions.
Beyond having a newfound knowledge of trivia – you’ll have conversation-starters you never thought were possible.
I love learning were strangers are from now because there’s a strong probability that I’ve had my own experience from a nearby location. These points of connection lead to wonderful conversations!
#9 Become an RV Living Mechanic
Like it or not, you’re gonna learn how to preform a lot of basic mechanical work. Sure you can call a guy, but that gets expensive. RVs are notoriously…let me think of a nice way to put it….made cheaply!
Tools you once feared will soon become your trusted friends.
You’ll probably be able to diagnose a faulty starter, a broken alternator or even a leaky coolant system. And, best of all, you’ll take pride in these new found skills!
#10 You’re Crazy and We All Know It!
The last reason RV living is for you….you’re crazy! Your family doesn’t understand this “half-baked” idea, your friends think you’re off the rocker, and lord knows what the pastor thinks!
All these things aside – if the desire is deep within you – it should be explored!
We’re all a little crazy out here on the road and you’ll fit right in with this tribe.
If you’re looking for additional resources on RV life, we recommend reading the Top 10 Newbie Lessons for RV Living.
Also, watch this video about the Top 10 Unexpected Expenses for RV Life!