Why Is RV Living So Popular?

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RV Living is a rapidly growing trend in the USA. “RV Unit Shipments” have seen year over year growth for the last nine years. In fact, the annual number of shipments has almost tripled since 2009.

But, why?!

RV camping isn’t a new idea. It’s been a “thing” since the 50s. However, the perfect storm has rocketed the popularity of RV Living into the zeitgeist of both America and worldwide!

Today (with no scientific study) I’m sharing a few theories about why I think RV living has exploded in popularity.

The Internet

work campingThe Internet is to be blamed for everything in modern life – for better or worse – and RV living is no different. It allows nomads to earn income remotely, it makes researching the lifestyle super easy, and romanticized pictures of RV living abound!

In addition, the availability of semi-affordable cellular internet has made the internet easier than ever to access.

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The Housing Bubble of 2008

The Housing Bubble of 2008 rocked investments and small businesses across America. Anytime the economy takes a downturn people must adapt.

Some folks were forced into the nomadic lifestyle as an affordable alternative. Some people lost faith in the system. And, others just had enough of the rat race.

I don’t think RV living is a direct result of the housing bubble, but I do think it was a key element in shifting the human mindset about the value of time, work, government and freedom.

Boomers Retiring into RV Living

RV Living with FriendsThis is an area I don’t know much about. I know there are a ton of retired Boomers in RV living, but I don’t know why they chose it.

Like all things, I’m sure the reasons are infinite. I think the housing bubble still comes into play here, but I also see high-rolling, motor-coach driving Boomers that seem to have huge retirement accounts.

There is no denying that the largest generation has a penchant for RVs!

What Do You Think?

We’d love to hear about the reasons why you think RV life is so popular these days! Fill us in with your wisdom 😍

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  1. Right now I’m trying to buy a home. I find myself calculating just how much I will need to work to afford it. To afford something I won’t have much time to enjoy because I’m working so much to pay for it. I work two jobs and why the RV life sounds really appealing to me is that it looks to provide balance. I want to work but I want to breathe. I want to stop and look at my surroundings. I want to make memories and enjoy life. I want to be happy. I have none of that now. I don’t know that my skill set allows for remote work. Life is frustrating and the housing market in the US is an absolute joke.

  2. Love the brainstorming vid! That’s kinda fun. I think your two main reasons are valid. Before the Internet, and probably more to the point telecommuting, people had to either wait until they retired to travel the country long term or full time…or you had to take ‘odd jobs’ or seasonal jobs and do manual labor, which a lot of people couldn’t or wouldn’t do. Housing is a big reason Brian and I decided to do this. We couldn’t afford to live within an hour of where we work and finding the type of work we did wasn’t easy outside of the Seattle metro area. I’d always wanted to travel the country in an RV when I retired and Brian always wanted to live in a tiny home. We were both very tired of commuting and dealing with the rat race and had a long talk one night. I suggested the RV option and things just came together as we looked into the details. Brian still has his job. I couldn’t keep mine so decided to take an online course for a career change. We couldn’t be doing either of those if it wasn’t for quality Internet and we wouldn’t have thought about doing it before retirement if it wasn’t for the housing situation.

  3. Internet for sure, makes the world a much smaller place. But I hope that people are doing it because they want to really get the most out of their 100 years! If you don’t, then what’s it all for? I also think people are more willing to take a risk and follow their dreams. And I can say it’s certainly well worth it!

  4. We worked for over 30 years, saved when we could, and retired in our early 60s to see the country. We live modestly and seek ADVENTURE whIle we are still young enough to enjoy it. Some would call us extravagant, I call us smart. 😉

    1. You are doing exactly what we would love to do but unsure how to make it all work! Your wisdom gained from your experience so far would be a huge help!

  5. The population of the USA has always been a highly mobile society, long before the internet began to fuel that nomadic foundation. It’s a big country and folks have never hesitated to move thousands of miles to seek what they hoped would be a better opportunity for themselves and their families. My own family left Michigan in early 1960 and moved to the west coast, San Diego, where we had family support. Having read John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath”, my own family’s migration 2500 miles wasn’t that much different than the Joad’s was. We were 2 families in caravan with each other, leaving behind all we had known and heading to an unknown future, hoping for the best.

    I am a single family housing professional of over 40 yrs experience and the cost of housing for most families in this nation is beyond anything they can ever hope to achieve. In that respect, the so-called “American Dream”, if not already dead, is dying. It used to be that a college education was a fairly decent guarantee of financial success, but that no longer applies…all it means now is 30+ yrs (or more) of paying off student loans, for those of us who did not have parents wealthy enough to fund our way through college (which most college students didn’t and don’t have). That leaves a huge portion of the US population without access to affordable housing, which the RV life, in many ways, solves. So many jobs now can be fulfilled without being physically present, my own included. So it just makes sense to spend the hard saved cash on a rolling home, rather than a sticks and bricks, especially for younger families, but also for us older folks who are being priced out of any form of comfortable retirement after having given 40+ years of our lives to fund a system that gives us little, if anything, in return.

    I see the RV “movement” as a way for all of us, young and old, to reassert our rights to live our lives as we choose. The internet makes it easier, yes, but even without internet, many of us would choose the lifestyle anyway…

  6. I’m a boomer. I retired into an Airstream. I knew my financial circumstances would not give me a lot of room to travel and see friends and family as frequently as I had been able to while working. An RV seemed logical. I had been downsizing for years and enjoy the freedom a small space provides. I like the challenge of the road and it is what I needed to keep me active and engaged.

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