We Live in an Airstream, Here’s Why RV Life Won’t Solve Your Problems
Five years ago we became full time RVers – traveling the USA and spending every night inside our vintage home-on-wheels.
Quite often there’s a dreamy misconception about RV Life. The prospect of leaving everything behind for a simpler life, full of beauty and adventure sounds too good to be true.
We’re here to say, “RV life is amazing…”
However, it comes with its own struggles, hardships and constant attention. If you’re considering hitting the road to escape all your problems, think again.
RV life can transform you in ways you never imagined, but you have to set the groundwork first.
Having the Right Mindset
Any problems, baggage or negativity you are harboring can be compounded 1000x by starting out on this journey of unknowns.
It’s good to be aware of your limits, allow yourself time to adjust, slow down if needed and confront any insecurities holding you back. It can be difficult to shift out of old habits, but this is an opportunity to create a fresh new you.
Be open to learning and move outside of your comfort zone. You will be amazed by your capabilities.
RV life is all about going with the flow and releasing the parts of life and yourself that no longer serve you. Stay positive and let the good vibes flow.
RV living is stressful, especially in the beginning. That stress can make simple tasks become much harder. Owning a reliable RV is the first step to success.
A used RV isn’t a bad option if you’re handy or mechanically inclined. However, if you lack handy-man skills, you’ll need an RV that requires less attention.
Don’t forget insurance, roadside assistance and stowing some money away in a rainy day fund. It never hurts to have extra peace of mind.
Being unprepared is the quickest way to RV life failure.
Income for Full Time RV Travelers
Will you have a remote job with a stable income? Better still, do you have an understanding of your monthly expenses once you hit the road?
Expenses include camping fees, gas, propane, repairs, food, cell phone bill, internet, pet supplies, healthcare, RV insurance, groceries, activities, entertainment, subscriptions and RV memberships.
It can add up quickly!
There are many ways to make money on the road. Workamping and camp hosting are great jobs for retirees. Remote jobs with large corporations can provide a stable income with benefits. However, they require traditional hours and 24/7 internet access.
If you’re not sure yet, there are many resources available to find remote work. We recommend checking out our article on remote work or if you need more in depth help revising your resume, marketing yourself and a comprehensive list of remote work websites you need to take Camille Attell’s Remote Work Course.
Don’t give up when things get tough. It takes a while to find your perfect work, travel, and recreation rhythm.
Once you work out the logistics of starting and maintaining this lifestyle, there are so many great opportunities and experiences around the corner.
Keep in mind: It wasn’t always easy, but its been worth it. We look forward to each new adventure and face challenges with the patience, logic and perseverance of a seasoned nomad. You got this, we believe in you.
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Excellent and on point article. I wish more were as honest as this article was.
Great post. Sometimes I wonder about some blogs glamorizing this life style. I’ve been doing this a short five years and you are right on with your description of the full-time RV life.
Absolutely right on with your perspective. Good article especially for anyone just thinking of full timing.
I’m on year 6. Maybe it didn’t solve everything…. But it sure as hell solved most of it!
I can’t wait to start my rv life, just like everyday living it comes with good days and bad days. Life is full of set backs and disappointment, you always need to be prepared for “shit happens. All you can do is deal with it with a positive attitude and move on. You have to want to do it to enjoy it. 💜✌✊👊 still in the market for a used rv or fairly new working on my credit score, once everything get right I’m hitting the road. Not leaving Texas I have job here but I will see parts of Texas I haven’t seen , its a lot to see.
PS hopefully I see ya on the road one day✌
We are on year 6 and I am here to say we have never looked back. Wish we had started 10 years before
Very good advice. My wife and I are some day hoping to own an RV.