What does RV living look like today and is it still a way for people to find freedom?
More people than ever before are buying RVs. This means it’s harder to make reservations and escape the crowds. However, there are still a lot of reasons to consider RVing.
Keep reading to discover what RV life means to us and why we still think it’s great.
What’s RV Living?
RV living is simply taking to the RV way of life. It could mean weekend trips, seasonal trips, or even full-time RVing.
You might still have a home base, but you some of your time on the road in your camper.
The reasons we think RV living is great all come from our own experiences as RVers. While it’s not perfect, there are many beautiful things about RV life, and these things continue to be true today.
#1 Easier to See the Continent
You don’t have to worry about flight cancellations, booking a hotel, or renting a vehicle when traveling in an RV. Your RV is your transportation and home. RVing gives you the freedom to go to remote places, to see history, and discover everything it has to offer.
#2 Views Are Far Less Costly
Sure, you can have a house or hotel with panoramic windows overlooking the ocean, but at what price? You get that same view in your home on wheels but pay little to nothing for it. This is especially true if you’re willing to boondock.
#3 You Appreciate the Little Luxuries
There’s nothing like spending your day-to-day life without modern conveniences to make you appreciate them. RVers wash their dishes by hand and take quick showers to avoid running out of hot water. Oh, and how about that internet? Nice and slow, right?
#4 Promotes Better Communication
If you’re a solo RVer, this one doesn’t apply to you. But if you’re sharing your RV with others, you absolutely need to learn how to communicate. Things are amplified in an RV. You argue, and there’s no room to cool down.
Technically you can go to the other end of the RV or outside, but some RVs are just one big room, and what if the weather is bad? Suddenly you have to face whatever is going on and talk about it.
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#5 You Tend to Go Outside More
There’s just something about the RV lifestyle that makes people want to be outside. Maybe it’s the small living space or the fire ring that’s calling to you. It feels natural to spend more time outdoors. Even if you usually prefer to stay inside, you’ll find yourself outside more than usual.
#6 Your RV is (Usually) Less Than a Mortgage or Rent
Have you looked at mortgage and rent payments recently? They’re through the roof! If you’re smart about your RV purchase and where you stay, you’ll save a ton of money. To save big: buy cash, join an RV park discount club, and learn to boondock.
#7 No Utility Bills
You always have monthly utility bills in a house or apartment. With RV living, though, you only pay for your campsite fee and avoid paying for water, electricity (usually), and cable.
Some traditional campgrounds/RV parks will charge you for electricity if you stay a month or longer, but not all.
#8 Cleaning Your RV Takes Minutes
Say goodbye to spending an entire eight hours cleaning on Saturday and hello to a 30-minute deep clean with a full day to do what you want. Seriously folks, sprucing up 200 square feet is so much easier than cleaning 2,000 square feet. You have less stuff and less mess, which means more time for fun.
#9 Holiday Decorating is Much Less Expensive
Less is certainly more when you RV, which holds true for holiday decorating. Whether you decide to have a tabletop tree or a full-sized one, it’s still going to be smaller than the one you had in your house.
That means a less expensive tree and fewer ornaments. If you add garland throughout the RV and some wreaths, it’s still not going to cost as much. So decorate away!
#10 Remote Work Opportunities Are On the Rise
Many employers offer more flexibility on when and where their employees work these days. This is excellent news for working-aged RVers that want to work from the road.
Just go online and search for remote work if you aren’t sure. Now is the time to enjoy your RV life while still working.
#11 Moving is Much Cheaper, Faster, and Easier
In a house, a move is an expensive and challenging chore. However, all you need in an RV is your vehicle, fuel, and the next campsite. There’s no downpayment, movers, boxes, suitcases. None of it!
Packing up the motorhome or trailer can take as little as 30-minutes and requires zero packing tape.
#12 You Can Escape or Follow the Weather
If you live in New York in the winter, you don’t get to skip the sludge and snow. In an RV, you can plan your entire existence around the weather.
This year you want to avoid summer? Start in the south and make your way north as the temperatures rise. Stay up north until those temperatures start dropping, then head south.
#13 You Make Friends Quickly
If you’re an introvert, we hope you’re ready for excitable RVers coming up to you asking about your tow capacity and where you’re from. Seriously, RVers are friendly and love to talk about RVs, black tanks, and stabilizers. You know you’re in if you get an invite to their BYOB campfire.
#14 Less Stuff Means More Freedom
Let’s face it, the more things you have, the more you have to repair, store, and replace. And that RV doesn’t really have the space for all those things anyway.
You don’t usually know how much you have accumulated until one day you start breaking camp and realize you don’t have storage space for your stuff. Do yourself a favor and declutter often.
#15 You’ll Have More Quality Family Time
Living in essentially one room with your family promotes family togetherness. Even if you have an RV with a separate main bedroom and kid’s bunkhouse, there’s still only one shower.
You see each other more often, and you end up taking hikes, eating meals together, and having campfires. If you’re roadschooling your kids and working from the RV, your lives are wholly entangled every day, in a good way.
#16 Renovations Take Less Time and Money
RV renovations still take money and time but are nowhere close to a house renovation. There are no walls to remove in an RV.
Even if you have to gut and rebuild an RV completely, it’ll probably be in the tens of thousands. However, according to Rocket Mortage, a complete home gut and rebuild is typically in the $100,000 to $200,000 range.
#17 You Learn to Be Self-Sufficient
So, you’re not handy and never did any work on your house in the 15 years you lived in it. If anything needed to be done, you called someone in. Then you start RVing full-time.
Suddenly you find yourself replacing all the faucets in the RV after one month of ownership. The following month? You’re up on the roof with a silicone sealer to plug it up before the next rainstorm. Welcome to RV living and being self-sufficient.
#18 No Yard Work
Your days of mowing the lawn are over! So kick back and enjoy your campsite. That’s right, no need to mulch, trim, fertilize, seed. Nothing! Of course, this means you have plenty of time to handwash dishes, empty your tanks, and do other RV maintenance.
At the end of the day, it’s worth it. Why? Because you’re in your dream RV, in the woods, with a beer in your hand.
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#19 Your Pets Can Travel With You
Finding a safe place for your pets while traveling is always tricky. RV living takes away the stress of finding pet care. Now you and your pet can stay together. Bring the toys, beds, snacks, and enjoy a great trip.
Before you go to any park, make sure you know their pet policies because they vary from park to park.
#20 RV Living is Generally Good for Your Budget
We’ve already talked about how budget-friendly RV living is, but let’s get specific. You can cook your meals in your RV on travel days and, of course, once you get to your destination.
Sunsets are free, but camping in a park with a pool, activity center, themed weekends, and more, you don’t have to pay out of pocket for these onsite activities.
#21 You Won’t Forget Something at Home
Do you remember getting to your hotel after a long flight only to discover that you forgot to pack your underwear? You can see them sitting in a neatly folded stack on your couch.
Well, in an RV, that will never happen! You have everything you need for daily life and changing weather right in your home on wheels. It makes life stress-free.
#22 You’re in Control
RV living means deciding where, when, and how you travel. You can travel quickly from campsite to campsite or spend a month or more someplace.
Maybe you need to hit pause to visit family and friends, or you have a medical emergency come up. The perfect way to RV is the journey that makes sense for you and your needs.
RV Living Is Still Great
We definitely feel the RV life is still a fantastic option for solos, couples, and families. What do you think? Is RV living still great in 2022? Drop a comment below!
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