Your Guide to Living in an RV Full Time
It isn’t just retirees that have the option of living in an RV full time anymore. Now that the internet has opened people up to the option of living and working remotely, there are more families hitting the road.
Some people start out thinking they’ll RV for a year or two, and others decide they’ll hit the road for a long-term adventure. Many of these RV adventurers never return to the traditional sticks and bricks home and just keep exploring.
Continue reading this article, and we will give you some best practices for when you start RVing full time.
Learn About Licensing Laws
Before you hit the road, you need to make sure you’re legal. Depending on your state and the RV you’ll use, you may need a special license. If you aren’t sure about your state’s law, ask your local DMV for the most up to date information
Just Get Started
You’ll likely find there is no perfect time to get started on your new adventure. There will always be things that get in your way or make it seem like it isn’t the optimal time to start RVing.
If you know this is something you want to do, find whatever RV you can afford and get ready to hit the road.
Some people prefer to do a few test runs before they get started, but as with anything new, you’re likely to have some frustration in the beginning. Don’t gauge your enjoyment of RV life by a couple of test runs you take as a newbie.
Budget for a Backup Plan
You never know when something unexpected is going to happen, and you need to change your plans. Having a backup plan budget in place will allow you to adventure without worrying about a flat tire, unexpected repairs, or anything similar.
You need to keep in mind that insurance is part of a backup plan, and you need to have enough insurance on your RV in case something bad does happen.
Even if your RV is one of the top RVs in the country, you never know when an accident might take place.
Choose the Best RV for Your Needs
Depending on if you’re traveling solo, who you’re traveling with, and how you like to travel — you’ll need to pick an RV that will work for you and your needs.
One thing you should pay attention to is the sleeping capacity of an RV. Even if you see an RV that has the sleeping capacity for the number of people you need it to sleep, you should check where they’d be sleeping.
There are some cases that an RV will say they sleep 8, but it can only comfortably sleep 6. Make sure you know where the sleeping arrangements are before you commit to your new RV.
Spend some time looking at different floorplans and figuring out if you want a fifth wheel, travel trailer, or a motorhome. Start narrowing it down, and you’ll finally get to where you know the floorplan you want, and you’ll just have to find the model you want to buy.
Get Ready to Downsize
Even if you’ve been living in a tiny apartment, you’re likely to find out that the RV you get is still fewer square feet than the apartment. If you are attached to a lot of things, you might have a more difficult time with this part of things. On the other hand, if you don’t get attached to things, this could be one of the easier and more freeing parts.
Take only the things that you need when you get in your RV and keep in mind that RVs are only able to carry a certain amount of weight. Check the cargo weight on your vehicle before you start loading a bunch of things into your new RV.
Take Care of Your Permanent Address
You need to have a permanent address, so you can have your driver’s license, open a bank account, and other important things. You likely have a family member that won’t mind if you use their address. If you don’t have a family member that will allow you to use their address, you can find a mail forwarding service that can give you an address there.
Go to Online Billing and Banking
If you aren’t already using online billing and banking — now is the time to start. You won’t be running to pay bills at the local town. You’ll be able to pay them effortlessly over the internet.
To make things easier, you can set up autopay with your accounts, so you can spend more time exploring and less time worrying about bills.
Figure Out Internet
We all want to stay connected to our friends and family, and now it is easier than ever. You can get mobile WiFi boxes, use your phone’s hotspot, use campground WiFi, and more options are coming available as technology advances.
Almost all of the internet options available will allow you to do everything you could do at a permanent home structure like streaming live video, video conferencing, and more.
Living In An RV Full Time – Yes, You Can!
If you’ve been wondering about living in an RV full time, now you know it’s possible. When you know what’s possible, it’s easier to start planning and creating the life you’ve only dreamed about in the past.
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