Many people decide to live full or part-time in RVs due to different reasons. Maybe due to the ever-increasing housing rents and rates, some are unable to keep up with such expenses hence they resort to selling most of their possessions to purchase an all-around RV for survival.
We can’t deny; it’s often a good move especially when we’re financially stressed out and left with limited options to choose from
Furthermore, full-time RV living seems cool; no lie. We move to new areas that we’d love to see and enjoy the privilege of calling such areas in our homes.
The best part?
We’re able to relocate to new regions without even unpacking anything. Stress-free, right? Well, beware that full-time RV living changes our lives in several ways, some of which may not be pleasant to all.
Despite this, if we intend to live full-time in one, then we must be prepared to tackle several challenges that come along with it.
First, it’s paramount to understand the necessary costs that we’ll incur. It assists us in deciding whether or not it’s something that we can afford without straining.
Seemingly, full-time RV living is largely dependent on our current financial states and how we intend to consume most of our units.
The RVs to Live in
Different RVs suit the needs of different people. It’s up to us to determine the perfect ones for our lifestyles by considering factors like their sizes, shapes, models or even their prices.
Some people like to be confined in houses with little spaces. Others love to live in bungalow-like houses. The same applies to full-time RV living.
The bottom line? It’s always essential to compare and contrast different RVs first before settling on an ultimate choice.
Let’s dive into some of the best RVs for full-time living.
These giant RVs comprises of Class A, B, and C Motorhomes. They are massive, easily distinguished from other RVs and don’t require any towing.
It’s the best option for anyone who is in need of large living spaces around their RV home and seeks to live full time in one.
A few factors separate its three kinds
Class A Motorhomes
Class A Motorhomes are massive, shiny and sleek. They have massive rooms too, and their heights often range from 40 to 45 feet. It’s a good choice for families with kids due to its ample storage and headspace.
Class A Motorhomes have powerful engines. They can climb uphill terraces with ease. Also, they’re often not affected by crosswinds.
• Maximum luxury, comfort, and space.
• Powerful and very stable.
• Best option for large families. Retirees also benefit too.
• Most Class A Motorhomes are expensive
• High maintenance cost.
• Associated with storage and parking challenges.
• Difficult to drive in small cities or roads.
Class B Motorhomes
Class B Motorhomes are the smallest among all the motorhomes. Most of them use small vans like Dodge or Volkswagen then convert them into camper vans.
Class B Motor vans are a good choice for couples or solo travelers who don’t mind being confined to small living quarters.
It’s categorized among the daily travel vehicles that have a small living space at its back. To save on fuel, carry a bike along.
• High affordability.
• Easy maintenance
• Perfect for couples and solo travelers
• Saves on fuel
• Limited living and storage space
• Limited accommodation. It accommodates the utmost two people.
Based on the features and the sizes, Class C Motorhomes come after Class A. This also means that Class B Motorhomes are superior to Class C.
They have a distinct feature; a noticeable extension found above the driver’s cabin. This extra space serves as a sleeping bunk. It’s a good spot for little kids and other family members to take naps too.
Class C Motorhomes are quite similar to Class A Motorhomes. The space found in both of them is almost the same.
• Large living and storage spaces
• Cheaper compared to Class A Motorhomes
• High stability levels on the ground.
• High versatility and is also affordable
• They’re not that flashy
• Difficult to drive on small roads.
• Often hard to park.
Trailers do not come with engines; instead, they’re dependent on cars with engines to tow them. They include Teardrops, Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheel, and Pop Up.
Trailers are smaller in sizes compared to motorhomes. The largest trailer is probably the same size as Class C Motorhome.
Let’s look at their examples, restricted to those favorable for full-time Rving.
This is the most versatile kinds of towed trailers. They come in an array of sizes ranging from compact-sized vans to the huge Class C Motorhomes kinds. They’re mostly towed to cars or trucks.
Due to their design, Travel Trailers are prone to sways while on the roads. Special stabilizers can help to control this, but the instability won’t stop completely.
They are among the best trailers for full-time RVing. Well, they’re also affordable too.
• Easily towed with cars or trucks
• Spacious than Class C Motorhomes
• Affordable and have high versatility
• Sometimes unstable on roads
• Difficult to park
5th Wheel Trailers
Trailers using the fifth wheel are referred to as 5th Wheel Travel Trailers. Their unique design offers enough stability, especially for starters.
The front part of the 5th wheel prevents sways along highways. 5th Wheel Trailers have tall designs; they have a raised headspace and are somehow better than motorhomes.
Apparently, they’re long and offer good storage spaces too. It’s the ideal travel trailer for anyone who wants to maximize space while living full time in their RV.
Towing 5th wheel with regular cars or SUV doesn’t work. Rather, use Pick-up trucks.
• Spacious than other regular trailers
• Plenty of storage room and headspace
• Higher relative stability on roads
• Towed using pick-ups only
• High fuel cost
• Storage and parking can be a struggle.
Places to Live with RVs
Those who own RVs can live in different places once they resort to full time living. Some of the places include parks, set sections of the state, resorts or even gulf shores.
Parks are different worldwide and have varying rules too. So before resorting to live in one, take time to understand some of the basic concepts revolving around them.
Living in parks should be like in normal neighborhoods. The difference comes in maybe regarding less residing spaces, more social contact and maybe new daily chores.
Don’t opt for random parks. Doing so sometimes exposes us to dangerous environments. An example of a good park is the Waylon Jennings found in Littlefield, Texas.
Other good parks for full-time RV living in the USA include Yogis Bear Jellystone Parka and KOA.
Resorts too contain a large number of RVers living in them full time. Normally, most of them often restrict usage to the Class A Motorhomes. They have also been identified as good places for purchasing RVs.
Several resorts in America are surrounded by canals, pools, gaming courts and more. Liaise with the relevant authorities first then search for a good spot to camp in them.
The best resorts in America to live in include Aztec RV Resort, Mill Creek Ranch Resort and Zion River Resort among others.
Renting or Buying Land
Full timers sometimes have to buy land or rent land to live in. It depends on the regions that they intend to live in. Remote areas are generally cheaper compared to big urban centers.
Do a lot of research first. Some areas charge as low as $199 in a month while others go for as much as $520 per month to rent land.
Small towns like Mom and Pop Campgrounds are often the best. In short, search for a well-located region that has good social amenities and is favorable for living.
Parking anywhere isn’t safe nowadays. Places situated on back streets, vacated countrysides, or behind most industrial plants are filled with different sorts of criminal activities.
Some of them have zero protection, and this might endanger our lives when we resort to living in such places. Make safety a priority!
Some of the ways we can stay safe include locking our RVs when we’re stepping outside, drawing curtains, hiding valuables, or even buying a safe to secure all valuables and files.
We shouldn’t risk our lives by settling in random regions. Some are unsafe!
Expected Changes When Full Time RVing
Several changes come along with living in RVs. For instance, we’re subjected to limited training spaces, living spaces, and places to store most of our machines like laptops.
Well, this requires to make special adjustments like making plans to use rooms in the parks to exercise (in case they have one)/joining nearby gyms, renting a clubhouse for entertaining our visitors or even carrying portable laptops or printers.
RV expenses are determined by our lifestyles, where we intend to live and on our personal preferences. For example, we know the amounts we spend on medical bills, insurance, internet access, mobile phone accessories, recreational activities (e.g., sports and movies), TV cables and so on.
RVs need maintenance too. This often depends on the kind of rigs that we have. Set aside some cash for unforeseen circumstances. Writing down our current expenses also is key.
• Communicate- Communication is essential. Without it, living in an RV becomes unbearable. Little frustrations or anger make the living spaces appear smaller. Adding good communication to sitting outside, taking good walks, or driving to new destinations makes RV living fun.
• Formulate a checklist- A checklist is important in keeping track of everything. Pre-departure checklists are vital. Things won’t be left behind during relocations.
• Expect anything- Expecting anything ranging from flat tires, severe weather, or running out of stocks is part of RV living. This is where emergency plans come in. Prepare flash floods and medical emergencies among others. Don’t forget to carry spares along too.
Benefits of RV Living
The best part about RVing is the freedom and the opportunity that we get to travel to different places. Apart from giving life more meaning, RV living also enables us to carry our home wherever we go.
Living in one is also affordable. Some of them are less costly, and we can occasionally find a park or two offering free parking or camping.
It’s generally less costly living in an RV than staying in a bank bought home or rented houses. Seemingly RV living also helps to evade debts and even save on several costs.
We avoid them and do what we love most!
Challenges Accompanied with Full RVing
Living full time in RVs come with several challenges.
Less Natural Light
Some RVs are often extremely dark. They have tiny windows that do not allow sufficient light to enter our rooms.
This leads to incurring extra expenses to buy leading lights to make our rooms lively. If we want to cut down on cost, then solar power proves to be effective.
Not only is it cheap but its supply is also constant when the weather is favorable.
Closet space is often limited to small RVs. Most of the clothes end up scattered everywhere in the RVs because we lack adequate space to store them, especially when we’re not using them.
Worst of all, we’re forced to share closets. And for most girls, this may crush their dreams of having one of their own.
Deadly charging Stations
Though we have limited space to keep our items, we also need to charge our electrical appliances. We need to use our phones, cameras, and laptops among others.
For that reason, we have to use several swamps of cords under our tables. Unfortunately, this poses a danger to our lives. We risk getting electrocuted in our RVs.
RV living is affordable. It turns our dreams into realities. Well, it offers us the freedom that we want. Nothing beats touring around the world while carrying our homes along!