If you are thinking about chucking it all to travel the country in an RV, you are in good company. Many people have traveled this path before you, and are having the adventure of a lifetime. But, like any lifestyle, it may not be for everybody. Here are some points to consider before taking the plunge:
Are Both Parties Equally on Board?
If you are part of a couple, it is crucial that both people are equally excited about living full-time in an RV. Anything less than full enthusiasm on both parts can be a recipe for disaster. As fun as this life can be, it is rife with challenges and some sacrifice. Even the most hearty will experience their moments of frustration, but someone who really wasn’t on board fully from the start? Big trouble.
Considering the Downsides
Not to be a buzzkill, but when you are considering such a bold decision, you want to give some thought to some of the downsides and see if you can live with them. Different things bother different people, and you may find some of the less than ideal aspects are potential dealbreakers. If you really don’t think you could handle living in a small space all the time, living in an RV might not be for you. You can tell yourself you’ll get used to it, but maybe you won’t. You will certainly have to downsize your belongings. Are you okay with giving up certain things? Don’t gloss over anything that bothers you… carefully consider it.
Buying an RV
This is no small purchase, and you want to proceed with caution. There are different styles of RVs and it can be a good idea to take some short trips with a rental to get a feel for the different ones to see what you like and don’t like about various models. Do your research and hook up with current owners—you can do this through various sites on the internet. RV shows can be a great place to examine your options, but it is probably not a good idea to buy one there. Pressure can be high, and it is easy to get carried away in the moment. Do your research and then head to a local dealer to check out the goods and ask questions.
You Don’t Need to Commit Fully Right Out the Gate
You don’t need to go into this lifestyle full bore immediately. Before you put your house on the market and start selling all your belongings, perhaps take some extended trips to get a sense of what it would be like to do this full-time. Hold onto your house for a bit—you can have family come stay or take advantage of house sitting services. Retirees or long-term travelers are more than happy to occupy your space and keep an eye on things in exchange for a free place to stay. Be patient. You have plenty of time.