So, you’ve decided to become a full-time RVer! The weekending lifestyle was not enough for you, it’s time to make your whole life a vacation! This is a huge decision in your life, and one that takes a lot of planning and accommodation. Before you dive head-first into the full-time world, make sure to consider a few of these things. You don’t want to sell your house and all of your belongings before you decide the lifestyle is just not right for you, do you?
Many full-time RVers recommend that you take a few extended trips before making the decision to really be full-timers. Your RV won’t be your escape anymore, it will be your home. Make sure you get out on the road for long periods of time, because when you sell your house, you won’t be able to go back anymore.
Make sure you have bought the right RV for you and your family. You can read about the different kinds of RVs you can buy here (blog link). There are so many different kinds of RVs with different features and amenities, so make sure the RV you purchase is the right RV for you. This is going to be your home, remember, so don’t rush into it.
You will also most likely have to strip down a lot of your belongings, seeing as an RV is much smaller than a house. If you can’t bear to get rid of many of your possessions, the full-time life might not be right for you. You can also rent out a storage locker, if that suits your budget.
Make sure to have proper RV insurance that covers as much as you can. We can’t stress enough that your RV is going to be your home from now on, so make sure to take precautions to ensure your home will be safe.
It is important that you know how your RV works and where you can fix it. Your RV dealer is a great resource for information like this.
It is necessary that you get a permanent address. Without this it is hard to get insurance, file taxes, renew a driver’s license, etc. You can take advantage of mail forwarding services. The perk about full-timing is that if you wanted, you could claim residency in a state with no income tax!
These are just a few of the many ways you should prepare for your life as a full-time RVer. Make sure you thoroughly prepare for this huge lifestyle change, and don’t overlook anything!