If you move into an RV, you might:
1 spend less money;
2 spend more time out of doors;
3 spend more time enjoying yourself;
4 meet new neighbors all over the country;
5 live in 75 degrees year-round.
Sound crazy? Here’s the breakdown:
1. Spend less as full-timers? It depends. We spend less than if we maintained a house AND traveled. If you maintained a house and did NOT travel, and your house was modest and not requiring a lot of capital improvements, you might live as inexpensively as we do. We’ll cover this in more detail soon.
2. Many full-timers spend a lot of time outdoors. Two key factors — the weather’s always 75 degrees (well, we try), and our house is really really small. People working out-of-doors might spend as much outdoor time as we do. So do some pro athletes and retired people who are committed golfers, tennis players, bicyclists, walkers or hikers. But we wonder if people with larger houses spend more time in their houses than those with houses less than, say, 400 square feet. There’s not much inside requiring our attention. We’re outside a lot, year ’round, and love it.
3. Not saying yard work is a toilsome chore, necessarily. We don’t much miss doing yard work, although it was a great stress reliever after work to putz around outside. As much as we love maintaining our little house, the 3,000sf house was a bit much. It seemed we were mostly trying to catch up with the home’s needs. This was owing largely to our career’s long work hours and our penchant, in the last several years, to disappear in our airstream for most weekends. Now there’s very little work we need attend to. No snow to shovel, almost no painting, very few honey-do’s to postpone. We like living outside, sleeping inside.
4. One rarely meets a stranger in a campground or RV resort. Openness to meeting people just seems to go with roving the countries. It’s probably because we can so easily identify with certain commonalities and strike up a comfortable conversation. Usually we end up sharing contact information and mutually promising to look each up one another down the road sometime. And sometimes we meet folks who we’d want to be neighbors with forever.
5. see #2, above.
6. Okay, our math might be off — this is number six of five. We offer this additional item: We know North American geography far better than we did ten years ago. How about American and Canadian history? In fits and spurts, we are gaining on these too.
If you don’t move into an RV, you might be someone who can match all five benefits in your own neighborhood. A lot of people enjoy themselves perfectly well without having ever owned an RV. Some of us are escapees, we’ve slipped away from the commitment to sticks and bricks abodes. Many who move into RVs subsequently return to life in sticks and bricks homes, so they might have not loved one or more of the above or something else may have happened.
Full-time living in an RV isn’t for everyone. Unless you also maintain a house or barn, you might not be able to withstand the loss of your prized collection of this or that. An RV may be too confining a space for you to live in day after day. You might not love moving your house, ever. (whoops, we’re almost verging on a semantics discussion here — “what is full timing and what is not”?)
We meet folks almost weekly who tell us, “Yes, we full-timed for n years (choose any number from 2 to 18 for n) and really liked it”. They aren’t doing it now. We’ve never met one who will say they didn’t like full-time rving. Most seem wistful they aren’t doing it now. Or we may be projecting . . .
See you down the road!
Jim and Debbie