Truths About Full-Time RV Living That You Should Know

However, while YouTube often portrays full-time RV living as a carefree lifestyle, there are a few realities you should be aware of. Without a doubt, the RV lifestyle has some distinct advantages over traditional housing, but it also presents some unexpected challenges. Prepare yourself to not only accept new locations on the road of life, but also a new way of thinking.

There are only so many resources available.

If you have a strong desire to boondock or RV off-grid, you must be aware that your resources will be severely limited. If you’re still living in a house or an apartment, it’s difficult to imagine being restricted in your use of resources such as water and electricity. However, boondocking on solar power quickly becomes a way of life.

Water, electricity, propane, sewer, and data are some of the resources available to you.

You won’t be taking hot showers every day unless you’re plugged in at an RV park, which is unlikely unless you’re camping. If you do, you may find yourself moving more than you anticipated in order to refill your fresh water tank and empty your gray water tank.

It’s unlikely that you’ll be using a microwave or an Instapot to prepare all of your meals if you’re living off the grid. Alternatively, you could be blow-drying your hair or running the air conditioner. No, not unless you have a very expensive solar-powered system installed. A generator is required for high-wattage appliances.

It’s likely that your mobile internet data will be restricted as well. That means you won’t be able to spend hours streaming videos or playing video games, unless you want to pay extra for more data. Also possible is that your signal will be instabile, intermittent or nonexistent, rendering it completely unusable; this is particularly true in remote areas.

It’s possible that you’ll have to accept propane.

Going back to solar boondocking, unless you have a large number of solar panels, lithium batteries, and a powerful inverter, your microwave will not function. In addition, your Instapot is unlikely to function properly. Cooking on top of your propane stove will be necessary, which means you’ll have to cook the old-fashioned way.

Having a propane refrigerator on the road can be extremely beneficial. It will consume very little electric power while keeping your food cold and fresh for a long period of time. Additionally, some people believe that propane refrigerators are more dependable on the road because they are designed for recreational vehicles and can withstand the literal bumps in the road better than a residential refrigerator.

It is not always less expensive than purchasing a traditional home.

While it is true that living in an RV can save you money, when things go wrong, it can also cost you money. If you’ve been renting, you’re responsible for all of the repairs, not the landlord.

There’s always something going on, whether it’s oil changes, new tires, water leaks, dump valve leaks, or propane leaks. Prepare to set aside a small amount of money every month to cover the cost of any unexpected repairs that may arise.

In addition to repairs, gas will be a significant expense, particularly if you travel a lot for work. If you’re used to filling up a passenger car, you might be surprised by how much gas it takes to fill up a motorhome or a pickup truck the first time.

This should not be a source of discouragement, but rather a reminder that even though you will not be paying rent, there will still be expenses.

There are millions of acres of land, but there is nowhere to park.

While the West of the Rockies is home to millions of acres of public lands, there may be nowhere to park if you go exploring. This can be especially true in highly visited tourist areas, as well as in mountainous and forested areas.

Some areas are simply inaccessible unless you’re traveling in a van or a truck camper, even if they’re completely free. It can be difficult to navigate narrow, twisting dirt roads through mountains and forests with large trucks. Furthermore, the camping spots that you do find may be too small for anything larger than a truck camper or a van to fit into comfortably.

The fact of the matter is that summer can be a difficult time for full-timers. Summer landscapes, in contrast to the wide-open deserts that are popular in the winter, tend to be cooler and less RV-friendly. In the summer, you’ll be competing for space with families whose children are out of school, so plan accordingly.

It’s important to remember that summer requires more planning for full-timers; from making reservations months in advance to thoroughly researching boondocking spots, summer requires more planning for full-timers.

Adopt a Primitive Attitude

Boondocking can be a primitive experience for RVers, despite the fact that solar panels, mobile internet data, and GPS technology are all cutting-edge technologies.

The reality is that by moving closer to nature, you may find yourself having to change some of your habits from living in the city.

For example, rather than running the air conditioner, you might just have to sweat it out. And, rather than running the furnace all night, you’ll need to pile on the blankets. Finally, forget about showering every day.

Also, consider that the pace of living on solar revolves around the sun; you might find you’re waking up earlier, and also, going to bed earlier as your panel voltage goes down.

As a result, you’ll start paying more attention to the weather; you won’t want to drive in a strong wind, and strong winds can cause your rig to rock when it is parked. In addition, the rain will be extremely noisy.

Finally, you may have noticed that the coldest part of the day is right before sunrise.

This is not meant to discourage you from pursuing your RV dreams, but rather to provide you with some things to think about before making the commitment and hitting the road.

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