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Is Full-Time RV Living the Best Choice for You?

Updated on April 03, 2016
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I am an avid RV enthusiast who has traveled, lived, workcamped and volunteered nationwide for more than 50 years and still am going strong!

Living year round in a motor home or camper may not appeal to some people, but to others, it seems as though it might be a good idea. Whether it is the best choice for you depends on many things.

The cost of living has soared in recent years. Because of this, many people are trying to find ways to live less expensively while still retaining a good level of comfort.

If you are one of those individuals, one possibility for you may be to buy a travel unit so that you can stay in it year round. To some, this may sound like a crazy alternative, but right now more than nine million people own and have moved into them.

This article will help you to decide whether doing this is a lifestyle change that will work well for you.

Millions of people live year round in their recreational vehicles and love doing it!
Millions of people live year round in their recreational vehicles and love doing it! | Source

RV Life Has Many Benefits

Millions of people live in motor homes and trailers full time because it has so many great benefits. If you doubt this statement, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. When was the last time you woke up in the morning, decided to take a trip and found yourself driving down the road within an hour?
  2. How often have you ever been able to travel wherever you like, stop when you desire to do so, eat your own food, sleep in your own bed and do all of it without the necessity of making reservations?
  3. Have you ever been able to move from one place to another without having to break leases, sell property and then rent until you could find new housing?
  4. Are you tired of paying taxes and mowing your lawn?

If these questions have given you pause for thought, then you might be a person who should consider moving into a motor home or travel trailer!

Full-time RV living can save you money.
Full-time RV living can save you money. | Source

Full Timing Can Be a Money Saver

If you plan carefully and well, you can live much more inexpensively this way than you might imagine. (See "Can I Save Money Living In an RV?") Doing this includes learning money saving techniques for buying travel units by using books like the one shown above, and understanding which expenses you avoid and which you must be able to cover.

For example, people who stay in campgrounds do not pay property taxes, have to worry about home maintenance costs, do not need homeowners insurance and have no mortgage payments. They pay less for certain utilities (See "RV Utilities Costs for Full Timers") than they would in a house and do not even have to purchase furniture, appliances or television sets!

However, they must pay for their campsite, licenses and their vehicle payments, if any.

Here is a breakdown that gives a good idea as to the costs you might incur:

  1. Purchase prices for new travel trailer units can be as low as $8,000. A good used motor home can be bought for $20,000 or less. A new high end luxury motor home can run as high as three million dollars. A High end luxury Fifth Wheel travel trailer can cost upwards of $50,000.
  2. A new tow or pull vehicle will cost the same as any other car. You can purchase used ones for less than $20,000.
  3. Annual RV insurance will average $500 depending on the price you paid for your unit.
  4. Utilities will generally be less than $100 a month, sometimes quite a bit less.
  5. Living year round in a decent campground can cost as little as $225 or upwards of $700 per month.

As you can see from what is written here, there are many variables, so in many cases, your decisions determine your costs.

Living On Wheels Gives You More Free Time

Because caring for a coach takes less time and effort than maintaining a home, people who live in them have more opportunities for pursuing their hobbies.

Many enjoy the social life of the campground and take advantage of the swimming pools, parties and special event days they provide. Others like to spend time fishing, taking classes, skeet shooting or going to flea markets.

It is much more enjoyable to be able to pursue these types of activities than it is to constantly be painting, mowing lawns and doing other household chores. Full timing gives people the extra hours they need for enjoyment, which is one of the reasons living this way is so terrific.

Full Timing Has Many Other Benefits

Here are some other benefits you might want to know about:

  • You are safer in a travel unit than in a house because you are surrounded by others who live close by. Furthermore, campgrounds are usually have good security and some are regularly patrolled.
  • In the event of a crisis, such as a hurricane you can simply hook up and drive away from the danger.
  • Many campgrounds offer spacious lots and have amenities such as workout rooms and Jacuzzis.
  • Today's coaches have slide rooms which make them more homelike and comfortable.
  • Most recreational vehicles are more beautiful than the average home.
  • Motor homes and campers often come with luxury amenities such as washer/dryer combinations, big screen TVs, satellite dishes, side by side refrigerators and even king sized beds. No need to make sacrifices to live the life!
  • Most residential style parks offer organized activities for residents.
  • If a neighbor is bothersome, you can simply hook up and move to another site.
  • If a you have a problem with your campground, you can simply hook up and leave.
  • Other than washing and waxing your unit and taking care of general maintenance and cleaning, there is very little physical labor . (See: "RV Cleaning and Sanitizing | The Best Methods to Use")
  • If you want to work, you can easily move to take advantage of job opportunities.
  • Units can be used for full time living as well as for vacations. Those who travel in their coaches do not have to worry about leaving unoccupied property behind because everything goes with them!
  • You have total flexibility because your lifestyle allows you to live where you like and go wherever you please.
  • Although living quarters are small, they are also much easier and less costly to care for.
  • You have more free time to enjoy daily living, events and socializing.
  • In the event you need hospitalization, many medical facilities now offer on site hookups for patients whose family’s own RVs. This is not only convenient, but it can also save a fortune in hotel and restaurant bills.

Why Not Give the RV Lifestyle a Try?

Now that I have perked your interest, let me say that while full timing may not be for everybody, it may work for you.

If you want an easier, more flexible and less costly way to live, you should give full timing a try.

If it doesn't work out, you can always sell your motor home or trailer and go back to your old way of living, but I strongly doubt that you will.

Full timing is just too much fun and offers too many benefits!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 5 months ago

    TiffanyChun: This is a tough question to answer because you have to take the cost of buying and maintaining an RV into account as well as the cost of camping fees. People do live in RVs with kids, but space is very limited...usually less than 400 square feet. Traveling is also tricky unless you go by car or truck and tow a travel trailer behind you. I have several articles you can find on my profile that discuss these issues, and I advise you to read them an then get back to me with questions or leave them in the comments section. Since I don't know your financial situation, it's hard to say how this might work out for you. The articles will help you to get a better picture of what you're up against. Let me know your thoughts.

  • TiffanyChun 5 months ago

    I really enjoyed reading this and I've been considering doing this a lot lately. I do have a question about RV living with children. I have 2 young toddlers. We live in a 1bd apt with a den and with rent being at $1500/mo and sadly going upwards to $2300/mo out in Seattle, I want to save money by cutting costs, travel with my kids and pay off debt. Is it possible to live in an RV with young kids?

    We already co-sleep (we intended to use the den as the kids' sleeping quarters, but they end up in the bed with me) and I work from home so I just need the internet in order to work, which I have a pay as you go hotspot that I can use or go to a library for free WiFi.

    I am just curious if this idea is actually doable? I know UPS has a way for you to set up an address (PMB) opposed to a PO Box, which I can use, but any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    I am considering either a studio or RV. It just seems like an RV would end up costing the same as (or even less than) a studio after renting for 1 year. I just don't want anyone to think I'm being neglectful to my kids for making this decision.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 19 months ago

    Au fait: You are really getting into these articles lately, and I am having fun watching you do it! Nobody is going to donate an RV to you, that's for sure, but if you read some of my articles about buying RVs you will learn what to look for and also that you can buy a good RV for less than you'd spend on a car. The one I own right now is beautiful and only cost us $19,500 including all taxes and closing costs. We've had it for 4 years, and have really enjoyed it. When people do a good job of maintaining their coaches, they hold up well. It takes a lot of looking, but they're out there. Lucky you for living in TX because there are many free campgrounds with hookups in that state! Have fun!

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    C E Clark 19 months ago from North Texas

    Sounds good to me! I'm sold on no more rent or heating bills. If someone will just donate to me a good RV in excellent condition (no need to be new), I'm ready to try a new way of living. Voting this up and UI!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 22 months ago

    pstraubie48: It's unfortunate that RVing has become so expensive, but there are still ways around it. Have you thought of living full time in one? It's like living in a suitcase you never have to pack when you want to travel! Great Fun. Thanks so much for the sharing, etc. You're a good woman!

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    Patricia Scott 22 months ago from sunny Florida

    Absolutely know that if I had the money to purchase an RV that would suit me and had the funds to keep it up...I would rid myself of all of my excess baggage and leave a permanent location in the rearview mirror.

    I do believe I am a Bedouin at heart

    Great hub and many helpful observations.

    Voted up++++ and shared and pinned

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    TIMETRAVELER2 22 months ago

    fpherj48: You are just one of millions of people who have the same dream. I am one of millions who has lived it. If you check my profile page, you will find more than 95 articles about this topic, and one, in particular, talks about the benefits single people can have if they RV and what groups there are they can join to help them do this. By the way, this is one of the first articles I ever wrote when I came to HP 3 years ago! I'm amazed you just found it! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me privately. I started RVing in my early 20's and am still at it today at almost 72!...Always happy to share the tricks I've learned along the way. Thanks for this comment, the upvote, etc...but mostly letting me know that my articles do, in fact, impact people's lives.

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    Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    T.T....I have always dreamt of this. The entire time I read your excellent hub, I kept "dreaming"......wishing & hoping. I believe this is such a major decision and it would surely require some serious study & research......the info you give is great, but I'm aware there is so much more to know. I also happen to be a person who "ANALYZES" every little thing (you know, the kind that think themselves right out of a decision.).....

    Seriously, what I wouldn't give to rid myself of all the "baggage" of 50 yrs of home-owning and just ...GO! I have friends who agree with and encourage me and others who say I'm crazy. They tell me of all the nightmare issues that can happen to a retired woman traveling alone. I think there's plenty that can happen anywhere, anytime, motor home or not....

    Anyway I'm saving this article and several others I've found. Thanks so much for the info, TT.....it's very thorough!...UP+++

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    TIMETRAVELER2 2 years ago

    Alaska Penny: I did not say that cold weather living is not possible, I said it presents numerous problems, and as a result I would advise against it. Some RVs are constructed for all weather use, and perhaps those folks have found some of them. I think knocking on some doors might be a good idea, but you may be surprised at the answers you get when you do! Those folks may be doing this simply because they cannot afford standard housing, and it is likely they are not terribly comfortable. Good luck.

  • Alaska Penny 2 years ago

    So all the hoopla about full time RV living only applies to semi tropical locations? (I was hoping for handy hints) I see the RV parks here with people in them -RVs- at all times of the year. I think I'll go knock on a few doors. Thanks anyway

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    TIMETRAVELER2 2 years ago

    Alaska Penny: I think 10 degrees is pushing it. I have been in an RV at 30 and was comfortable, but you have to be mindful of freezing pipes and tanks. Motor homes are more well built than travel trailers and could probably handle really cold weather, but basically I think this is a bad idea.

  • Alaska Penny 2 years ago

    Has anyone had experience living year round in a trailer in a cold climate? I am thinking of getting a travel trailer to LIVE in behind my son's home. Is there any trailer with enough insulation to do this? I have been in Alaska a long time and have lived in a travel trailer, but not here! So I am aware of the space, or lack of it. But can I keep warm at, say 10 degrees? Is there a brand of trailer that is up to it?

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    TIMETRAVELER2 2 years ago

    SilverSage Thank you so much. I always appreciate kudos, especially when readers are willing to share. I hope you take a look at my other RV articles, too...I've got around 60 of them on HP right now!

  • SilverSage 2 years ago

    Excellent information! In fact, I like it so much that I have just placed a hyperlink to it on my blog, Retirement411, so that my viewers can come see it. Thank you very much.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 2 years ago

    Larry and Kim: Such exciting news! I full timed for a good number of years and can tell you that if you do it right, the time you spend doing it will be the most memorable of your life! You may want to read some of my other RVing articles here on HP as they are loaded with good tips that will save you tons of money and lots of grief. Can't wait to hear how it goes for you. Best of luck and thanks for commenting.

  • Larry and Kim 2 years ago

    We are in the process of preparing to go full time in a couple of years. We are currently going through 40 years of " STUFF " .......selling, donating and dividing up what kids want.....it's daunting! Then need to sell house which for me is a little scary but as I get older I am realizing more that nothing risked is nothing gained. My hubby and I LOVED our camping get aways through the years and as soon as we would return home we were talking about the next trip. We decided that full timing for us was a risk worth taking. I think the only regret we would have is not doing it, but everything in life we do there is usually a risk involved in some way, we just don't pay attention to it because we are still within our comfort zone. We are so looking forward to it! Thanks for letting me ramble. Good luck to all that decide that living the rv dream is for them!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

    thefithealthymom Well, how exciting is that! Let me assure you, you are going to love your new lifestyle. It will be a little more challenging with children but it will also be much easier without the extra responsibilities of a home! I have moer than 50 articles on RVing on this site and almost that many on my blog rvlearningspot . com (not allowed to link here, sorry). They should answer most of your questions, but if you have more, feel free to email me. I will help you in any way I can.

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    AK Price 3 years ago from Texas

    Hi there! I am new to this hub-AWESOME by the way!

    My Husband and I recently started our own business and are selling our home to purchase an RV. We plan on wrapping it with our web site/company name and traveling state & country-wide doing trade shows and promoting our business. This has been my Husband's dream for many years, and I am finally on board with giving it a try. We have twins who turned 5 on 9/11, and because they missed the 9/1 deadline to begin Kindergarten here in Houston, we have an entire year to take our family business on the road. Our RV will be our new home. I am both exited and nervous. I would certainly love any feedback from anyone who lives in an RV with their children. I myself am looking at this from the perspective of a much needed vacation, especially from the constant demands and responsibilities, and financial burdens that come with owning a large home. Thank you kindly!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

    radragon2013: If you check out some of my other articles via my profile you'll get a pretty good picture of what RVs cost. The prices are all over the place, so you really have to look. Check out some of the RV for sale websites. You should be able to buy a decent class C for under $20,000, depending on year, condition, etc. Let me know how it goes. Hope things work out for you.

  • radragon2013 3 years ago

    We would love to live in an rv. We are about to become homeless on the 5th of march. Living in an rv would probably be better for my health too. I suffer from severe headaches caused by a cystic brain tumor and sever back pain from a car accident when I was a kid. What are the average costs of a used class c?

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    TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

    tedsonly1: I'm not a tax consultant, so am not in a position to answer tax questions. However, you can call the IRS 800 number and they will be happy to help you. You can find the number on the web. Glad your loving "the life", and thanks for stopping by.

  • tedsonly1 3 years ago

    Hi...my hubby and I are full time RV'ers, and we love it! But I have a question having to do with our taxes. Since we live in our RV full time it is our home. Does the IRS consider this as our home for tax purposes?

    Thank you, any help would be great! We are living in Bullhead City, AZ! Coldest winter in 30 freaking years! Even our friends from Canada are freezing and to top it off, the wind has not stopped for over 12 days now!!!!!! YUCKY!!! But life is good!!! LMSAO!!!!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    INVinoVEritas47: I've written a good number of articles about the RV lifestyle, and in all of them I pretty much stress that RVs need to be maintained and need to be driven and checked regularly to keep them in good shape. Your comment about "being in no hurry to fix the problems" sums it all up for me. If you don't stay on top of RV repair issues, they will worsen and affect other issues. Another thing you mentioned was "cheap parts". If your RV was a lower end model, everything in it was probably cheaply made. That's why in the world of RVing, cheap is never cheap! People only think it is. It almost sounds to me like your RV sat in storage and deteriorated during those 10 years rather than being used regularly. Just like food, RV parts have a "shelf life". I can honestly say that although my RVing experiences were never maintenance free, they were never as bad as what you are describing. I attribute this to our decisions to research before buying and to immediately address problems. I do agree that living in a warm climate is the way to go when you full time it, but we live in Florida which, although warm, has plenty of humidity in the air. We solve that by leaving plates of charcoal around when the RV is not being used. This eliminates all mildew and similar problems. Sorry you had such a bad time of it, but I'm glad you shared them here as this is a good lesson for people who might want to just "jump in" without doing their research first. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • InVinoVeritas47 4 years ago

    I might try doing this, but here's my prior experience. I've never lived in an RV full time but after owning one for a decade my experience was a maintenance nightmare. Broken plumbing, floor rot,electrical problems, tires, wheel bearings, batteries, cheap parts breaking, fridge working intermittently, etc. Thankfully I had the tools in MY GARAGE and no real hurry to fix the problems. It wouldn't be fun dealing with all of that in a cold climate and actually living in it at the same time. Also, with me, the wife and a lab retriever there were condensation issues in cold climates. There were higher maintenance costs on the truck as well. So buy a high quality RV designed for long term living, and stay in the warm dry climates. The cheapest and most hassle free way to live is probably a small apartment and drive an economical car, instead of a huge truck required to tow a decent sized RV.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    kathyincali: You can live for much less in an RV park that has full facilities. If you buy the right pickup truck, you can learn to hook up and tow the RV yourself...I've done that, and it is not difficult. You don't have to go begging people to let you stay in their yards...and furthermore, most zoning rules won't allow it. The great thing is that you can live in RV parks anywhere you like in the country...so have fun and continue to enjoy your little house on wheels.

  • kathyincali 4 years ago

    I live in a 26 ft. 5th wheel RV and love having my very first home. It doesn't have capability to drive it, it has to be towed by a special truck and then parked for short/long term preferred. I lived in Newport Dunes RV Resort in Newport Beach, CA for a while but found I like a more quiet private spot! I currently am renting and parked on someone's awesome property in the Valley now. (S.F.V.) I have been wanting to get back near Newport Beach area by my friends. Lonely here 90 miles from everyone. IF anyone knows anyone from Huntington Beach to Dana Point who could use help with their mortgage and wouldn't mind my little RV in their yard or driveway, Please give them my phone number! (818)932-4279. I would need bathroom and kitchen priviledges as I don't like to use and dump my tanks. ..I would pay them $600 a month! I appreciate any referrals immensely! Kathy in California

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    tgreear: Congratulations! I am so happy for you. You have the right attitude and I know you'll have a great time out there. Let me know how it goes, and thanks for reading and commenting.

  • tgreear 4 years ago

    Hubby and I are hitting the road full-time within the year. We are currently sell, giving away and trashing all the "things" we have and trying to sell our house. SO EXCITED!!! As for onegoodwoman there is a dark side to everything but forewarned is forearmed so I appreciate these articles. We know all about the tanks that must be emptied but even in our house the commode has backed up more than once! We take the good with the bad and see the joy in our days.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    rebeccamealey: well, I tried. There's a lot to it, which is why I have written so many articles about RVing. Check out my profile for the list and thanks for stopping by.

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    It would be fun to travel around to different places in an RV. But it would be scary giving up home. You do make a good argument though. You have covered every aspect RV living.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Johnkadu123: I think there are a lot of people who don't realize that there are alternative ways to live. You are not alone, that's for sure. Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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    Johnkadu123 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    This is a great hub. I must admit that I have never considered RV Living despite the fact that I have quite a bit of land. Perhaps it is a case of getting too close to conventions without realizing that there are different ways of skinning a cat.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    monicamelendez: Yes, and that is a conservative estimate, but the best "average" I could find. Full time RVing has become very popular for many people because it is such a flexible lifestyle. Thanks for the read and the comment.

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    monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

    There are a million full time RVers!? Wow!!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    mperrottet: You may want to do as we have done and have the best of both worlds. Sell the house, buy a small condo then lock the door and go as long as you like knowing there's no lawn to mow, etc. You may even want to rent it and try full timing for awhile. That's what I love about RVing...it opens up so many options. Good luck and thanks for reading.

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    Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

    My husband and I keep considering RVing full time. Currently we travel about half of the year, and spend the other half in our house. The big factors keeping us from going full time are health issues and having children living in our area. I have to tell you though, every time we come home from an extended trip (4-5 months away) I get a little depressed, and long to hit the road again!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Eric Prado: If you're really serious about full timing you need to take a close look at my profile page as all of my RVing articles are listed there with links, and they can help you in many ways. Lots of people full time and have found it wonderfully freeing. I hope you do as well. Thanks for the follow and I'll do the same.

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    Eric Prado 4 years ago from Webster, Texas

    This hub has struck close to home for me, as I am considering doing just that. This has helped me a lot. Thank you for posting this. Very well written, and I vote up. I will also follow. =)

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Pcunix: Yes, unfortunately bad health does get in the way sometimes, but at least you're able to enjoy the life part of the year. My best to you both and thanks for visiting.

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    Tony Lawrence 4 years ago from SE MA

    Having done it "half way" (six months at a park, six months at home) for many years, I can tell you that I would definitely do it if not for my wife's health. Simple is better.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    vespawoolf: Well, what are you waiting for?? Some of my happiest times were the ones I enjoyed as a full timer. The level of freedom is unbelievable. You might want to check out some of my other RVing hubs before you decide, though. I've got them listed on my profile. Let me know if you really decide to do it! Thanks for the visit.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    You almost have me convinced to move into a RV! I agree that a simple lifestyle is the happiest. Great hub. Shared and voted up!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    inspsectorjohn: Now THAT's what I'm talkin' about! Outstanding. I can't applaud you enough for being so wise as to put a game plan together that saves you money and gives you all the freedom you like. Great job...and thanks for commenting in a way that lets people know I was serious when I wrote this hub!

  • inspectorjohn 4 years ago

    We live in a 40' trailer that is very spacious - even has a fireplace and giant screen TV. I am 64 and working as a landman (oil and gas). We move to a new place once a year and plan to travel up towards Wyoming, Colorado or Montana, or then again, maybe just stay here in Sulphur Springs, TX. No property taxes, if you don't like the neighbors you move and seeing all of the sights is wonderful.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Karen Hellier: Yes, I was a full timer for 5 years. I've been an RVer for my entire adult life and have written a number of hubs about RVing which you can find on my profile page. I'll be writing more, so stay tuned...and thanks for reading!

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    Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

    What a great hub. I have always wanted to do this. I recently asked a hub page question about this, and then I found your hub today. Have you actually done this for a specific amount of time?

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Dee aka Nonna: RVing definitely IS fun! I advised another hubber to seek out singles groups that RV together...they do exist, and the people who participate in them really enjoy themselves. Don't give up!

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    Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

    It is something I've thought about doing for the last few years but I can't get any takers. I just think it would be fun for a few girlfriends to get together and hit the road and explore....or.... a couple of couples to do the same stopping when you want to explore...having a plan or not....I just think it would be fun.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    MJMIller: You might find it's not as "minimalist" as you may think. The neat thing about full timing is that you can do it as big or as little as you like. I once visited a high end campground in Las Vegas that, while expensive (sites for purchase went as high as $200,000)was unbelievably lavish. They even had personal trainers available there. Me? I stayed in the $15 a night campground and enjoyed Las Vegas just as much as they did!! So you can take your pick. Thanks for the read.

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    MJ Miller 4 years ago from East Tennessee

    Very interesting hub. I've thought about doing this myself. It would definitely be living the minimalist lifestyle, but there are a lot of advantages. I might give it a try someday. Thanks for the info.

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    LAURENS WRIGHT 4 years ago

    Thanks for a great Hub!! I have always thought of living in a RV, making it completely dependent on renewable energy. I think that the sun, wind and veggie oil could be used to do all things. The replenishing of supplies would be a problem, but still the idea of independence sounds great. Great Hub !

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Thanks for the tip. Actually, I have been to the Topeka area, but always stayed in the casino campground North of the city. Back then I could stay for $10 because they belonged to our discount camping club, but they dropped it, so Lake Shawnee sounds like a viable alternative.

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    Joanna McKenna 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    TT2, the wife half of the cousins I mentioned is an avid genealogist and RVing is how they can afford to travel to all the out-of-the-way-places she goes to research long-dead ancestors.

    As for Kansas, if you ever have reason to be in the Topeka area, I (and the cousins) heartily recommend the RV park at Lake Shawnee, on the southeast edge of the city. Another is on the south side of Abilene.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    That's something I forgot to mention. With an RV, you CAN visit places where the rich go, but for way less money. It's always fun to pretend! Thanks for the read.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    I think a lot of people these days would love to get away from it all because life has become so stressful. RVing is certainly a great way to do it! Thanks for the read.

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    Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

    We used to have a motorhome (as RV's are called in the UK) and we loved it even though we only used it for holidays.

    If I didn't have such a cute home I would seriously consider buying another Hymer and living in it full time. Then I could always live in beautiful places in Britain; places where I could never afford to buy a house. Good points made in this hub, TT.

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    Joanna McKenna 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    Some cousins sold me on full-time RVing back in 2005. Not that I've hit the road yet, but if I had a 5th wheel decked out like theirs and the vehicle to pull it, you bet I'd be gone. That 5th wheel has ALL the comforts of home and they have hardly a care in the world except where to go next. Sounds like heaven to me!

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    myawn 4 years ago from Florida

    I am thinking of doing this sounds like it could be awesome. Your welcome keep writing these good informtive hubs.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    This is true, but if you read some of my other articles about how to camp cheaply or for free, you'll see that you can avoid the high prices. Thanks for reading.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Yep, having that gypsy spirit makes it all the better. Glad this article inspired you. Thanks for reading

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    myawn 4 years ago from Florida

    Very nice I think I could live cheaper in an Rv Although the price of campsites keep going up. I would like to try it on weekends first.

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    Roberta Kyle 4 years ago from Central New Jersey

    what a great hub-- makes me want to go RV-ing. I love being able to pull up stakes and just go whenever and wherever-- I'm a nomad at heart. Voting up

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Good luck! I think you're making a good decision, and I think you'll be happy you made the move.

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    justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

    This is something I may be doing sometime very soon! :) Voted up and useful!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    If you do it right, it is a lot of fun. I'd be interested to read a hub about how it is in your country. I've heard camping there is somewhat different than here. Maybe you can write a hub about it?? Thanks for reading.

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    molometer 4 years ago

    Great hub and very informative. I have had some great holidays in caravan parks in France and may give it a go sometime. Sounds like a lot of fun

    Voted up interesting and useful

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Glad you liked the article. I have a number of RV articles on this site you might want to read, and I am writing more all the time. I have been an RVer my entire adult life...still am. Lots of people get into it, but they also make costly and upsetting mistakes that can ruin it for them. That's why I'm writing the articles. Read, print and save them for future reference, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to email me. I LOVE RVers!!

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    funnyfarm 4 years ago from Arkansas

    Great story. You gave some wonderful information that I hadn't thought of. My husband has been suggesting this for a while, now I think he might be right.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Lots of people dream of doing this, and many follow through with the dream. My advice? Don't wait too long. Do it while you are healthy so that you can really enjoy all this lifestyle has to offer. Thanks for reading!

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    Rachel Richmond 4 years ago from California

    YES! This is something my husband and I have been talking about ..though we just moved to N. Cali. How interesting this topic is brought up again. Lovely!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    You're welcome. We've run into many singles on the road over the years and all seem to really be enjoying the lifestyle. A lot of them travel in these groups because it's safer and makes help available if needed. It also provides a nice built in social life!

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    Night Magic 4 years ago from Canada

    Thanks for mentioning RV groups for singles. I'm going to look into that.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Thanks for the congrats! I know you've won before, so you know how nice it feels! Never been house-jacked or rv-jacked in all these years, so doubt it will happen now! lol. Thanks for reading.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Don't let that stop you! There are RV clubs for singles. They travel in groups and have a great old time. Glad you liked the hub and thanks for reading!

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    Night Magic 4 years ago from Canada

    Excellent hub. Voted up and Interesting. I would love to live in a RV but I live alone so it might not be too much fun for me.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Thanks for the kudos. Yes, many people dream of hitting the open road or are curious about it. We used to be cross country truckers and living full time in an RV worked perfectly for the type of schedules we had to keep. It's the closest to being totally free one can experience. If you have questions, ask away. I'll be happy to share...I LUV RVers!!

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    There are lots of good things about full timing, and you can enjoy all of them if you like RVing. Thanks for the kudos. I was surprised to see myself nominated a second time in two weeks. I really didn't think people were taking notice of my work, but I'm glad they are...thanks to folks like you. I'm glad to have your support and once again, I thank you for reading my hubs.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Yes, unfortunately health can get in the way of "living the life", and I just hate that. At least you can still read about it and live vicariously through the adventures of others. I'm sorry you can't enjoy the RV life anymore, but I'm sure you have many nice memories. Thanks so much for reading my hub.

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    Michelle Simtoco 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    This should prove to be an interesting experience. Never tried it but curious about it! :D

    NEWS FLASH: Congratulations on your Hubnuggets Nomination! You are one of the Personal Finance Nominees! Hurry and see for yourself right here: http://koffeeklatchgals.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/h... Now remember to read, vote and promote! Love and blessings in behalf of the Hubnuggets Team and ME as the Hubnuggets official cheerleader! Enjoy the Hubnuggets and wishing you a year of financial abundance!

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    Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

    Congratulations on your HubNugget nomination!

    http://koffeeklatchgals.hubpages.com/hub/The-Day-T...

    I think it would be great to live in a RV and travel around the country. I hadn't thought about moving away from the neighbors, but it is another big plus.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

    Yes, I know. Also many people who suffered through Katrina are living in RV's. Thanks for the link and for your support. I'll try to link back to some of your stuff when I write more. I'm still learning the ropes here.

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    Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

    Lots of oil and natural gas fields workers is North Dakota have been living in RVs. I'll likely link your Hub to mine about that topic.Thanks - rated Up and many more.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

    It IS fun! Full timing in an RV is the closest anybody can really come to feeling free. There actually ARE people who ship their RV's to different countries for travel, but it's a complicated and expensive thing to do. However, there are so many places in the US to explore that just using an RV for that purpose is enough for most. We are lucky enough to live in a big, beautiful country, and seeing it via RV is the best! Thanks for reading and come back soon.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

    I agree. RV sales are up and I think it's because people are buying them to live in...a smarter move than they realize.

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    TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

    As I said in the article, it's not for everybody. Nothing wrong with "sometimes" either. Rving is great no matter how you do it. Thanks for reading my article and following me!

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    Paula Kirchner 5 years ago from Austin. Texas

    My family was discussing this very question just this afternoon. Our conclusion was that sometimes could be enough for us.

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    The RV Guy 5 years ago from Somewhere In America

    Well said...voted up and interesting. Nearly everyone I tell about the lifestyle say they have often thought of doing the same...with the economy as it is, now is the perfect time!

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    Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

    Always dreamed of doing this. Good hub.

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