Is Full-Time RV Living the Best Choice for You?
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.
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:
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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 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:
- 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.
- A new tow or pull vehicle will cost the same as any other car. You can purchase used ones for less than $20,000.
- Annual RV insurance will average $500 depending on the price you paid for your unit.
- Utilities will generally be less than $100 a month, sometimes quite a bit less.
- 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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