Is Fulltime RV Living Really For You?

Is Fulltime RV Living Really For You?

by Gail Browser
(Boston, Mass, USA)


It sounds so exciting, living in an RV and doing all that traveling & wanderlust fulfilled, but is it right for you? This is something that you should decide before you buy the RV and sell your home and all the stuff, you do not need. When you live in an RV you are going to be living in close proximity with your spouse, so make sure that living full time in an RV, is what both of you want.

If one is just going along because the other one wants to, you are not going to be able to get along because the other partner is not going to be happy. Even if both parties agree to do this, you still have to remember that personal space is at a minimum, so you need to make sure that you two can get along in such small spaces. There are also a lot of things that you have taken for granted that you are going to have to do without, such as a landline phone and you have to get used to using a cell phone.

There are a lot of people who are using cell phones, but some of the elderly that are retiring to go on the road, are used to a landline phone and do not know how to use a cell phone or even text. Even if you do have a cell phone, it can be quite expensive if you have to pay for roaming charges and there are some areas that have poor cell phone reception.

Another thing that you will have to learn to do without is nice long hot baths and showers. Sure you will be able to take a shower, but you will have to learn how to take a quick shower, using only a gallon of water. Otherwise, you are going to be making frequent stops to find water to refill your tank and dump stations.

Dump stations are a way of life when you are going on the road full time in an RV because you will have to empty out the sewage and water from the tanks. Television is another thing that you might have to give up or reduce the size of the television that you are used to watching. Most of the channels you will get, will be local channels, but there are mini-satellite dishes that you can get to take with you.

You will also have to go to a laptop computer and make sure that your RV has internet access!.


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Oct 19, 2012
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by: Cowgirl Kathi

Your first point is the most important, I think, in that if your spouse or partner truly DOESN'T want to share this lifestyle, it will be a major issue.

That's why I have decided to take a "leave of absence" from my relationship. Nothing worse than having someone patronize YOUR desire and then whine about it halfway through.

As to the other points -- I have never been one to loll about in the bath or shower; have been using a laptop and cell phone exclusively for the last two years and gave up watching the garbage on television 7 years ago (and I don't miss it AT ALL!)

I am sure your "tips" give a lot of wannabes second thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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