The Downsides Of Fulltime RV Living

The Downsides Of Fulltime RV Living

by Sabina Mendez
(Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA)


Living in an RV full time, seeing the country, sounds like a lot of fun, but as with everything, there are downsides to the life!.

One thing that a person who is living in an RV full time has to deal with is bugs and ants; no matter how clean they keep the RV. When you travel, you are going to see many different bugs that you have never seen and may not even know what they are.

Make sure that when you open your windows in the RV, there are screens on them and the door. The only exception is that if you have the type of RV that you drive instead of pull, you are going to have to deal with them coming in the open windows as you go down the highway.

When you pull into a campground or RV park, make sure that you keep those windows shut. You should make sure that you keep some insect spray, in the RV, which will kill a variety of bugs and ants. Another thing that you will have to deal with is Laundromats.

You have to worry about washing your clothes in washers, which may not be too clean; so, make sure that when you choose a Laundromat that it looks clean not only on the outside, but also on the inside.

Having to go to a variety of grocery stores on the road, may take you a little longer to do your shopping, as each store has a different layout. Seeing that you do not have a lot of storage space, you will find yourself going to the grocery store more often than you are used to at home.

The high cost of gas is another downside to living full time in an RV, because it can be quite expensive and most of them do not get very good gas mileage. Also, with an RV, once you settle into an RV park or campground, you are not going to want to pull up stakes and drive your RV into town to go to the store, the Laundromat, or visit some of the attractions in that area; so, you need to make sure that you take a car with you or some other mode of transportation.

If you are the type of person that loves to soak in the tub, you are going to be out of luck when you live in an RV full time because all you will have is a shower. You are also not going to have as big of a stove, refrigerator, and sink as you would in a house.


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Nov 04, 2013
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Considering RVing
by: Anonymous

My husband and I are considering going RVing full time. Our family is very spread out so that is not an issue. We like making friends in new places and pot luck gatherings that you can get with that lifestyle. We have worked as a couple for over 10 years so we have always been very close. We don't have a lot to give up but much more to gain.

Oct 11, 2013
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Work at it
by: MacFamily

Like anything else living "small" takes adjustments and both of you have to be committed to the decision. Most folks like the "idea" of full time rv but fade in the reality. My wife and I lived for almost 2 years in our rv before we built our big house on our ranch.

We kept the rv for visitors and everytime we went in to clean up before and after we would look back with fond memories of the ease of life. So last year we sold all and moved in full time again. Sold business (what was left of it) everything we owned in an auction.

What a strange feeling to come home to an empty barn, house, everything except what we could fit in RV and horse trailer. (yes we kept the horses) We found winter work at a stable so horses work for feed like us. Summers are spent doing what ever.

Have to be money conscious all the time. I did a 10 year excel spread sheet before we left so we had something to gauge how we are doing. One tip or suggestion. Only use debit cards or AMEX Gold (you have to pay off every month) NO CREDIT CARDS!!

You'll be much happier too. Loving life in second year. And to note one other commentor, yes we miss our church family so we're going home next summer, if we can find horse pasture:-)

Aug 17, 2013
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Reconsider your lifestyle
by: Mary Sparr

I have to say to the writer of this entry that full time living is not for everybody. My husband and I live full time in our RV. This is our 5th year since selling our home, downsizing 'stuff' and moving into the RV.

If you enjoy your baths, your space and are meticulously clean then full time RVing is not for you. There are trade offs, the biggest being space. If you are attached to 'things' and have a hard time downsizing then reconsider the full time lifestyle. You need to be best friends with your spouse and enjoy their company because you are always bumping into each other. No I don't have a bathtub, but I love, love, love my nice hot shower. At least it is MY OWN shower in my own RV and not one shared with strangers.

As far as bugs go, in all honesty, I had more ants and spiders in my stick house than I do in my RV. I clean my 'house' and if I see an ant I deal with it as any homeowner would.

You see a full time RVer is not on vacation. Full time RVing is a lifestyle and you have to love the adventure of it ALL or don't venture into it...you will be disappointed.

May 01, 2013
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Complaining
by: Digger

Gracie, Ditto!!!

Feb 11, 2013
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Reality
by: Adam Lawler

The author is actually trying to get us to follow the words of Jesus and "weigh the costs" bygiving us readers a sense of reality. But really the author doesn't go far enough. There are many more things you give up. Going to the same church every Sunday, drinking with the guys at the local bar, your walking or running route, friends, neighbors, family, etc. This is not bogus, many of these things, and many more, are dear to many of us.

But there is much to get in the trade-off. Traveling, freedom, peace, (re)bonding with a spouse, time for YOU, etc. Do the gains from fulltime RVing outweigh the negatives. Obviously for most the answer is no, else everyone would be doing it. But for a few, the more adventurous maybe, the rewards do outweigh the cost.

It is wise to weigh the costs before you set out on the road. It is not wise to set out looking for a dream and find out that for you it is a nightmare.

Oct 14, 2012
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Downsides...or Complaints?
by: Gracie

I just have to respond with my 2-cents. It sounds as if the author needs to go back to living in their comfortable, bug-free, clean-washer, convenience shopping, stick home. Wow. Yes,there are adjustments in ANY lifestyle change. The author seems to be nit-picking. Just my opinion. Can't wait 'til summer of 2013...to my dream of full-timing finally!

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