What to Know Before Living in an RV?
As more and more people are looking to the Full-Time RV lifestyle as a means of escape from the normal and a way to seek adventure, many people wonder what they need to know before living in an RV. When we decided to sell most of our belongings and buy a home that travels behind us, we did our research and there was still so much that we learned along the way.
Around every turn, we have gained valuable information that has helped shape our lifestyle as well as insightful information that wil help anyone looking to dive into the Full-Time RV lifestyle.
If you are wondering if the RV lifestyle is right for you or simply just wanting to learn more, read on to find helpful information about living in an RV.
Space is Limited
That large box of random items that are typically found in your junk drawer..probably don’t need them. Many people see Full-Time RVers and think they don’t have room for everything, but that is not entirely the case.
While we don’t have room for EVERYTHING, we have room for what matters to us and what we deem as important. Some people value their hobbies, others value fashion, and others love reading and spending time outdoors. Every single person is different, but when you move into a small space you learn how to prioritize what brings the most value to your life.
I once heard that everyone feels rich in their own way. Some people feel rich when they have the most expensive home or car, while others feel rich when they travel and explore, figure out what makes you feel alive and go from there!
I love to create in every form and fashion and my husband loves to do anything outdoors, we knew that those were two non-negotiables that we had to find room for. As you begin to go through your belongings to try and figure out what to bring and what to give away, think about where you find the most joy and how you spend your time.
Just like your time, when it comes to minimal space you can always find space for what brings you the most joy. With small spaces, it is also helpful to compile your stuff into categories to help you narrow down how to organize it inside your RV.
Also, something we have learned with our RV lifestyle is that stuff is simply just stuff. We don’t miss anything we gave away, and we have found with less stuff we have so much more time for travel, exploring, and adventure. Don’t sweat the stuff that you won’t remember in a few years, focus on your must-haves and prioritize what matters to you and your family.
Adventure is Around Every Corner
I think one of our favorite things about living on the road is that every turn brings something new. One week we could be in a city full of the best food and then a few days later be in a town that has remarkable scenery.
We love that nothing stays the same and you can find adventure around every single corner. Every new place you visit you meet new people, try new foods and explore brand new areas, and it will always be one of our favorite things.
RV Water is Different
That hour-long blazing hot shower you take in your sticks and bricks home is typically not going to happen in an RV. While a long shower is a perfect end to a long day, we have learned that if we have to sacrifice long showers to see the world it is a sacrifice we are willing to make.
Water is different in an RV. Typically water will vary depending on how you decide to camp. Read all about RV Water here.
The Full-Time RV Living Community is Growing
As we began Full Time RVing, we would meet all kinds of people, but many were at the retirement age that had retired and hit the road. Every time we would meet a retiree they would be shocked at our age and how in the world we were traveling full time.
The RV lifestyle is becoming more and more popular and therefore resources, Facebook groups, magazines, and more offer you incredible guidance. When we first started, we had no idea how many people RV full time.
Learn more about what to know for your first weekend RVing here.
Here is to unravelling this life we live one adventure at a thyme.