Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Full-time RV living, a MEANS to an end, or the end?
Full-time RV living, a MEANS to an end, or the end? It is estimated that as many as 1 million people now live full-time in an RV. This nomadic lifestyle was once considered only by the newly retired as a way to travel, and see the country. Now, many younger people are choosing this type of lifestyle. The widespread availability of Wifi, and the availability of at home careers using computers have made the traditional need for a home in one place less crucial. Additionally, many jobs, such as construction, require mobility as job sites change from place to place. There are families that travel with their children and home school them so that the family is not separated. Some maintain a home base, but travel much of the time. Still others use an RV as an in-between home when a good job is just too long a commute from their home base. My husband and I chose to live in an RV for the adventure, as well as for the wish for a more cost-effective way to live. We have always enjoyed camping, and the relaxed atmosphere of an RV or state park. Quite simply, we thought living in an RV would be cheaper, less sressful, and give us a way to visit places we have wanted to go when work allowed. While it has not always been less stressful(there is still maintenance to do, just like with a brick and sticks house), we have stayed in some beautiful places. It has also proven to be a cheaper way to live. We have opted to stay in RV parks, while others opt for urban parking/camping or boondocking, we feel more comfortable with having utilities available. It has been almost a year since we made our leap, and we have enjoyed it. I kept my job, and we stay in RV parks within easy commutes both to my job, and to most of our kids. Our ultimate goal is to buy some land to park our RV on, and do some homesteading. What about you? Have you ever thought about living in an RV? If you live in an RV, what motivated you to chose the RVing lifestyle?Do you have the wandering spirit, or do you have practical reasons, such as a work situation? I'd love to hear your thoughts about living and working non-traditionally in an RV. Sites you might find interesting: http://www.smallrvs.net/living-in-an-rn-fulltime-rv-living-appeals-to-young-and-old; http://www.familiesontheroad.com/articles/workingrving.html; http://www.nurvers.com