The full-time RV life isn’t for everyone. Sometimes it’s just for a season. We’ve been traveling full time for years, but now it’s time to have a home that isn’t on wheels.
While we’ve loved our time on the road, here are five reasons why we’re glad that chapter in our lives is closed. Let’s dive in!
What’s the difference between a full-time rover, a part-time rover, and a weekend rover?
Not everyone sells everything they have and sets out to live full time in an RV. Some people are “snowbirds” or travel part of the year to enjoy the sun and beaches during harsh winters.
Others travel part-time during the summer when the kids are out of school. And still others enjoy driving a few miles to their local campgrounds on the weekends.
Camping season is a time to get away from the daily grind. You can relax around the campfire for a few nights before heading back to work on Monday. Many weekenders relax at the campground before going back to work the following week.
What challenges do full-time campers face?
Full-time RVers, travelers who live in their RV year-round, face challenges that part-time or weekend travelers do not necessarily face.
First, an RV is a tiny space. You don’t have a lot of privacy. Usually that’s not a problem for a few months or just a weekend, but it can feel very cramped when that space is home.
Maintenance and repairs can also add up if you travel full time. The more you move, the more things break. And it’s not easy to just call a repair shop and make an appointment for a repair.
The RV is your home. So finding a place to stay, unloading food from the refrigerator, and packing clothes and other items for a few days or more can be stressful.
Finally, constant planning can take a toll. When you live full-time in an RV and are not location-based, you can’t take a break to look ahead. You always have to be on the lookout for the next campground or site for your RV.
As campground reservations have become more important in recent years due to the influx of travelers, this constant planning can also be stressful.
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Why would anyone want to live full time in a mobile home?
So why would anyone choose to live in an RV? Well, you can’t capture the sights, sounds and experiences of travel in a house made of wood and bricks.
When you live in a house, you can’t see red canyons one week and the sound of waves the next. The ability to go anywhere is truly amazing!
Outdoor recreational opportunities also attract many travelers. Whether they want to surf the Pacific Coast, hike the Narrows in Utah, or paddle the Rio Grande in Texas, the country becomes a playground when you live in an RV full-time. Those memories are priceless.
Finally, many families have chosen to live in RVs because priorities have shifted. For some parents, work has become less important and time with their children has taken priority.
Even for parents who work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the small space, outdoor lifestyle and weekends of hiking, biking and swimming have brought their families closer together.
5 Reasons We’re Glad We Gave Up Our Full-Time RV Life
We have enjoyed traveling around the country. We have met amazing people and had incredible experiences.
But we’ve also had our own setbacks and challenges. When we decided to buy a house and give up the full-time RV life, we knew we had made the right decision.