Hi everybody! Happy Sunday! 🙂
I see and hear people talking about glamping, tiny homes and full-time RV living on a regular basis, and let me tell you from experience, it is not all fun and glamourous by any means.
We’ve been full time in an RV since March of 2006. We’ve been full-time because my hubby’s job has us traveling all over the United States. We are usually in an area about a year. Sometimes shorter, sometimes a little longer, just depends on the job.
The pros of living in a motorhome are that everything you need is literally right there. Your entire house travels with you everywhere you go. We have 1-1/2 bathrooms which is great. The shower is huge. We have a small washer and dryer, but they get the job done, even though it literally will take all day to do it. And we have all the usual things, TV’s, convection microwave, 2 burner stove, oh and the best part is that as long as we have fuel we have hot water, which is awesome. And we have a generator for times that the power goes out. You get to be a tourist once in a while and see what is near you to see, which is awesome. We’ve been to Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and many many other places across the United States. I think we’ve been in around 40 states or so now, so lots of traveling has gone on over the years, but we’re getting tired. My hubby wants to do something else, and I want to have my own healing center so I can have in person clients instead of all long distance clients for Aromatherapy, Reiki and Crystal Healing.
The cons are that we have no dishwasher, no bathtub, no full size washer/dryer, no full size oven, no storage and I’m out of room to put stuff, so I might have to buy a trailer to start putting stuff in and I really don’t want to have to pull a trailer behind my Jeep. We tow one vehicle and I drive one, so I rarely get to ride in the motorhome. We generally don’t have a yard to speak of most of the time, because you’re in an RV park, so you can’t plant flowers, or a garden and most RV parks are very strict about what you can and cannot have outside. The dogs always have to be on a leash. You have to worry about everybody else not following the rules…..leashes, not picking up after their dogs, being loud, driving like a maniac through the park, being nosy, literally being able to reach out your window and touch the RV next to you, little to no privacy, being able to literally hear your neighbor’s talking (or fighting, or screaming..) or hearing their radio or TV all while inside your own RV with all the windows closed……it’s not all fun, believe me. Then there is the fact that you can end up being away from family and friends for months or even a couple of years or more at a time and not being able to get to them when/if needed. There is also a huge probability that they cannot come see you either. You miss births, birthday’s, graduations, Christmas, holidays, weddings, baby/bridal showers, anniversaries, literally everything. Every time you move to a new spot you have to find new grocery stores to shop at, new doctors, dentists, vets, all the necessities you may need, which can be a pain. You have little to zero support system when you’re sick, end up in the hospital or something like that either….you’re just on your own. Then there is maintenance on your RV, or worse yet, extreme emergencies. Frozen pipes, broken pipes, roof leaks, propane issues, hot water heater, furnace, aqua hot system (diesel hot water heater/furnace), generator, engine, tires, fuel, a/c, heat pump, you name it, it can break and it’s not easy finding anyone qualified to come out and work on things, and they may not come to you to work on it. If you end up having to take it somewhere, it could be hours away from where you are and then where are you going to stay while it’s being fixed, since it’s literally your home? (Especially if you have pets.) It’s also very hard to go on a vacation of any kind either.
Now, it could be different if you are doing it for fun and not for work, but I really don’t know about the fun part so much. Most of the time we’re in campgrounds with other workers and many of us don’t socialize, we just stay to ourselves for the most part. Especially evenings when your hubby gets home from work. That’s your time with them after having worked 10-14 or more hours a day, 6 -7 days a week. And that day off is the day you always look forward to because you get to spend all day with your honey, at least most of the time. How do I spend my day? I love to learn and to help people by sharing what I have learned. I have gotten multiple certifications…Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Herbalist, Nutrition Consultant, Reiki Master, Animal Reiki, Karuna Ki Reiki, Certified Crystal Healer, Aromatherapist and a few others.
So, there you go, a little bit (not all) of what it’s like for those of us that live the RV lifestyle. I hope it will give you a little perspective and help you if you’re considering it or just wondering what it’s like.
Until next time! Have a very wonderful and blessed day! 🙂