Myths and stereotypes abound when it comes to families living in an RV full-time. I plan to clear a few of them up for you.
At the time of this writing, we’re about 2 months into our full-time RV adventure- and let me tell you- we’ve learned a lot. Want to learn something quickly? Immerse yourself in it. Like, you know, sell you house tell your friends and family that you’re leaving the only town you’ve lived in as an adult.
We got a lot of weird looks when we started telling people- and a lot of myths and misconceptions. To save time (I’m lazy), I’ll dispel the 3 biggest full-time RV living myths I’ve encountered.
Myth #1 – We’re on vacation.
LOL. No. Just. HAHA. NO. This is not vacation.
In fact, I think a vacation would look more like going to house sit for a month with a pool, a washer and dryer, and a shower curtain that doesn’t stick to me. But I digress…
I get it- RVs are most associated with retirees and people with more money than sense- you know- like the Monopoly Guy. But we’re not on vacation. This is our life. We’re chosen to be pay a small fortune to live like we’re homeless.
That said, we are fulfilling my dream of being able to travel all over and see the country. But I have to work every Monday through Friday. 7-4pm Eastern. And guess what? I’m keeping my office hours when we go out West. So when we get to the Pacific Coast, I’ll be starting my workday at 4am.
Brent still does homeschooling. Declan still… stays alive. Carla still handles most of the domestic stuff, just like we were in our house. There’s no “We’ll tough this thing out until Sunday when we drive back home.” We are home.
But we’re not on vacation. This is our life. We’re chosen to be pay a small fortune to live like we’re homeless.
Myth #2 – You have to be wealthy to live the RV life.
Just not true. At our first Fulltime Families rally in Tallahassee in January, we met families from all walks of life. A few of them weren’t working because they were retired. Most of them were entreprenuers. And still some are working full time for a company, like me.
The retirees and entrepreneurs tended to have bigger, swankier, and newer rigs than us, but most folks were like us. They didn’t have brand new $75,000 trucks and $120,000 5th wheels, or $250,000 motor coaches. They had families, maybe some payments on their rolling home, maybe not.
I was actually stunned by how simply some of them live. Some have tiny travel trailers with 8 people in them. You don’t have to be wealthy to live this live. You have to be location independent and you have to be determined. That’s it.
Myth #3 – Full time RVing families are weirdos.
Ok. That one’s actually true.
Ha! Kidding. There are definitely some… innovative lifestyle setups, but the vast majority of the families doing this are just your normal folks from next door. The gypsies, hippies, and the Cousin Eddies out there, but we’ve only met a few.
I’ve discovered that these are really great people- quick to help and to offer words of encouragement or advice. I’d describe most of them as hard-working family people with good, solid values. Still, you have a have a bit of an unconventional streak in you to want to do this.
I hope these full-time RV myths have been dispelled in your mind. We love comments and questions- they help us write and shoot new stuff so we can stop repeating ourselves, so make a comment below. Thanks for visiting!
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