Ever Wonder about RV Fulltiming?
Fulltiming refers to a subset of RVers who live and travel full time in their RV. Normally, these Rvers do not have a traditional house (sometimes called a “stick” house).
Purists may define fulltiming in a strict sense – to mean no house, condo, RV lot or any other physical roost to return to. Others allow that if someone is living and traveling in their RV most of the year, they are fulltimers.
Like most RVers, we don’t get too fussy
about the definitions. If someone thinks of themselves as fulltimers,
that’s okay with us.
In our case, our only home is the RV. Like a turtle, our home
goes with us. All of our possessions are stored on board – in interior
cabinets, exterior bays or our tow car.
Yet the fulltiming RVer also deals with aspects unique to their
particular type of RV lifestyle. We think it is a great way to live,
but it is not for everyone and is not a decision to be taken lightly.
Here are a few considerations:
Getting rid of a house and personal belongings can be emotional, to say nothing of the logistics. What to keep, what to give away, what to do with the rest? We
gave away a lot of stuff to friends and family, had a garage sale,
donated items and took with us what we figured we would need on the
Close family ties. People accustomed to frequent
visits with family and friends need to consider how they will adjust,
and how they will stay connected from across the miles. Some people
find it difficult to leave a physical community or geopgraphy. On the
other hand, we have met RVers who delight in their RV lifestyle as the
perfect way to visit with friends and family geographically scattered
around the country.
How to stay connected in general is a consideration. Mail, email, webcams, RV internet access,
cell phones. Fulltiming RVers deal with these in different ways, and
take advantage of new technology, which makes it much easier to stay
connected while fulltiming.
Space: Less of it for things. We can often find yet another niche to stash yet another
thing into our motorhome. But make no bones about it – it’s a big
change from the land of walk-in closets, basement shelves and “room in
Space – less of it for you. Less personal space and
People living together fulltime in an RV need to be able to get along.
They will be together more often and in much closer quarters than
Costs. Fulltiming RVers need to plan what it will cost
them to live a fulltime lifestyle. This means budgeting for day-to-day
living expenses on the road, as well as planning for the future.
The traditional house is an appreciating asset. The typical RV
depreciates over time.
Money may be needed to replace or upgrade an RV.
Or the fulltimer may want to plan for a time when they travel less
frequently and also maintain a more traditional home.
Jobs. The fulltimer may want to consider
working on the road
to supplement income. There are lots of options available. As you
ponder the choices, think about what impact working will have on your
planned fulltiming lifestyle.
After a couple years of just traveling
and sightseeing, we started workamping to help pay the bills and to keep
Establishing an RV home base.
Fulltimers still need a home base for a variety of reasons including
voting, medical coverage, insurance, taxes, drivers’ licenses, etc.
This RV Home base book provides some idea of the types of tax and
related costs in each state. Once you have some familiarity with what
to look for and perhaps have narrowed down some potential states, it is
always a good idea to check the latest information.
Read, Read, Read…
When we first became intrigued by the thought of fulltiming, we started
reading. We read books that dealt with RV living, and fulltimer
experiences. We read books that not only educated us – they inspired
We got different perspectives and ideas.
We think this kind of reading and research is a MUST for
anyone pondering RV living on a fulltime (or even most-of-the-time)
basis. Whether you choose to be a fulltimer or not, the learning is
sure to help you create and refine your RV lifestyle. So here are some recommended resources on the subject.
Retire to an RV: The Roadmap to Affordable Retirement provides you with exactly the right information to decide if fulltiming is for you.
RV Lifestyle experts Jaimie Hall Bruzenak and Alice Zyetz, share
So, You Want to be a Full-Time RVer?
Advice based on real experience. This is great resource for doing the initial homework and dreaming, to choosing the right RV for you, to the purchase, camping and lots of stuff in between.
This comprehensive guide covers all the things you wonder about and is a must read for anyone considering the fulltime lifestyle.
If you are thinking about hitting the road full-time in a recreational vehicle, then this book should be essential reading.
A very comprehensive guide to full-time RVing.
This is a well-organized, easy-to-read book written by a veteran RVer
This well-known RV book by an expert provides techniques and ideas on how to
You’ll find budget planning tips, workamping insights and hundreds of ways to earn money as
Lots of valuable information and ideas to make the RV lifestyle financially possible for you.
This comprehensive book covers all aspects of RV ownership; from
10-Minute Tech: Popular book filled with
A popular choice to learn what you need to know regarding a variety of RVing operating systems, common problems and handy solutions.
RV DVDs and Downloads For a great way to really learn and remember the “how to’s” of RVing, we highly recommend the wide variety of RV videos. Essential visual instruction when starting out, and a great refresher for everyone.
There are titles that cover the electrical and plumbing systems,
Some helpful articles for fulltimers:
- More great reading on the RV Lifestyle
- Boondocking Tips from our Travels
- First Workamping Job
- Families on the Road
- This “N That – Reminders for the Road
- Places to RV
- RVer Jobs
- Fulltimer Expenses
- RV Costs
- Winter Un-Wonderland
- Everyday Misadventures
- How to Sanitize RV System
- A new Supplemental Brake System
- Membership campgrounds
- RV Service
- RVing – Living the Dream
- Motorhome versus Fifth Wheel
- Things We Like & Don’t Like in Motorhome Living
- Frequently Asked Questions
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