Perhaps you have taken a few RV trips in your day and you really liked it. Or maybe you never have, but it always seemed like a cool way to spend retirement. If the opportunity to actually dive in has presented itself, you may be considering going for it. A life spent on the road, traveling to all these cool places definitely holds appeal.
But, this is not just an extended vacation, it is a way of life, and you don’t just jump into whole new ways of life without some careful thought. So, before you get swept up in a romanticized version of the full-time RV lifestyle, you need to step back and do some serious thinking. Here are just a few points to consider.
Are Both of You Onboard Fully?
If you are part of a pair, this is really something that needs to be considered. Again, we are talking about adopting a lifestyle here, one that is a big adjustment from living in a house in one town, full of all your ‘stuff’ and various comforts.
Are both you and your partner on board equally? If not, this could make for a lot of problems down the line. This is not something you should pressure your spouse into; if you are the one with reservations, you should not commit to such a drastic change if your heart isn’t in it just to please your spouse. Sure, it is natural to feel a bit nervous about taking such a leap, even for the most enthusiastic person. But, if it is something you really don’t want to do, or you have serious concerns, it is important you speak up and talk it out. Then you can get a better idea of how you feel about it.
What is the Plan for the House and Other Belongings?
Some people that adopt this lifestyle get rid of their home and lots of major possessions. Some hold on. You have to think about what you are going to do. It might be a good idea to hold onto your house for a bit in case you decide you don’t like it, if you are thinking about selling it. But, for some people, this is not an option financially. You have to do some number crunching to see what makes the most sense for you.
If you want to keep your home because you can afford it, or you think you may want to spend some time there every so often, you want to consider properly storing your vehicle—it might be a good idea to look into RV storage facilities. These climate-controlled units help protect the vehicle from the elements.
If you plan on shedding most of your ‘stuff’ you may have to have some difficult conversations with family members who may have been expecting to inherit certain things.
Have You Gotten a Real Taste of This Lifestyle?
Ultimately, you won’t know how you truly feel about full-time RV’ing until you start doing it. Many people who make this decision have spent a lot of time on the road, and they have a pretty good idea of what it is like. Since this article is for the people who don’t, this is obviously an important consideration.
If you haven’t taken an extended trip, do this before you take the plunge. Rent an RV for a bit and get a feel for what it is like to live like this for an extended amount of time. It is very easy to romanticize a life of full-time travel, whether you are cruising around in an RV or cavorting across the globe.
It is a good idea to curb your enthusiasm and just test the waters first.