Full-time RV living isn’t always about vacations. Sometimes, stationary RV living is out of necessity while others, it may be simply a choice. There’s a whole book of reasons why full-time RVers live long-term in RV parks. Whatever the reason, if you’re contemplating downsizing to an RV or just aren’t ready to hit the road yet, a stationary RV lifestyle may be an option. Here’s why.
Van life has become quite popular in the past few years. No longer is the stigma of ‘living in a van down by the river’ for the downtrodden, gypsies or vagabonds. It’s actually become an incredible way of nomadic life and minimalism. So, if you’re thinking of trying the van life yourself, you’ll want to read how to prepare and downsize for van life or tiny living.
Living in a van down by the river is a figurative expression meaning being a complete failure at life, a drain on society. However, nothing could be further than the truth for many, including us, who choose to live minimally while enjoying freedom and travel. So, fasten your seatbelts! We’re going to take you on a wild ride showing you how downsizing RVs works for us…and maybe give you that nudge to do it too!
As we completed our 5th year as full-time RVers or as they say in the RV community ‘nomadiversary’, I felt compelled to write about how our lives have changed; individually and as a long-time married couple. Here’s our candid view of full-time RV Life. We go into what we’ve learned as full-time RV travelers. And, we share some tips on how we deal with issues and circumstances that surround our full-time RV lifestyle.
If you’ve ever stepped foot into any RV straight from the factory, you’re sure to notice how bland, boring and brown their interiors are. RV manufacturer prescribed decor, in general, lacks personality, creativity and zest. So, being the creative type, I set myself on a mission to make our new RV look homey and reflect our personalities with customized features. This is how I completed our toy hauler interior makeover.
Before we set out for the open road in 2014, we had come to the hard-core realization that the full-time RV lifestyle is vastly different than living in sticks and bricks house. From constant RV maintenance, how to store everything you own in such tiny space and learning how to do it all will take more than throwing caution to the wind. It takes skill, patience, flexibility and some important RV life skills.
We admit, our first boondocking off the grid experience absolutely sucked! We were ill-prepared and inexperienced so we failed miserably. Since, we’ve learned, practiced, and mastered it. So now, we can share why we’ve come to love camping out in the wild off the grid. And, since we’re better prepared and knowledgable, there’s really reason why we need to go to a park or campground. Let’s see if RV boondocking fits your RV lifestyle.
Some working-age people are able to pivot from their brick-and-mortar jobs to continue working remotely for their employer while traveling. However, by choice or unseen circumstances, others, like you, are looking for new remote work opportunities. But they don’t know where to start. If you have computer-niched skills, secure WiFi connectivity and good computer system, you’re on the road to finding the perfect remote work while still being able to enjoy traveling.
Usually folks gather to celebrate the Christmas with their immediate families, however, we celebrated a little differently in 2017. We decided to spend some quiet time at Joshua Tree National Park and to take in the beauty of this National Park’s thousands of Joshua Trees, Cholla garden, Desert Lavenders and Ocotillos. But, we didn’t end up alone…
December is the most wonderful time of the year. We bring out the menorahs, kinaras and nativities to celebrate the holidays with family, friends and coworkers. It’s a fun event where we can decorate with sparkle and lots of cheer. But just because we are full-time RVers living on the road, doesn’t mean we don’t go all out to decorate our RV for Christmas.