One of the things we didn’t plan for when we ventured into full time RV life is being without an RV for an extended period of time. Luckily, we were able to move in temporarily with our families during the transition. Below is the live stream we hosted on our YouTube Channel to discuss the good and the bad of full time RV life without an RV.
Full Time RV Life Without an RV
More time to minimize. This transition period has given us ample time to figure out what essential items we need for van life. When we moved out of the Class A, we put everything in large trash bags. That gave us an idea of what items we actually use on a regular basis. There are trash bags we haven’t touched and we can go through those to figure out what to sell, donate and trash. We’ve also had more time to think about our Jeep Wrangler and decide that we are going to sell it.
Family time. It has been nice to spend more time with our families while we wait for delivery of our new RV. They miss us when we are traveling around the United States and are all very glad to have us “home” for a few months. We’ve also had time to reconnect with friends we haven’t seen in over a year. Many of them are excited for our new lifestyle and inspired to do the same. While others can’t believe we’re going to keep on trekking.
Plan for 2017. We’ve had plenty of time to look over the map and figure out a general idea of where we want to travel this year. Our plan is to stay west of the Mississippi this year and spend more time in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and finally make it to Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Montana and Wyoming. National parks on our list include Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Teton, and Yosemite.
Full Time RV Life is for us. Being without an RV has re-enforced our decision to continue leading a full time RV life. We can’t imagine doing anything else right now other than traveling in an RV with our dog, Leo. The time we’ve spent inside a home without a home on wheels has us itching to get back on the road as soon as possible.
Homelessness. Being without an RV has given us a sense of homelessness. The Class A was our home for a year and half. It was our space, filled with all out belongings and we knew where everything was. We can’t wait to have a space to call home again.
Staying put. We choose the RV lifestyle because we love to travel and explore. Staying put in one area for an extended period of time has been a challenge. A typical travel schedule for us was a week or 10 days in one area then journey on to the next. Once the weather warms up a bit, we may head back to Joshua Tree National Park for another tent camping adventure.
High cost of living. Since we are in the Los Angeles area, the cost of things are much higher. Gas is nearly $3 per gallon here. Although there are more fruits and vegetables, the prices at the farmers markets are quite high.
This experience has made us realize why some full time RVers trade in their RVs at a dealership. They have the luxury of moving everything out of their current RV into the new RV without any “down time”. Have you switched RVs? What was your experience like?
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