Full-time RVing - How We Do It
Linda & I do a seminar entitled "No Right Way To Full-time". In that seminar we discuss the many different aspects of full-timing and how so many people do it differently and are happy doing it their way. We cover some of the major aspects of full-timing from budgets to RV choices to traveling styles to campground/RV park preferences and much more.
Over the years, we've met people full-timing in every kind of RV, with a variety of budgets, plans, and philosophies. There is certainly no "right" way to do it and everyone needs to find their comfort level. Of course, finding that comfort level may take some time.
Now, with all that said, many folks are interested in how we do things. First, there are numerous readers of this website that have mindsets very similar to ours. Second, I tend to research things to death, so how we do things might save some people some time. Third, now that we have a few years under our belts, we have a little more credibility.
So, if you couldn't care less how we do things, then read no further. But, if you think you might find something helpful in the details (including some of our favorite products) below and on the other pages we link to, then continue on. Just keep in mind, as we always tell people, never rely on a single source of information and there is no "right" way to full-time.
Our Overall Philosophy
The idea of becoming full-time RVers didn't come from a long-time desire based on prior RVing experience. Living in an RV just turned out to be a great way for us to simplify our lives, escape the corporate rat race and pursuit of stuff, travel, and become closer and happier.
Our main goal is to live a simpler life. Doing that while traveling is a bonus. However, in the overall scheme of things, we've always understood that the traveling might have to take a back seat to doing whatever it takes to survive.
So, as much as we love full-time RVing and traveling, we can't afford to just travel without considering how we are going to fund our lifestyle. Our savings is not enough and we don't have a fixed, supplemental income.
Therefore, we always have to think about ways to make money. And that tends to dictate how we travel. That constant necessity takes away some of our freedom and flexibility on when and where we go.
Still, we have a lot more freedom than most. We are completely debt free, so we don't have to worry about having the funds to pay debts. And because we keep track of every penny we spend and know exactly how much our lifestyle costs, we know how much we need to earn, and we can make adjustments in our overall costs if necessary.
Why a fifth wheel?
Why this model?
Why this layout?
Why this length?
Would we purchase the same model again?
Why a Ford?
Why an F450?
Why a Super Cab instead of a Crew Cab?
Why not a bigger MDT or an HDT?
Are we happy with the truck?
Why a second vehicle?
Why a Jeep Liberty?
Are we happy with that decision?
Outdoor trash can
Sewer hoses & accessories
Recreation/Toys (See "Fun" below)
Our Travel Planning
Our Road Rules
Learning to drive
Setting Up Camp