There’s No One Right Way To Fulltime RV
Believe it or not we’re still in Borrego (aaaand our tanks are still holding out), despite the fact that we’ve been planning to leave for days. The reason for our departure is the awesomeness of community surrounding us. Once the “Airstream gang” started rolling in around Jan 1st, word got out and more hipsters started rocking this way which kept delaying us for “just one more day” so we could meet & hang with the newbies. The fact that all these folks are younger RVers has certainly added to the allure.
For some people it’s all about the teeth, but what impresses me the most is that ALL these folks (all of them) are making their living fulltime on the road and they each do it in their own way, in their own particular type of rig, within their own (very variable) budgets. What connects us all is not our RV or our work, but a love of the road, of the outdoors and the idea of living an alternative kind of life.
It’s surprising and yet so very simple.
There are folks out here who make music for a living, people who code or do technology stuff, couples who are running online businesses, folks creating magazines, professional photographers, fulltime remote workers, investors and entrepreneurs. Some of these guys have been profiled in our neighbor’s Rambling Tales or in GoneWithTheWynns Make Money & Travel series, but most of them just go about their business and live life on the road in their own way.
And the people themselves are completely mixed too.
Many are in couples although several are solo travelers and there are families too! Yes, actual people with little people, pets and more all crammed into <30-foot rigs who are just loving it. A few days ago I led a hike into a Slot Canyon with 15 people, 5 kids and 5 dogs. We all adopted different hiking paces, but we totally meshed in interests & conversation.
We don’t all have the same finances either.
It’s been a few years since I published our own expenses (I’m due for an update -> suffice to say our usage has decreased every year we’ve been on the road), but I’ve always maintained (and still maintain) that you can fulltime RV with anything from $1000/mo to $5000/mo depending on how you camp, where you go, what you’re willing to compromise on and what you consider important.
In my experience the majority of fulltime RV folks lie around the middle of this range at $2500-$3500/mo (for more info see this excellent page from RV Dreams). The type of rig you own does impact your financial situation since in general bigger rigs do incur more costs in both maintenance/repair, campground fees, insurance and gas mileage, but the extremes are do-able too. I know several solo RVers (for example To Simplify & VanTramp) who comfortably manage the lifestyle at around $1000-1200/mo. For many of these folks fulltime RVing is what enables them to live a more simple (and less costly) life. I also know folks who prefer (and can afford) the luxury of fancier RV parks, lots of eating out and entertainment.
The point is there is no one right way to RV. This lifestyle offers the same breadth and variety as “regular” life and in some ways even more so. You will find a variety of people with differing backgrounds, religions, work, rigs, and finances….and not one of them is the “right” way to do it. So if you truly wish for this lifestyle and feel it may be for you, fear not that you might be different from the others. There’s room for us all out here….
P.S. We’re staying for just one more day and then we’re outta here…really, truly we are 🙂
A selection of the cats out here:
AirstreamLife, Aluminarium, @asolojourner, @dreaknufken,
@journeywithhappiness, @kmpuccio, @malimish_airstream, @russhaynie,
Rolling Recess, @sethkhughes, Tehcnomadia, @theroamingpint,
The Scenic Route, @toddmb, ToSimplify, @upintheairstream, VanTramp