A Beginners Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America by Alyssa PadgettWhen my husband and I started full-time RVing, we knew nothing about RV living. We made it up as we traveled to all fifty states, constantly googling things like how to RV and what is boondocking? Meanwhile, we flooded the bathroom, took ice cold showers, and got stuck in the mud.
Now, weve been full-timing for over three years and weve learned the ins and outs of RVing America.
In this guide, I answer all of the most common questions we receive about RV living, from how to choose the right RV to how we get mail on the road, to how to find free camping.
This guide is for anyone exploring the RV lifestyle and looking for RVing books to help make the transition easier. Also, because I want to make sure this book is valuable for you, below you can see a few specific areas of RVing I cover.
A few topics I cover in the guide:
- How to find great internet on the road
- The costs of full-time RVing
- Whether or not to tow a car behind your RV
- What we do for health insurance while traveling
- The best RVing clubs and memberships
- Our favorite apps for RVers
A few topics I DONT cover, since I have zero experience in these areas, are:
- Traveling with kids
- How to downsize to an RV from a house
- How to travel with pets
Transitioning to living on the road was the best decision my husband and I could have ever made. RVing has improved our marriage and our life together, and weve seen more of America than we could have ever imagined.
While this book isnt about our story or why you should travel, it will be a useful tool as you find yourself asking a million different questions about what its like living in an RV.
Oh, and dont forget to use the #RVlife on Instagram once you start traveling. Thats what all the cool kids do.
10 UGLY TRUTHS About Full Time RV Living (& Tiny Houses)
Pros and Cons of RV Living
Charles is an engineer at a psychiatric hospital and a lover of all things adventure. He is glad to be alive and can't wait for tomorrow! Nothing in life has ever come easily for me. I say this all the time. It's true.
Your heart is pounding, your home is shaking and the nearest shelter is a good jog away. In the process, we wanted to look for a possible place to settle down and find new jobs. It was one of the most stressful times in both our lives, but it was all worth it in the end. Now, I just want to find ways for us to continue this lifestyle. In many ways, the life we lead now reminds me of when I was a kid and got to enjoy summer vacations without any worries.
For more information please read my disclosure. Being able to hop in an RV and hitting the road to pretty much anywhere sounds like a life most of us want to have. This is why many people myself included are considering or have considered RVing full time. This is why I reached out to some awesome bloggers who are living in an RV full time or has done so in the past! They are sharing their pros and cons of RV living with you so you can have some insight before buying that RV and hitting the road.
The New-To-Me RV: 2004 AmeriLite 21MBLE
I hope this helps give a better idea of what to expect! BUT — remember — we are not all the same. SO maybe something that is off-putting to me is not a big deal to you and vice versa! I guess you could say we are pretty happy. Here we go! You have a HOME on wheels! When you release the poo valve from your tank into the park sewer system in the ground you and anyone in a 50 feet radius gets a strong whiff.