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Top 10 Things New RV Owners Should Know

Having an RV makes it affordable and convenient to travel since you don’t have to pay for meals, hotel rooms, and flights. For this reason, this is a great investment if you’re a full-time traveler or are into nature excursions but want the convenience of bringing a small, compact home with you. 

If you are thinking about making this huge investment (and lifestyle change), make sure that you read the list of the top 10 most important things new RV owners should know. 

  • You should be ready to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle. 

Since you have limited space, RV living means you have to lean more towards a minimalist lifestyle. This might work for some, especially those who want to live a simpler, less materialistic life, while for others, it might be a constant battle amidst this highly consumerist world. 

  • Driving is a bit different with an RV. 

Compared to cars, RVs brake and accelerate slower and come with larger blind spots. Additionally, their bigger surface area means they are more susceptible to vehicle-sway during heavy winds.

It is also advisable to avoid driving at night until you get the hang of operating a bigger, heavier vehicle. 

  • Take things slow. 

When we say take things slow, we’re not just talking about your driving speed, but also the temptation to visit as many places as you can. Just like in almost any aspect of life, opt for quality over quantity.

If your main goal is to visit as many places as you travel, you’ll never truly immerse yourself in the experience and end up wearing yourself out. 

  • Set a realistic budget. 

Contrary to popular belief, an RV lifestyle is not a dirt-cheap lifestyle. While there is no monthly mortgage and rent you have to think of, you need to set a budget for gas, insurance, repair and maintenance, food, registration, and parking. 

Whether you choose an RV lifestyle or a traditional, “fixed” way of living, most financial experts recommend that you should stash an emergency fund that is worth a minimum of six months of your expenses. This cash will serve as your contingency fund should you lose your source of income, need emergency engine repair, get sick, etc. 

  • RV lifestyle still requires planning. 

While a little bit of spontaneity is good, too much of it can lead to a stressful experience especially if you decide to take the proverbial unconventional route–like traveling and living in an RV full time. 

  1. Call the campground about their schedule and availability. You wouldn’t want to travel long distances only to find out that there is no available hookup spot for you. 
  2. Again, set a realistic budget and a buffer fund that you can use in case of emergency. 
  3. Plan your meal and grocery shopping. 
  4. It’s nice to have a routine–e.g., 30-minute walk/exercise every day, deep cleaning every week, grocery shopping twice a month, etc. 
  5. Always check the weather so you can plan for your trip. 
  • It’s nice to train yourself to be handy. 

Whether you own a fixed house or an RV, being handy can help you save a lot of money. Also, knowing some basic maintenance work can save you time and even extend the life of your engine, appliances, and other components. 

Remember, always have the basic tools and supplies for light maintenance and repair when traveling. 

  • If possible, choose a dealer close to home. 

One of the benefits of buying from a reputable dealer that is relatively close to your home (if you have one) is that you can bring it in for service or “winterize storage.”

  • Know the pros and cons of private and public campgrounds. 

Public campgrounds are owned by the state or county and often come with limited amenities and hookups, although this minor downside is compensated by the breathtaking natural landscape. 

By contrast, private campgrounds are owned by corporations and families and often provide better [or more] amenities and hookups than most public campers. 

  • Pay close attention to your tires. 

Under normal use and circumstances, most RV tires are expected to last between five and seven years. However, you still need to replace them when you see there’s less than a 6.32-inch tread depth or there is a 2.32-inch deep crack. 

You can check the date on your tires, which is a four-digit number you can find on their back. 

  • Join RV groups and forums. 

There are online RV groups and forums that can answer your questions about maintenance and repair, dealers, campgrounds, specific brands, etc. 

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Pros and Cons of RV Life

If you lean more toward a minimalist lifestyle and love to travel, an RV life may work for you–or not. In addition, you need to realize that living in a small truck camper or camper van requires that you know a bit of maintenance and tune-up to prolong its life and avoid major repairs. 

Here, we list some pros and cons of RV life to help you decide if this lifestyle is right for you. 

Pros: 

Cheaper lifestyle 

Because of the limited space, living in an RV can turn you into a minimalist by default, which means a cheaper lifestyle. Remember, you cannot purchase anything out of whim or hoard clutter simply because there is no space for it. 

Additionally, RV living means no mortgage, rent (except if you stay in RV camps), and no expensive utilities. However, if you decide to rent a space in a nature park, expect to spend a few hundred dollars a month. 

On average, RV living costs $1,500-$3,000 monthly. 

More freedom 

Living in an RV allows you to travel and change locations whenever you want. Hence, it’s an excellent option for people who are not yet ready to settle down and want to explore new places and experiences. 

Life is almost like a vacation

An RV life generally suits wanderlusts who have telecommute work arrangements. 

More time in nature 

Many people who have chosen this life are fed up with living in a concrete jungle. With a “home” always on the move, it’s possible to spend more time in nature–and doing it without losing their access to “comfort” like a warm shower and electricity. 

Different experiences

If you’re dead bored with your homogenous, predictable life, an RV life might be for you. By constantly traveling, you’ll see new places, experience new things, and above all, meet new people. 

RV is easy to sell 

With the growing popularity of the nomadic lifestyle, you will not find it difficult to sell your RV should you ever decide to settle down or rent/buy a home. 

It is generally easier to sell an RV in a larger city than a smaller town because buyers are not keen on traveling long distances just to inspect a camper that’s being sold. 

Cons

Cooking might be a challenge 

For some, an RV lifestyle could mean more take-out and dine-out because it is tricky, but not impossible, to cook fancy meals. However, a great alternative is to learn one-pot dishes and other kitchen hacks to save money on food. 

Repairs and maintenance

While RV living means no expensive rent or mortgage, you have to allot a budget for repairs and maintenance, especially if yours is an older model. Also, make sure that it undergoes regular tune-up to prevent (or at least postpone) repairs in the future. 

Difficulty finding a health insurance

It might be challenging to find health insurance if you don’t have a permanent address. Also, it may be difficult or even impossible to have regular doctors if you live your life on the road. 

Parking 

In some areas, parking is a bit of a challenge because of availability and safety reasons. Additionally, the cost varies significantly, although you can lower it by opting for campground membership packages. 

Less time with family and old friends

If you live full-time in an RV, there is less time and opportunity to see your family and friends–unless you bring them with you. 

Privacy might be an issue

In some campgrounds, privacy (and noise) might be an issue especially if you need to park your RV close to another camper.

Limited storage space 

There is not enough space to bring all your seasonal clothes, recreational gear, and accessories, beddings, kitchen utensils, etc. Hence, you must choose the most essential items (like food supplies) over any other knick-knacks. 

When you live in a camper full-time, you may want to store enough food supplies that can last for at least a week since you may be a hundred miles from the nearest restaurant or grocery store. 

Life in an RV offers a lot of benefits, provided that you do your research and planning, especially when it comes to your budget and work arrangement (or any source of income). 

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