Full-Time RVers with Kids, you are going to get some strange questions from complete strangers. Find out what we have been asked after Full-Time RVing since October 2015.
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How Long Do you Think You’ll Keep RVing?
This one might not sound too ridiculous at first until you ask the reciprocal question: How Long Do You Think You’ll Keep Living in Your House?
Some folks do start RVing and have a set period – We will go for 1 year and then go back home. Many though start out with no real end time in mind. We fall into that group. For us, we will keep RVing into it doesn’t fit with our family’s needs.
How can you Live Like that?
This one is always hard to answer. Live like what exactly? In the small space? Not having a washer or dryer? How do I live without a dishwasher? Or How do I live with being able to pack up all my belongings and move whenever I want in less than 1 hour? Or How do I live in 26ft and still be satisfied with my life and enjoy spending that much time with my kids? Is that what you are asking?
I’m often tempted to respond as follows: Well, I don’t understand how you live like you do. Living in a house that’s so big you can’t keep it clean so you have to pay someone. And in order to afford the big house and the cleaning crew, you have to commute 5-days a week to a job you hate. Then spend your weekends having fun which usually happens away from your house.
How can you RV with your Kids Like That? They Need Stability!
This one is a real head-scratcher for me. Our kids are with us almost all of the time. Even when they are hanging out with friends, we are almost always with them. What is more stable than that? Do we need a fixed place to live? What about military kids? They move around a bit. I’m guessing the real stability these folks are looking for is our kids being in school. Our kids have never been to school and even if we return to sticks and bricks next week, we have no plans to send them to school. If they want to attend in the future, we will do our best to accommodate their needs. Which brings me to my next ridiculous question…
What kind of Job do you have that allows you to do that?
Well, Full-Time RVing just means that you are living in your RV. For some, that means lots of travel and moving about, but it can also mean an on-site job with less travel. There are a variety of ways to work as Full-Time RVers with kids. There is no one type of job or skill that allows for this life. I think the better question is, If I want to go Full-Time RVing and want to move around every 2 weeks, what kind of job do I need? Because you need a job that will match your RV lifestyle – lots of moving, moving every few months or less, or being stationary. If you are wondering about this, I recommend reading these articles.
How do you have Sex as Full-Time RVers with Kids?
This one’s a doozy. Uh…we are discreet or as discreet as we can be, just like when we were in a house. Sure, the RV shakes a bit and we have to be extra quiet. Otherwise, it’s no different. We either wait until the kids are asleep or feed them, put on the A/C or dehumidifier, turn up the TV and excuse ourselves. We have never been caught in the RV, but were caught in our house long ago. Just take a deep breath and do it. Lol Oh, if the RV has a washer and dryer, set it to run. It apparently makes noise and shakes the RV…so makes it less suspicious.
How do you Cook in Such a Tiny Kitchen?
I’m not going to lie, it can be a challenge to have such a small kitchen. There is not much counter space for food prep or serving, but we have figured out how to make it work. We cook nearly all our meals right inside our little kitchen. The oven is not only used for baking, but also for toasting and reheating. The key to successfully using that oven is to make sure you have a pizza stone to distribute the heat evenly. As for the stovetop, it has 3 burners and there are times when all of them are being used. I don’t ever remember using all 4 burners in my sticks and brick stovetop, so…. We make elaborate breakfast meals and simple lunches and dinners. The only kitchen appliance that we have is a rice cooker. It is small and gets used one a week-ish. We find that our tiny kitchen works very well for what we need.
What about Your Kids? Don’t They Need Their Own Space? Bedrooms?
Our kids have bunk beds with full-sized beds each. There is no door between their bunks and the main living space. They do have curtains and their own lights. We treat those curtains as doors. We respect our children’s space and do not enter without knocking and they control who gets access and when. Even when they have other kids over. It’s not a free-for-all space. There are some RVs that do have bunkrooms for the kids and others even have multiple rooms for everyone. We chose a smaller space for budgetary reasons and ease of finding places to park. Our kids have plenty of privacy because we respect the space that they do have. Having a large room with a door is a modern luxury. We all kind of take it for granted. Our kids never will.
Do you only have 1 bathroom? How do you manage that? I could never do that!
Yes, we only have 1 bathroom. If you think back to the 70s, almost every house only had 1 bathroom. Having multiple baths and half baths is a modern luxury. Before we started RVing, we had 2 bathrooms. Yes, it is convenient when everyone has to go to the bathroom or for efficiency but we have gotten by just fine with just the one. It really isn’t a big deal once you get used to it. And hey, we only have one tiny bathroom to clean!! I call that a win!
So, those aren’t all the questions that we have ever been asked, but they are definitely the ones that stand out the most. What about you? Are you Full-Time RVers with Kids? What have you been asked?