Everyone has an opinion about Fulltime RVers. Some of it is super rosy and some of it is the total opposite. Either way, you will find someone with a strong opinion of fulltime RVing. Today I am going to tackle a few Fulltime RVer myths that I have heard or had directed at myself and my family. Join me as I bust through them.
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Fulltime RVers & Money
There’s this idea that full-time RVers are rich. However, there is another group of people that think Fulltime RVers are poor.
So which is it?
Well, it’s both and it’s also neither. There are definitely some fulltime RVers that are rich and they aren’t always so easy to spot. Sure, some of the folks pulling in with their Provost probably fit into this category, but so do folks in older Airstreams dry camping on free lands.
Some folks may be fulltime RVing because they have no other options. It’s this or sleeping under the stars every night. It may be temporary to save up money or get out of debt, or it may be long term.
Then there are those full-timers that are somewhere in-between.
Here’s the thing though, does it even matter? Whether they are full-timing in a $500k rig or a $3k rig, we all have to dump our tanks.
Fulltime RVers with Kids are Irresponsible
I can probably write an entire book on this one, but I won’t. Not today anyway.
There are so many people out there that can’t wrap their heads around fulltime RVing with kids. They want to see kids in a “stable” environment and socializing in schools..and so many other socially defined systems and roles.
Personally, I can’t see anything more stable than the safety of home. And not just home, but of being with your parents almost all the time. To have the freedom to choose your friends and to not be forced to face people you don’t want to be around all the time because they are bullies or just make you feel bad about yourselves.
Also, there is little socialization that happens in schools. When do they do this? During lunch or recess? What about the rest of the day? They are in class, aren’t they?
Our kids have the ability to grow and learn who they are without being compared and ranked against others. Can you imagine the confidence and self-love they are able to develop? Not because they are better than anyone else, but because they just know what they are capable of and are able to be true to themselves.
Some say they aren’t being prepared for the real world. It all depends on how you view the real world. As far as I can tell, I can choose who I spend my time with and I have created a life that gives me that freedom. I want my kids to have that freedom now and I want them to know they have that freedom in the future as well, if they choose it.
Fulltime RVers that are working age need to have “real” jobs
Last I checked, Robert and I both have real jobs. Just because they aren’t Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm does not mean they aren’t real.
Almost all the fulltime RVers that we have met work, even some retirees. The work does look different, but we work in a way that fits our lives. We have what we need to feed ourselves, adventure, and pay for all the other things we need and want. Some of us are able to save up for retirement and have investments as well.
Technology and companies that offer remote and flexible positions have made fulltime travel a possibility. We don’t have to work traditional jobs in a traditional setting. The world is changing and we are eagerly thinking differently and working jobs that fulfill us in different ways.
Clearly, it isn’t about the house and the vacations for us. It is the everyday quality of life that we are interested in.
Fulltime RVers need to invest in a house
OK. So I get this one, I really do, but…
The idea here, of course, is that you buy a house and then years down the road, you sell it for more than you paid and you get some real cash out of it. Equity…
I’ve also heard this all overrated.
If having a house brings you joy and security and all things that make your life amazing, that’s awesome. Keep the house, live your happy life.
If having a house brings you stress and insecurity and a competitive spirit and you pour your life into it and get no joy, why do you even have that house? Stop it. Do what brings you joy.
We have owned a house. And we sold it and you know what, we got $11,000 out of it. We had it for almost 10 years. And we sold it after renting it out for nearly 3 years because we had moved out of state…for our Monday-Friday 9 am to 5 pm job we had.
So, investing in a house…ah…it can be a good thing, but there is no guarantee.
Fulltime RVers don’t care about the environment
Although I don’t hear this one often, it really bothered me. Although fulltime RVers consume a lot of fuel (gasoline and/or diesel), that’s really it. Otherwise, RVers that fulltime aren’t consumers of things and we use less electricity and water, especially those of us that dry camp (RV camp without sewer, electric, and water).
Going fulltime means becoming aware of how much is consumed in a house. I’ll never forget the first time we went boondocking and ran out of 45 gallons of freshwater in just a few days. We quickly learned how to conserve that water and now we can last 7 days on 45 gallons of freshwater. As for electricity, nothing makes you turn off lights and enjoy and appreciate nature like running a gas generator…and really make you want solar – nature’s powerhouse.
Campgrounds and RV parks do not usually provide receptacles for recycling. This is definitely a problem, or is it? It’s not really about recycling, it’s about consuming less and creating less trash…fulltime RVing or not.
Like so many other things in life, RVers are an eclectic bunch. We come in all shapes, sizes, occupations, ages, income levels, and RVing styles. Never judge a book by its cover or an RVer by their rig or a Netflix show by its thumbnail.
Want to keep reading or need additional resources to get you on the road?
- Make Money While RVing – How to become an RV Digital Nomad and Land that RV Remote Work
- 6 Ways to Make Money While Full Time RVing