There are so many voices on the internet making their opinion known that it’s hard to know who to listen to when you ask a question about RVing. And once you’ve decide whose answers sound right to you another question arises: Does this person really know what they’re talking about? I don’t want to screw this up!
Going full-timing is such an individualized activity that there is no easy manual to follow to get you there, which can be really frustrating. There’s a lot less anxiety involved in following a plan someone else came up with. But you know how the saying goes, obstacles are placed in our way to see if what we want is really worth fighting for.
Lets look at four common variations of the ‘can I go full-timing’ question that pop up frequently, namely: “I have health concerns / I’m single / I have kids / I’m on a limited budget. Can I still do this?”
Ask any of these online and plenty of people will say no. That it’s too risky to travel with a health condition, that it’s not safe on the road alone, that it isn’t fair to the kids, that you’ll go broke trying to juggle repair fees with other living expenses.
On the other end of the spectrum are people who’ll give an enthusiastic yes and make it sound like a piece of cake.
Both of these answers upset me because they’re too simple.
The truth lies somewhere in the middle, and like much of the full-timing equation cannot be summed up by a one-word answer.
With five years of experience living full-time in an RV, my answer to any of these four is: Yes, but it will be harder. You absolutely will have to put more effort into it and make concessions. Maybe that means sticking to areas where you have access to the medical care you need, or missing out on some destinations because you don’t have a phone signal strong enough for the kid’s school lessons, or traveling less and taking seasonal jobs to stretch your money farther. Going full-timing is not easy, even under the best of circumstances!
To come up with a plan that works for you, you’ll have to do some research, maybe a lot of it. Part of it will be scouring the internet for others who’ve gone RVing with these challenges and been successful (searching for key words is a great way to start – like Googling ‘full-time RVing with kids’). Part of it will be taking a good hard look at your resources and getting creative about how to utilize them.
During that research, you’ll get an idea of the price you’ll have to pay. And I’m not just talking money or time here, I’m talking about opportunity costs and concessions.
And then once you have that clearer picture you can ask yourself the real question: “Knowing what I’ll have to do to make it work, is full-time RVing worth fighting for?” And I’m keeping it real here, for some it won’t be.
And if you discover it isn’t worth fighting for and the decision still breaks your heart?
That’s probably a sign to take a good hard look at your life and make some changes. Create a plan to better your circumstances so that you can consider full-timing in the future. Or figure out what it was about full-timing that appealed to you and look for other things you can do to meet that need.
I have no experience full-timing with a medical condition, or with kids, but I DO know a lot about being single and on a budget! If either of these concerns is holding you back from full-timing, check out the Resources Page or my book, Solo Full-time RVing On A Budget.
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