It never ceases to amaze me how much variety there is in this wonderful lifestyle. I hang out with folks in large motorcoaches with all the bells and whistles, and those who’ve converted old vans to the purpose. And by and large, both are happy with their decision to hit the road, no matter the difference in how.
My rig is technically self-contained, but as I never use the shower or water heater and have limited space and less of the amenities of a bigger RV, when I’m in gatherings with other RVers (when I meet up with the Xscapers for instance) what I do feels a lot more like camping. I don’t have a furnace and so stay warm with a sleeping bag at night. I need to monitor my power usage closely because when I’m boondocking I’m surviving on 100 watts.
But when I stay with the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous folks in Quartzsite, my Casita feels like a mansion. I can cook indoors in all types of weather and can relax at my dinette without everyone being able to see what I’m doing.
It’s all a matter of perspective. At some point during your RVing journey you’ll probably wish you could take a different approach: going bigger or smaller, a switch between tow-able or drive-able, a different layout perhaps… the grass is always greener on the other side. And maybe you’ll have the funds to do it and maybe you won’t.
If you don’t right now, try not to get too caught up in it. We always want what we don’t have, even those with a lot of resources always wish for more.
Sometimes, being a satisfied full-timer is learning about what works best for you and saving up to making the switch. But sometimes it’s realizing that the grass is not always greener on the other side, and learning to be satisfied with what you have.
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