I was talking with two fellow solo women full-timers recently and the conversation turned to how we all got started RVing, and one of the gals brought up a point that really stuck with me.
She said she had been struggling with downsizing out of her house, and how overwhelmed she was feeling at the thought of having to sell all of her possessions. So she asked for advice on a Facebook group she was in. Her spirits were bolstered by all the positive responses she received but one stood out above the others. That man’s recommendation was just to sell the big ticket items, and then give away everything else in whatever way was easiest for her, she could always make more money later in other ways.
She said she felt freed by this advice, which goes against the conventional wisdom of recouping every dime you can while transitioning to full-timing. It took away a lot of the stress of moving into her RV and just made the experience so much more positive, not having to worry about how to sell every little thing she had.
I loved this story because it highlights a point I’ve always been adamant about when it comes to full-time RVing, which is that everyone is going to find their own way and you don’t need to follow anyone else’s rules about what this lifestyle should look like.
- It’s okay if you’re stationary part or all of the year
- It’s okay to full-time in whatever type of rig works best for you
- It’s okay to switch rigs at anytime
- It’s okay to travel alone
- It’s okay to travel with family
- It’s okay to travel with pets
- It’s okay to travel with friends
- It’s okay if you’re not rich
- It’s okay if you are rich
- It’s okay to commit to RVing for a certain period of time
- It’s okay to keep a storage locker
- It’s okay to like to keep to yourself
- It’s okay to be a social butterfly
- It’s okay to have a home port
- It’s okay if you think RV parks are best
- It’s okay if you think boondocking is best
- It’s okay if you carry superfluous items in your RV
- It’s okay to decide you need to get off the road for a while
- It’s okay to travel slow
- It’s okay to travel fast
- It’s okay to have a simple camp
- It’s okay to be a glamper
You get the point. What’s not okay is when your decisions on how to live your life negatively impact other people. You love music? Great! Listen to it at your campsite. But respect that your neighbors don’t want to be hearing it at midnight when they’re trying to sleep. You have dogs? Great! They’ll probably love camping with you. But respect that not everyone loves dogs and don’t let them roam off-leash in populated areas.
In general, RVers are some of the kindest, most helpful, most accepting people I’ve ever met. I feel that most who choose this lifestyle hold a similar philosophy of live and let live. But sometimes, especially online where that screen offers a sense of anonymity, I see cases of people pushing their own opinions about full-timing onto others. And that’s not okay.
Live your best RVing life. Be kind to yourself and do what works for you. And be considerate and let others do what works for them. We’re all human, after all.