You’re on your way south to your first work-camping gig, a newly minted young full-time RVer rearing to get out and see America. You’re not due in to this job for another week and are ahead of schedule, so you pick a random state park in Missouri to spend a few nights in, it’s on your way to your destination.
You’ve not familiar with the area. You’ve probably heard this region is called the “Ozarks”, but that doesn’t mean much to you. It’s a forested countryside of rolling hills, pretty enough, but not as spectacular as scenery you’ve seen on the RVing blogs you follow – the places you’re going to go visit once this job is over and you have some money saved up for a good long travel.
Once you’re settled into your RV site, you take a walk along the Roaring River, the park’s namesake. You head up steam, the water is shallow and very clear. The trees growing on the banks are just starting to show hints of fall color. It’s September and a weekday. The kids are back in school, the corporate world is hard at work, so you have the place almost to yourself and it’s very peaceful.
Around a bend a tall limestone cliff juts out from the trees, it has to be at least 300 feet tall and very steep. You walk closer to investigate, and gasp.
An azure pool sits at the base of the cliff, bluer than any water you’ve seen before. Trout swim in the shallows where the pool feeds the stream you’ve been walking along. It’s so quiet that you can hear the gentle dripping of water runoff from the cliff. You had no idea this was here, and it’s all yours.
You can’t help but crack a grin. Not the careful smile of an adult who knows not to get too carried away, but the reckless, ear-splitting grin of a child.
This is why you did it, put in all of the time and effort it took to get on the road. It was for experiences just like this.
There are a lot of folks that dream of perpetual travel and a life full of adventure, but don’t pursue it because it seems like such a fairy tale. Others try, but hit a wall and become discouraged when they discover how complicated it is to make the switch.
It’s particularly challenging when you’re still working, on a budget, and single. How do you decide what RV is best without breaking the bank? How do you stay safe traveling alone? And how much money does it cost to get on the road, anyway?
Introducing Solo Full-time RVing On A Budget, a guide designed to get people just like you on the road quicker.
The Perfect Tow Vehicle Worksheet
To help you choose the perfect tow vehicle if you go that route.
The RV Inspection Checklist
Take this checklist and question sheet with you when looking at used RVs.
The Perfect Small RV Worksheet
To help you choose your perfect small RV.
The Money Worksheet
A worksheet, and an Excel spreadsheet (with the digital version) to help you manage your finances for a quicker takeoff.
The Resource I Wish I Had When My Story Began
Solo Full-time Rving On A Budget is not a novel with fluff and filler text, but a condensed and practical 54-page guide of no-nonsense advice and knowledge designed to get you on the road now, instead of in some ill-defined future after retirement.
It answers all your questions about how to get started, how much money you'll need, and how to stay safe.
This guide is the culmination of my knowledge from years of full-time RVing travel.
Who This Guide Is For
This guide was written for Americans who are interested in going full-time RVing, but who are still in the planning phase and looking for answers. More specifically it’s for:
Those interested in small RVing and living a simpler lifestyle.
Pre-retirement folks who still need to work.
Those who have a limited budget to get started with.
People who are single/will be traveling alone.
If you match two of the above criteria you’ll find value in this guide, but the more you match, the more you’ll get out of it. Oh, maybe I should add a fifth bullet-point, and this one is mandatory for everyone:
Anyone looking for a better work/life balance and a more fulfilling existence.
What People Are Saying
Frequently Asked Questions
If the big dream you’re currently contemplating is going full-time RVing, Solo Full-time RVing On A Budget will likely be a better fit, especially if you’re the target audience I wrote that guide for, namely: if you’re planning to travel solo, are working-age, interested in small RVing, and/or are on a budget.
For all other dreams (or if you don’t know exactly what your dreams are yet), this guide will work the best.
But, as most people who are interested in RVing also have other dreams and goals, having both guides is certainly beneficial. I wrote them to compliment each other, and this guide can be applied to full-timing as easily as any other dream. There is a little overlap in the money section in both guides, but 95% of the material is unique to each so it isn’t a waste to own both.
Not at all. This is a guide, not a book. It’s been condensed into a useful no-nonsense format so that you get to the meat of the subjects quickly, without having to read through fluff text. And there is a lot of information in there, it’s the length of 26 of my average blog posts.
Everyone knows that there is no simple 1, 2, 3 step chart for going full-time RVing, or someone would have written it up already. There is a comprehensive table of contents. This way you can pick and choose the topics that matter most for your own unique situation as you need them, and can go back and reference them again later without having to re-read the whole guide.
Nope. It’s true I’ve talked about most of these topics on IO at some point or another, but here the subjects have been expanded, refined, and are fully updated. Some of it is completely new, like the tow vehicle information and the budget calculation formula. As for other authors, it’s true there is a lot of information out there on how to go full-time RVing. But people who’ve written extensively from first-hand experience about how to go pre-retirement, on a budget, solo, in a small RV are rare.
I traveled with my best friend Julie from October 2014 to early April 2015 while she was on sabbatical from her career – we’d always wanted to travel together. I’d been a solo RVer for two years before that, and have been since then.
Paperback, PDF, and Kindle, but for the Kindle edition the worksheets still come in PDF format (see next question).
The paperback version has the worksheets included in the appendix at the back of the guide. The PDF version has the worksheets bundled with the guide into one ZIP file, so you get everything automatically.
Amazon does not allow authors to bundled multiple files together into one purchase, and even if it did the charts on the worksheets would not translate well into Kindle format. If you buy the Kindle version, you’ll only get the guide automatically. But, inside the Kindle version of the guide in section 1C is a link to a private page where you will be able to download the worksheets.
If you’re buying the Kindle version, you’ll need a Kindle, or to have the Kindle app installed on your computer, Android, or Apple device.
If you’re buying the PDF version (and for the PDF worksheets!) you’ll need Adobe Acrobat or another program or app that is capable of reading .pdf files – which many computers and devices these days come with.
For Apple users you’ll need the free iBooks app or another app capable of reading PDFs. If you’re buying the PDF version Safari may wig out when you try to download or open the ZIP file from E-Junkie (the company that manages the PDF format of my guide), but be patient. When you click the Download link in the e-mail, it may download in the background without giving you a notification. It may also say it isn’t downloading when it really is. This is an issue that E-Junkie is aware of with a small percentage of Apple users and they are working on a solution. If you have any troubles with the download, please e-mail me and I can send the ZIP file to you directly which will solve the problem.
The paperback and Kindle versions are purchased directly from Amazon’s website, and they’ll handle payment and delivery.
For the PDF version, E-junkie is handling the shopping cart and product delivery, which will come through e-mail. They’re a commonly used service and are well rated. PayPal is handling the money – again a very secure, safe system. You’ll be able to pay using a PayPal account or a credit/debit card, same as with the Donation button on the side of my site.
Note: If you’re indifferent about which digital version you get, might I suggest the PDF format. That way you don’t need to go through extra steps to get the worksheets, and you’re also buying it direct from me so Amazon doesn’t get 30% of the proceeds.
As stated above, if you matched two of the four criteria at the start of this page you’d likely get your money's worth out of this guide, the more you match, the better deal it’d be.
Don’t wait for the perfect moment to present itself.
If you’ve been looking to make the leap from stationary living to full-time RVing with more freedom, independence, and flexibility to do the things that matter most to you, then don’t wait for the perfect moment to present itself.
That "perfect moment" will never come, the time to start is now.
Get the guide as a PDF, Kindle, or paperback. I look forward to hearing from you on the road. Safe travels and happy trails!