I have good and bad news about life in full-time campers. It’s been two years and four months since we settled in our Big Foot Truck Camper on the banks of the Missouri, and we’ve had an adventurous journey during that time that we wouldn’t trade for anything; But there is good and bad news about life in full-time motorhomes.
If you are already leading this fantastic life in freedom, your experiences will surely match the good and bad news that I share about life in full-time motorhomes, and you may have insights to share something that I missed.
But if you’re still starting and are ready to break away from the old to the new … and at the same time you’re wondering and worried about this lifestyle … the following good and bad news about life in full-time RVs will either convince them to take the plunge or make you rethink your plans.
The good news :: Simplifying your life by downsizing will be one of the most liberating experiences of your life. When you get rid of all the “stuff” that fills every room, closet, drawer, and garage, you’ll feel like you’ve lost 100 pounds, like lifting yourself up like a balloon on a windy day.
The bad news : Now that you have scaled down and everything fits in your motorhome, shopping in the mall is losing its appeal. You will no longer be looking for more “things” to decorate the walls of your house, more “tools and equipment” to fill your garage, more dishes, clothes and shoes to fill the cupboards and cupboards.
You will quickly find that buying something new will require removing something that you already have because your living space is limited. If you are a “keeper” of sentimental things, you have to let go. Aunt Martha’s tea service needs to find a new home to make room for what is needed for a full-time motorhome.
The good news: Your social circle will expand! Driving to a campsite is like pulling up a chair on a dear friend’s porch. Full-time motorhome life brings you to a new environment where everyone is happy to see you, to welcome you and to share stories of adventure and travel. It’s a big difference from the suburbs, where everyone concentrates on everyday life, going to work and quickly taking care of everything they own … as if they were wearing blinders that prevent them from seeing and to get to know their neighbors.
The bad news: If you are a loner and don’t like to be around people, you want to avoid campers. They will attract you with their inviting greetings and invite you to sit down, pull up a camping chair, drink a beer or iced tea, enjoy a grilled burger and sit around the campfire. It could be a life changing experience for you!
The good news: Full-time living in motorhomes gives you the magical opportunity to spend time with nature … see the beauty of this wondrous country, watch gorgeous sunrises and sunsets over beaches and canyons, sleep under the stars, catch up the sights and sounds of coyotes and owls and frogs and whippoorwills.
The bad news: Nature will definitely welcome you in your living room … frogs and spiders as well as mice and mosquitoes find their way into your motorhome. Stepping on a frog with bare feet in the dark is a rude awakening to your day! If you forget that standing with the door open at dusk is an open invitation for a wild mosquito party, you will go mad in the evening!
The good news: Living in full-time motorhomes creates creative ingenuity that you haven’t noticed. Suddenly you are a master organizer, a handyman and a creative designer and engineer when you find ways to make everything work smoothly … you become as awesome as a survivor in the wild. When your water heater runs out, the Bunn coffee machine becomes an instant source of heated water for washing up. In addition, your widespread social community (campers at the campsite or online) kindly shares advice and tricks for any problem you want to fix.
The bad news: If you are not mechanically inclined, you need to find a good RV specialist to fix the problems that arise when you start full-time RV life. How cool it is that our local’s name is James Bond! He is our point of contact if something does not work properly because we are mechanically challenged – able to hold a hammer, a screwdriver and pliers. The water hose, the sewage system and the propane tanks can be connected. However, they have no idea about pipes and circuits, as well as seals and fittings under the hood and inside the motorhome.
The good news: Every day is a new adventure if you spend all day on motorhomes. The open road is your canvas and you can paint any landscape you want. Full-time motorhomes come in all shapes and sizes … some travel constantly, others follow the good weather, others settle and work for months or work voluntarily. The colorful diversity of the full-time RVing lifestyle creates a beautiful masterpiece.
The bad news: If you are not flexible, you will end up being frustrated. If, as in all life, you live in full-time motorhomes when you cannot adapt, change and accept things, you will be in trouble. If one thing doesn’t work … if something breaks and causes a detour and delay in your plans … flexibility is required. Learning to deal with the flow of life on the street and seeing every problem – big or small – as an opportunity for a new experience is necessary for this life in freedom.
This is my list of good and bad news about living in full-time RVs.
Seasoned RVs will surely have to add a lot more to the list. This is what we learned from our 2½ years in our truck camper. As I said at the beginning, I would not exchange this lifestyle for a mansion, a three-bedroom house or an apartment.
If you dream of living a life in freedom …
When traveling is a constant attraction to your heart everywhere and everywhere …
When your eyes light up like a child in ToysRUs, when you see hundreds of motorhomes on a sales lot …
When passing a motorhome on the street arouses the desire for trading places with the driver …
Then the good and bad news about living in full-time motorhomes will help you decide if this lifestyle is right for you.