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5 Things to Do Before Becoming a Full-Time RVer

There’s nothing like hitting the road full time – it brings unparalleled freedom. But there are a few things that you need to do before you become a full-time RVer. Check out our tips and tricks for living life on the road.

Pick the Right RV

Buying an RV is a huge commitment. That’s why picking the right one the first time is so important. You’ll want to consider these quick tips when buying an RV:

  • Determine Your Budget – How much can you afford? Keep in mind that the cost is not only the initial RV purchase but also insurance, maintenance, operating costs to travel, etc.
  • Determine Your Family Needs – How many people will be traveling with you? Will you be bringing pets or specialized equipment on your adventures? A place to sleep may not be the only requirement your travelers hope to check off the list.
  • Decide on the Type of RV – Next consider the type of RV you’d like to have. RV categories include Type A, Type C, or Type B motorhomes, Fifth Wheels, and Travel Trailers. If you are bringing some equipment like ATVs or golf carts along, the Toy Hauler family is another available option. A good place to start researching the types of RVs is on RV Trader.

Looking for more detailed guidance? Check out our RV Buyer’s Guide for more detailed information on selecting your perfect RV.

Minimize Your “Things”

Living life on the road means taking only what you need with you. Space is typically limited in most RVs so you’ll want to consolidate your items to only the essentials. Getting rid of items is always a bit hard, especially if they have sentimental value, but it’s important to maintain a more minimalist lifestyle in an RV. Try creating a checklist of essential items you’ll need during your travels and be sure to stick to it! If you have seasonal items that you need to store, look into storage facilities that can house these items for you until you need them.

Be Ready For Anything… Including Maintenance

It’s important to have a “go with the flow” mentality on the road but it’s equally important to be as prepared as possible. We encourage you to pack a basic safety and tool kit should any problems arise. We also recommend having a budget set aside for any RV maintenance that might be needed as you’re traveling. Maintenance can be costly at times, and you don’t want to deplete your savings at a moment’s notice.

Find Reliable Campsites or Explore Boondocking

After long days of travel, you need to find reliable places to park your RV for the night. Luckily, there are thousands of RV Parks and Campgrounds across the country, but they aren’t always the easiest to find along your route. We highly recommend planning your campsites ahead of time or try downloading apps like Park Advisor, Reserve America, or Allstays to find the nearest sites in an instant. If you are looking to save a bit of money on the road, boondocking or “dry camping” is also a great option to consider.

Prepare to Work on the Road

To most people, the terms “working” and “traveling” don’t always go together but when you are a full-time RVer, they can go hand in hand. When you’re working from the road, you’ll need to make sure you have a reliable source of WiFi. We recommend looking into buying your own mobile hotspot device so you can have Internet access wherever you find yourself. It’s also a great idea to create a dedicated workspace in your RV to increase focus on the road.

If you’ve been curious about becoming a full-time RVer, our friends at Live, Camp, Work are hosting their free Make Money & RV Virtual Summit on October 1-5. Their panel of engaging speakers will cover everything you need to know about living life on wheels including remote work, workamping, small business ideas, and so much more. They will also be sharing stories from the road, practical advice, top tips, and insider info all RVers should know. You won’t want to miss this – trust us.

Interested in this exciting, insightful, and high-value event? Register for the free Make Money & RV Virtual Summit at the link below and get ready to hit the road!

 

 

 

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Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan is a Content Curator for Trader Interactive, serving the recreational brands RV Trader and Cycle Trader. Her mission is to provide thoughtful, practical content to those who are always on the hunt for their next adventure.

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