Fulltiming Secrets You Wish You Knew One Year Ago

Living full-time in your RV can be a fun adventure. Of course, it also has the potential to be a bit of a nightmare. If you are going to live in your RV full-time and have the experience be a positive one, you need to have a good plan in place before setting out. Whether you are getting ready to full-time for the first time, or if you have been doing it for a while and wish to improve the experience, the tips included below should help you get the most out of this lifestyle.

Fulltime RVing 2Life Can Be Simple

Many people freak out at the start of their full-timing experience because they think they will need to somehow cram everything from their home into their RV before they head out. That simply isn’t true. You don’t need most of the things that you own, and your life will probably be more enjoyable without them. Think about all of the stuff in your house – when was the last time you used most of it? Exactly. Leave a lot of your material possessions behind and enjoy the freedom.

It Isn’t That Scary

Life doesn’t change all that much from day to day, even if you switch from living in a ‘traditional’ home to living in an RV. As long as you have a good plan and the financial side of your life in order, you should be just fine. Many people put off trying to live full-time in an RV for years because they are scared of the unknown. Put aside those fears, replace them with a logical plan for how you are going to make this lifestyle work for you, and take the plunge when you are ready.

43Everyone Needs Space

If you are going to be living in your RV full-time with a significant other (or if you already are), it is important to acknowledge the fact that everyone needs their own personal space. Even though you are on this adventure together and you enjoy spending time with one another, it is healthy for all involved to maintain your own personal hobbies and free time. Plan alone time into your schedule so you don’t eventually drive each other crazy within the walls of the RV.

Good Weather is Your Friend

Is is certainly possible to live in an RV while dealing with bad weather outside, but why would you? One of the great things about living in an RV is that you can always fire up the engine and head somewhere different. Think ahead in terms of likely seasonal weather conditions and plan a lifestyle that allows you to enjoy the kind of weather you love. Remember, this is up to you in terms of your personal preferences – some people love hot weather, while others prefer cool and breezy. Whatever weather it is that makes you feel at peace and at home, point your RV in that direction.

Life at Your Own Pace

Another of the great benefits of full-timing is the opportunity to slow life down and live at your own pace. Even if you are out on the road with an ultimate destination in mind, you probably don’t need to rush all the way to get there. Take your time, see things along the way, and enjoy life at a pace that most others don’t get to experience.


  1. Took the plunge 2 months later laid-off from work. Thank goodness I got out of a $1100 monthly lease. On the road, more job opportunities and plenty of adventure with the TV off. Never looked back.

  2. Been full timing for two years now. Took a while to find the right RV. Like a home, RVs have issues too. Learn as much as you can about how to fix the little things. Weigh the cost of factory warranties vs just fixing it with a local RV guy. This is the life!

  3. Advice request I’m about to embark on full timing and have never done it even once. Trailer or RV? Single with 2 active dogs and an electronics freak, that’s my lifestyle, so I don’t want to disconnect from conveniences like satellite and internet. Seems like with a trailer I have many more pulling options and get a lot more for my money, but with a driveable rv while much more expensive I could pull a jeep for some offroading. I hate to overspend because I don’t know how many years of it I can take, I’m honestly more worried about challenges like finding places to park the rv without being gouged. Any books you would recommend that are very recently written or blogs?

    • Also let me add I’m the type that just jumps in and does it I have no fear when it comes to changing, so I don’t feel the need to rent one and “see if I like it”, I’ve always loved travel and moving so I have no doubts about what I’m getting into, I just need advice to avoid pitfalls from others who have done this with dogs. So far most of teh RV parks I have called on the west coast seem very dog-unfriendly, these dogs will need to be outside a lot even in an RV lot because they are border collies.