For and Against – Living Full-Time in an RV for One Year

Many RV owners have had the thought, but very few follow through with it. What is that thought? Living in an RV, full-time, for a year. The idea sounds great in theory – live in the RV while travelling around the country getting to see new sights and meet new people. What could be better? While it certainly does sound enticing, the devil is often in the details. So, is it a good idea to take on this kind of expedition, or is it something that is better left as a ‘nice idea’?


There are Pros and Cons to Living in Your RV for a Full Year
There are Pros and Cons to Living in Your RV for a Full Year

To get to the bottom of that question, the following content is going to look at both sides of this debate. In the end, it will be up to you to decide if a yearlong commitment to life in an RV is something that you would enjoy.

For: A Can’t Miss Opportunity

If you are already in the position of owning an RV and not having a job that ties you down to one location, you are most of the way toward making this dream a reality. With so few people getting the opportunity to live and travel in their RV for a full year, you would be foolish to pass this chance up. Modern RV’s are designed to be as much like home as possible, so you won’t feel like you are missing out on the amenities of modern life while you travel. In fact, thanks to advancing technology, you can stay connected with friends and family nearly anywhere you are. It is easy to share pictures and stories from along the way, and you could even set up a blog to record your progress and inspire others. In years gone by there might have been worries of loneliness and boredom being so far from home, but today’s technologies have largely eliminated those fears. Will there be a few sacrifices along the way? Sure – but they are more than worth it when you consider the number of great experiences that are waiting along the open road.

Against: Too Many Sacrifices

Yes, modern RV’s are well-built and quite comfortable, but they are not the same as a home. Living in your RV for a week or two is a fun experience, but coming home to it night after night is something else entirely. There isn’t much room to move around inside of an RV, so you and your traveling partner are likely to get on each other’s nerves from time to time. While it would be great to take a year to find a variety of different sights around the country, you won’t be able to enjoy those experiences if you are frustrated with your living situation. One of the reasons that so many people love to travel by RV is because it is a change of pace from everyday life. However, if you make RV living a part of your everyday life, much of the charm and excitement will soon wear off.

The reality of taking a year to live full-time in your RV is probably somewhere between these two arguments. Before deciding once and for all if you are going to take this kind of trip, write out your own list of pros and cons so you can spot potential problems before they arise. If your con list doesn’t cause you to turn and run in the other direction, you might be a good candidate for this kind of life changing experience.

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