Many people have had the idea, and some even put it into action – if staying in my RV is so much fun, why not do it all the time? Full-timers, as they are commonly known, are people who live out of their RV all day, every day. Rather than using the RV as a vacation option, they use it as a home. And while there are plenty of things to like about this idea, there are some obvious downsides and concerns that need to be addressed.
The first issue is space. Even the biggest luxury RV is going to pale in comparison to a traditional home in terms of square footage. A big motorhome will likely come in around 400 square feet or so, while a small house is generally going to be over 1,000 square feet. Quite obviously, living quarters are much tighter when you choose to stay aboard your RV full-time. While that might not seem like a big deal during your normal week long vacation, it can start to wear on you and your partner as the months (and years) go by. Other issues that may crop up include the lack of some amenities like a powerful shower or a great mattress. In order to make it work comfortably, you will need to carefully consider all of the details before getting started.
Find Your Own Space
Even the most devoted couples need their time to be individuals. It will be difficult to maintain your relationship if you are within a few feet of the other person at all times, day and night. Out of respect for the other person, make sure you work to find personal spaces where you can each do your own thing. At first, it may be helpful to schedule this personal time just to make sure it actually happens. For example, you could decide that every night between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. is ‘alone time’. During this window you can each do whatever you would like (read, watch TV, etc.). Over time, you won’t need to formally schedule this personal time and you will just naturally build it in to your day.
Another way to have your own space is to take part in individual activities during the day. Golf, hiking, fishing, biking, and shopping are just a few examples of things that may be enjoyed by one partner and not the other. If you can each maintain your own hobbies, it will make it far easier to spend your time together in close quarters without conflict arising.
Build Relationships with Others
Assuming you are staying in an RV park or resort, make friends with those staying around you. Not only will this give you a chance to have fun meeting new people, it can also facilitate more personal time where you can have your space. For example, if you meet a couple with similar interests as you and your spouse, you might find that the men take up certain activities while the women do other things together. This kind of an arrangement can be a great thing for all involved.
Full-time RV’ing is not for everyone, but it certainly can be done. There are plenty of benefits to living this lifestyle, and you can enjoy your time together by making sure you have some quality time apart as well.