RV Retirement Living

It is estimated that between 1 and 1 1/2 million people live at least part of the year in their RV.

If you love to travel, then an RV retirement lifestyle may be for you.


Most RV’s get 8 to 10 miles per gallon so if you consider the fact that you don’t have $100 a night motel bills and you don’t have to eat out everyday, it’s really a pretty reasonable way to travel.


According to an informal poll taken by RVHometown.com, half of those polled said they live on less than $2000 a month while 11% said they get by on less than $700 a month.


Many retired folks save money while on the road by spending some nights in the parking lot of Wal-Mart instead of spending $35 a night for deluxe accommodations in a campground while others save money by “boondocking” (camping without hookups) on Bureau of Land Management Property for little or nothing.


If you choose to stay awhile, most RV Communities offer daily, monthly, weekly or even annual rates. And, unlike other retirement communities, if you don’t like the neighborhood, you can move. If the neighbor’s dog barks, you can move. You have the freedom to go wherever you want.


You may not want this lifestyle for the rest of your life. Some folks live in their RV’s for a while and later on decide to move back into a conventional home. Still others retire their RV’s to special parks like CARE (Continued Assistance For Retired Escapees), in Livingston, Texas where RVers who are ill or disabled can continue to live in their RV’s and get daily help for around $700 a month.


RV retirement living is not for everyone. Some people find it very difficult to go from living in a 2000-square-foot home to one that is 1/10th the size. Another thing that you have to take into consideration is that there is no “escape” from the person you are living with. You can’t go work in the yard or go out to the garage. You’re stuck with them, 24/7.


If you’re not sure that this is the lifestyle for you but you’d like to give it a try, consider buying a used RV, keep your home and rent it out. That way you’ll be able to try it and see if it’s for you.

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