What You Need to Know for RVing in Your Retirement

Turning to the RV lifestyle in retirement is a popular choice for thousands of people across the country. No longer tied to a work schedule, retired individuals and couples are free to explore the beauty of nature from the convenience of an RV. Of course, there are a few complications that can come along with living out of an RV in your later years, which is why we have offered up some tips below. By consulting these tips, you should have a great chance to spend many enjoyable retired years living in an RV on either a full-time or part-time basis.

colorful sunset in the seaYou Need the Right RV

One of the keys to enjoying some of your retirement in an RV is purchasing the perfect rig for your needs. There are a number of considerations to make when buying your own rig, including the following points –

  • Obviously, you don’t want to get in over your head when it comes to how much money you spend on the RV. You likely have a fixed income in place for your retired years, so work out your budget carefully and make a smart choice that will leave you with flexibility from a financial perspective.
  • If you are going to be traveling with your spouse or partner in the years to come, you probably don’t need the largest RV on the lot. However, you do want enough space to live for weeks at a time without getting on each other’s nerves. As a general rule of thumb, you will want to match up the size of your RV with the length of the trips you plan to take. Those only traveling a few days at a time can easily get by with a small rig, while longer trips will require a bigger vehicle.

Think About Healthcare

We all need additional healthcare as we age – it’s just a fact of life. With that in mind, you will want to plan your RV trips to places where you can get the care you need on a consistent basis. For example, it would be a bad idea to plan a trip deep into the wilderness for an extended period if you or your partner has a condition that may require attention. A medical issue that arises when in a remote area can quickly become a serious emergency, so don’t put yourself in an unnecessarily dangerous situation.

Long-term Stays Offer Savings

If you are going to be taking long trips in your RV to a variety of destinations, think about looking for campgrounds which offer discounts when you stay for a long period of time. For instance, the rate for staying for a full month in a given spot may be significantly cheaper than what you would spend on a per-night basis. This is a great way to go for retired travelers who are willing and able to stay for a long time in a single location.

Retirement and RV travel are a great partnership, but it will be up to you do decide exactly how to best spend these years. Are you going to take on the RV lifestyle full-time, or are you just going to take a few trips throughout the year? Make a detailed plan and then set about putting that plan into action as soon as possible.


  • We are new to RVing and we need some advice. I have a 36 ft Jayco Seneca and I am towing a 1976 CJ 5 Jeep. We are planning a cross country trip from Arizona to Florida. The Jeep is a standard shift. Do I need to do anything else besides putting the transmission and four wheel drive in neutral?

    • Check with the manual for the CJ 5 Jeep. We have a Honda CRV (2014) auto transmission. Our manual for the CRV provides detailed instructions on towing the CRV. I am sure your manual has those instructions as well. Best wishes on your travels.

  • I believe all towed vehicles not on a dolly need brakes installed that can be controlled from inside the RV. It’s called a brake controller. You can ask your RV dealer also. Happy trails.

  • Hi, we dingy or flat tow our 2015 Chev Colorado Z71 – 4×4 behind our 2013 Jayco Melbourne with a Blue Ox tow package – we put our Colorado in neutral, then switch to 4 low (leave in neutral) turn the key to ACC, then disconnect the negative on the battery. (check with your vehicle manufacture booklet on how to dingy or flat tow) We also have the OX braking system that goes in the towed vehicle. there is a website connected to the Blu Ox towing systems that will outline what you can tow and how – do a lot of investigating to ensure you do this correctly otherwise you will blow your transmission on your towed vehicle. We have seen many different variations of towed vehicles – on dolly’s, or full trailers. Hope this helps.

  • For safety I would put a brake assist in the Jeep. Brake Buddy is a good one. I would use one of those or something similar.

  • One big item you left off the list…make sure Mama knows how to drive your rig in case anything happens to Papa! I’ve heard it time and time again (and so has my husband) so when we got our new motorhome, we spent alot if time in vacant parking lots taking turns practicing driving, backing up and parking. Take turns. Get comfortable. Be a team and be safe!