Top 3 Things to Consider Before Choosing an RV for Full-Timing
Thinking about taking the plunge to become a full-time RVer? Here are some tips for choosing the best rig for your needs.
Think About Your Vacation Preferences
Whether you’re new to the RV lifestyle or an old pro, it’s important to think about what you normally enjoy when you go on vacation. Are you an outdoorsy type who’d rather be in nature than anywhere else? Or do you always want to have the creature comforts of home at your disposal? Your preferences can be a good indicator of the type of RV that you’d feel comfortable full timing in. For example, if you’re the outdoorsy type, you may want to camp in state and national parks where campsites for big rigs are few and far between. As such, a small travel trailer or camper van that’s nimble, able to traverse varying terrain, and fit in tight spots might be your best choice. But if you like to stay comfortable at all times, a larger Class A motorhome or coach that you use in campgrounds or RV resorts may be more up your alley for full-time life.
Consider Your Job and the Workspace You’ll Need
Most people who full time continue to work in some capacity. Luckily, there are many jobs that support this so you could still earn income while working remotely. However, you’ll need to consider how your workspace fits into your RV. Do you only need a laptop and the internet to do your job? Then maybe you don’t need a rig with a ton of space. Or, maybe you require a more robust desktop setup or work table space to do your job and would need to have a dedicated workstation built out in your RV. Think also about how being able to work and the types of places you want to stay long-term are compatible. If you need a constant connection to the internet to do your job, boondocking in the wilderness may not be possible at all times.
What’s Your Budget?
Ultimately, to get to the full-time RVing lifestyle, it will take an investment in a rig and whatever modifications are needed to make it home for you. For this reason, mapping out a budget is necessary. How much can you safely spend on an RV? Will you finance some or all of the purchase? How will you pay for general upkeep and any major repairs that are needed? Will you pay for campgrounds or try to camp for free as much as possible? What about gas? You need to ask yourself these and other questions to ensure that you have a reasonable plan and money to back it up.
Are you a full-time RVer? What factors did you consider when choosing a rig to live in? Let us know in the comments or contact us today!