How To Live In An RV Camper Year Round (Beginners Guide)Elijah White
Living in an RV year round is a fun way to travel, but it might not be for everyone. It's an experience that will change the way you think about travel forever.
In order to live in an RV year round, you have to be prepared for all seasons and have the right tools for any weather or situation. You need to think about what your needs are and what kind of vehicle will work best for them and then find a way to make that happen.
It's a good idea to spend a few years researching first. You want to make sure that this is something that will fit into your life and budget before making any major changes. There are many different types of RVs out there, so it's important to find one that works best for you.
There are a lot of things to consider before you move into an RV full time. Below I’ll talk about some of the most essential things to keep in mind about the lifestyle and give you an overview of things to consider about RVing. All of this information may seem daunting at first but keep in mind this is a process that can take years. It may take you a long time before you’re ready to make the move.
It took me almost a year longer than I anticipated to be living in my RV, and there were still renovations and changes that needed to be done while my wife and I used it as our primary living space. This was after around four years of research, so don’t get intimidated by how daunting the process can feel. It goes by slowly over time.
How Important is Researching Before RV Life?
If you’re planning on living in an RV year round, it is important to do as much research as possible. There are many factors that can affect your decision and make or break your decision to live in an RV year round.
If you're considering living in an RV year round then you should be aware of the cost of living expenses and other necessities that come with the lifestyle. Buying food, supplies, and fuel in unfamiliar locations can be time consuming and more expensive than usual.
There are also things to consider such as maintenance costs and where to stay during emergencies.
Things To Consider Before Living Full Time in an RV
First and foremost is the cost of owning an RV full-time. The average price tag for a Class A motorhome can range anywhere between $50,000-$100,000.
Even if you decide to purchase used or second hand vehicles rather than new ones like some people do, the price can still add up quickly when you factor in maintenance costs over time.
Invest in good gear and an RV that can handle the elements you'll be facing year-round. Awnings, solar panels, and other accessories are expensive but worth it if you want to live off-grid while traveling.
If you're thinking about living in an RV full-time, it's important to understand that there are many challenges that come with this type of lifestyle. While it may be possible, it requires careful planning and preparation before moving forward with your plans.
There are many things that can go wrong when living in your vehicle all year long: weather-related issues such as heat damage or cold-weather discomfort; mechanical breakdowns; theft; vandalism; and more.
Living in an RV takes advanced planning, but it can be done successfully.
Renting an RV Before Buying One
Renting an RV first is a great way to test out the RV lifestyle, see if it’s right for you and your family. You can get a feel for what it will be like to live in one, whether or not you are ready for it.
Preparing For RV Life
You should know your goals and why you want to live in an RV year round. This will help you make the decision of whether or not living in an RV is right for you, as well as give insight into what life will be like if things don't work out the way you'd hoped.
What are your short-term and long-term goals? How far do these goals stretch? Do they extend beyond this summer or even this year? If so, how soon do they need to be completed?
Who else is involved in helping these goals come together (if any)? Are there people who can help with daily tasks like cleaning up after meals or keeping track of finances, etc., or should he/she just focus on one aspect at a time until there's enough time left over whenever possible
Think about what you will buy with you and what you will sell, donate or throw away.Keep a list of all the things that are essential to your life in an RV year-round.
This can include things like food, water, clothing and toiletries; it also includes those things that don't have a place in the truck (like your books) or those that aren't worth selling (like your extra clothes).
Finding A Place to Park Your RV
If you’re going to be living in an RV year-round, it’s important that you have a place where your vehicle can stay at night. You can rent an RV or park near one of the many campgrounds that exist throughout the country, but if you want privacy and peace of mind, consider buying property outright for your RV.
There are several options for finding a place to park your RV: public campgrounds, private resort parks, and roadside parking spots. Each option has its pros and cons; some are more convenient than others depending on where you live.
Deciding where and how you will park your RV year round is a crucial first step in the process of living in an RV year round. The key is finding a place where there are no seasonal restrictions on parking or usage costs.
For example, if you're planning on staying at campgrounds with hookups for electricity and water/sewerage services then this may not be possible since these facilities often have restrictions regarding how long someone can stay each day before having to pay additional fees for being there beyond what was originally paid for when renting space from them through rental agreements.
Parking at Campgrounds and RV Parks
Campgrounds are great places to stay when you're out on the road, but they also have their downsides. To make sure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible, be sure to find a campground that has all of the amenities you need: Wi-Fi, electricity (if applicable), hot water and restrooms.
Book early! The best time of year for camping is May through September—but don't wait until the last minute; most campsites fill up quickly due to high demand during these months.
In order to choose the right type of campground, you will need to consider what your budget is and what amenities you need access to.
Things to Look For in an RV Park
- Space and amenities
- Easy access to grocery stores, restaurants, etc. (For example, if you plan on traveling with your RV, this could be very important.)
- Cost to stay at each park.
- Pay attention to what they offer in terms of services like wifi and electricity hookups. If there are other things that don't seem quite right about the park (too close together), try another one until you find one that fits your needs!
Boondocking in an RV
Boondocking is the ultimate way to stay off the grid, but there are a few things you need to know before heading out into your boondocking adventures.
Know where you can and cannot stay. Be aware of local laws, rules and regulations that may affect your ability to boondock
It is possible to live in an RV full-time while boondocking but it requires careful planning of not just where you will stay, but how you’ll obtain supplies, restock on water, and deal with waste.
Working From an RV
You may be wondering, "Can I work from my RV year round?"
The short answer is yes. You can work from your RV as long as you have wifi.
However, it's important to note that you need to have some sort of internet access in order for this to work. If you live in an area where there is no wifi or cell service, then this won't be possible for you. In addition, if your power goes out and stays off for more than 24 hours at a time (which can happen), it will also interfere with any online activity.
An electric or solar panel provides electricity in case there is no grid power available where you are camping or boondocking at night. You can charge batteries using this system as well as use it to power other essential items such as refrigerators and televisions.
How Much Space Do You Need in an RV?
How big a rig you need depends on how much space you have to work with, but it's important to consider the size of your belongings as well. If you're planning to live in an RV full-time and don't want to be cramped into a tiny vehicle, then be sure that there is enough room for everything else too.
The best way to find out if this is possible is by taking measurements around the inside of your vehicle and comparing them with those of other RVs on the road (and in real life). This can help determine what kind of space needs more consideration: maybe some extra cabinets or cupboards will help make up for whatever drawbacks might exist elsewhere!
How To Downsize and Budget in an RV
If you're going to downsize, make sure your budget is solid. You'll need to do some research on the cost of living in your new location and be prepared with cash in hand if necessary.
If downsizing isn't an option for now or ever (and it's totally okay if it is), then know that there are many ways to keep costs down when living in an RV year-round:
Paying rent instead of buying/leasing a home or condo
Living in less expensive areas where average wages are higher or renting apartments that don't require mortgage payments
How To Live In an RV in Winter
Plan ahead for tough weather conditions when living in an RV year round. You need to be prepared before staying in an RV over winter. Here are some tips for staying warm and dry:
Buy a small propane heater or a radiant heater.
Using a propane heater can be more efficient, but if you're only going to be in your RV for a few days at most, it's not worth the extra cost.
Radiant heaters are safer than propane heaters because they don't release any harmful chemicals into the air like propane does when it burns.
They also work much better than electric baseboards because they use electricity instead of batteries—which means they'll never die on you.
Seal up drafts around the RV doors, vents and windows using caulk and weather stripping.
To keep your RV from becoming a drafty box, seal up drafts around the RV doors, vents and windows using caulk and weather stripping. The materials you'll need include caulk (unless you want to paint), caulking gun or tube filler, scissors or utility knife; weather stripping (such as gaskets) such as foam rubber strips cut into 1/4-inch wide sections; painters tape; cleaning solution; brush or rag with solvent (such as acetone); sandpaper or emery cloths with fine grit paper attached.
Other Things To Consider Before Living in an RV Year Round.
- Before you start planning your year-round RV life, think about other challenges that might come up.
- You'll need to make sure your rig is safe and secure. If it's not, you could be looking at a lot of damage and liability issues.
- You might want to consider getting insurance for the first time in order to protect yourself from any mishaps or accidents while on the road.
- By knowing what to expect when living in an RV year round, you can prepare and make the most of this minimalistic lifestyle.
- By knowing what to expect when living in an RV year round, you can prepare and make the most of this minimalistic lifestyle.
- You'll have less stuff, which means less space and money spent on storage.
Determine a budget for your permanent RV home.
Once you've decided to make the leap into RVing, the next step is to determine what your budget will be. This can be a bit of a challenge as it's difficult to know how much money you'll need for all aspects of your permanent RV home until later down the road.
However, there are some basic things that most people should keep in mind when building their budget for an RV year round home:
How many miles do you plan on driving each year?
How much time do you have available outside of work?
What type of retirement plan do you have (i.e., 401k)?
Other Things to Consider For RV Life
- Decide if you want to live in a park or on your own property.
- The first step to deciding whether or not you want to live in an RV year round is deciding if you want to live in a park or on your own property.
- Learn how to use all of the appliances.
- The biggest expenses for living in an RV are gas and campground fees.
- Gas costs vary widely, depending on where you're traveling and how much weight you're carrying (more weight means more fuel consumption). But even if it's a very small vehicle, the cost of fuel can add up quickly. You'll want to keep an eye on your mileage so that you don't run out of gas before reaching your destination.
- Winterizing your pipes is important for living in an RV year round.
- Heating your RV can be expensive and difficult
- If you're new to RVing and not sure how much heating and cooling your home will require, it's a good idea to start with an estimate. A few things that will help in this process include:
- How many people are living in the RV?
- What kind of climate will it be used in? (e.g., hot summers or cold winters.)
- How many square feet does the space take up inside the RV?
About THE AUTHOR
My wife and I bought a broken down 1984 Chevy A-Class 26ft RV and restored it back to working order. Now we both work remotely and live in it full time with our pet cats with the freedom to explore.Read More About Elijah White