9 Top Reasons Why You Should Consider Full Time RV Living

9 Top Reasons Why You Should Consider Full Time RV Living

Are you considering living in an RV?

Maybe you’ve seen the craze all over Pinterest and social media about RV Living. So many people are ditching their suburban brick and mortar homes to live a simple and minimalistic life while traveling.

But why have so many people made this change to their lifestyle?

What are the reasons they became “Full Timers”?

If you’re here, your probably already considering the lifestyle change and maybe would like to know why so many are choosing this path. Or you could be asking yourself “Is the RV life for me and my family” or “what are the benefits of RV Life”?

Those are great questions to ask…

For us, we started our journey back in April of 2018. Our reasons for moving into an RV were Freedom, Minimalistic lifestyle, to pay off debt, and much more. Someday we will travel, but as of right now our focus is paying off student loans.

Maybe you don’t have any debt to pay off, but you love the idea of living a life on your own terms. That is reason number one why so many make the move.

Let’s get into the top 9 reasons why people move into RV’s.

1. Freedom – Live life on your own terms

Living life on your own terms is a dream for almost everyone. Who doesn’t want to plan their schedules and days according to their desires? Living in an RV full time can make that freedom a reality.

The RV Live gives you the ability to move anytime you want without having to go through all the home/land buying process. It is as simple as picking your next location, and making a reservation at whichever RV park you choose or finding the perfect Boondocking location.

These types of Freedom are impossible while living in a brick and mortar home.

Another Freedom that inspires the RV Life is the ability to see family anytime and anywhere. Let’s say you live in Texas, but have family in another state, all you do is drive there. There is no flying involved, and you can take your whole home and belongings with you. You can also stay as long as you want. Now, that is FREEDOM!

2. Travel – Change your View

From the Beach one day to the Mountains the next, the views out your RV’s windows are endless. There are so many places to go in the United States that allow you to have million-dollar views for pennies or less.

Not just the views though, just traveling is exciting!

Maybe you have a goal to visit all 49 states (that you can drive to) in a few years. Traveling in an RV is going to make that dream a reality.

If you have a goal to visit as many National Parks in the US, then traveling in an RV is the perfect way to go. The places you can go are endless if there is a road, there is a way!

3. Minimalize – Less stuff, More Experiences

If you’re looking for a reason to get rid of your stuff, then moving into an RV is the answer. RVs don’t have much room for extra items that are not used frequently. This is a chance to live life on simpler terms and replace things with experiences.

When we moved into our RV, we sold our couch, table, and more. When it came to our décor and kitchen items, we took what we could use in the RV and packed up the rest to store.

4. Pay off Debt

For many, full-time RV living means cheaper living costs and that can help pay off debt faster. This is totally doable. and many have accomplished becoming debt free because of downsizing and minimizing their life.

If paying off debt is a huge desire for you, then considering the RV lifestyle is a way to go. We have paid off a personal loan and credit cards by limiting our living expenses.  I would check out our post on How to Start Your Fulltime RV Living Journey for more information.

5. Learn

RV Life is full of new learning opportunities. If you are someone like me, who thrives off learning new things, then the RV lifestyle is for you. There is so much to learn about RVing, plus all the places you will go provides all the learning opportunities in the world.

If you have kids that are school age, then full-time RV living and traveling state to state is the perfect way for your kids to learn hands-on about life and the history of this country. I know many families who are doing exactly that, and their kids are thriving.

6. Explore – Spend more time Outside

Along with learning, you and the family will spend more time outside. When you live in a small space and travel from state park to state park or city to city, you’ll find yourself exploring more. Whether it’s a new trail at Yellow Stone Park or a cute downtown area like in Waco, Texas. The exploration possibilities are endless.

If you have kids, it’s a great way to get them close to nature rather than spending all their time inside with movies and games. When I was a kid, playing outside and hiking through the trails were memories and lessons learned that I will never forget. I loved to explore the unknown.

7. Socialize

Another reason the RV life is worth considering is that it helps you socialize. Every place you stay, you’re bound to meet new people because your neighbors always change.

You could meet people that will change your life for the better. Some RVer’s have met life-long friends because of their journey in RVing.

8. Job Change

If you’re on the market for a job change, one that allows you to work remotely and travel, then full-time RV living is one to consider.

There are also plenty of Workamping opportunities at RV parks. Workamping is where you take care of the RV park in exchange for free hookups and/or a small salary. There are sites like workamper.com that you can check out for more information.

9. Family

Living the fulltime rv life gets you closer to your family. There are less places for you kids or loved ones to go to block themselves out. When you live tiny, your practically forced to get along and thrive as a close couple or family.

If that is something that you long for your relationships, then the RV life should be a consideration.

So, are you convinced? Are you moving your family into an RV and going to travel, explore, and learn about this great country?

If this inspired you to make the move, even if it’s for a year or two that’s awesome! Enjoy the lifestyle and live it to the fullest. We have enjoyed our Fulltime RV living journey and I’m sure you will too!

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How to Start Your Full-Time RV Living Journey

How to Start Your Full-Time RV Living Journey

So you want to live in an RV?how to start your full-time RV living journey

That’s Awesome! We started our Full-Time RV Living Journey in April of 2018.

It’s been exactly that, a journey! We have enjoyed the lifestyle so far but to be honest, there were a lot of beginning steps and planning that happened before we made the move.

I think when considering any significant lifestyle change, there needs to be a lot of research, planning, and personal consideration before-hand. Living in an RV is an adjustment, especially if you’ve lived in either a home or apartment your entire life.

If you’ve been camping with an RV, you’re already a step ahead because you at least know how things work like the tanks and slide outs. For us, we had no clue and learned everything when we started full-time RV living and that’s ok too!

I’m going to go over a lot of detailed information on what you should consider before purchasing and also how to get in to that RV.

1. Check your Finances, Monthly Budget, and Current Living Situation

This step is extremely important. The last thing you want to do is get into this lifestyle if you can’t afford it. It sounds odd because you think you can probably save money by full-time RV living, and in some circumstances, you can.

However, if you plan to stay at RV Parks, then this could up your monthly living cost. In some ways, living in an RV at a park can be just the same living cost as a mortgage payment. It depends on where you live, of course.

I know many RVers who do save money and have paid off their debt by living in their RV. This option is mainly possible by choosing to Boondock or having the ability to live either on family land (like us) or their own land. I’m not saying it’s impossible to live in an RV Park and save money, but many RV parks are around $400 to $1000 a month for full hookups.

For us, we chose to Finance our RV because we wanted something brand new. We also live on family-owned land and only pay $100 a month for electricity and water. It has allowed us to save and pay off debt.

To check your finances, you’ll want to look at your monthly credits and deposits.

Questions to ask:

  • How much are you spending on your living expenses?
  • Are you going to live in an RV to decrease those expenses?
  • How much are you spending on monthly debt payments, like credit cards or loans, if you have any?

If you’re not budgeting monthly, I highly suggest you do so before jumping into this lifestyle, especially if you’re planning on traveling.

  • Also, if you’re in a home, are you going to be selling or keeping the home?
  • If you’re leasing, when is your lease up?

These are some of the questions to ask and consider before changing to the RV lifestyle.

2. Research, Research, Research

Read Blogs, like this one.

We started our research by reading blogs and learning from other’s experiences. Also, we researched different types of RV’s for over a year before we made our purchase.

We considered used and new RVs. If you’re torn between purchasing new or used check out the post specifically one the pros and cons of buying new vs used.
Blog Post: Should You Buy a New or Used RV? Pros vs. Cons

Questions to ask:

  • What style of RV are you looking to purchase?
  • What are your family’s needs?
  • Will you need a bunkhouse, a toy hauler, an industrial-style fridge, or a king-size bed?

RV’s today come in all different styles and features.

3. Consider the Lifestyle Changes (Are you going to Travel or Live Stationary?)

Moving into an RV is a complete lifestyle change. If you’re someone who can adapt super easily and quickly then go for it. However, if there are things like taking a long hot shower that is a necessity for you, then understand that it may not happen unless you have a tankless water heater, stay at a hotel, or there is a campground shower.

Another thing to consider is you will have to take care of your own wastewater/sewer. For some, this can be a deal-breaker.

We realized when we moved into our RV that we never thought about the water after we used it or after we flushed our toilet. However, in an RV it became our responsibility to release our own tanks properly. It can be gross and stinky, to be honest.

For 6 months, after releasing our tanks every week, we would suffer from a horrible smell fumigating our living space. I struggled with trying out so many different tank solutions to keep them from smelling so horribly. After about 6 months and many trials and errors, we discovered that best Tank Treatment. You can check it out here and we still use the Happy Camper today.

Blog Post: RV Tank Treatment- Comparing the GEO Method and Happy Camper

Also, are you planning on traveling while living full-time in your RV? If so, there are things to consider like how you will get power, where you will release your tanks, and making campground reservations ahead of time. This alone can become stressful at the beginning until you get the hang of it.

And if you plan on traveling, how will you be able to continue making an income? Will you be Workamping, starting a business, or working remotely for your employer?

Or, maybe you are looking to live stationary in your RV. Will you be staying long term in an RV Park or on privately owned land with power and sewer hookups?

Having a place to bring your RV once you purchase is important. Make reservations with the desired RV park or have the full hookups ready on your land.

4. Minimize your Life

Another step you will want to consider and start as early as you can is minimizing your life. Start selling, giving, or throwing away the things you won’t need or aren’t taking with you. There is not much space in an RV so minimizing your closet, kitchen accessories and keepsakes is a must.

Another option is to keep what you want in a storage unit. We have on for the items we didn’t want to get rid of when we moved into our RV. If you’d like more info on downsizing, check out the Ultimate Guide to Downsizing for life in an RV. Great step by step to make it happen.

5. Purchase and Register your RV

Once you’ve considered the lifestyle change and researched the perfect RV for you and your family, it’s time to purchase. This is the easy step as long as you have your finances in check.

You have the option to finance your purchase or you can pay cash if you’ve saved enough. Either way, it’s exciting to purchase your new home on wheels.

Now, I would check the requirements of your state for inspection and/or registration. If you purchased from a dealer in your same residential state then the dealer should take care of the registration. However, if you purchase out of state or privately, the registration is up to you to take care of. I know in Texas, we had 30 days to have the RV that we purchased in Oklahoma to get inspected and registered.

6. Move-in with just the Necessities first

When you’re moving from a larger space to a smaller one, my biggest piece of advice is to start with the necessities. Items like towels, tools, and clothes you wear on a daily basis before you start with the want items.

If you’d like to bring on some keepsakes or heirlooms, do it, but just make sure the daily items you use have a spot first. One cool thing about living in an RV or a smaller space is it allows you to get creative when it comes to storage. In an RV there is plenty of opportunities to utilize vertical storage space on the walls and behind doors. You can check out more vertical storage space ideas here.

Blog Post: 7 Ideas to Create Extra Wall Storage in your RV

7. Enjoy the Full-Time RV Living Lifestyle!

Last, but not least Enjoy the RV Life! Whether you plan on hitting the road and exploring the unknown or living stationary, enjoy the journey and new lifestyle. It’s a big change but it can be extremely rewarding. The experiences you will encounter if you travel are one of a kind.

If you choose to stay stationary, I hope you enjoy the Full-Time RV living lifestyle as well. I know we have because it has taught us how to live minimally and be happy with the little things in life.

Share your full-time RV living journey with us by guest posting on our blog. Contact us on our contact page here!

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RV Internet: How we get internet in our RV (+Cell Boost)

RV Internet: How we get internet in our RV (+Cell Boost)

RV internet

Are you moving in to an RV and need Internet?

Maybe you are planning to travel in your RV, Bus, or Van and are desperate to find an afforable way to get internet.

Well, you’re not alone!

There are so many things in modern society that you need internet for. For example, if you like to stream your shows on Netlfix, Disney +, Hulu, and like to play video games or maybe you need it for work to stay connected and earn that income. If so, then having internet and great connection is a NECESSITY!

There are so many options out there that it can become overwhelming and frustrating to say the least.

I remember when we were trying to find the best internet for RVer’s. I was searching for an option that was reliable and didn’t cost us an arm and a leg.

After all, living in an RV was a chance for us to save money.

So, we went searching, read a ton of blogs on how others get their internet on the road. Some, however, were just way to expensive. Others didn’t provide us with the amount of speed and data that we needed. The first option we tried was the Verizon Jet Pack.

VERIZON JET PACK???

This option was recommened by many RVer’s. So, we signed up for it, received 15 gigs for like $100 a month. We used that 15 gigs in less than 3 days. Then it tethered horribly! We couldn’t even stream a show on Netflix or load a webpage on our laptop.

That was not going to work! I was frustrated and panicked. WE NEEDED INTERNET!!

Afterall, I had just been hired to work remotely for Avoya Travel as a Mastermind Assistant and I needed more data.

What were we going to do? I mean, we were already living in the RV.

So, I returned the device and got my money back for the Verizon Jet Pack.

THAT DIDN’T WORK…. SO, WHAT TO DO NEXT??

Then, one day I was speaking with my brother and he told me about a device from At&t that’s similar to a hotspot but it works like as another line on your data plan.

So, I started to do my research and found that I could purchase this device for $100 or set up a payment plan, and it would be added as another line on to our already existing plan for only $20 a month. We already had unlimited data with our phones, so it was a no brainer to just add another line.

The device we received is called the “Paramount Black”. It is considered one of their Wireless Internet devices. You can check out the link on our Resources page here. 

The device uses Cell Signal to provide you with WiFi, just like your phone uses Cell Signal when WIFI is unavailable. Therefore, if the cell service in certain areas is bad, chances are so is your WiFi connection.

This wasn’t a big issue for us because I knew there were great ways to get around that and boost cell signal.

WE NEEDED A CELL BOOSTER 

So, now that we had internet, we needed to make sure we were going to have great signal anywhere we went. Through all my research in searching for the Best internet for RVer’s, I noticed a lot of RVer’s purchasing the WeBoost Cell Signal package from Amazon.

After talking it over with my husband and recognizing our need to good cell service/wifi, purchasing the WeBoost Cell Signal booster was a done deal.

I mean, when you need Internet and good cell signal to earn an income, it becomes a necessity.

THE COMBINATION IS HEAVEN!

With the At&t Paramount Black and the WeBoost Cell Booster combined, we have great RV internet service. Currently we are in the rural area where getting signal can be scarce, however we have had no issues. It was the best combination of devices and it was so easy to set up!

Currently we run about 300 gigs a month between our two cell phones and the Paramount Black WiFi device. The internet costs us $20 a month as an additional line on our already existing cell phone plan! I am still so glad that I returned that Verizon (steal your money) Jet Pack.

If you’re considering purchasing a cell booster for your RV, the WeBoost is the way to go! It has paid for itself over the last two years we have used it. It is recommended, not only by us, but by so many other RVer’s! You can take a look at some of the reviews;

So, if you’re looking for an RV internet option and/or need to boost your cell signal on the road the “Paramount Black” from At&t is a great option and the WeBoost is highly recommended.

 

 

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How To Easily Paint Your RV Interior Walls

How To Easily Paint Your RV Interior Walls

Are you looking to paint your RV?

Are you wanting to add that touch of freshness to brighten up the small space and make it your own?

Well, you are not alone! RV Remodeling and Renovations are all the rave these days with the tiny living movement.

I know for us, painting our walls was the number one thing we wanted to do when we began our Full-time living journey. Although we bought brand new, I was not a fan of the beige walls.

So, whether you’ve purchased a used RV with cash or financed a new one, it’s ok to paint! It’s yours! Now I do want to disclaim that if you are looking to sell at any point, it is best to use colors that are generally neutral.

For us, we went with a satin white because one rule with Interior Design is dark colors will always make a small space feel even smaller. Whereas bright colors allow more light and make any space feel larger than it is.

This is why you see a lot of RV’ers painting their walls and/or cabinets white and then accenting that space with other colors.

Just so you know, and to maybe put your mind at ease, painting your RV’s walls with the right material is EASY!! Also, don’t be afraid to make it your own!

Here is a step by step on how we painted our RV walls and what we used to get the job done.

Step 1: Plan!

Planning is so important! Make sure you pick the colors you enjoy the most and pick the areas in which you want to paint.

For example, are you going to paint just the walls or the cabinets or both?

How much space are you wanting to paint? Our RV is 32 feet long and had to make sure we purchased enough paint to cover all the walls.

These were the top questions I had to answer in order to plan out the painting remodel in our RV.

Step 2: Purchase!

Now that you have the idea and planned out the colors and areas in which you want to paint, now it is time to purchase all the materials.

I feel like this is the step that gets people stuck because RV walls are made out of Vinyl and not the normal sheetrock in homes.

You want to make sure you use a paint and primer that is going to stick to the walls and cabinets. I have heard of many stories of people using paint and primer that ended up peeling off the walls/cabinets. Nobody wants that to happen because it just will cause even more work. Here is a list of what we purchased and used to paint our RV walls.

What we used: 

  • Painters Tape
  • Foam Rollers and Trays
  • Paint Brushes
  • Corner painters
  • Oil Based White Primer by Glidden (Many also use Kilz)
  • Glidden Premium Interior Paint & Primer in Satin White
  • Paint Stirrers
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Plastic or Cloth Drop cloths to protect any flooring or furniture.
  • Gloves (If Desired)

Other Items you may need:

Other options for Painting:

  • Spray Gun (many choose this option as a quicker way to paint instead of rollers and brushes. If you choose this option, I do highly recommend that the preparation stage is taken 100% serious and you cover every inch you do not want paint on.)


Step 3: Prepare

Now that you planned out your colors and where you want to paint and purchased your materials, now it’s time to prepare the space for painting. By this, I mean taping, sanding, and removing any valances and wallpaper that might be on the walls.

Many RV’s have a strip of wallpaper as an accent that has to be removed before painting. For us, we had no wallpaper, therefore, we only had to remove all the valances, tape everything off, and protect the items I didn’t want the paint to drop on.

Please keep in mind this part can become tedious and the anxiousness of wanting to get started on the painting is normal. However, this is a very important part to never skip because you want to make sure it looks amazing once complete! Also, having to go back and goo gone all the mishaps just takes up way too much time.

Step 4: Prime and Paint

Now that you have your supplies, and have prepared the space, go ahead and get started! Painting to me is fun, but for some, it can be frustrating. I enjoy turning on some good music and tackling sections by sections.

Start with the Primer always first. I recommend doing at least 2 coats of the oil-based primer to ensure the paint sticks.

Here is a little Before and After we painted the walls white and replaced the valances with curtains.

 

I hope I’ve made it easy for you! I remember when I was about to start the project of painting our walls, I searched through dozens of blogs trying to find the answers to all my questions.

Questions such as; what paint to use? Do I use a water or oil base primer? Do I really need to sand all the walls before painting?

Please, don’t let this project be overwhelming. Enjoy the process and you will enjoy the finished project. Whether you are living in your RV fulltime or just making a beautiful weekend getaway camper, have fun! Painting is just the beginning to making the tiny space your own.

If you have any questions regarding painting your RV interior walls, please leave a comment! I would be glad to give any advice I can!

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RV Remodel : How To Use TIC TAC TILE To Upgrade Your RV Kitchen

RV Remodel : How To Use TIC TAC TILE To Upgrade Your RV Kitchen

Are you looking to do an RV Remodel to your home on wheels?

Are you checking out all the Instagram and Pinterest boards with beautiful remodels and dreaming about creating your own amazing space in your RV?

Well, you’re in the right place!

Before we even purchased our RV I knew I wanted to make my own modifications and do a little remodeling to make it fit our style. The main reason is that a lot of the RV’s are very “brown” and out of date.

If you’re like me you probably loved seeing all the amazing RVer’s that have transformed their kitchens on social media. Seeing these kitchens fueled my desire to transform ours and I hope it’s fueled your desire as well!

During my dreaming stage of an RV remodel, I noticed one modification many were completing in their kitchens was adding tile for a backsplash.

This is the first thing we did to add our own style into the space, and we have absolutley no regrets! It brings an incredible feeling of uniqueness and character to our kitchen.

After I decided that tile was what I wanted to do first, I began my search for the perfect lightweight stick on option that didn’t require all the fancy grout and plaster. I needed something quick and easy, something that would make a nice design statement. I also didn’t want to spend too much money because I was on a budget.

I searched through Home Depot, Lowes, and online. Through my research, I found a company and a product called TIC TAC TILE. Of course, I am a review type of buyer. If the reviews are not good, then I continue looking for another product. I always make sure I look at the negative and positive reviews.

What I found was that the reviews were mostly positive. The bad reviews couldn’t outweigh the good ones in my opinion. Plus the price was reasonable, compared to other brands that I found.

I was overwhelmingly excited to start the remodel on our kitchen! Something I had been dreaming of before we even purchased the RV. These tiles seemed like the perfect place to start.

Therefore, I decided to go forward with the TIC TAC TILE and ordered them directly off Amazon. They had the best price and fast shipping with Amazon Prime.

How to apply?

To start the RV remodel with TIC TAC TILE, let me be the first to say that the application is pretty easy. However, having patience and precision is key to making it look amazing. Here is a step by step on exactly what I did to apply my TIC TAC TILE.

  1. Clean —-> Cleaned the wall surface with a plain disinfectant wipe. You can also use white vinegar, TSP, or whatever kind of cleaning product that is multi-surface and has a degreaser.
  2. Dry —-> Make sure the wall is completely dry!! This is important. The sticky adhesive does not stick to any wet surfaces.
  3. Measure —-> Now when starting out you can get away with just adding an entire page of the tile, however, once you start to get around edges and windows, measuring is important.
  4. Cut —-> Once you’ve measured, now is time to trim the pieces to the desired/needed size. For cutting, I found after using scissors, that a box cutter and cutting board made the perfect tool. The box cutter is more precise and sharper when getting through the tile, adhesive, and the adhesive protectant.
  5. Stick —-> Now, remove the backing of the TIC TAC TILE that protects the adhesive. Then stick the tile on the wall to the desired position. It’s might take a few tries to get the hang of it and get it perfectly lined up.
  6. Repeat —-> Just go ahead and repeat steps 1 through 5 until the job is completed to your satisfaction.

Positives:

This product adds character to your RV with minimal prep. The product is heat and mold resistant, lightweight, and perfect for the kitchens and bathrooms in any recreational vehicle.

TIC TAC TILE is also very affordable and Eco-friendly! The material is very easy to clean after oil or splattered food from cooking gets on the tile.

Negatives:

Many have complained about the adhesive not sticking all the way and corners coming off the walls. However, there are steps to take to prevent this. Such as cleaning the area properly and adding your own additional adhesive to the edges.

I would also avoid applying the product while in extreme heat or humidity to allow the adhesive to stick properly. It is tedious work, so having patience while applying the product is important.

Where to buy?

As I mentioned, Amazon is the place I purchased our TIC TAC TILE. You can choose from a variety of colors and styles. We chose the classic white Subway tile look with the grey grout.

There are available as 12 x 12 sheets and you can either purchase 1 sheet, 5 sheets, or 10 sheets. I purchased the 3 of the 10 sheet packs to complete the kitchen and bathroom. I do have leftover tile, which I am okay with because I would rather have too much than not enough.

If you are thinking about changing things up a bit in your home on wheels with a little RV remodel then TIC TAC TILE is a great place to start!

We absolutely love the look and feel in our Kitchen now! It adds our own touch and flair to the space. Plus, our RV is no longer the cookie-cutter décor with the brown boring interior. 

The TIC TAC TILE also made the kitchen area feel like its own little corner by separating it from the rest of the RV’s décor. It almost feels like you get a new kitchen by adding the simple tile.

So, if you’re looking for a budget friendly way to add some flair and personality to your home on wheels then I definitely recommend TIC TAC TILE!

Have you used TIC TAC TILE in your RV? I would love to know what you think about it! Leave a comment below and share with anyone looking to make some transformations to their home on wheels!

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