How to Make the Switch from House-Living to RV-Living

If you’ve been considering trading in your house for an RV, you’re not alone. In recent years, there has been a boom in the number of people hitting the open road, from small campervans to huge luxury motorhomes. And it’s no wonder why; RV living offers a unique level of freedom and flexibility that other forms of travel can’t match.

But before you trade in your front door key for a set of car keys, there are a few things you need to consider. This blog post will cover some of the critical things you should consider before switching from house to RV living.

Figure out your Must-Haves (and Nice-to-Haves)

You first need to take an inventory of everything you currently have in your house that you couldn’t live without. This might include items like a washer and dryer, a dishwasher, or a side-by-side fridge. Once you’ve compiled your list of must-haves, look at the things that would be nice to have but that you could probably live without if necessary. These nice-to-haves might include items like a fireplace or central air conditioning. 

Determine Your Budget

Next, you’ll need to figure out how much money you will spend on your RV. RVs can range in price from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars, so it’s essential to have a firm idea of what you can afford before starting your search. It’s also important to remember that owning an RV isn’t just like owning a car; additional costs are also associated with storage, maintenance, and repairs. 

Consider How You’ll Use Your RV 

It’s also essential to consider how you plan to use your RV before making the purchase. For example, are you looking for something to take on long road trips? Or are you wanting something that will mainly be used for weekend getaways? The answer to this question will help narrow your search and allow you to focus on finding an RV that fits your specific needs and wants. 

How to Make the Switch from House-Living to RV-Living

Do Your Research 

Before making such a big purchase, it’s essential to research and ensure that RV living is the right fit for you and your family. Talk to friends or family members who currently live in RVs; they can give you first-hand insight into life on the open road. It would help if you also read articles (like this one!) and books on RV living so that you know what to expect before making the switch yourself.  

Do You Want To Go Off Grid Sometimes, And What Do You Need?

You’ll want to consider whether or not you wish to go off-grid sometimes. Living in an RV allows you the freedom and flexibility to move around and explore places where traditional house living isn’t possible. If this interests you, research the different things you may need, such as a generator, solar panels, and extra batteries or fuel tanks. You may also need to invest in a portable sanitation system if you spend long periods without access to a traditional bathroom.

If you’re planning on using off-grid solar power for your RV, take the time to research generators and make sure you understand how they work. This is a great way to ensure reliable power while on the road. With off-grid solar generator systems becoming more affordable by the day, living off the grid is more than just a dream – it’s an achievable reality.

Weigh the Pros and Cons 

Finally, it’s essential to take some time to think about all the pros and cons associated with RV living before committing to such a significant change. Some of the most common benefits include seeing new places, having more freedom, and having lower living expenses. Conversely, some of the most common drawbacks include less privacy and storage space, more maintenance costs, and difficulty making friends in a new place.

Take Your Time To Decide

The switch from house to RV living is a big decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly. While it might seem like an exciting adventure, there are many things you need to consider to ensure that your new lifestyle is working for you. So take the time to think through all of these considerations before making the jump – and don’t forget to enjoy the process of planning and researching, too! With the correct information and preparation, you’ll be living your RV life in no time.

Good luck as you make the switch from house living to RV living! Have fun exploring new places and enjoying all the freedom of owning an RV. Bon, voyage!

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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