We love so many aspects of full-time RV life. It is freeing in so many ways – hence our blog name, free as wheel ever be. It affords us the opportunity to go where we want and when we want on our terms. I don’t think we could be any happier and most times we are just down right giddy about it.
“We didn’t think you’d make it 6 months!”
We heard this recently while visiting good friends. I’m sure they aren’t the only ones who have thought it and I admit it went through our minds initially. We went through so much change so fast in the beginning but here we are almost 2 years later with no regrets. While there are definitely things we miss about the brick and mortar stationary lifestyle – hot baths and throwing big parties to name a couple – our love for this lifestyle far outweighs the few negatives! And here’s why…
Loving this full-time RV life because…
Home is always wherever we are
Full-time RV life means we always have our home with us. No packing and unpacking for trips. No lumpy beds or pillows that give me a sore neck. No leaving our kitties with a sitter. We always have a fully stocked kitchen. We never say we forgot this or that because it’s always with us. There is a certain sense of comfort I feel every day because even if we are in an unfamiliar area, we always come home.
We are checking off that Bucket List on the daily
I knew this new full-time RV lifestyle would give us the freedom to do and see all we’ve dreamed of but I underestimated the experiences we would have in a short amount of time. 13 National Parks/Recreation areas. 10 new states. Places we dreamed of visiting when we retired SOME DAY. But who knows what the future holds and if we would have been able to realize that dream of travel. We are changed forever having visited places like The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Horseshoe Bend, Lower Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell and many more. This is definitely one of our top reasons for living this nomadic life and this country offers so many unique experiences. Check out our post describing all the best adventures around Page, AZ
We spend quality time with family
I know you hear this a lot, quality vs quantity of time. When we lived in our large house it was a lot of cleaning and maintenance. Plus I was working a job that took me away from the house 50+ hours a week. Because of that stress our occasional weekends and vacation were our only time to satisfy our wanderlust. That did not leave much time left over for family. Since starting this full-time RV life journey we’ve had the tremendous opportunity to be more present in the life of our 5 kids and 5 grandkids. When you are able to park in some of your kids driveways it allows you the opportunity to experience the day to day and not just the occasional weekend. You get to have movie nights, family dinners, game nights, school functions, sporting events, cuddles and so much more.
We were even able to be present for the birth of our youngest grandchild which would not have been possible if we still lived 9 hours away. I wish we would have embarked on this journey when the first grandchild was born because we missed so much. But that’s OK, we are doing our best to catch up and form those relationships now that will last a lifetime. I hope one day they will be able to talk fondly about the time they had sleep overs in Nana and Grandpa’s camper (parked in their driveway) complete with make your own ice cream sundaes and chocolate chip pancakes.
We took a risk, left our comfort zone and found community
I can’t tell you how proud I am of US! We followed our hearts instead of listening to those nagging reasons why we shouldn’t live this life. Fear and discomfort are the reasons why people typically don’t follow or realize their dreams. It can be paralyzing. In our situation, I had lost my job and was going through so many emotional changes and could have easily fallen back into the corporate world – there were definitely opportunities. Instead we choose the unknown. A new way of life – full-time RV life
We left a community we loved and thought we’d never find one that understood our desire to live free. Boy were we wrong about that. Say what you will about social media and the harm it can pose but there is positive side that we discovered. Through social media we have found a community! Like-minded adventurers that are here to support, inspire and lift us up in times of doubt. I’m so excited because as I write this, we are heading to an RV Entrepreneur Summit in Alabama. We will meet face to face with other RVers/wannabe RVers working from the road – for others or themselves. Another reward that makes the risk worth it.
We have less stuff
And let me tell you, with less stuff we have less stress! I don’t know about you but the anxiety I felt when I went to our 3rd floor and looked at all those boxes was huge. With less clothes, I have less decisions to make in the morning. That alone gives me 30 minutes back every day. With less coffee mugs there’s no choices to make and you get that caffeine coursing through your veins sooner. With less TV channels to watch we spend more time outside. With less rooms we have less to clean. Essentially with less stuff we have MORE time and isn’t that what’s most precious. And the even better part, we choose how to spend that time.
We want to hear from YOU now!
If you are living a full-time RV life already, what makes it worthwhile? And if you aspire to live this lifestyle, what are you hoping to love about it?