I have good and bad news about life full time in trailers. It has been two years and four months since we settled in our Big Foot trailer along the banks of the Missouri River, and during this time we experienced an adventurous journey that we would not trade for anything; but there is good news and bad news about life in full time RV.
If you are already living this fantastic life of freedom, your experiences will surely be parallel to the good and bad news I share about full-time trailer life, and you may have ideas for sharing something I missed.
But if you're still at the starting gate, ready to break out of the old to the new … and wonder and worry about that lifestyle simultaneously … the good and the bad news to follow about RV life full time will persuade you to make the leap or make you rethink your plans.
The good news: Simplifying your life with downsizing will be one of the most liberating experiences of your life. Getting rid of all the "stuff" that fills every room, closet, drawer, and garage will look like you've lost 100 pounds, as if you were being lifted as easily as a balloon on a windy day.
The bad news: Now that you have downsized and everything fits in with your trailer, mall shopping loses its appeal. You will no longer look for more "things" to decorate the walls of your home, more "tools and utensils" to fill your garage, more plates and clothes and shoes to fill cabinets and cupboards.
You will quickly learn that buying something new requires removing something you already own because your living space is limited. If you are a "keeper" of sentimental things, you will have to let go. Aunt Martha's tea set will have to find a new home to make room for what is needed for full-time living in the trailer.
The good news: Your social circle will expand! Getting into a campground is like pulling a chair on a dear friend's porch. Full-time RV life takes you into a new environment where everyone is happy to see you, welcomes you and loves to share adventure and travel stories. It's a huge difference from the suburbs, where everyone is focused on the daily routine of going to work and keeping everything they have at a fast pace … as if they used blinders that prevented them from seeing and knowing their neighbors.
The bad news: If you are a loner and don't like being around people, avoid RVers. They invite you in with their welcome and invite you to sit down for a spell, pull up a camping chair, share a beer or iced tea, enjoy a grilled hamburger, and sit around the fire pit. It can be a life changing experience for you!
The good news: Full-time RV life gives you the magical opportunity to spend time with nature … see the beauty of this wonderful country, watch the glorious sunrise and sunset on beaches and canyons, sleep under the enormous expanse of stars. Capture the sights and sounds of coyotes and owls and frogs and whippoorwills.
The bad news: Nature will definitely be welcome in your living space … frogs, spiders, mice and mosquitoes will find their way into your trailer. Stepping on a barefoot frog in the dark is a rude awakening to your day! Forgetting that standing with the door open at dusk is an open invitation to a wild mosquito party that will find you in a night-striking frenzy!
The good news: Life in full-time RV brings creative ingenuity that you didn't know you had. Suddenly you are a master organizer, a handyman, and a designer and creative engineer, while finding ways to make everything work smoothly … you become as resourceful as a survivor in nature. If your hot water heater goes out, the Bunn coffee maker will become an instant source of heated water for washing dishes. In addition, your broadly expanded social circle (RVers in camp or online) graciously shares advice and tricks for any issues you are trying to correct.
The bad news: If you are not a mechanic, you will need to find a good RV specialist to solve the problems that arise when you start living full time. How nice that our local guy's name is James Bond! He is our prosecutor when something is not working well because we are the mechanically challenged ones – capable of holding a hammer, a screwdriver and pliers; able to connect water hose and sewage and propane tanks … but have no idea pipes, circuits, gaskets and fittings under the hood and inside the trailer.
The good news: Every day is a new adventure when you embrace full-time life in the trailer. The open path is your canvas and you can paint any landscape you wish. Full-time RVers come in all shapes and sizes … some travel constantly, others follow the good weather, others calm down and train or volunteer for months on end. The colorful variety of the full-time RVing lifestyle creates a beautiful masterpiece.
The bad news: If you are not flexible, you will be frustrated. With full-time life in RV, as in life, if you can't adapt, change, and accept things, you'll be full of irritation. If something doesn't work out … if something breaks and causes a deviation and delay in your plans … flexibility is needed. Learning to keep up with the flow of life on the road, seeing every problem – big or small – as an opportunity for a new experience, is necessary for this life of freedom.
This is my list of good and bad news about life in full-time RV.
Experienced RVers will surely have much more to add to the list. That's what we get after 2 and a half years of life in our camper truck. As I said at the beginning, I would not trade this lifestyle for any three bedroom mansion, house or apartment.
If you dream of living a life of freedom …
If traveling anywhere and anywhere is a constant attraction in your heart …
If your eyes shine like a child at ToysRUs when you see hundreds of trailers in a sales lot …
If passing an RV on the road arouses a desire to change places with the driver …
The good and bad news about full-time RV life shared here will help you decide if this lifestyle is right for you.