I get asked a lot How do you live in an RV full time?
If you can get your thoughts right about living a scaled down lifestyle and divorce your need for “things”, you will do just fine.
We sold our house and loaded the RV with just the essentials, donated and sold the rest. We kept a storage unit for a while thinking we would come back to a stick built home but that lasted all of a year. Cleaned that out and we have been on the road for 4 years now and feel free!
Its just me and my elderly husband who cannot help like he used to and our 2 mini Schnauzers. But I dont mind to “chores” and driving. You might have to have certain tasks for each camper.
We started out going to RV parks and campgrounds but I wanted more. See some of my early posts for a glimpse. I love to fish from a kayak and some of the more remote places have no hookups.
We had 620 watts of solar and enough battery storage installed to power our inverter. We cook with induction saving propane for the fridge and heaters when needed. We also have generator power for the cloudy days or when the AC has to run.
We enjoy watching TV and keep a freezer stocked with the power it provides free.
I also had a washer and dryer stacking set installed. Its a trade off on cost because I was going once a month to the laundromat, wearing clothes for 2–3 days (or longer) in a row to keep the bulk manageable. Whereas now I just throw a load in when there is enough. Plus, I dont need to worry about what was in the machine before.
We recently completed a 90 day boon-docking off-grid adventure on a friends’ ranch, and the only drawback was water supply and waste disposal. Since our friends had access to a well, we were able to stay watered up.
We have portable waste tote we use when parked for any length of time at these places without hook ups.
We also have water totes to get water from other sources, but its nice to be able to just fill’er up!
Campground fees, when they occur has been the most expensive part of this life followed by buying food. There is the insurance and cell phone charges as well as our satellite TV bill. Average around $500 per month.
When we are on the move, there is the fuel costs for the truck as well.
While this may not work for everyone, it has taught me some survival skills that cant be found in books. I feel confident in my abilities to live a life I am happy with and share with anyone who asks.