The 5-Step Full Time RV LIFE SYSTEM For 2019 [Downloads Including Departure Checklist & Glossary]

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We have been living and traveling in an RV full time since 2016 which is a dream for many people.

The idea of having freedom away from the office while still making an income as you enjoy ever-changing landscapes is a trend spreading through this country faster than a Northern California wildfire.  

According to the RV Industry Association, 1 million Americans are living out of an RV redefining the definition of the American Dream. That doesn’t mean 1 million people roam the countryside in search of the next vista. Some of these individuals (probably half) are permanently parked in an RV campground who never see the other side of the state.

The other half living in an RV full time take their RV with them everywhere they go. The popular saying for this type of RV lifestyle is “Home is where you park it.” And park it they do; in RV Parks, campgrounds, driveways, wineries, shopping centers, and out in the wilderness called boondocking.

This website is dedicated to wannabes, newbies, and masteries who want to learn more about living a life on the road.

Stick around, because I’m sharing everything we know about how to live in an RV full time so you can also view What’s Outside Our Door in this step-by-step guide!

Let’s get started! 

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1.1  Setting Priorities

1.2  Take This Quiz

  • Step #2: How in the Heck Can You Live Full Time in an RV?

2.1  Figuring out the Hows

2.2  Learning to Downsize

2.3  Mail Delivery

2.4  Health Care

2.5  Making Money

2.6  Staying Online

  • Step #3: When is the Best Time to Start Full-Time RV Living?

3.1  RV Cost

3.2  RV Rentals

3.3  RV Sales

3.3.1  Types of RVs

3.3.2  RV Loan

3.3.3  RV Trader

  • Step #4: Where Should You Go When You Full-Time RV?

4.1  RV Parks

4.2  Boondocking

4.3  RV Membership Clubs

  • Step #5: RV Safety

5.1  RV Driving & Handling Training

5.1.1  Checklist Download

5.2  RV License

5.2.1  State-by-State Requirements

5.3  RV Maintenance & Repairs

5.4  RV Supplies & Accessories

5.5  RV Tips

  • Conclusion

6.1  Progress Chart Download

6.2 Glossary Download

Step #1: Why in the Heck Would You
Want to Live in an RV Full Time?

When we decided to live, work, and travel full time in an RV, we didn’t know the first thing about what it would take to achieve our dream.

What we did know is that life is short, and we didn’t want to have a “could’ve/would’ve/should’ve” moment after it was too late.

We decided to create a different life today instead of hoping for one tomorrow.

The late Senator Paul Tsongas said, “No man ever said on his deathbed, ‘I wish I had spent more time in the office.’” So we took the office with us for a ride along America’s highways and byways.

This 5-Step Beginners Guide for RV Full-time Living is meant to share our experience so that it may enhance yours.

It might be easier than you think!

Setting Priorities

Why do you want to live in an RV full-time? You must be crystal-clear of your priorities, especially if there are more than one of you (including pets!).

What is most important to you?

Is living a purpose-filled life full of experiences more valuable than having a regular income (salary from a desk job) each month?

Is living a minimalist life important to you or are you the type of person who enjoys collecting things?

Writing down your life priorities creates a clear path toward what matters the most to you.

Write it Down

Writing it down is the secret to following your dream. Get your goals on paper, and the rest will fall into place.

List the five things that are most important to you in order of priority:

1. ________________________________ __________________________
2. __________________________________________________________
3. __________________________________________________________
4. __________________________________________________________
5. __________________________________________________________

 Take This Quiz

Do you really want to RV full time?

Living full-time in an RV is a major, life-changing decision.

As with most things, it’s the little things that grab the heart. Picking garden tomatoes to make a summer salad. Taking a bubble bath. Handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

But sipping coffee with a million dollar view right outside your door can also stir emotions. Or strolling down a forest-canopy trail before lunch. Or planning your next adventure.

Is it Worth It?

Is living a life in an RV worth missing the little things common in a suburban-ruled life?

Or is living a “normal” life steeped in societal tradition more important than driving to your next destination?

Only you and yours can answer these questions.

Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist, says, “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it is lethal.”

Full-time RVing is not routine, and, therefore, not for everyone.

So how do you know if you “could’ve/would’ve/should’ve?”

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