Thursday, April 9, 2009

Questions Friends Ask about our move to the RV lifestyle

Here's the top five questions we have gotten over the last 18 months as we have pursued and moved toward the RV full-timing (and some answers):
  • # 1 - Have you rented an RV?
No we haven't. But we have researched this long enough to see that this is what we want to do. Unless we were to rent one for a month, I am not sure we would be able to really find out much. We have been camping since we got married 30 years ago.

  • #2 - Has anyone tried to talk you out of it?
No - most say, "Good for you". Or they personalize it and say, "I could never do that", or "We don't like to camp".
  • #3 - Aren't you too young to be retiring?
Initially, we thought we'd retire but now we are focused on getting a job and working from the RV by telecommuting. Another one I am pursuing it teaching college online. And we have joined some volunteer organizations like Habitat for Humanity and NOMADs. And we want to work for campgrounds and check out the US Forest Service, National Park Service and US Army Corps of Engineers, State Parks and the like.
  • #4 - How long are you going to do this?
I told Pam we have to do this for at least 5 years to make the investment in the RV worth it. She said she was thinking more like 10 years. We will see.
  • #5 - What will you do?
Spend a lot of time with the love of my life. Enjoy new adventures everyday with one whom I love being with. See new sights, meet new people, serve others.

Very few have asked:
  • Are you nuts?
They may have thought that but no one has actually said that yet. Some have said, "I can't believe you are actually going to do this".
  • Why?
Great question. Why not? It boils down to that fact that we love the idea. We are still young enough (56) to take on this adventure. The timing is right. This is a way to simplify our lives and pursue something more meaningful. We couldn't decide where we want to 'retire' after seriously looking at Florida, Texas, and New Mexico and nothing really seriously appealed to us. After researching this for 18 months, the interest and excitement is still there. It appeals to us. We can see ourselves doing this.

So we are into 'transition' right now. It feels like we are entering into the last mile of a marathon as we put our house on the market and see what happens.

We will keep you posted.


  1. First off we don't fulltime, I would like to but my better half says no.. We own a 5er and camp all the time and looking forward to be a snowbird.. The reason and question by her is "What happens if you get seriously ill and can't travel, how do you get back to a house when all the money is tied up in an RV and the RV is depreciated in price?" Do you have a backup plan should this happen?

  2. Hey Randy, Just wanted to let you know that I follow you guy's and I'm pulling for you to get on the road soon. Good luck & Be Safe. Gummy

  3. Larry - Thanks for the great question.
    If one of us gets seriously ill and can't travel find a RV Park/campground near family and we'll park. We finally decided on a Class A because Pam would feel more comfortable in the tear/down set up with a Class A vs a 5th wheel. We've spent time working on the spreadsheets and will have a nest egg to use for contingencies so all the money will not be tied up in the RV. You are absolutely correct -- an RV is a depreciating asset so if/when we do something else we are planning accordingly. We are going into this thinking we will be out there 10 years.