Advantages of a Full-Time Lifestyle

After my last few posts about some of the challenges full-time RVers face, you might think I’m burned out, that I’ve gone negative on the whole experience.

Not true. I’m just trying to be realistic.

Those “Go RVing” ads showing happy families on a riverbank with a cozy campfire, their RV sitting lit up in an otherwise dark woods, are mostly lies.

But then, so are most ads for cars and trucks (I love how they show a car driving down the highway with “Professional drivers on closed course” in the fine print — what, you can’t drive down the highway in one of these cars?!?).

And if there wasn’t a positive side to full-time RVing, nobody would do it, right?

A lot of bloggers (myself included) have captured the finer moments of living on the road: unexpected encounters with locals (human and animal alike) and grand vistas chief among them. RVers travel for all kinds of reasons, from taking in the national parks and other natural wonders to following favorite sports teams. Some tick off each state as they pass through. Others love stopping at odd attractions or historical spots. Some travel for work.

There are as many reasons to RV as there are hobbies, interests, and needs.

So one big positive is being able to indulge your passions, not just in one neighborhood or town, but all over the country. Enjoy four-wheeling? Why limit yourself to what’s down the road when you can go RVing, take your four-wheeler with you, and explore everywhere?

Smaller Positives

After more than ten years of RVing, I’ve realized there are a lot of other positive things about the lifestyle. Things not many other people mention.

Other RVers have their own ideas on this, but here’s my own personal list (in no particular order) of…

“What I’ve Learned from RVing”

— Every state is beautiful in its own way, but…
— …There is no Eden
— Every person has an interesting story to tell
— Every town, county and region has scandalous politics

— The best adventures are those you don’t plan
— Most people have way too much stuff
— Nevada has the worst restaurant choices outside their casinos (and maybe inside–we don’t go in them because of the cigarette smoke)

I’ve also learned:

— Sometimes the way to fit something into a small space is to figure out a different way to fold or roll it: for example, I can fit 10 drying towels and 8 dishrags into a drawer that’s 3-1/2″ deep, 9-1/4″ wide and 15″ long.

— Writers don’t need nearly the amount of physical paper they might think they do: most of my printed, paper files and documents are unrelated to my novel writing, which is almost entirely in electronic format. 🙂

— Drivers are pretty much the same, no matter where you go: they want to ride your bumper till they pass you, at which point they slow down.

— There are good people everywhere. We’ve had strangers lead us to restaurants when they weren’t sure about their directions, and once had a truck driver stop us en route to return a $5 umbrella I’d dropped at a rest area!

— People who spend most of their time online are missing out on a lot. Without onboard wifi connections, we’re reliant on the services we find. Amazing what you can do in 90 minutes once or twice a week.

— History has deeper meaning when you’re standing where it happened.

— Everyone has a fascinating story. All we have to do is listen.

Midge Gray, a host at an RV park in North Fork, Idaho, summed it up best in the Full-Timer’s Motto she penned:

She minds me it’s not the destination, it’s the freedom of the journey!

About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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10 Responses to Advantages of a Full-Time Lifestyle

  1. Gatravlr says:

    Well said.

  2. competentrver says:

    Thank you for another insightful post. Your travel experience lights the way for so many behind you.

  3. Ellen, if you and Bob ever make it to the Upstate of SC, would you please stop by my house. My sock and underwear drawer is a mess! 🙂
    Happy Trails!
    –Mike

    • Ellen says:

      You made me laugh loud enough that Bob asked what was up! I would guess after traveling in camper vans you managed to figure out ways to make space work for you, too!
      Take care — and please let me know when there’s a new Mac McClellen mystery available!

  4. Ron Kleven says:

    I have always been a fan of “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey” Keep up the good work

    • Ellen says:

      Thanks, Ron! Yes… if you’re RVing and focused on the destination, you’ll only be frustrated! Hope you’re well and the spring up North has been a good one for you!

  5. competentrver says:

    Great post again, Ellen. Your posts inspire readers in ways you can never imagine. We love reading how others make the RV lifestyle their own. There are more way to enjoy this lifestyle than grains of sand on my RV’s steps. Our personal journey is to see as many national park properties as we can, 83 so far. See ya around the bend!

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