If you’re thinking about setting off on your own full-time RVing adventure, you probably have a lot of questions.
We reached out to some full-time RVers and asked them one simple question,
If you could change one thing about your full-time RVing lifestyle, what would it be and why?
Here’s what they had to say.
Nina and Paul from Wheelingit: Smaller RV
Our “big” girl is sometimes tough to get into the kind of wilder sites that we like.
We make do, but it takes some detailed planning.
It’s hard to know this kind of thing up-front, especially if you’re not clear of what’s possible out there (for example I never knew about boondocking until we were about a year into fulltime RVing).
Otherwise, nothing else we’d change. We love (love, love) the lifestyle!”
– Nina and Paul from Wheelingit
Tiffani and Deke from Weaselmouth: Easier Hitching
It’s hard sometimes for a smaller person like me to do! For Deke, he would like higher quality materials. We’d pay more for things that lasted longer.
We buy so few things, and sometimes they’re hard to find, and have found the quality of items is poor in a lot of cases. Things like portable fans, lanterns, and tech devices seem to be hard to find in high quality materials sometimes.
With a bit of research we’ve found some good items, but we’ve also wasted our fair share of money on terrible ones!”
– Tiffani and Deke from Weaselmouth
Cherie and Chris from Technomadia: Better Internet
But if there was one thing we could change that would greatly improve our techno-connected mobility, it would be access to unlimited, affordable, mobile and fast internet bandwidth.
Things have greatly improved since we hit the road in 2006, but there’s still a long way to go!”
– Cherie and Chris from Technomadia
Rene and Jim from LiveWorkDream: Cheaper Internet Connectivity
In order to work online from anywhere we please, we pay about $300 a month for satellite Internet and WiFi broadband connectivity with sometimes agonizingly slow speeds.
We often have to remind ourselves that the awesome office views we enjoy do come with a high price tag.
Still, we are willing to pay it, we love the lifestyle that much!”
– Rene and Jim from LiveWorkDream
Amanda and Tim from WatsonsWander: Slightly Larger Trailer
We love our 25’Airstream Safari, but after two years of sitting next to each other while working eight-hour days in our tiny office-living-dining room combo, it’s become apparent that we could use a bit more space.
I am not talking about a giant leap to a 45’motorhome or anything crazy like that.
Just a few more feet would make all the difference.”
– Amanda and Tim from WatsonsWander
Laura and Kevin from Riveted: Convenient Home Base
“The biggest issues in full-timing (vs. most-timing, which is what we do) is having a home base for things that are still locked into a certain system, like mail and shipping, registrations for things, paying taxes, being a citizen, etc.
There are workarounds for those issues, yes, but it’s still pretty clunky from the road to do things like order stuff from amazon, get a license for your vehicle, vote.
There are other things like, if you’re dependent on the internet, even the very best options for mobile internet don’t come close to the speed, reliability, and cost of home-based broadband solutions.
As far as the RV itself, the issues are often much easier than home maintenance. Most homes don’t have a user’s manual and a one-stop place to go when you need something fixed, the way most RVs do.
We also think it’s important to “buy it right and buy it once.” Try to get the very best version available of what you’re buying. Trying to skimp or economize can come back to bite you on the road a lot fast and a lot harder than it can living in a traditional house.”
– Laura and Kevin from Riveted
Curtis Carper: Easier Medication Delivery
I’m Diabetic, and insulin dependent.
My health care is provided by the V.A., and they have been extremely good at making sure I have the best possible help in keeping my blood sugar under control.
My insulin is delivered by UPS, which means it must be shipped refrigerated to a physical address and not a P.O. Box.
To accomplish that, I maintain a few friends addresses as mail drops around the country.
It would be nice to not have to rely on others for this effort, but it does work.”
– Curtis Carper from PoorMansRVLife
Becky Schade from Interstellar Orchard: Health Insurance
“While RV upkeep costs, gas prices, unpredictability, inconsiderate campground neighbors, and having to work to be able to afford to travel can all be counted as negatives to this lifestyle in my case, those things can all be controlled and minimized with some effort.
I’d have to list the number one thing I wish I could change as the health insurance situation for younger full-timers like myself.
It’s one block that’s really hard to get around if you have no fixed home and are too young for Medicare.
Right now I hold a personal high deductible plan that may or may not still be a valid choice when it comes up for renewal in September now that the ACA has taken effect.”
– Becky Schade from Interstellar Orchard
Kristin and Jason Snow from Snowmads: Faster Internet
We have internet-based jobs that require us to use a lot of data, so while cell phone data speeds and coverage have come a long way, it’s extremely expensive compared to what someone can get in a stationary home.
Campground wi-fi is rarely adequate with the large number of people using it.
Being more adventurous RVers who are living the lifestyle to see as much of the continent as we can, we tend to not stay in one place long enough to have cable internet service installed at our campsite.
That’s our only complaint though – other than changing our plans and routes sometimes to accommodate work, we find that the RV lifestyle is just as worthwhile for those of us who aren’t yet retired!”
– Kristin and Jason Snow from Snowmads
Alyssa and Heath Padgett: Electric RVs
“If I could change one thing, I’d create the first electric RV so I never have to pay at the pump again. Gas prices are the biggest deterrent for full-time RV travel.
We already have electric cars, let’s make our travel easier and more affordable with electric RVs.”