It seemed like the most unique idea in the world when I first heard of fulltime RVing in 2001. It struck me like a lightbulb going off above my head that I could get a “home on wheels” and work temp jobs to support my travel habit as I went across the country fulfilling my dream. I certainly was in no position to retire, and two measly weeks off every year, enduring long airplane trips and hotel rooms for all-too-short vacations did not give me the time or comfort I had in mind.
Once my eyes were opened to the possibilities, I became a research junkie and haunted every internet site I could find on the subject. In the years since I took off, I am amazed at how many more resources there are on the subject and how many people are enjoying this lifestyle.
From the beginning, I was able to benefit from the experience of others who had been-there-done-that and have also learned a lot “the hard way” along the way. As with any major change in lifestyle, it can seem intimidating and hard to know how to get started.
So here I’ll include resources and articles I find interesting and will add and update this page as I find more. Of course, if you have any to share, or questions to ask, please add to Comments below.
Clubs & General Education:
Escapees RV Club – This club has been around since 1978 and I joined them when I first started fulltiming in 2001. After a few years, I let my membership lapse since I really wasn’t using any of the services. In 2015, I rejoined and started using their mail forwarding service and have been really pleased with how simple they make things. They also have member parks around the country. Check out all the Club Benefits.
RV Driving School – I hear about so many fears, especially from women, having to do with learning to drive something much larger than they’ve been used to. Here you can find driving lessons and safety seminars at permanent and temporary locations as well as seminars and rallies.
Choosing a Fulltime RV – This is the first big question when anyone begins thinking of RVing, fulltime or not. Mac and Chris McClellan were fulltimers from 2004-2013 and put together this info on the eternal debate concerning RV type, gas/diesel, new/used, extended warranty or not, etc.
Mobile Internet Options for RVing – Resource Center – Another big consideration for RVers in this technology age is how to stay connected via internet and phone. Here Technomadia provides results of their extensive research, including comparing carriers, coverage, bandwidth and more.
Resources from Becky Schade (Interstellar Orchard) – It was great to meet Becky when I was in Yellowstone in 2015 and always love when our paths have crossed since. Besides being a totally cool person, she shares a lot of great info: “Interstellar Orchard isn’t just a collection of personal travel journals, it’s a compendium of informational articles designed to help you get on the road as a full-time RVer and live a more fulfilling life.”
RVer Health Insurance – Howard & Linda Payne (RV-Dreams) put together this site where you can find out about the unique considerations for RVers when shopping for health insurance. Research state-specific information useful in choosing a state to domicile in, get help in understanding Medicare and/or health insurance.
Ultimate Guide for RVing Resources (TripBuzz) – Subjects include How to Choose an RV, RVing Laws and Regulations, Etiquette, etc.
Fulltime RVing Forums:
Whether they’re experienced old-timers or wanna-be’s, there’s a lot to learn from the postings and discussions of other RVers. I haunted these type of forums while doing my extensive research and dreaming of the day I could join their ranks. Do a search for “fulltime RVing” but if you ever read it all, you’d never get on the road!
Escapees Club Forum – Besides many general RVing subjects, there’s a large category for “Graduating to Fulltime” for those planning on entering this lifestyle – either now or way off in the future.
RV.net Open Roads Forum – Many RV related organizations like MotorHome and Trailer Life magazines and clubs like Good Sam use this forum.
RV-Dreams Forum – Howard and Linda Payne have been fulltiming since 2005 and host this forum for readers to share experience and tips from buying to maintaining your rolling home.
iRV2 – An active community of RV enthusiasts with this separate board specializing in fulltiming.
Articles About Fulltime RVing in General:
Many who have dreamed about the freedom and adventure of fulltime RVing share their experiences and perspectives as they discovered the reality of life on the road. Here are some articles I found interesting and informative, including people who shared their budgets and costs.
A Woman and Her Winnebago (Winnebago Times) – My article about some of the benefits and adventures I’ve found in solo RVing in my motorhome.
Eight Years as a Full Time RVer – A Letter Back to Myself Then (Technomadia) – A letter Cherie would write to her 2007 self when she set off on the fulltime RVing lifestyle: “You’re about to set off on an amazing adventure. You may have some preconceived notions of what it’ll be like. To make it a little easier for you, here’s some tips from the future.” She shares very interesting observations that should be considered when contemplating this decision.
Is Full-time RV Living for You? (Howard Jaros) – Full-time RV living is a dream for many and a mystery for some. People wonder if full-time life on the road, in an RV, is for them.
Feeling Safe While Traveling Full Time (Technomadia) – I liked Cherie and Chris’ common sense but “don’t let it stop you” attitude about this issue that so many are concerned about. Take reasonable precautions and understand that life itself anywhere comes with risks. I like her proposed redefinition of safety: “Instead of expecting that bad things won’t happen – safety is trusting that I have the ability, capacity and courage to deal with the bad stuff when it happens.”
Living the Dream Life as a Full-Time RVer (Outdoor Hub) – An interview with me about “leaving home, job and family behind to see every corner of North America as it suits her fancy.”
Top 10 Things to Know About Full-timing (Interstellar Orchard) – What Becky Schade has learned about the lifestyle, including preparing to hit the road and actually being on the road.
Realities of Living & Traveling in a RV Full Time (Technomadia) – Chris & Cherie have happily been on the road fulltiming since 2006. Here they share their perspective with a friend contemplating the lifestyle. While supportive of their enthusiasm, they also wanted to set their expectations to realistic.
The Darker Side Of FullTime RVing? (Wheeling It) – Written by a fulltimer who is mostly a positive thinker, but shares realistic 5 Thoughts To Ponder Before Making The Leap to be better prepared for this major lifestyle change.
Tips for Avoiding Costly Mistakes When Becoming a Fulltime RVer (RVing Guide) – After selling the house, car and a lot of junk, this couple who went fulltime thought they were ready to finally hit the road. Here they share what they learned in hopes of helping others avoid some of the pitfalls they experienced.
What Is Full-Timing & Who Are Full-Timers? (RV-Dreams) – Fulltimers Howard and Linda Payne provide insight into the full-timing lifestyle, sharing what it is and what it is not.
Articles About Costs of Fulltime RVing:
A Full-Timer’s Perspective on Fuel Costs (Technomadia) – One of the first objections naysayers have about a full time RVing lifestyle is fuel costs, and how they’ll make our lifestyle financially unsustainable. Even while getting 6.6 mpg on their rolling home, Technomadia gives reasons why they don’t freak out when fuel costs rise.
Financial Considerations (RV-Dreams) – Howard & Linda Payne share detailed information on what it took for them financially to fulltime, along with sample budgets, anticipated and actual.
Full-time RVing Cost of Living and Income Report (Interstellar Orchard) – A chart detailing Becky’s yearly cost of living and income from 2011 to 2016.
Financial Expenses of First Four Years (Laura-n-Sasha) – This couple explain how they went from a sticks & brick home to fulltime RVing. When people ask them how in the world they manage their lifestyle, they show where the money went during their first four years (2007-2010).