The Five Words You Need to Know to Downsize for Full-Time RV Camping

Full-time RV camping is freeing, exciting and a great adventure. But before you rush out the door to the open road, take a good look around your house. All that stuff isn’t going to fit in your RV. Before you start hyperventilating, try not to make this into an episode of hoarders.

We live in a world obsessed with material possessions, so the idea of removing perfectly good odds and ends from your life seems absurd. In reality, it’s actually pretty freeing. Think of what you actually need to survive. It’s not much. So where do you start the process? Make list (we love lists, can’t you tell?).

Organize all of your things using the 6 categories below. Once you have a better idea of your inventory, you can start pairing it down. If possible, begin with the items you don’t use every day, like kitchen appliances, decorations, items in closets, etc.

            1. Household Items
            2. Furniture
            3. Clothes & Shoes
            4. Office & Files
            5. Tools & Garage Items
            6. Other

Be realistic about the fate of these items. Less is truly more when it comes to living in an RV. As you go through your things, pile them into the following categories: Keep, Sell, Toss, Store, Donate. 

A keeper item is something you’ll be bringing into the RV with you. It should serve a distinct purpose. Sell is an item that is valuable, but you no longer need it. You can consider selling it online, in a garage sale, to a friend or through a pawn shop.

Toss is an item like an old pillow or old socks, you can’t sell them, you aren’t going to keep them and you certainly don’t want to store them. Finally store, these are items like paperwork, family photos and keepsakes and other important things that won’t fit in your RV, but that you don’t want to get rid of.

You may find you have some things that are valuable that you neither want to keep, store or sell. Find a local thrift shop and make a donation! You can also go to a local church, find a charity or even give things to friends in need. However you decide to do it, you’ll be helping someone out and you’ll feel good about it too!

Once you begin taking action, you’ll start to feel a lot better about the process. For many people it can be an emotional journey, as these things make up the the story of your life as you’ve lived it. They are your possessions, your treasures and uniquely yours. Because emotions can play such a huge part in your decisions, it’s good to make piles and come back to them a few days later.

Probably your most important piles to assess are the Keep and Store piles. Make sure what you are keeping will serve a purpose as you transition to full-time RVing. In the store pile, you want to make sure what you are storing is definitely worth the cost of a monthly storage unit. These can get pretty expensive, so you don’t want to be storing a few photos of your kids and a lamp you just don’t want to get rid of. In the end, you might find that you don’t even need a storage unit.

Okay, so you’re probably overwhelmed by now. It’s okay. Start from the top and work your way down. Remember this doesn’t have to be done overnight and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Whatever is best for you and your family is what’s going to give you the most peace in the long run.

Good luck and happy full-time RVing!

Why RV Campers Should Embrace the Small House Movement

There’s a movement in America. It screams less is more and fights back against the societal norms of consumerism and greed. In an age where we place value on having the biggest and best of everything, many people are choosing a simpler path.

The small house movement is growing ever popular. People are giving up their traditionally sized 2,600 square foot homes in exchange for homes averaging between 100 and 400 square feet. Why? There are a number of reasons this lifestyle is appealing to many people.

The main reasons people are choosing to downsize include financial, economic, time and lifestyle concerns. Many Americans spend anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of their income just keeping a roof over their heads.

If a tiny house is built DIY the average cost is only $23,000! Plus, these homes cost much less to live in than a traditional home. Overall, you’re looking at some pretty big savings. 55% of tiny home owners have more savings in the bank with an average of $10,972.

Besides financial factors, many people love that the homes don’t take much work to upkeep. This means more time for family and the things you enjoy. Plus you’re a lot less likely to spend lots of time hanging out in a 100 square foot home.

But what if you’re looking for a more mobile lifestyle? Full-time RVing could be a good alternative to living in a tiny house. If you are retired or work from home this might be the perfect option! Since the average RV is around 450 square feet you’d be living the small lifestyle.

There’s a lot that goes into living in such a small space full-time, but many people find the trade-off’s are worth it. A less is more attitude can permeate your entire life and make your existence much more fulfilling.

Prices for new RVs can start at $50,000, but you can always buy a used RV and renovate it. Plus you’ll save money on rent, and other expenses you’d generally incur living in a home. The average yearly savings for a full-time RV camper versus a homeowner is around $4,467!

Although the small house movement comes with challenges, it’s definitely an increasingly appealing lifestyle. Do you think you could handle living in a small house?

Sources: http://thetinylife.com/what-is-the-tiny-house-movement/ , http://wandrlymagazine.com/cheaper-on-the-road/

Could You Handle Full-Time RV Camping?

Full-time RV Camping
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Many seniors are looking for a low-maintenance place to call home. They want a place that will be safe when they’re traveling. A place that will be easy to keep clean. A place where they won’t have to mow the yard or trim trees.

That’s why many seniors are choosing to become full-time RVers. This is a lifestyle of fun, adventure and autonomy. As they travel the country, anywhere they land becomes home. So, what makes this lifestyle so appealing?

The first is freedom and flexibility. Many seniors have children scattered across the country. They could be visiting a son in Texas one day and a daughter in California a few days later. Parking the RV in a driveway is free, and it affords both parents and children their own space.

Secondly, RV travels can find unique and creative ways to earn money. Some RVers choose to do something called work camping. It’s a short-term position where campers do work in the park in exchange for lot rent. In Florida, there are plenty of part-time jobs at theme parks, tourist attractions and state fairs.

Finally, RV camping is all about convenience. Seniors are able to travel light without numerous belongings, which makes it great for downsizing. Going from a full-size house to an RV can certainly be tough, but using some of our RV space saving tips, it’s certainly doable.

If you’re a full-time RVer tell us about it!