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Top 6 reasons to love and 6 reasons to hate RVing

By Nanci Dixon
We have been on the move and meeting a lot of wonderful people. I can sometimes guess the full-time RVers by the telltale license plates: Texas, South Dakota or Florida. I have started an informal survey by asking them what they love about the full-time RVing lifestyle and what they hate about the lifestyle, as well as some of the things they think are hardest about RVing.

Here’s what they said.

6 reasons to love RVing

  1. Visiting friends and family across the United States. One couple said that they have gotten to know distant cousins and family that they never would have seen otherwise. During the pandemic, they wouldn’t have gotten on planes, rented cars or stayed in a motel. Visiting friends and family across the U.S. is a huge draw for older RVing couples, who have children and grandchildren across the country.
  2. Sleeping in your own bed. No sleeping in an uncomfortable bed with questionable pillows. No wondering how clean the hotel room really is. Especially in today’s world, staying safe and healthy is particularly important.
  3. No need to pack. Everything is in the RV and comes along with you!
  4. Check off the bucket list. Have adventures, see the national parks, the largest ball of string, or even leap from an airplane in your destination of choice!
  5. RVing is versatile. You can work camp, home school the kids, be weekend warriors, work remotely or not work at all!
  6. Pick the weather. Being able to drive your home means you can be in the weather conditions of choice. Like it warm in the winter? Never want to hold a shovel and shiver again? Go south. Miss the colors of fall? RV in the northern states. Want hot and humid or hot and dry? The choice is yours. How about cherry blossoms in the spring?

6 reasons to hate RVing

  1. It is harder and harder to find a campsite, particularly if for more than a day or two. Campground crowding is real. It takes more planning, more flexibility and more patience to land a site.
  2. Costs are going up for RVs, parts and campsites, both overnight and seasonally. Living in an RV is not necessarily cheaper than living in a stick-and-brick house. With the RV boom, sites are at a premium. Even canceling a reservation will cost you money!
  3. Something is always breaking. It is a house on wheels after all. Screws fall out, jacks collapse and the water pump quits. Things break in a house too, but every repair in an RV seems more of an emergency and needs attention sooner. There may be a thousand plumbers to call when a pipe breaks in a house, but mobile RV plumbers are few and far between. Don’t even try to get a next-day appointment at an RV service center.
  4. RVing is complicated: Tanks need dumping, mail needs forwarding, routes must be made around doctor appointments, taxes need doing and trips need planning. Wi-Fi connections can be slow or nonexistent, and cell service is sometimes without a single bar.
  5. Being far away from family and friends can be tough. Some people miss their church groups, their hobby clubs, neighbors, schools or even their favorite stores.
  6. Knowing the lifestyle will come to an end. One couple that has been full-timing for 15 years are now in their mid-70s and said that what is hardest is knowing that they will need to end RVing at some point. There needs to be plan B, even when you want to stay with plan A.

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FRED CROWLEY
5 months ago

We are full-time RV travelers for 7 years, in our 70s, and wouldn’t go back to living in a house if someone gave it to us! Of course, full-timing (especially traveling) is not for everyone. We have a 43′ 5th wheel and beyond knowing how to spell “RV”, we knew squat about RVing when we started. Learned very quickly how to adapt and take care of all the challenges and unknowns. Everything is solvable. Of course, the observations in the article have a bearing of whether the RV lifestyle is for you. For us, we see no downside. In our experience, the biggest issue is one’s attitude. Sure, things will not always go as planned. Living and travelling with an RV of course is not the same as living in a house – just different. For us – no downside. Over the years, we have seen and experienced the wonder of our country that we otherwise would never have seen! The views outside our RV’s living room is always more interesting than looking at the house across the street.

dcook
5 months ago

I would love it a lot more if I knew how to manage the gnats and flies, I hate wearing head nets, etc. Any good tools out there?

Roger V
5 months ago

We recently rented a beachfront condo on Hilton Head Island, SC for a week because we’d never been there, and there’s zero beach front camping on Hilton Head. Plus, parking lots and communities there are definitely Not RV friendly. First time we’ve rented since we got our RV 5 years ago. We only missed the conveniences of the RV while driving. The rest of the time was much more pleasurable in every way. Safe place to leave our pets with no worries about AC or power failures. This allowed us to experience day long water excursions we’d have probably passed on had we had the pets in the RV. Plus we had tons of space with every possible convenience in the condo. A short walk to the beach and great restaurants nearby. An absolutely wonderful place and community. We love the RV, but we’ll continue to mix up our travel modes. Our camper is just one tool in the toolbox.

Last edited 5 months ago by Roger V
Larry
5 months ago
Reply to  Roger V

One tool in the toolbox is our choice also. We have no interest living in our RV full time and as long as we plan ahead, we have had no issues with reservations. As the virus lockdown subsides, we will spend more time in condos and restore the balance in our travels. Having an RV during this recent interruption in our lives has been a real benefit.

David S
5 months ago

Negative items 1 through 4 are why we are looking at getting off the road next year, after 5 years full time. Also, continuity of care for medical, dental, and vision has been a problem. Things seem to come up when we’re away from our providers.

While I’ve found reservations can be made in advance, the problem has been when life throws a curve ball and we have to scramble to reschedule on short notice.

No regrets however, it’s been a great experience.

Kenneth Fuller
5 months ago
  1. The feds/states are not keeping up with the infrastructure. The highways/bridges are deteriorating more and more every passing moment pounding the living daylights out of our RV. More and more traffic also squelches the enjoyment of travel too.