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Why one couple quit full-time RVing

Most accounts of full-time RVing on YouTube present a romantic picture of going “where you want, when you want,” and doing so affordably. And, yes, sometimes that’s true.

But for these two veteran travelers, the reality of full-time RV living was far different from what they expected when they set out in their fifth wheel trailer. Living “the dream” of seeing America with the comforts of “home” while earning their living operating an internet-based business simply didn’t pan out.

They discuss why boondocking did not work for them, about the difficulty they encountered when trying to find places to stay without reservations, and of troubles maintaining dependable internet access.

If you are considering full-time RVing, do yourself a favor and listen to this couple’s message. It’s not a side of the story you often hear, but I can tell you from my recent two years of full-timing, most of their observations are ones I share.

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Troy
5 days ago

This video is three years old. I stopped watching once I saw that. I have coworkers who work remote and are successful at boondocking. Hell, Starlink alone is changing the game for many

Betty
14 days ago

Perhaps you put your expectations way too high
We traveled for six or seven years. totally enjoyed the site seeing.
Not staying in hotels to noisy, need to check for bed bugs etc etc etc

Jay
15 days ago

Things not working out was this couples gimmick. It’s how they got people to watch their YouTube videos. It got annoying after awhile, so I quit following them. It was a bit like watching the Lucy Show back in the day.

Kit Baket
16 days ago

I simply cannot agree with many of their assertions and conclusions. I was a full timer for about 6 years and it was nothing but great fun and enjoyment.

Jef Boutin
19 days ago

Well, interestingly that one couple quit full-time RVing over three years ago, and then dropped off the face of the earth. Not sure what happened…..

Secondly, when you watch this video, it becomes apparent what error they made that made it more expensive. My wife and I have been full-timing since 2014, and we quickly learned that if we wanted water, sewer, internet, etc. we needed to stay in RV parks. And you can’t stay for days or weeks – you have to stay for at least a month. The monthly rates are much lower. (We also were members of Thousand Trails, but several times there were no parks where we needed to be, so we dropped them.) We have stayed in private parks and KOAs, and typically we have paid anywhere from $500 to $700 a month. Most times that has included EVERYTHING. Even electricity and cable!

My wife also does most of the planning, but really doesn’t spend that much time. Maybe she’s really good at it….

Tim
20 days ago

Been full-time for 5 years and still love it. Don’t care about wifi or Cable TV. Give me a small town museum and a library.
I always plan ahead and rarely had to spend a night at a Walmart. Lifestyle is not for everyone. Too many people get into the lifestyle wearing rose colored glasses and are disappointed. I get that. It takes a lot of work but if your needs are simple it’s a wonderful experience.

Grewhis53
20 days ago

My wife has been begging me to by RV and travel since we are retired. First, I see no pleasure driving aimlessly and trying to find a park that’s booked two years out. So where do I go? To b a Walmart parking lot or some truck stop for the night. Second, with fuel prices as they currently are and a RV that gets 7-8 mpg I’m lost for words. Third, the work setting up for a weekend stay is no my idea of fun. Fourth, why spend 100k on RV, pay insurance and gas and it sits idle for 10-11 in my backyard. Nope! Not for me for sure. I can travel at will in my car and stay at luxury hotels and eat well and enjoy life and save a hell of a lot of money.

Bill
17 days ago
Reply to  Grewhis53

Happy wife, good life. But you are right, a $100K (or more or much more) RV that sits in your driveway 10-11 months a year is neither economical nor reliable.

Jay
15 days ago
Reply to  Grewhis53

Grewhis, I couldn’t agree more. My then wife nagged and nagged for us to buy an RV. I was totally against it but she wore me down. We both had full time jobs, which meant having to “camp” on weekends. It’ll be fun she said. BS! You spend all day Friday getting the trailer packed and the better part of Friday evening getting camp and trailer set up. The reward? Saturday communing with nature, only to wake up Sunday and do the reverse of Friday. She had a Thang about nature and hiking, I didn’t and don’t. Give me a nice hotel and a city to explore and I’m happy as a clam. My long winded point is don’t let them tell you that you’ll grow to love it. You won’t.

David GG
20 days ago

Ok, this video is from April 2019. Meaning they probably stopped Rving in 2018. Starlink is now accessible in more areas. But was not back then. As for water, I don’t understand why boondockers dont purposely find sites close to rivers, streams or lakes. Then pump/filter water. Obviously this would eliminate spots in the deserts to camp. But there are plenty of cool places across the land with access to fresh water.

Jay
21 days ago

My Starlink RV system works amazingly well with my batteries and solar panels. I am using it as I write this boondocking in Colorado. Can’t use lack of internet as a reason to quit full time RV-ing now.

Nick
22 days ago

Wow..this is over three years old.

Last edited 22 days ago by Nick
Joe Siczpak
1 year ago

I don’t want to watch another typical Narcisstic annoying couple yapping on youtube about anything.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe Siczpak

So don’t. 😉 —Diane

Teddy
21 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

He won’t

Paul
1 year ago

As he said, this couple is a different demographic than the folks watching from this link. BUT, I would say their problems were significantly due to inadequate research. Expectations vs reality. YouTube can be helpful, but it is NOT the know all/be all for thorough research of anything. To respond to a few issues they raised … INTERNET: people who want to work from their RV normally have satellite internet so they WILL have internet anywhere they go. NO AC: I have many friends in fifth wheels who have a generator so they can have AC in hot humid Missouri or anywhere else they are. NEXT TIME WE WILL JUST FLY TO THE LOCATION WE WANT TO VISIT: RVing is not about the destination, it is as much or more so about the journey. I could go on (nightly cost, etc), but he said it best when he suggested that their lifestyle seemed to be a poor fit for RVing.

John Crawford
1 year ago
Reply to  Paul

If I were still working I doubt I would be full time RVing. For us it’s all about visiting and seeing a new place. We stay a week or more and really get to know the area.

Bob P
1 year ago

This a classic example of young people growing up in a world that they’ve had everything in front of them and all they have to do is type a few keystrokes onto their computer and it’s there. Had they bothered to look at coverage maps of Verizon/ATT they would’ve seen there are many parts of this great country where there isn’t enough people living there for these companies to find it profitable to install cell towers. I’d bet they don’t have cable tv either. This goes back to the school systems decision to eliminate history and geography from curriculums. As far as campground availability, you tubes I Ride Tiny Homes shows every week their are many Corps of Engineer campgrounds that have plenty of room, but… they don’t have all the modern amenities everybody “needs” such as pools, spas, clubhouse, bocce ball, etc. nor do they have internet most of the time. All they offer is a clean, scenic campground with level sites. Most don’t have sewer, some do. By the way we fit into that categ

Bob P
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob P

ory as my wife wants her hot tub.

WEB
1 year ago

They sound like “prissy travelers.” :-/

Steven Brewer
1 year ago

After 3 years full-time, my wife’s health issues put the brakes on our travels. Now we have rented a house near the hospital, but I am remodeling the RV just in case we can travel again.
After punching a clock, I loved traveling with just what was needed. Being retired was what made the difference. A blow out is not a problem when the house has wheels!

Booneyrat
2 years ago

The consistent greed that has permeated many RV parks anymore was the final straw for us to stop full timing.From over crowded RV parks to greedy snowbirds from North of the border and not to mention the worn out highways and bridges across this once great nation.I await to see how many over priced RV manufacturers survive this cycle…again.It has been a heck of a ride.

alcomechanic
2 years ago

Great video! I thought they did a great job talking about the pros and cons of R. V. life. Liked how they talked about the fact that in some cases the R. V. living is more expensive than Living in one spot.

My wife and I have been R. V. 50 years and we like “extended” trips like our 5 month trip to Alaska, but we really like having a “home base.”

Everything in life is a trade off, and each individual has to decide what’s best for them. That was what I liked about the way this couple presented themselves in the video. They didn’t try to tell you what you should do, they simply told what THEY did and why the decided top do it their way. They left you to make up your mind what was best for you and gave you some thing to think about to help you make that decision.

Ival Secrest
3 years ago

We were full timers for 8 years soon after our retirement and now are in our RV for 6-7 months. First, we both understood the commitment, had an understanding of the cost and recognized limitations and risk. We volunteered, joined a couple camping organizations, parked at relatives from time to time, used FMCA Mail Forwarding and sometimes paid full price for a campsite. We rarely boondocked because that was not our lifestyle.

Lisa Chester
3 years ago

I have been RVing for a year. I’m retired so I dont need internet to survive, but I guess I’m shocked that they think they could roll into state parks and get a site without planning ahead. I’ve been staying at state and local government RV parks, public RV parks and KOAs. I usually have internet access. I have verizon and a jetpack. So if the campground doesn’t have access or good wifi. I can use my own. That being said, you cant go to BLM land in middle of nowhere and expect 4 g. Just saying. Anyhow, I love the lifestyle.

Carson Axtell
3 years ago

This video confirms precisely what I have thought for awhile now: That any definition of “the grid” has to include internet access. I guess I’ve been spoiled by all my past experiences car/motorcycle camping and backpacking off-grid in the “BC” days — “Before Cellphones” — and I find internet access more a luxury than a necessity. But who knows where internet connectivity will be in ten years? By then, it might be impossible to “get away from the web”, altogether…

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