Friday, December 9, 2022


Readers tell us: Full-timers, do you miss your sticks-and-bricks home?


By Emily Woodbury

I’m sure many of you who own RVs but don’t live in one full-time often think, “I wonder if I could sell all this stuff and live full-time in the rig.” Am I right? It’s a daunting thought, selling everything in your home, sorting through clothes and shoes and items that were once important but maybe aren’t anymore. Not only is the thought daunting, but it’s a lot of work.

A couple of weeks ago in our Saturday poll we wanted to know if you full-timers missed having a sticks-and-bricks home. From the looks of it, you probably don’t. More than half of you, 52 percent, responded that you don’t miss your sticks-and-bricks home at all (however, we did receive quite a few comments mentioning how you missed your garage/shop), and 19 percent of you miss it a tiny bit, but hardly. Additionally, 18 percent of you miss your home, but not that much, and 12 percent miss it a lot.

Here’s what you had to say:

“I put yes, just barely because after 15 years I do miss having my own washer/dryer (don’t have room for one). But, honestly, I can’t imagine even having all the room one would have in a 1 bedroom apartment.” — rvgrandma

“Why would someone miss cutting the grass, shoveling snow, painting the house, paying the taxes, power bill, trash removal? You get the idea, right?” — Abe Loughin

I think we can easily tell how Rush McKee feels… “NO NO NO NO NO AN ABSOLUTE NO!”

“Yesterday we have celebrated our 2nd year fulltiming in our 40’ fifth wheel and are loving it. Although we started under different circumstances it has been very rewarding. We have found in our travels that we’re the envy of many people and friends who own homes but cannot see themselves parting with the years of collected items. The interesting thing about the items that have been collected thru the years most people never see the items. While we are still alive we gave our children a chance to go through our prized possessions and pick out the things that meant the most to them and the rest we sold. What a weight off our backs and our children. Happy camping!” — Michael

And Traveling Man makes a good point. He writes, ” Nope, Nada, Never… BUT…Just in case, we do have an exit strategy. Everyone has to have one as one never knows what tomorrow holds. Especially with health. Will you return to an apartment? Move in with family? Buy another house? There are retirement homes, mobile homes, or perhaps making your existing RV into a stationary home. Some will consider alternate countries where living expense can be considerably less (or more depending on location). The point is that somewhere down the road, you will get off at that final exit. Being prepared is the best answer.”

Judy G. did things a little differently. She wrote, “I answered no. Actually it’s just the opposite: I recently sold my RV and miss it terribly!”

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2 years ago

Bought a used (2006) Monaco 40PAQ from CW Spartanburg, SC. in 2015. It was a one owner consignment with 28,000 miles. It had several “big ticket” repairs which CW repaired promptly. I did not pay or leave the lot until everything was repaired/replaced, took days, not months. They were wonderful, very motivated to see me leave, and I am still very pleased with the RV. I sometimes think that purchasers expectations are greater for the greater amount they spend. That is not realistic. Consumers Reports says the biggest difference between entry level and luxury cars are the amount it costs to drive them. Luxury costs more, breaks more often, depreciates faster. The difference lies in how good you feel about yourself in it. I think this applies even more to RV’s, but of course sales people are responsible for some of this too.

David Ottaway
2 years ago

I bought a new 37 ft Winnebago in 2013…great price, good unit. I have completely separated myself from CW.
They lack credibility, morals and ethics as lying is NOT part of success in my circle of friends, and business associates.

No, I do not spend any time or money with CW.!!!

Joan Littleton
2 years ago

The easiest thing for me to do was sell our home pack everything up and donate it all. we were on the road for 6 years and we so enjoyed it. Even when health issues kept us some place for 6 months at a time the last couple years, we knew we could move on. unfortunately last year in April while in AZ we found that the health issues would no longer allow us to live the life stye we so enjoyed. we bought a home in AZ and sold our home on wheels. I went through withdrawals to the point we bought a much smaller class A. unfortunately we haven’t been able to use it but knowing its there and we can be on the road at any time seems to be a comfort.

Gary Broughton
2 years ago

Was on the road for 21 years, wintering in Arizona. We finally got a home in Tennessee, where our sons family live, because of health.
But, we still have a camper to make trips in. Just back from Arizona, go to week long family camp out, then to Tetons for 4 weeks in September.

2 years ago

For those who feel they can’t give up their home and all of their stuff, you don’t own the stuff, the stuff owns you…

Cheryl Bacon
2 years ago
Reply to  Mark

I doubt they miss the material stuff. They miss having a homebase, their family, friends and community. Not everyone hated their neighbors or community. Also depends on where you live, but hiring landscapers is cheaper than owning your own lawn mower and yard tools.

Two Buck Chuck
2 years ago

We have been on the road now for almost four years. We’ve decided to rent a home in Tucson and only travel in the summer. It’s a bitter sweet decision for us, but it’s time to have a permanent address again.

In almost every way it is harder to quit full timing than to start it. We sold everything when we started. We will have to buy everything now that we are quitting. It seems so foreign to decide to put down roots again, yet, it seems so appealing.

As we age the prospect of making good friends to share life with is looking pretty awesome to us.

Just the start of another adventure I guess.

2 years ago
Reply to  Two Buck Chuck

We will never give up a real bricks and mortar home of some type!

What will change for us is the type of bricks and mortar home in which we live. We still have kids at home in an 8,000 square foot house on 11 acres with a complete separate apartment for my mother and fully 1/2 of a home that never gets used at all as in nobody goes there!

What was so important to us as far as a residence 20 years ago at age 40 when we built our home is no longer important to us at age 60+. All of sudden all the CRAP that we have acquired over the years that so important at that time is now JUNK to us that needs to go. I sure hope TRUMP does not solve the immigration issue in the next couple of years as we are going need 15 workers to move all the JUNK out of this property.

Our next home will be a 1 bedroom garage! Most likely a 1,000 square foot to 1500 square foot “Casita” if you will with a 40×50 16 foot tall garage attached OR a 3,500 square foot “Garage” with 1,500 square feet of living space that is our home on 1 to 3 acres in natural landscape so little to now yard work and no noisy neighbors.

Where will the kids stay when they come to visit? With our Uncle “Hampton”. He’s got a great place with LOTS of rooms just down the street and I will be more than happy to PAY FOR IT!

For us travel is FUN however it can be demanding. Having a place with permanent roots that you can also easily walk out and close the door to go travel is best of both worlds for us. This will also allow us to have a MUCH SMALL RV in which to travel, park and store. We will keep our lake home as we currently rent it on VRBO so that makes it a profit center and another place to go plant roots IF we decide to do so.

“I” believe it’s only going to get increasingly difficult to find decent, safe and acceptable places to stay when traveling full time as we move into and through the “Roaring 20’s”. Regulation, zoning, the dying Baby Boomer’s, Crappy built RV’s and most importantly the expense associated with RV travel overall in my opinion support my future predictions.

The reward of full time travel is not and will not be worth the hassle in the near and distant. As a result it will be absolutely WONDERFUL to have a real bricks and mortar residence to call HOME!