Many people are interested in living full time in the RV because it is expensive to get a loan to buy a house these days. An RV is cheaper than a house and more easily affordable by people with average income. There are also lesser bills if you stay in an RV. There are many other reasons people want to live full-time in an RV, such as travelling around the country and visiting attractions or to get away from condo life in the city.
Set a Departure Date
The first step is to set a departure date. Decide what you need to do before departing. For example, if you own a house, you will have to wait until you can sell it or rent it to someone else before transitioning to an RV lifestyle. If you own a business, it will take some time for you to close it down and or sell it. In addition, there are lots of things you need to pack away. You may want to take some time to visit your friends/family members and tell them about your plans.
Create a to-do List
Second, you need to compile a to-do list on what you need to do prepare for full-time RV living. The to-do list should consist of things such as shop for campers, hold a garage sale, do research on the best camping places, find a mail service, terminate utility services, and how you will be making an income while travelling in RV. The to-do list is based on your personal situations.
You can download a to-do list PDF template online and use a PDF editor to fill the blank fields with all your chores. The most important chore should be in the number one position in the list. As you complete a chore, you can cross it off the list. Get more details at Movavi
Don’t Take All Your Stuff into Your RV
RV’s are small and you probably have more stuff in your house than you will ever need. You will need to get rid of some stuff to save space in the RV. Good organization is the key to packing all your stuff away neat and compact. Start with packing away the small stuff that you are not using regularly. Label the boxes appropriately so you can easily find what you need when you unpack them. Group together the stuff that you want to either discard, donate, or sell in a garage sale. If you have a busy lifestyle, you can set aside 1 – 2 hours daily to pack your stuff. You might consider renting a storage unit to store your stuff while you are travelling full-time in your RV.
Clothes are one of the things that take a lot of space in your RV, so try not to take too many clothes. You will most likely only need casual clothing. A couple pairs of jeans, a couple of shirts, a few t-shirts, a sweater or two, and a winter jacket. Of course you’ll need pajamas, underware, socks, and shoes. The rest of your clothes can be put on eBay to sell as second-hand clothes or you can donate them to a charity.
Kitchen tools can also take up a lot of space. Choosing items that can be used for several purposes saves space. For example, a small food processor can be used for many things. An instant pot can replace a rice cooker, a pressure cooker, and a slow cooker. Because you won’t always have access to electricity, get a manual can opener instead of an electric one.
Don’t forget to bring some furniture for the outdoors, like foldable chairs and table, a hammock, an outdoor rug, and a barbecue grill.
Join an RV Club
Joining RV clubs can help you to save money on RV living. When we lived full-time in our RV, we had membership to Passport America. Club members enjoy up to 50% discounts when they park their RVs in selected campgrounds. KOA members get access to an RV job board. Prior to joining a club, make sure you read the fine print. Some campgrounds don’t give discounts for weekend camping. If the club does offer discounts on the campgrounds, make sure to check the amenities they offer before visiting.