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The lure of the open road – as American as apple pie and baseball. Many have heard its call but never thought they could live on the open road. Here’s the secret – you can and should take advantage of the benefits of an RV lifestyle.
Before we begin, let’s dispel some of the images that come to mind.
Living in an RV on the open road is extremely comfortable. Gone are the days of rickety trailers, horrible campgrounds (although there are still a few if you look hard enough), and cramped living spaces (some of the largest RV’s sport nearly 1,000 square feet of living space (although the average ‘large’ RV is usually around 400 sqft).
The reality is the benefits of an RV lifestyle far outweigh any of the minor difficulties one might encounter on the road. Sure, there can be the occasional hiccup here and there but the following 5 reasons should convince you to go out and RV (even if you just RV occasionally on the weekends).
If you’re looking for pure American wilderness, look no further than western Wyoming. The towns are cute, the people are great, and the natural beauty of the area is unequaled.
San Diego (and all of southern California) is one of our favorite places. We love the relaxed atmosphere, the amazing weather, and all the friends and family we have in the area. The only real drawback of California is all the people and traffic.
Ok, I am kind of cheating by including two things in one but some of the best benefits of an RV lifestyle are you will get to constantly see new, amazing, and beautiful places and meet vibrant, friendly, and exciting people.Many people have a bucket list but have no real way of making it to see even a portion of that list. As one of the many benefits of an RV lifestyle, you will be constrained only by your imagination (and perhaps the weather, site availability, and, if you’re like the rest of us, money).
Some of the nicest, friendliest people we’ve ever met have been neighbors in a campground. People say that it is nice to visit Disney because everyone is so relaxed because they are on vacation. The vast majority of RVers have this same attitude. Honestly, it is hard to stay grouchy or grumpy when you can open your RV door to a brand new vista every time you want a new view.
We were on a lovely drive through the Redwoods of northwestern California and happened upon this amazing spectacle of nature. The fog had rolled up from the beach and was stretching through the massive trees and across the road. While this can happen over large areas, on this particular day, the fog bank was only a few hundred feet wide. We just happened to be at the right place at the right now (another benefit of the RV lifestyle).
Let’s face it – the rat race is for the rats.
In talking with people all over America, we hear, over and over, that they wished that they had more spent time with loved ones, doing things that were important rather than sitting in traffic, staying late another night to prepare yet another presentation, or jumping though endless hoops to make the boss happy.
One of the most meaningful benefits of an RV lifestyle is that you’ll have time to reprioritize what is most important to you.
In twenty years time, you won’t want to look back and regret not having spent that time bonding with family, enjoying the wonders of nature, or exploring the great nation of America. In an RV, you’ll have time to live in the now, to be present, to connect with those around you. This is one of the greatest things I personally love about the RV lifestyle.
Christina and a great friend standing in awe (in the literal sense) at the wonder of Mount Saint Helens. We’ve been here several times and even though it is a bit of a drive to get here, we are always grateful we made the trip. Each visit we see something new and marvel at how rapidly the land changes between visits. On this particular trip, much of California and Oregon were burning with massive wildfires (you can see the smoke surrounding the mountain).
If you are anything like me, you originally learned most of your history while in school. Most of what I learned turned out to be incorrect.
I held a lot of preconceived notions of what people in certain places were like; boy, was I wrong. I was taught that there wasn’t much of a difference between seeing something on TV and seeing it in person; nothing could be farther from the truth.
Unfortunately, I didn’t learn any of this until I actually traveled. Traveling in an RV has opened my eyes and mind to more in a few years of traveling than all the previous decades combined. You’ll see so many new things that you’ll wonder how you ever considered your life complete before you started traveling.
Personally, I believe EVERYONE should travel in their lives. Our world would be a much better place if we all saw things from the different perspectives that traveling, and traveling alone, can provide.
On our way to find a pizza place, we pulled over to bask in the astounding wonder of yet another spectacular sunset.
Think about all those times you’ve stayed in a hotel.
Sure, it’s nice to have room service, but those aren’t your recipes, that isn’t your bathroom, and that definitely isn’t your bed. As one of the benefits of an RV lifestyle, you get to bring your dishes, your clothes, and your bed with you everywhere you go.
Want a view of the mountains? In a hotel, that view may cost you several hundred dollars a night. In your RV, it might cost you $30.
Forget something on your trip? If you’re in a hotel, you’ll be paying out of pocket (if you can find what you’re looking for). In your RV, you can just step inside and get it.
Since we started living in our RV, I have seen more stunning sunrises, radiant afternoons, and beautiful sunsets than I can count. We’ve seen oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. We’ve walked through forests, over hills, and through dales. We’ve stood in awe at the edge of the Grand Canyon, hiked the wonderful trails of the Grand Tetons, listened to elk calls in the Great Smoky Mountains, and sat in peaceful repose as the tides changed on Moose Island.
Ok, technically speaking, this isn’t a house but is a ranger station. We didn’t want to use a photo of a dilapidated home as we didn’t want to publish the misfortune of anyone (we figured state buildings were exempt from this rule). The building is actually in pretty good condition given the amount of moisture and rainfall this region of California gets. If you are ever in this region, you have to drive along Alder Camp Loop Road / Coastal Drive; the views are spectacular (but if you have an acute fear of heights, you may want to skip this one as the cliff to the west is pretty extreme).
According to the U.S. Census, the average sales prices of a new home sold in United States in September 2014 was $313,200. Now, before we get too far, I’ll grant you that a long-term investment is heavily lopsided in favor of the house (RVs start depreciating the moment you sign the purchase contract). However, if you are not looking for a long-term investment, living in an RV is significantly cheaper than in a house.
You can purchase a nice, new RV for anywhere between $75,000-$200,000. While RVing, you typically won’t pay for lawn maintenance, HOA dues, utilities (some campground do charge for electric usage if you are visiting for stays longer than a month), etc.
Many campgrounds have pools, gyms, recreation buildings, and countless activities (most of which are free or dirt cheap).
Unlike typical household expenses, another of the benefits of an RV lifestyle is that it is very easy to adjust monthly expenditures. Really the only costs that won’t fluctuate are the cost of the RV itself and the insurance to protect it. Everything else is changeable. If money is tighter one month, instead of the high end RV resort (where prices can climb above $5,000 a month), you can stay at a local campground where we have seen rates as low as $300 per month. There is even the “boondocking” option – find a patch of level ground and stay there… for free).
Out truck and trailer at the fantastic Mountain Valley RV Resort. We really enjoyed our stay here over the 4th of July. The neighborhood on the other side of the fence seemed to have a great amount of extra fireworks and for more than a week, we had our own private fireworks show.
Freedom! The freedom to decide where you will go next – should you follow the wind, do you seek adventure, is history calling you? As one of the best benefits of an RV lifestyle, YOU get to decide where you will go next. The open road is calling you… will you answer the call?
Hopefully by now, you have seen some of the many benefits of an RV lifestyle and are considering going out an exploring this idea in more detail.
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