Want to know more of the details behind our full-time RVing? This is the place, my friends…
I have pulled together a lot of the questions that we are asked regularly, and I am providing concise answers.
Why did we decide to RV? For the short answer, it was a combination of a lot of things, but here are the top four reasons: 1) I had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and suffered severely for a year before choosing a natural path to wellness that finally allowed us to consider new possibilities, 2) Chris decided to leave his job and a new opportunity was presented to us that allowed him to work from home, 3) We decided that we really wanted to experience America, and 4) we were ready for a BIG change. For more of the details, click here to check out our post on our decision to become fulltime RVers.
What is your RV and Vehicle? We have a 2006 Copper Canyon Sprinter Fifthwheel by Keystone. We use a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel to tow it. The truck is more than we need, and that is how we wanted to play it. Click here for the whole story on how we found our fifthwheel. And Click here for the whole story on how we found our truck to tow our RV.
Why did you choose Used? It’s simple…we could afford it. We are committed to being debt free on the road (and in general), so we bought an RV and vehicle that we could pay for outright. Plus, no RV exists with the interior we wanted, so we didn’t want to buy something new and then renovate it.
Had you been RVing before? Nope, not even a single night. Our only experience was with tent camping.
Why don’t we boondock more? The simple answer is that we have to have reliable phone service. Chris has a serious job with serious deadlines and serious clients. Buildings are literally waiting for him to perform his job so they can be built. He wears the pressure well, but don’t let that fool you. To this date, we have not found the reliability we need for his business to make the upfront investment of extended boondocking worth it for us.
What do we do for money? No, we did not win the lottery. Chris does work. Chris runs his own company that provides drafting, code study, cost estimating and residential design (Nittany Design website). We do not make nearly as much as we used to with conventional jobs. Our hope setting out was basically to break even while we travel and not touch our savings. As with any small business, some months are better than others; but we have seen steady growth along the way. Click here for a video on how we maintain an income on the road.
What are your expenses like? This question is a tough one because spending is so subjective. What is important to me may not be important to you, and vice versa. However, at the end of one full year on the road, we compiled our cost data and you can click here to learn more about our RV Living Cost. If you are trying to figure out a budget for RVing for yourself, click here for our budget worksheets and instructions to help you.
How do we handle domicile and mail? Since we were new to RVing and not sure how we would fare, we decided not to change our domicile in order to keep it as simple as possible. When we set out, we were hoping to make it three months in our RV, so it didn’t make sense to go through that whole process to potentially do it again in three months. My sister & brother-in-law kindly offered to handle our mail, so we changed our permanent address to their house in Pennsylvania. We had a lot going on when we made the switch…selling a home, moving to a rental, quitting our jobs (Chris ran the office so it was a big deal), selling my car, buying an RV, buying a truck, spending weeks renovating the RV ourselves, selling our stuff, and we took in a stray cat that had kittens in our basement (we found homes for everyone) all within the span of a few months – the last thing we needed was another involved process when we were ready to hit the road!
What are the biggest challenges we have faced in our RV? I see, you want to prepare for the worst. Well, overall, we have truly been pleasantly surprised in our travels. We did have two tire blowouts, we faced our first tornado, and Chris even got pulled over by the Police once. But, we are counting our blessings.
Do we have any pets? Nope, just us. We have always wanted a dog, but our work schedules were such that we never felt able to be home enough to meet the dog’s needs the way we wanted to. After we sold our house, we rented a one-room schoolhouse, and we ended up taking in a stray pregnant cat (long story). She had the personality of a dog – she would actually go on walks with us every day after work. Anyway, we found homes for the kittens, and my parents have the Momma, Lucky. We still would like to have a dog someday, and we have found RVing to be conducive to pets. I used to keep chickens too, and how I wish I could put a chicken cage on to Aunt Glady like the original western settlers did, but, for now, no chickens!
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