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1 Sara April 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I always look forward to getting your email

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2 Sylvia November 9, 2014 at 2:43 am

How did you make in the winter??

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3 Cyndy May 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I have thought about this a lot lately. Just can’t afford the RVs I’ve seen.

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4 Live Peachy June 28, 2015 at 11:36 am

My husband had a co-worker who really wanted to live in a camper, and travel but didn’t think that he could. What he ended up doing was setting aside any available money he could. In months where things seemed tight, he would set aside a minimum of 300, and that forced him to cut in other areas.

Once he saved enough to buy an inexpensive one he did, then sold his house and moved into it at an RV park. Then, with the mortgage and other costs off of him, he kept working the same job with my hubby and was able to save a lot more. In only 6 years, he was able to save enough to buy a huge, decked out RV cash and still had enough money left over to quit his job and figure out how to make a living on the road.

With a lot of patience and some sacrifice, anyone can do it. It reminds me of that scene from “The Shawshank Redemption” where they realize how Andy used a spoon, a small hammer and a lot of patience to dig his way out.

All the best,
Diana

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5 Linda May 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

We lived in a 5th wheel for over 12 years. It was challenging, but we made it. Two years ago we bought a park model. We are older and the 5th wheel was getting a little hard for us to navigate. It has given us about 100 more square feet to live in. Just enough to spread out a little. I have a storage shed full of stuff that I want to either give to my kids or donate to others. My kids get the stuff that came from the family, other things will be donated or thrown away. Living on less is easier that most think. That old saying “it’s all just stuff” is correct. We live with a lot of “less stuff” that we ever thought we could. And, as we found out…less is very liberating.

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6 Denise November 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

Thank you for this post. I always wanted my hubby to retire and for us to live a meager but meaningful life. Your information was very helpful and informative so thank you very much!!!

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7 Eric Brendle December 15, 2014 at 2:02 am

My wife and I are currently in N.H. and we are thinking of getting back my fifth wheel trailer and dually, I had sold it a couple of years ago to a friend and he rarely uses it. He said he couldn’t afford to regester the trailer this year and so it just sat in the yard. I had problems with finding a place that would take it, 1, its a big trailer, 40ft with two super sliders, 2, although it is in beautifull condition and a very expensive high end trailer (Royals International) its a 94 model and a lot of the parks here want newer and smaller units. We want to get out of the cold and live full time in the trailer, down south or out west. If I do get the set up back is this possible? where can we park and live in the trailer full time and not get harrassed?

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8 Kate January 18, 2015 at 1:23 am

In New Mexico and parts of Arizona this is very common. If you call the rv parks, you can just ask if they have long term rates. Ask for year long rates and see what they say. State parks will never allow it, but some other parks prefer it. They know who will be there and they have a steady income stream from them. I’m sure there are other places out west were it is acceptable as well, but I know for sure it’s common in those two states. Good luck to you!

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9 Eileen March 26, 2015 at 2:54 pm

I live in NC and am looking at moving into a 37′ Travel Trailer with a friend. He purchased a piece of property in a place called Lake Royale, just northeast of Raleigh. It’s beautiful and there are Homes as well as campsites. He had a septic system put in and will be hooked up to electric and water. It’s really beautiful and you can’t beat the weather here. I’m originally from Syracuse NY, so I understand the need to get out of the cold.

Good luck!

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10 Shellie May 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm

Eric, where I’m at in FL, the RV parks have a very reduced rate for full-timers. Most around me run from $400-$450, and that includes everything except electric and cable. Can’t be that!

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11 Dianne October 1, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Shellie,
Where in Florida are you? I am currently in Navarre, but they do not allow year-round living. I stayed at N. Ft. Myers last year, and you could rent a lot for around $500 a month, but you had to move your rig at least for a day before you could stay the second 6 months. We also have 3 dogs, which limits us even more.

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12 Fannie October 27, 2015 at 6:14 am

We had the same problem here in Fl but there are options. Where we live the limit is more to the under 55 rather then the seasonal limits. We live in central Fl and have found a couple options for us depending on where we are contracted for work. So far we are outside the Ocala area now in a really nice place but we did have the option to go to Orlando for another contract and found a place for Tiny homes that also has year round rv’s with limited restrictions. Unfortunately, every place i have found is not on the internet; my job takes me around some well hidden areas or I would never have found them. Mostly here in Fl, where ever I have been, it’s best to just talk to the owner asking straight out. generally we usually find the owners to just judge a situation based more on the person and unit then anything else if it is not specifically stated as a retirement park other restrictions for year round living. I have to say we have been extremely happy here in this little community (some mobile homes on one side with rvs and campers on the other) and have stayed close to a year here because of it. The owner is now a very good friend and the community is full of some really good people that host barbecues, holiday family events, etc. Rates include everything while my circus of pets are amongst many others of the same. We are all just respectful of that with pets but the owner has his own family and pets as well; he was very easy about everything. Best of luck to you-please contact if you need any info for areas, etc and I will be happy to try and help you.

13 Mark September 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm

My parents bought a “pad” in an Escapees park. There are multiple parks in the southwest/western parts of the country. They paid a fixed price of around $15,000 for their spot. 55 yrs and older, the park has roughly 300 spread out, not side-by-side, sites. Monthly costs run around $200, but there is a clubhouse with lots of amenities and potluck type stuff all the time. It’s in the CA foothills just south of Yosemite. When you want to leave you sell your site to the next person on the 60 names list.

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14 A D Wade May 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I would like to receive your newsletters. Thank you.

Great site, very interesting

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15 David June 3, 2013 at 5:49 am

I love this site!

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16 Tyler June 7, 2013 at 6:28 am

I just moved from a fairly large house in the city into a 5th wheel. The transition has been PAINFUL. I’m young and work a job that requires suits and pressed shirts. My partner doesn’t understand why it stresses me out so much. But transitioning to RV living after a house in the city would make a lot of people flip out a little, no? I’m really struggling.

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17 Merissa June 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I would suggest that you get out as much as possible! Take advantage of things to do in your city instead of hanging out in the rv most of the time. We like to take walks and be outside as much as we can or it gets pretty stuffy.

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18 snowman8wa September 27, 2013 at 10:31 am

Tyler, I hope you are transitioning well into your FT lifestyle; we have been FT’ing since 2010; from 2318sqft down to a 28′ ft 5’er then within 4 months upgraded to a higher end 39′ 5’er. Life is much better now and it will take some time to “fine-tune” your livingspace. Some things that helped us are:
1) Kind and generous landlords that didn’t have a problem with us adding a shed. We live in WA; so if you live in a climate that is moist, think Rubbermaid to repel moisture and run a fan and light for mold prevention. The shed gives us an extra 80 sq ft. of storage; again think rubbermaid containers.
Focus on what you are able to do, not what you cannot do; we pack summer clothes and store in the winter and vice-versa for summer. this maximizes your closets and drawers.

2) Keep extra food stores down to the necessary items and focus on your habits in the kitchen (I.e. Do you cook a lot and need a section for spices?). Again, the shed helps as a pantry.

3) IKEA is our friend…..They specialize in SMALL COMPACT living…and we are both that and the need for Lite stuff.

4) get online and see if your RV has a club. Montana owners have their own club for fellowship and there are other sites RV Dreams has a bunch of LONG TIME Old Time FT’ers that can help you out just as here. Ask questions, there is a big difference between a Stick house and a 5th wheel.

Stay positive and as Merrisa below stated, get out as much as possible.

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis

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19 full timer September 3, 2014 at 3:25 am

hi, i traveled for work most my life. const…. hate motels, 5th wheel 39ft cameo,, storage and heating and cooling always a prime factor,, rv skirting gave me the ease of heating and coolin and a even temp. save utility costs and added storage under the rv, outasight outa mind, but noway was i going to put 100 holes in my 70,000 dollar rv, not to mention the quoted prices around 1500 dollars, rv skirting solutions offers a nice geotextile fabric system designed to hang on 2-1/2 inch suction cups that hold like a vice and a nice inexpensive hold down system for a third of the cost and no rv damage…

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20 snowman8wa September 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

My neighbor tried to use industrial Velcro, didn’t hold. I’m with you on poking holes in the exterior regardless of price. These RV’s today, when you get above $50-60K are great for living in, as long as you accept the limitations of “SPACE” for doing things. Pulling this out to get to that and then putting everything back the way you had it, can get on some people’s nerves after awhile. The same truth applies; LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION…..we overlook a christmas tree farm…..that is very relaxing.

God Bless and good luck…..

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21 Tamra November 21, 2016 at 2:25 am

I also live in WA state, spokane area, and I wonder how do you fare in winter? Thinking of going to a class c, no real details, as I do not know if I can afford to keep it heated and cooled. I like the temp about 65. Any input on feasibility of FT ? Also, for FT, not traveling, would I have to use blocks or levelers to get the weight off the wheels? put a wind barrier up? Worry to bombard you:)
Tammi

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22 Joan Kramer June 11, 2013 at 8:50 pm

We just recently sold our 1500 square foot home, and will move into our motorhome soon. Meantime, we are selling everything that we won’t need for the motorhome, modifying our RV for full time living, and making preparations for the transition to a home on wheels.
We have been avid campers since the early 1970’s, and have had various types of campers. We decided last fall to get a used affordable motorhome- which is in very good condition-and to make some changes so it is more liveable. Gradually over the last few months, we have been giving away or selling most of our possessions. As of July 22nd, we will be living in our motorhome. My husband will still be working until August 30th, and we will begin our travels early September, working our way either south or west for the winter months; coming back to the Midwest during the summer months to reunite with family. We plan to visit all the continental United States over the next few years, and see some of Canada, too. Eventually, we will settle in various places we like for longer periods of time as we get older and traveling becomes more difficult. We don’t know how long we will live the vagabond life, and we know that the time will come to return to a land-locked home (possibly a senior apartment or mobile home) but we plan to enjoy being gypsies as long as we are able.

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23 Gwen September 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm

We are also thinking about becoming fulltime rver’s in our 2013 Open Range roamer.We have worked for 30 plus years for the county that we live in-so when my husband turns 62 (3 more years) we are also planning to sell or rent our house and travel,work when we need to and see the wonderful USA that we are so blessed to live in. We are in central Midwest but want to visit other areas and can’t think of a better way to do it. We also believe we really don’t need all the material items to live a life we love.

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24 Cyndy June 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Hi! I’m a nurse who wants to live in an RV in order to pay off debt. My problem is finding an affordable RV that is reliable. I want one that has the little loft above – a bunkhouse? – but have had difficulty finding one I can afford. Any suggestions? I do want an RV that I can drive, medium to small-sized. Any help is appreciated!

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25 Merissa June 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Are you looking for a small motorhome? I would suggest checking your local Craigslist or newspaper…I’ve seen some of the older ones go for a very low price! Just make sure everything is working correctly and the biggest thing is to make sure there are no leaks in the ceiling (or ever has been leaks in the ceiling).

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26 Alene June 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Best time to buy RV’s is in the fall when people dont want to store them for the winter. Just an idea.

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27 linda June 16, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Loving this!!!!!!

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28 Shan Walker June 17, 2013 at 6:34 am

This is amazing. I wish we would have the guts to do this and get completely out of debt.
We are RVers but only a few times a year. What an adventure you will have. I don’t know any full-time RVers personally but knew a couple who lived in one for months on land that they bought and stayed in it while their dream house was being built a few feet behind them. I always thought that was neat!
God bless you in your endeavor and I’ll be keeping up!
Blessings,
Shan
http://www.The-How-to-Guru.com

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29 Dee July 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

You’ve motivated me to do something I’ve been meaning to do — tally our square footage! I’ve blogged about small space cooking, living, budgeting, etc., but I don’t think I’ve ever figured out how much space I actually do have. Project for hubby tonight! πŸ˜‰ We are moving into a house in two weeks, lot rent out here in our area of SoCal is SO expensive, it wasn’t enough cheaper than a house with utilities factored in, and our dogs need more space to run in. (I also bake cupcakes for clients and that’s tough to do in here!) I will miss using our RV to live in, but only to an extent…now we can go back to it being used for camping and I will appreciate my newly tricked out kitchen even more!

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30 Latrecia August 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

We too are a family that lives in our RV! So nice to see other families opting to live a free-er life! πŸ™‚

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31 Jessica August 31, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Hello! Very interesting to read about your experiences of RV living. We have a 5th wheel and are considering something else. May I ask what Brand/model your camper is? I like the floor plan! πŸ™‚

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32 Merissa August 31, 2013 at 4:33 pm

It’s an Open Range 413RLL.

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33 Becky January 30, 2014 at 6:30 am

We have one too and we love it…..

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34 DIANNE September 2, 2013 at 7:17 am

Hello! I have been following your blog for a year and this is only the second time commenting on ANY blog…lol..but I LOVE yours. We are a family of 7 ..our oldest in college so 4 at home. we homeschool. we now live on 5 acres and built a house (1200 sq. ft) 8 years ago. my husband has a good job now..for 3 years. unfortunately he was out of work for the year before that and our credit took a big hit and we have yet to catch up financially. we raise large black hogs and meat rabbits …some veggies. our 6 yo. daughter is anaphylactic to egg and dairy..and cannot eat grains! we homeschool ..SO..saying all that..we would like to Rv at a local campground year round to save money to put cash down on property and build from there. my MAIN concern is safety for the kiddos at a campground. I was wondering if you or anyone else who reads…have this concern? I apologize for the long post!!!

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35 Sara December 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

We camp at a campground 7 months of the year on weekends. No concerns about the kids at all. Actually, the kids are much safer there I feel. Older people who stay there full-time watch everything and keep an eye out for the kids!

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36 DIANNE September 2, 2013 at 7:25 am

I should also add that we have a loan thru usda. our loan is 142,000. but, at the end of paying that off…we must repay subsidy we received from the govt. at which the ENTIRE loan will equal 280,000! crazy..foolish..i know! but we truly didn’t understand what we were getting into. even now, reading our purchase agreement and I KNOW about the subsidy ..I cannot believe someone would understand what they are getting into. we would have to walk away from the house because were so upside down…

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37 Merissa September 2, 2013 at 7:37 am

I think people often forget this when they get a mortgage. Yes, they may have paid the sticker price of XX amount but they really pay at least double that by the time they are done, it’s just crazy! Our plan for our next home is to put our camper on land and build as we are able and have the money. Yes, it will take longer but in the end we will have our house totally paid for when we get to move in!

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38 DIANNE September 2, 2013 at 1:07 pm

oh so wise! we are in ohio and having a tough time finding land without annoying deed restrictions..grr…like living in a camper or rv . some places close to us wont even allow it while you build. so not the good ole days!!

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39 Andrea Law September 18, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Hello,
I am most interested to find this information! I will read all of it for tips. My husband and I have been renting for years (which we are sick of). Our rent has been paid the last three years by a post 9/11 GI bill (he’s a retired veteran) while he attended college trying for his 4 year degree as well as working full time. Alas, he made it almost through year 3 and due to government layoffs in the VA office, he no longer can attend classes and our housing money was cut off. (It’s a shame veterans’ EARNED benefits are the first to go. Wow, what kind of country is this?!) So…we came up with the idea to move us and our four young children into the largest rv trailer we can afford and live in it on my parent’s land until we can save enough for a down payment on some property. When that is possible, then we’ll live there until we save enough to buy or build a home on it. I say all that to say, since our income was cut dramatically and my husband’s current job doesn’t pay very well, I do not know how we could even get a loan for an rv. It just looks funny on paper with a high rent payment and low income. How in the world do you get a loan in that kind of situation? Does anyone have any tips on that?

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40 maria September 24, 2013 at 2:35 am

My husband was able to barter for a 34 foot winebago by trading an old bubble juke box! We are planning on living in it for a year or so, in order to save up for a home- My kids are grown and live on and off with us and their dad- so that is not an issue. Im a little concerned about “cabin fever” there are no slide outs even tho it is quite large- I guess the worst that can happen is we freak out and rent again, right?

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41 Rinker October 6, 2013 at 12:41 pm

We bought a huge house,3,0000 sq ft, a little over a year ago. There are only two of us with two cats and two miniature schnauzers. We started camping this summer with a used pop up and by the end of July bout a new travel trailer, 21′. I have been getting pretty tired of a huge mortgage already and have been thinking of getting out from under everything, getting a 39′ fifth wheel and living in that full time. Has anyone done this with cats and dogs? Tyler, has yor adjustment gotten any better?

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42 Merissa October 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm

We lived with a cat the first time we lived in an rv. It’s not difficult but adjustments do have to be made. It’s fairly easy though if you get creative! We had a laundry shoot in our first camper that went to the underneath storage and we put the cat litter box down there instead so it didn’t have to be in our area and we couldn’t smell it. It worked great!

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43 Betsy October 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I’ve enjoyed reading the above posts. We were full time rv’ers for 5 years in a 40 foot motorhome with three slide outs. It had plenty of room for the two of us. We recently purchased a house in the mountains of Colorado and are loving it. We are hoping to sell the motorhome and purchase a camper so we can go camping. Big difference between rving and camping!
One way to save money while in a rv is to try to find an inexpensive park (good luck) and one that pays your electric for month to month. We were fortunate to find one in Pennsylvania. Also, consider work camping. You can work from 20-40 hours a week with low pay but your rent and utilities are usually free. Plus free laundry and usually a discount on propane. Good way to save money and work a little and you meet so wonderful people.
The longer you live in a rv the more you realize how little of “stuff” you “need” in your life!! It is a freeing experience. I recommend everyone to give it a try…sell the house, extra car and go see the USA!

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44 Liz October 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I’m so happy I found your blog. My family will be transiting from a huge military base house to a trailer when we retire from the military soon. We lived on a 40′ yacht for four years so I know we can do it, it’s just a matter of getting rid of our stuff!! Ugh. Thanks for your insight to ‘the life’.

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45 Lewann October 24, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Hi Merissa!
You are such a positive person and that is one reason I love your blog! My family has been struggling for a few years due to my husband and I becoming disabled and my hubby was the one who made the money for our family, anything I made was fun money from part time work. We have had to move in with his parents and we share a small bedroom but at least our 16 yr old daughter gets her own room. We have sold almost all of our furniture and the room we are in is full of their furniture. I am going through the things in our storage to get rid of or sell off to get out of it to save money. Trying to stay positive. I really am but I have moments where I feel like we are never going to get to a place of our own and be out if debt. My hubby has another disability hearing in 2 weeks and I pray they finally see how disabled he is so we will have some income. We don’t know where our path will lead us except to move out of California. We are considering RV living for a little while. We are looking into moving to Vegas to be close to friends. Just trying to remember that just because the path I thought we should be on isn’t the right one and being open to seeing the right path. Your blog helps me see that everyone has their own struggles and that’s fine we all have out own lessons to learn in this lifetime!
Praying for the right doors to open for us and to be sting enough to go through them and not take the easy way out and stay where we are struggling.
We have been keeping you and your family in our prayers too! That was one crazy snow storm you went through a few weeks ago!
Thank you for such positive loving words in your blog!

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46 Merissa October 24, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I’m glad you are able to look for the right path too. It can be so hard sometimes, especially when we want to see the path we want to see. Life is always going to be a struggle so we have to see the good things in it otherwise it’s just depressing isn’t it? Glass is half full πŸ™‚

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47 Steph October 28, 2013 at 1:58 am

Thanks for sharing your story!! I’m about to start my next chapter in an RV and stumbled on your website absolutely fell in love with the story.

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48 Louise October 30, 2013 at 5:01 pm

My husband & I live in a 32′ long 5th wheel that is 34 yrs old. We have lived full time in it for the last 4 yrs. and we feel lucky. The heating and AC don’t work so we use space heaters in the winters and have an AC unit in the sleeping area and in the living area. We are in an RV park in Texas and I must say that until we were able to have everything put under a roof, the AC units did not do such a good job in the summertime. Once we got it where the sun wasn’t beating on the roof, the AC units were just right. If your RV is not under a roof of some kind please be aware that there is a saying about RV roofs–they either leak or are about to start leaking. We don’t have any slideouts and for us that works. My husband had a stroke and the closeness allows him to navigate in the RV without his cane. We also have a golf cart that he gets around in when he goes to visit a neighbor. His stroke is the whole reason we live in the RV fulltime. It’s paid for, the lot rent is cheap and the golf cart lets him have a bit of independence. We do have a storage barn and I would be lost without it. We have 2 very large bookcases, one for my groceries and one for my husbands tools and radio supplies (he is a ham radio operator), the washer & dryer, a freezer, my sewing machine and an exercise bike in the middle of the floor. When you live in an RV you learn that when you are out and see something you like, your first thought has to be “where am I going to put it” space is at a premium and you learn very quickly what is important and what is not.

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49 Sharon Walker November 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

My husband and I are in our fifth-wheel now full time for three weeks. Still getting used to it, but loving it. We sold the house, sold stuff, gave stuff away, made so many trips to GoodWill, they began to know us when we drove up! Moved from a 1900 sq ft house to 38 ft fifth-wheel with four slides. It is five years old. We still have too much stuff, but will be in this rv park for one year before beginning our traveling – so I’m counting on having time to weed out what we don’t need. My husband will work this year before retiring. We’ll then have to get work as we can in order to pay for the gas to travel.
Just found this site – good comments. Enjoyed the reading.

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50 Sheila November 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm

We have been fulltiming for about a year, but feel desperate as winter approaches. Not able to find rv parks far enough to get out of freezing temps that are reasonably priced. We are from MN so we are used to cold and snow but would appreciate help in finding rv parks in southeast area of US.

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51 GREG December 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Hello,
First of all….Thank you for all of your insight into full time rv living. I have recently been looking into this lifestyle as i am Really tired of giving every dime i make to someone else for rent and for them to enjoy the lifestyle they please and me live hand to mouth for the rest of each month. I am 43 and living on my own since i was 17. I do have two kids 18 and 15. My 18 yr old has lived with me fulltime for the past 8 yrs and my 15 yr old 3 times a week for the past 15 yrs. I cant do the rv thing for at least another 5 years due to the kids. But i am thinking about rv living once the kids are out on there own (if that ever happens) I live in NY LI but want to head south eventually. I think i would do this as a single guy. I feel that if i purchase something used for about $25,000 and a truck to tow the fifth wheel for about $10,000 i could pay that off in about 5 yrs and be mortgage free with no car payment. I was hoping to look for a rv park for about $10.00 per day or so. (florida) Is this wishful thinking? Is rv living cheaper then renting? IDK. Please help as i feel this is a way for me to go and maybe live a happier life but i would love to hear from anyone who has taking this path. Oh by the way… I would not have savings or help with any of this. I would have to work along the way. I hear alot of rv parks offer part time work in exchange for a parking spot. Any truth to that?
Thank you for all the info i have found on this site and thank you in advance to anyone who could offer any advice on fulltime rv living.

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52 Merissa December 2, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Yes, there are many campgrounds that will let you live there in exchange for work. Make sure you get one that pays at least minimum wage on top of the monthly rent though too otherwise it’s not worth it. $10 per day is possible with various memberships or with a monthly rate. I haven’t checked prices in the south but around here monthly rates run around $400 a month (but I’ve seen cheaper in other states). RV living can be cheaper than renting depending on the area and if utilities are included. Good luck!

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53 Norton & Georgia December 14, 2013 at 9:48 am

We came acrossed your blog and love it. My husband and I are getting ready to buy a large camper and do some traveling. Later, in a few year we plan to buy a 5th wheel and become full-time rvers. Any suggestion on getting started? It’s just my husband and I, he has about 3 years until we can full-time rv and we live in washington.

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54 Becky January 30, 2014 at 6:15 am

Hey fellow Washingtonian….we hope to be living as full time rv’ers this spring on the coast. We bought our lot first (paid for) and the we upgraded to a newer and much bigger 5th wheel to live full time in…. This will happen as we sell our home in the city…we are very excited that after 42 years of marriage we will be out of debt for the first time… Once we decide that this is what we want…we thought the only way we can truly be happy on this new adventure is to be debt free….so we sold almost everything paid off what we could…and the rest will be paid off when we sell the house. We are so excited…we are going to go to AZ first to see his brother but not before we both can pull into Vegas for the first time lol

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55 Sherine January 1, 2014 at 8:14 am

I love your ideas for living small. The thought of leaving everything behind and traveling the country would be very appealing to me if not for those six grandchildren I want to be close to.

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56 Dani January 2, 2014 at 8:35 am

How long did you live in the rv for??
We (me , hubby, daughter, big golden retriever and a pet bunny) lived in out travel trailer for 2.5 years. We started doing it because my husband works so much out of town and if we didn’t make the choice to do it we would have never seen him. So we pulled our daughter who was in grade one at the time out of public school and enrolled in distributed learning (homeschool). We really did enjoy it for quite some time because it was a huge step up from living in hotels and it seemed nothing could really stop us just because we lived in a travel trailer. Every nook and cranny was storage we even had a deep freeze and like I said before a pet bunny. We certainly looked like a “Clampet Special” when we were travelling from town to town though the back of the truck was stacked high full of bikes, a quad a water tote , a generator, a loo lugger it was funny. I even made just enough space and modified my moves in order to do work out dvds and we purchased an xbox Kinect for the winter months for my daughter to to P.E. (winter months are long here 6-8 months out of the year). Winter was hard in the trailer especially one that was built for florida up in northern BC our pillows would freeze to the walls , you couldn’t keep up with the condensation even with a dehumidifier. The fridge and freezer would stop working because it was so cold outside (weird hey) , pipes would freeze , propane would be sluggish to get to the furnace and heat would sometimes not be an option. Oh looking back at it now it is so funny me and my husband always tease about how we should have wrote a book on extreme winter camping. Last may we finally got to buy a house and my husband doesn’t have to travel for work anymore. It is kind of neat going back in the trailer and remembering living in there. One thing that was a big change for me was having so much space to walk around in a house my feet would ache every night for the first month not only because I was covering more ground but because the trailer floors were so flexi and easy to walk on not like a solid house floor. Anyhoo just thought I would share my story…oh yah and one time we even went hunting and hung our deer up in a rv camp site good thing it was fall and there wasn’t many campers around πŸ˜› Now we live on ten acres and have started a lil hobby farm and are working at being self sustainable. Happy Camping everyone πŸ™‚

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57 Merissa January 2, 2014 at 9:03 am

You sound like you are just a few steps ahead of us! We’ve lived in the rv (this time) for 11 months so far (we previously lived in one for 9 months). We are now living on our new farmstead but renovating the house so still int he rv. Our pipes have been freezing and even our hydrant to fill up water has frozen a few times! It’s been quite an adventure since we’ve hardly left the below zero temps and single digits for the last month and we still have 4-5 more months to go πŸ™‚ What would life be without an adventure right?

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58 Broke January 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

I am hoping to buy an inexpensive motorhome/rv and live in it on my mom’s property.. Problem is, looks like there is a rv regulation in our county… If I read it correctly it is a violation to live in a recreational vehicle even on my mom’s own property… Any one else experience that issue? Or am I reading it incorrectly? (This is for snohomish county unincorporated area in WA State)

Any help in going around this road block would be much appreciated!

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59 Michele January 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Your comment made me wonder if our county restricts living in an RV permanently, and it DOES! I didn’t realize that zoning laws could restrict not only how long I can live in an RV, but also restricts the length if time a campground is allowed to let people stay. So, I guess as long as you are moving around you are only, but if you want to stay put, this might be a problem (if someone finds out).

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60 kim January 13, 2014 at 8:25 am

We are an older couple that was on the rent hamster wheel. We bought a 1967 holiday Rambler (27ft) for $500. We have been working on it a bit at time. We moved into it full time two weeks ago. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats. Living at an Rv park is great so far. They have the nice restrooms and showers while we continue to work on “Floozy Belle” and get her plumbing etc fixed. Tough to get rid of things , yes, I am still throwing stuff out , adjustment yes it is a bit of a challenge. Happy we did it ? You bet, I have been wanting to d this for years, Regrets? Only that we did not do it sooner.

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61 Chad @ Long Long Way January 13, 2014 at 10:16 am

We seem to have a lot in common. After full time RVing for 18 months and then continuing to take 4-6 week trips after moving back into our house, we are starting to explore the idea of buying land and an old farm to build a homestead. We enjoy reading your journey and it seems that we’re right on your heels!

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62 Stuart January 28, 2014 at 9:18 pm

My wife and I are about to take the plunge into RV living. Our situation is different than most. We will not be nomads as most dream to be.

My wife’s parents own 2.5 acres near our home and they are beginning to have trouble caring for the property. My father-in-law is legally blind and has other health issues. My mother-in-law cannot possibly do everything needed around the property.

Our plan is simple, we bought a 38′ RV with 3 slides that we will park on their property. Once we sell our house, we are going to put in a separate septic system and run water and electric to the site. We will then install a “carport” for the machine to keep the direct sunlight off of it as it can get awful hot where we live. We are not going in without forewarning. We just sold a 25′ Four Winds Majestic that we loved dearly. We just needed more space especially when our in-laws join us camping.

We will essentially live rent free with the exception of the RV payment. If we get enough from the house we will most likely put what is left over from renovating the property towards the payoff of the RV. I estimate we will save about $1000 a month and be able to be there for my wife’s parents to help and just hang out with them.

We do like to go camping at state parks and it will be nice to be able to pull in the slides, unhook and go. No more packing and hoping we did not forget anything. Everything we need will already be in the machine.

If we start feeling cramped, we will be able to walk a short distance and spend time in the house. We won’t be living with them, just extremely near them. We are excited and are still working out the details. It will probably be summer before we are settled in, but we have the machine and can afford the house and RV payment in the meantime. So, all is good.

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63 Brian April 8, 2016 at 10:11 am

Stuart, my wife and I may jump into a very similar setup.
Any chance you could update on how it’s going?

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64 Becky January 30, 2014 at 5:41 am

OMGosh we have a beautiful Open Range as well….and we love it….[bought and paid for brand new 2 years ago] we are planning on selling our home in the city and moving full time on our (paid for) lot at the beach in Washington State. It will be the first time in 42 years of marriage we will be debt free. We can almost wet our pants with excitement…just thinking about it. Someday we might build a small solar cabin…..but only if we can do it with cash….GOD willing and a whole lot of control of my love for garage sales and thrift stores…we can always be debt free…:-)

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65 carrie July 24, 2015 at 1:52 am

I lived in WA state for years, we do swap meets and flea markets as vendors. The pickings are getting pretty slim, but during the summer months you will find a lot. Chehalis and Portland have the best IMO. The winters in WA are pretty blah though, I hope you are prepared to spend a good 5 months in grey cloudy windy weather hun. Its Cali for me, my back and knees don’t do cold/wet anymore.
Bless you and enjoy WA.

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66 Laina February 5, 2014 at 12:12 am

I down sized from a 3 bedroom home to a 35 foot Fifth Wheel and I love it! I am in my 40’s and with no children at home it was great timing, I now have so much “less stuff” and I do not miss it at all. I also have so much more time to do the things I really enjoy! Best decision I made in 2013! πŸ™‚

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67 Walt February 10, 2014 at 11:56 am

Hello All
We are full timers
Looking for a place to spend the winter……There is a place called Coyote Howls East in a little town called Why, in Arizona south of Ajo…. they have free Wi-Fi, water, showers,…Dance every Friday night, Movie every Monday night, Hikes every week, card games, craft sales once a month.. For the people that stay for the winter there is a free Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, you can volunteer to be a cook or server or clean up. not required but lot of fun….The price for all this is $550.00 for a year— your lot is held for you if you leave and come back….you may have a 8×10 shed on your lot for storage….we are currently spending the winter here now and have had more fun than any where else we have been…….the one thing you do need is solar power there is no electric hook ups they do have water at most sites… and 5 dump stations.. a small golf coarse (a tough one)…A DVD library, Book Library…Landry……. All in all an nice place to stay. And if you need electric there is Coyote Howls west Walt & Mel

http://coyotehowls.net/index.php

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68 Chuck February 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I’m loving reading about this. Keep it coming!

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69 yvonne February 19, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Just wondering if any of you that stay put for long periods of time use tie downs on your travel trailer. We have a 5th wheeler on a permanent lot in florida and have had suggestions to use tie downs due to the stiff winds off the ocean. We of course want to be able to disconnect and leave should a true hurricane type system come through ,but for normal thunderstorms it sounds logical. Any comments or experience with this?

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70 Merissa February 19, 2014 at 2:13 pm

We haven’t used tiedowns of any kind but we do have stablizer bars under our camper that help a lot!

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71 Ashley Hawley March 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

I am really liking the idea of full time rv living. We’re looking at this option right now as a way to catch up on bills and save money back. We will be doing it with three kids and one on the way so I hope it won’t be too bad!

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72 Erika March 11, 2015 at 10:50 pm

We too are looking into it with 3 kids! We’ve never homeschool before thou, how does that work do u know?

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73 Stephanie March 12, 2014 at 9:48 pm

We have been saving up to be able to get a trailer but found the truck first. Just bought it a month or so ago. Now we’re saving towards the trailer. We have a six year old and twin 3 year old boys and are doing this in order to buy land and build a small house outright. I just found out I’m pregnant again so now I have no idea what we’re gonna do. There’s no way we’re gonna be able to afford the trailer, and have 3 boys plus possibly two babies in a small trailer. Would love to be able to afford one like yours, it’s gorgeous. Do you think it would be possible for a family of 7 to live in a 5th wheel the size of yours? I will definitely be reading up on all your tips.

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74 Merissa March 13, 2014 at 8:18 am

I know families of 12+ that have lived in an rv like ours. Anything is possible!

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75 Cheryl March 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I am so glad I stumbled across this!! My guy and I (both in our early 40s) have “been together” for almost 4 years. I put it this way because he travels out of state to work with his trade most of the time. We are solid and things are starting to come together that we are making plans to move from AZ to MN together in a 36ft travel trailer 5th wheel. We are both AZ born and raised but I have never done any traveling outside of AZ except a quick trip a couple of times. We are both divorced and my kiddos are grown & the last is going into high school and for the most part lives with his dad. They are not too happy about Mom leaving but I just feel it is time for me to spread my wings & I am beyond ready to have a life with this Man that I have been lucky to find. I am SO beyond excited for the adventure of living in the travel trailer and moving to a beautiful state. Yes it is EXTREMELY cold there I know I have been warned a million and 1 times. Coming across this blog is inspiring & makes me even more excited about following through with our adventure. Its going to be a HUGE adjustment for me as I am very sentimental about material stuff in my life… but I am also looking forward to getting out of that habit.
I so look forward to keeping up with everyone.

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76 Terri March 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

My family and I are looking at the idea of RV living, he’s military so we move a lot anyways. However, were currently in a 2,100sqf house and the hubs is a little nervous about down sizing so much with 3 small kids. We also have 2 dogs, 2 birds and 2 cats (willing to find a new home for the birds). Any suggestions? Is this even rational for us? I grew up on the road myself living off and on with my grandparents in their RV, but I was an only child and no pets.

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77 Cheryl March 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Merissa what is the best way to go about finding a place to park the travel trailer long term?? I have googled what I can think of and its just not very informative. We are wanting to “long term” in a 40′ near St Paul MN starting in the next 4 to 6 months approx. and I have been “researching” how to make this a success for my Guy and I. He has done this before (not there) but the RVs have always belonged to the company or a park already & I have never done this before.
Thanks for your direction.
Cheryl

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78 Merissa March 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Hi Cheryl,
I would just start calling around and asking places if they offer monthly rates and what the terms are. You might also want to consider putting an ad on Craiglist or other places to see if anyone has a place you can rent. If you have any friends in that area make sure to let them know so they can keep an eye out for spots for you also.

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79 Nicole April 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm

We would love to live in an RV either part time or full time but my Mom and sister both say that if we do that our son will get taken away. He’s ten months. We also have a small dog. Is that true? He’s really well cared for (and very much loved as well :-))now and he will continue to be wherever we move. Why would they say that?

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80 Merissa April 13, 2014 at 5:56 pm

There is no truth behind that. Literally millions of families live in rvs. It’s a home just like any other, just smaller and it has wheels under it (no different than a trailer home). I’m guessing that they would only say something like that because they don’t understand the reality of how it could look for you.

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81 Paul April 20, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I also enjoyed reading your blogs hope thing are going well now that you are thawing out from the bad winter. We are getting ready to down size into used Keystone Montana with artic pack that we purchased on ebay. People are asking about RV park to live in I retired from working for an airlines and moved to southeastern Okla. beautiful area close to Arkansas, Texas, La. The RV parks in this area are very reasonable 350.00 to 450.00 monthly many lakes and winters are mild
and land is not expensive to purchase if wanting to put RV on private land no zoning issues. Right now we live in 2200 square foot house on.. 32 acers which we purchased for 67,000 about 12 years ago I am tired of taking care of that much land will be 70 in June. Took the RV to south Texas left on Christmas day for 10 days and loved it so here we go if anyone cares look on the map we are 60 miles west of Beavers Bend State park very corner of SE Okla.

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82 Francesco and Dawn April 22, 2014 at 3:36 pm

We can add our thanks for this blog; will keep watching. Wife (Dawn) left the US to live in Italy with husband (Francesco) and two teen kids. Decided after close to three years to return to the US. We were married the year before leaving in 2011 and prepared the move by camping the last 6 months after settling to liquidate everything and leave. We started over again by purchasing a larger home on a little over an acre in Fl recently but found that after living the simpler country life we lived in Italy (where most homes are less then 800 sq ft and built straight up) and remembering the best time as a family right here in the US camping together that we didn’t want to live the more ‘luxurious’ way where everyone goes to their end of a house and we again live for the high expenses and stress of juggling those while fighting to keep attention over cable, playstation, headphones and locked-in caves (commonly known as rooms for teens). We really want to get back to when we were really happy together (surprisingly so stated by the horrible teens as well [smile]). In just those years being gone, things seem to have gone up in price and not down in stress. Kids have been home schooled since our return; huge difference in the two countries with schools so we are having to adjust. We are preparing now with some ideas (leaning toward renting the house while we live in the rv) and this is helping us so much. Please keep on commenting and telling of places where it can be economical and friendly to permanent rv’ers. This wonderful big house just seems too big for us and just too much now; really missing our camping days. Not to mention we would like our savings to go further into our retirement. Really enjoyed reading everyone’s thoughts and experiences.

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83 Tammy October 3, 2014 at 10:53 am

We are in the same boat, left EU 3 years ago and have never been able to adjust to the “normal” lifestyle. We will be selling all we own and taking our 3 kids, 14-12-9, and living the more simple life. Things are better for us when we are closer together and do not have to deal with the stressors of being tied to a house. We do not have much but what we have been blessed and would like to take what we have and go for it. I would love to talk to and meet others that are doing this and travel to meet you all. Have a blessed day.

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84 dawn graziani October 3, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Hi Tammy, I really would love to talk to you when you have some spare time. My email is [email protected]. Have lots in common with you and seriously seeing all of our options. We have put our house up for sale but market not so great right now. Also looking for all our options; where we live in Fl there are not many rv parks friendly to under age 55 (the only time I wished to be older…….[smile]. Take care. Dawn

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85 Kayla May 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

Do you mind sharing what type of RV you bought and what size? We are thinking about RV living but don’t know anything about RV’s or which one would be good for fulltime RV living.

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86 Merissa May 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm

We had an Open Range 413RLL and it was 413sq feet with everything extended πŸ™‚

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87 Gloria Daly June 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Love this post and all the comments from others! We are considering this lifestyle too. This is so encouraging and helpful. I’m just soaking it all in!

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88 Beth June 15, 2014 at 2:56 am

I could not sleep and stumbled on your site. So glad! I love it! My Husband and I are full time RVers living in the mountains of Co. I had to giggle about the pipes freezing….many mornings I was using a blow dryer to warm things back up. The things we have learned over the years….the hard way..lol. But the joys of living with less and our wonderful time in nature, made it all worth it. And I think we have played every board game there is. Life is good.

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89 Aurora June 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Hello Merissa,
I have looked at your site several times and have enjoyed your posts. My husband and I have talked many times about RVing full time but I guess we’re waiting for the value of our property to go up before we consider it. We have only 7 children at home now out of 12. Yes…12 kids! we have been blessed with all of them. Our older children would think we’re completely out of our minds to move out of our home into a tiny RV but we are excited! My husband talked me into it a few yrs., ago saying how much we would save not having a mortgage and high light bills to pay. I thought many times about the gas though with this economy. So I have some fears. Like, he’s not getting any younger, what if something goes wrong with the RV?
I told him I like either the class A or the toy hauler because of the room for all the kids. I have looked at so many RV’s it’s ridiculous! I get my hopes up then start thinking too much. He doesn’t want to wait till he’s old and gray to go and see all the world and bring his children along too. I’m beginning to see I may be worrying too much over nothing. Can you help or anyone else reading this post? Is RV life all it’s cracked up to be?

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90 Merissa June 17, 2014 at 7:08 am

RV life will be different for everyone. Most people that I know have loved it (it also depends on if you decide to travel or stay put, traveling is very fun!). You do need to be prepared to live with much less and be able to live together with no personal space. If you plan to be outdoors a lot that will help the space issue. I hope that helps a little. Good luck on your *hopefully* new journey!

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91 Mia July 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Hi

what RV would you recommend for a family (couple with 4 children under 10) on a shoe budget, we found a few on ebay around 5k, Fleetwood Tiogas sleep 7, then there are Bounders, we are in Europe and i am thinking of buying from the US with my US passport, i spoke to a few dealers and was told they can register the vehicle to me, send it RORO but………in the EU i need a commercial truckers permit to drive a Class A or C over 3,5 tons, and it costs 2000€ and takes 3 weeks to get the license. boo!! but ill do it dammit.

Please do let us know what RV you recommend under 10k out there used.

Thanks
Mia

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92 Merissa July 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

There are so many good ones out there. The most important thing is to make sure it’s in good shape and has no damage, especially water damage in the ceiling.

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93 Fran July 3, 2014 at 9:50 pm

My husband and I lived in a 1956 Spartan park model the first 3 years of our marriage. We saved our money for a downpayment on a house. Beautiful RV. Birch plywood inside. We sold it to build a shop. 27 years have gone by and we wish we had kept it!!!!

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94 Jessica July 8, 2014 at 1:00 am

Hello I was reading some of your stories and I dont have one of my own yet but my husband and I want to buy a 30-33ft trailer/camper and live in it for at least 2 to 4 years to save up for a big farm and to save money. But anyways my biggest question is: Would it be hard to live in that size of a trailer for that long with two 38-48pound dogs and a baby? I have a lot of concerns but no one we know has any experience living in a trailer or camper. And can you bring a trailer/camper to a mobile home park? Google isnt answering these questions and all of you seem very nice. Thank you for the time in reading this post hope to hear from you wonderful people soon. If not I hope we have amazing adventures like all of you.

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95 Merissa July 8, 2014 at 8:06 am

I know people that have lived in a camper with their dogs but I personally couldn’t do it even if we didn’t have allergies. If there was any way for them to have some kind of outside run it may work but most of the people we’ve seen living with dogs in campers have very small dogs and they still tend to be outside as often as possible. You can have dogs in many campgrounds and trailer parks though so that part wouldn’t be an issue. Good luck on your journey!

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96 Karissa Reedy August 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Thanks for your site. It has helped organize some thoughts I had and address worries as well. When I jokingly said when we finally sold our home, we should just buy an RD and hit the road, I thought my husband would be like, “Oh no we won’t.” However what happened was he took the idea and ran with it. I know it probably isn’t feasible, but we are in a sort of planning stage now. Any pointers on a family of 4, with 2 teens and 2 boxers?

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97 Merissa August 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

I highly recommend trying out a camper first for at least a week with your family. (You could either rent or borrow one from friends) See if you think it’s something that’s really feasible and what you would need to do and need to have to make it happen. Living in an rv isn’t for everyone and it’s just hard to know until you test it out.

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98 Karissa Reedy August 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

Thanks, Merissa. As the practical one in our family, I definitely agree with your suggestion. Where do you suggest we do this experiment? Park or camp? We have been house and stuff-tied for too long. It would probably do us good. Also been restricted by caring for a totally dependent elder with Alzheimers for almost 5 years, so it has opened our eyes to the need for simplifying and freedom to see the country. I’m a nurse and could accept travel assignments from time to time as needed.

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99 Merissa August 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

I’ve heard there are some great opportunities for traveling nurses, especially with insurance companies. If you plan on traveling I would take the camper to a few different campgrounds for your trial one. That way you can get a feel for the differences in campgrounds that you might encounter and you will get a feel for the packing up and moving part of living in an rv.

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100 elizabeth alicea August 16, 2014 at 1:32 pm

I absolutely LOVE your website. I have had a strong heartfelt to go full time rv living. Ive never own one and would love so. I feel like i am a slave to my everyday living…I want a life thats meaningful, i love Gods nature and would just love the peace ….YOU’RE very inspirin, and oneday hhopefully i too may write you oneday to share of my courageous move. ..

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101 Linda August 26, 2014 at 1:39 pm

After my husband walked out and left me virtually penniless, and with a 15 yr old daughter, I will be living off of child sup and maintenance. I am seriously considering rv living. But, I have questions.
I live in Wisc. Is it possible to “winterize” an rv? ex; heat pipes not freezing..etc.
Are there rvs that are better than others for this purpose?
I am on such a mall budget….but, after going from 100,000 a year income to barely anything, I do want to still own something to live in.(ex let our home go to foreclosure). I have 2 months. Any help?

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102 Merissa August 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

You will want to look for a four seasons camper if possible. Those will have extra insulation in the floor and side walls. You can winterize an rv as well. You will want to make sure you skirt it (with anything from wood to hay squares) and make sure the underbelly is heated so your pipes and tanks cannot freeze. Inside the camper it will help to put rugs on the floor and of course to have water on hand just in case things do freeze up.

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103 Amey September 2, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Here we go again ? 18 months ago our family of 6 was financially forced to full time RV . In a 27 ft travel trailer which proved to be painful at times , however , doable . We are about to embark on another RV journey since my husbands job has transferrd him to a place that basically has unaffordable living . I’d rather live in an RV and choose the “neighborhood” than rent the most affordable house in a sketchy place . This time it’s In a 38 foot with dual slides and one less kiddo , as our son (20) is moving out.

So here we are on another adventure ;). My 15 year old son is none too thrilled and my littlest ones 3&4 will be starting school soon . We are unlike a lot of the FT’mers since we won’t be moving from place to place . Just wondering if the space 400ish sq ft will be too confining without a constant change of scenery ? The Monterey peninsula is indeed a fantastic place to live indeed but in an RV ??? I’m skeptical since we’ve been there done that albeit much smaller space and more people . Any advice on keeping it Fresh ?

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104 Merissa September 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Our rv was 400 sq feet as well. The most important thing was for us to get out as often as possible and to also have time alone outside of the camper each week.

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105 Crisian September 6, 2014 at 2:59 am

Iam realky like your blog, and i m thinking in buy rv,s for living couple and save money

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106 Stacy September 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Love the post! Thank you for sharing!! I’ve been seriously thinking about this. We bought our dream home a year ago. I’m glad we could finally afford it don’t get me wrong but I’m beginning to think less is more. We have 2 kids in college and moved 800 miles away from family for work. I don’t get to see either as much as I would like and I think this would give us great opportunities. We have friends who live in a RV park and love it. Seriously something to consider

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107 John September 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

In June of this year, my wife and I headed out for our first long RV trip. We went from mid Florida to Montana (Glacier National Park ). I have never been so relaxed in my life We were on the road for three months total. Traveled through 15 states with 6500 miles in the RV and 3000 miles in the car. Sure there were a few problems, but none we could not overcome. I can not wait till our next adventure.

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108 Robyn September 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm

So fun to read these comments. We, too, are full-time RV’ers. We gave up the 2700 SF dream house on acreage (mortgage, bills) when the economy crashed and live year ’round in our used 35′ RV. Bought it several years ago for around $16k in Eastern WA, live in rainy SE Alaska in an RV Park. The use of a dehumidifier has saved us from molding and rotting, store extra stuff in a storage unit and under the 5th wheel skirting, no longer buy anything unless we have the money for it. Set up a small green house, joined the local Community Garden. It helps having building experience, as we try to fix/mend things ourselves when issues occur (leaks, breaks, etc.). Free and happy!

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109 Tammy October 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

I would like to know what type of truck you have to tow your RV and what type of gas mileage you get? How does it do up long hills etc. Thank you in advance.

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110 Merissa October 3, 2014 at 10:11 am

We lived in our rv stationary, meaning we didn’t pull it except for vacation. We had a 1 ton Chevy diesel. I’m not sure on the mileage while pulling because it wasn’t often.

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111 dawn and francesco October 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Hey again-Need some real help from family RVer’s. We posted before and are now beginning to prepare but need help about parks, etc that are friendly to having a minor living in a long term space. We would like to stay most of the year at one place while leaving for a couple months to some state parks anywhere in the another region. Our daughter will be 15-she has been homeschooled but recently went back to school (middle) and is having a very hard time; not to mention the kids are horrible. Lots of issues with smoking, bullying, etc. School is good but not caring. Finishing this year then we are back to home schooling. With that in mind; needing some lists of places that dont have problems with homeschool restrictions or family restrictions as well as age ones. Where we live they will not allow minors anywhere over two weeks- we have checked and frankly wanting to go elsewhere. We have backing for finances (or will from the sale of the house, etc) and can easily find part time work anywhere between us (even if not the greatest-have worked lots of seasonal). So what we are seeing is that you can be at a park for a couple weeks and then not return for 90 days. Some places we can actually consider this without problems (I am from western NY and would love to at least give a month or so to doing this there at the state parks) but do need at least 7 or 8 months at one place. Lots of great insight here from people with grown children but not much on where families can go with homeschooled children not living on land. Really looking for help with this. Thanks.

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112 Jackie October 26, 2014 at 8:26 am

We live in a 42 ft rv with 3 slide outs, we live on our own acreage 5.5 acres . We just got power recently before that we ran generators and spent a lot on gas . We sold our 2800 sq ft home in April 2013,lived with our daughter for a while in a small town . We hated being in town and didn’t want to rent. My husband worked in housing and didn’t have a lot of work after housing market crashed. We started building a 1500 sq ft house on our land ,we have a foundation so far and will be building with our own money so I’m not sure how long it will take.we have lived in our fw since April 2014 , we also live with 3 small dogs and 2 cats!!!! Our rv sits where I can see the house we sold ,at first it bothered me but not so much anymore .i try to just stay in the present and for right now just concentrate on what we have.its very comforting to read the comments to see I’m not the only one!

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113 Kenny November 10, 2014 at 11:40 am

My wife Myself and our 2.5 lb pup live in 200 sq ft. we are fortunate to have water electric and cable/internet included in our rent. Im a heart patient who spent my life providing for my large family.. now that its the two of us . here in this home I can continue to provide for them. I set her a washer under the tongue of the 5th wheel and we have a 17 passenger van that stores the winter/summer clothes and any items not needed if we dont have company.. after I became ill.. we spent all our time in a small bedroom so last year when we moved into this it was a huge increase in space and small enough I can help take care of cleaning… I add things as they come to mind. My computer desk is a refinished wooden crate attached to the wall that doubles as a night table with storage above and below… I no longer fear tomorrow and how Ill pay my bills.. we no longer argue because of my insecurity… after 32 years of marriage small spaces work for us..

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114 Elaine November 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

We live in Southwestern Ontario Canada and are thinking of making the full time RV living move next spring. We have looked at 5th wheel trailers as I work in a computer support field out of my home. We are having a hard time finding somewhere close that allows RV’s to stay year around. If anyone from Ontario knows of any places that allow this I would be glad to hear from you. I love this blog and read it often. Through this I have learned alot and you have answered many of questions. Keep on posting!

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115 Angel November 16, 2014 at 1:37 pm

We are planning on rv’ing it come spring of 2015. We are going to park it on my parents property. We can’t stand the city life, so we are going to hang out on their 5 acres. While we build our home up north, we are in Michigan so any advice for winter rv’ing.

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116 Dawn and Francesco November 23, 2014 at 5:58 am

Ok; life is great. Been on here back and forth; things going with a solid outlook. We lived in my husband’s country with our teenagers for 3 years after we married. Decided to come back to the US and chose a place in Fl for several reasons; health and climate of course. We purchased the house from his country site unseen. We were all residents of Italy and for years before that we had been going between the countries (I worked for the schools). My husband had to apply for a green card and we have been waiting separated for close to a year. We had a savings that was significant but the house had so many problems, bills so much higher. It is huge; 2000 sq ft. Coming from another country where footage is very small we thought it would be great. It is more costly then I can ever remember; I got a job that actually gave us the opportunity to work together here when he arrived. While I love the area I work in (forest with lakes and more country) I hate the place this house is. We lost almost all of our savings but I have my job and the people have been like our family. My boss has done everything to help my husband along, promising that he is welcome there too. We came up with the solution to sell and get an rv. Already pulled daughter from school; she is back on homeschool. The school and the kids were really bad for her; lots of bullying incidents with nothing really being done. So I am so happy now; ecstatic. We have been living here in a sort of hellish limbo. House is sold under an owner finance deal with some friends (bad market and the house has had several things done but still not perfect). We have enough down payment to find a used fifth wheel or camper (around $5000-many choices). I have family at my job now whom are all jumping at the chance to give what they call ‘real red neck help’ (smile). All willing to help get the camper until we trade my car for a truck (first the camper; then fit the truck to the camper was our decision). My friends had offered to have us put the rv here and we would cut monthly payments but I found a client in a very hidden part of the place I work at; there are fishing cabins, lakes, mobile homes, rv’s, you name it. Talked to the owners (whom I now know from my job and my boss) and it is set! So my husband has been approved and will finally be moving here by Feb first (YAY-FINALLY). Our dream camper will be bought in January; same as house closing. For the next couple years we are serious to stay here in that little hidden place-it is right next to the Lake Griffin state forest and so serene while literally right where we work. It was difficult-most rv places here are for 55+; even mobile homes. My stress is disolving by the minute just preparing-everything is packed here and GOING! Two boxes left for us and one for the kids (son will still be going to the nearby high school-he is 17 years old and driving now). In the next years we want to eventually learn to be rockin state park hosts and tour the most beautiful parks. First, one step at a time. Thanks for the site-really. Reading all the different posts has helped with all this 100% and gave us this idea some time ago.

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117 dawn and Francesco December 16, 2014 at 6:35 am

Hi again. Left the last very long comment and need help with choices. Next couple days will be purchasing our new “Little Home” and there are many this time of year in our budget. The site is set up and has no real limits on even the age of camper nor size (however making sure it looks good). My husband loves all 3 choices and they are all under $4k (even less then budget). All are 1999’s. We actually like the 24 ft a lot but I have see everyone going with much larger on this site. The second is a 28′ fifth wheel, third is a 30 ft terry. No slide-outs but all have lots of room. I think even the 24 is fine for how the three of us are-older son visits but there is plenty of room for sleeping. We work overnight and sleep some during the day then more in the evening. We home school at the local library from 12-4pm each day but Sat. We still go but she can have all day on the pc with internet and that works out well. We have two chihuahuas but one is a little over 1 lb so really one and a half. Wondering if a 24 would be ok full time with us. All are mechanically sound and we spend a lot of time out of it more then in. Also thinking about saving on utilities and heater working better for a smaller space. We will not stay here but for another year and a half so it will be travelling after. Any help please from experience. Hoping to hear from somebody.

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118 Merissa December 16, 2014 at 6:45 am

It all depends on what you think your family can handle. I know with small children, 24 feet would be way to small for us and personally I’ve always appreciated a slide for the extra floor space for them to play. If you are going to be in a temperate climate you may have the opportunity to spend more time outdoors which would definitely make it more bearable. Also remember that even though it’s a smaller place, something a bit older (or really any rv) isn’t built like a home and won’t hold heat like a home does so even though it’s small, heat will escape quickly and utilities can cost more than you think.
For something that is older (or again, really for any camper) make sure that you have a mechanic or someone check it out before you buy. There can be hidden leaks or issues that are hard to see from the outside. I hope that helps a little!

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119 dawn and Francesco December 16, 2014 at 7:13 am

Thank you tons! Twenty four ft scratched. Bringing the fifth wheel to the front of the class. Our space is lovely on the lake but costs more for that. We decided to not add a monthly payment but instead chose the one that is literally minutes from where we work and where we want to really enjoy rather then the money going for payments. Friend checked the mechanics on all three (actually 4 but found some problems we didn’t want to deal with). We are very fortunate for that. My daughter is 13 we are out more then in. When inside she is watching netflix on phone, texting or playing games (hopefully just a phase-trying to get her hiking with friends at the park nearby). We are in Fl but the nights can get pretty cold this time of year; thinking maybe the fifth wheel can be a little better for that. Thank you again. It really made this easier. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! My daughter is getting ready to decorate the one we choose (smile) with enthusiasm.

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120 Merissa December 16, 2014 at 9:43 am

Merry Christmas! Good luck on your new little home. πŸ™‚

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121 Neil December 17, 2014 at 8:21 am

How did you manage stay warm of the winter?

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122 Merissa December 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

It was a combination of having a 4 seasons rv, heating tanks, heating the underbelly of the camper, and skirting.

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123 Katie February 3, 2015 at 8:23 am

Full time RV living is awesome. I lived in a 20 foot travel trailer for two years with my husband about 4 years ago while we saved up to buy our house. We just bought another travel trailer and use it as our second home when I travel for work (I’m a nurse). My husband loves being in the new trailer and always tells me how good he sleeps. I think it will only be a matter of time before we make our new trailer our “permanent” home. Thanks for sharing Merissa!

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124 Danielle B February 18, 2015 at 3:33 pm

I am so glad I found this site. I am 23 and about to graduate college, and without any debt. I absolutely love the outdoors and being close to my family. I have a large dog and a cat that will be living with me in whatever I find as well. I am a health nut and am in the military, too. I have been thinking about the most efficient way of living within my means, and my main goal is to be happy. However, as I am saving for a down payment on a house/camper, I realized how many different campers are out there. Any help will be appreciated. My family is not very understanding of my idea of living happy and stress free, so no help is coming from them. After visiting multiple dealers, I have an idea of what I think would be nice for me. But I would really appreciate help from others who have experience in living this way. My name is Dani, and feel free to email me at [email protected]

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125 Josh Davis February 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Thank you so much for creating this site. I am a freelance writer, and I am currently working on a book in which I am discussing life hacks, tips and tricks for full-time RV living. Having never lived in an RV (only gone on vacation in one), I have had to research tricks to include in the book. Do you have any suggestions for things that I simply must include in my book? (it is due on Tuesday!) Thanks in advance!

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126 Jenna servian February 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

My husband and I are considering living in a motorhome for paying debt off quicker. We have 3 dogs. Is it possible to have them be safe in an RV while we are away at work, for those hot summer’s/cold winters? I’ve seen rvs with AC but not very knowledgeable on this topic. Amy advice would help thank you.

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127 Levi thompson March 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

There’s to many things I can ask on this but I want to know the finatial info to even do this. How do you afford to live in a RV. How do you get a job or even work from home to pay for exspences within the RV includding food travel has anything. How do you decide insurances between having that on the RV or the people in it. What’s the best way to make a budget plan to not wind up failing at full time RV living me and my girl have both wanted to do this more then anything but is it best to have a family first and let them grow or take it as it comes at you I want to know all the aspecs of making all of this possible I’m only 22 and already in a little debt but don’t have a clue on where to start to find the right RV I have a truck and can easily pull a fifth wheel. And because of the full time job I have now it pays a lot of my schooling so my question there is should I look at going to school to study on mechanical working on campers or rvs or is there certain classes I could look for to teach me what I can do to make this happen PLEASE EMAIL ME ANY INFO ANYONE HAS – [email protected]– thank you very much for who can help

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128 mark March 16, 2015 at 8:28 pm

I’ve been thinking of moving into an RV for years. I rent a 3 bedroom house in a nice area,I’m a single dad with 7yr old girl. The expense of the house,yard work,decorating, over consuming etc. is keeping me house poor. My concern is my daughter
not liking it or feeling embarrassed. Yet my daughter lives with her mom half the week so she will get a break. My plan would be to live in an RV for 5 yrs then build a home. any advise would be appreciated. lots of great stuff on here thank you.

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129 Jennie Green April 8, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Dear Little House blogger,
I spend half of my life blogging and following blogs, and I’ve never fallen in love at first sight like I just did with your blog. OMGosh!!! It’s so beautiful and your ideas and writing style and fantabulous. We have to meet on the road one day (we’ll be RVing for a year soon if all goes according to plan) so we can sit by firelight and read LHonP to our kids together. Thank you for being amazing online.

Jennie aka Mrs. Green

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130 Kristina Fay June 8, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Hey! As a SD girl i’m wondering if you have any special advise for us in regards to REAL winter living in an RV. We are a soon to be family of 4 in the market for a travel trailer that can handle the harsh MN winters and still be safe and have running water. But, having never had an rv before, we don’t even know what sort of things to look for and what to avoid to make that happen. HELP

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131 Merissa June 14, 2015 at 2:47 pm

There are several things you will want to look into and do, your best bet is to have someone that full time rvs in your area show you their set up in the winter so you can get a good visual. If you want to have running water you will have to be hooked up to a hydrant that has some kind of heat element in it or around it so that won’t freeze (one of the campgrounds we stayed at had this so you just have to ask). You will also need to make a hose using pipe insulation and heat tape. If you want to skip that you can just fill up your tanks when you need to but it’s definitely more difficult and you have to be very conservative with your water since it would be hard to fill up on a day that is below freezing. You may also want heated tanks in your rv to make sure the water in your tanks won’t freeze up. Skirting the camper is also a good idea to keep the underbelly warm to help your tanks and pipes not to freeze. You will want to make sure you have jugs of water on hand just in case.
Expect a heavy propane bill…it’s hard to keep the camper warm since the walls are thin and not very well insulated. Make heavy curtains to go over the windows to keep the heat inside.
If you haven’t purchased your camper yet, make sure to look for something that is “4 seasons” and has an enclosed underbelly. It’s more common on newer campers. If you have any other questions just let me know!

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132 Ace June 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Hi! We are a family of 3 (2 year old) and we absolutely love your setup. I am full time musician so we are going to hit the road and play shows all over the country. What model motorhome do you have?

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133 Andrew Brigger June 20, 2015 at 5:25 am

My family and I are going to become full time RVers beginning August of this year. We are trying to find someone selling their RV on a rent to own or lease to own contract. I have been searching online and asking to no end. We keep praying that our dream will come true. Any information provided would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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134 Janice Elliston June 23, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Merissa, I am a 55 yr old widow and mother of three grown and married children. I have always wanted to be able to travel and see the country but with my husband’s health and the kids it just wasn’t possible. Since he passed in 2009 and the kids are all now married and on their own, I find myself soon to be in the position to realize my dreams. I am retired and keeping one of my grandbabies who will soon be in school (she is 31/2). I have just started the research and planning stage and your blog was the first one I came upon. It has been so informative and I gleaned so much, do ‘s and don’ts from this I am getting more excited by the minute. Thank you for the honest facts and laying your heart and experiences out there.

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135 Marna October 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

My husband and I with two children lived in an RV for two years while building our house. It was quite the adventure. I think the kids and I will have the best memories. We loved being so close together, it was diffidently cramped in a twenty eight foot camper, no slide out, with a family of four and a small Boston Terrier, but I actually cried my first night in our new home. Day to day living though I found to sometime be the hardest with being a working Mother and not having the true comfort or luxuries of home. It diffidently made an impression on all of us and gave us an idea of how much we truly need in this world. We have cut WAY back on frivolous spending. We appreciate being together.

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136 James Forshee November 4, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Hello, Marissa, I had to smile when my sister told me of your RV story. I had to get your web address from her and see for myself. I have been taking some writing class with a colleague of mine and she has a similar story where her and her husband sold their home and their possessions and moved into an RV. I just had to share this with you and would like to invite you to our writing week classes. It is a free class where you can get some writing done and share some of you moments with other. Here is the link if you would like to join. http://www.shelleyhitz.com/member/aff/go/jeforshee/writingweek/ Hope to see you there if you get a moment in your busy schedual.

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137 James Forshee November 4, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Sorry Marissa, That link in my previous message was wrong. Here is the right link for the writing week challenge. Writing Week: A FREE 7-Day Nonfiction Writing Challenge

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138 Renee Chase November 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Hello, I am wanting to start RV living but in a stationary place right now since I still have a younger child at home and still in grade school. I live in Cincinnati, OH and would prefer one somewhere in KY or Indiana. One that is year-round living. I do not have an RV at the time and would also like to know if there are any parks that already have RVs in them, not being used or willing to sell for cheap or to make payments.

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139 Jon January 26, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Hi! I just read through your whole journey… It was quite incredible. I do hope the farm has been good for you since your last posting! I’m from RI moving to CO in a few months. I’m a 24 year old college grad that’s looking into purchasing a used trailer to live in and similarly save money/focus on sustainable living. I’d be living by myself with the exception of my dog. Though I’d have a normal job (9-5), but I figure it might be the best option given my youth and how much debt I need to pay off from student loans. I’ve always been passionate about living a simpler life, and I feel like this is definitely a viable option. The biggest thing I know I need to make sure of is that I purchase a 4-season trailer given the CO winters. If you have any more advice now that you’re probably settled into your new home now, I’d greatly appreciate it! Cheers!

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140 Kathie Zipf February 3, 2016 at 9:37 pm

Dear Melissa,
I am very interested in reading your book now that I’ve read a few of your blog stories on how you came to develop your simple lifestyle philsophy. I too would agree that having less is really MORE. I’ve tried to live that lifestyle for almost 45 years of marriage, raising four sons, and of course, growing to love and respect the sweet husband God gave me. Thanks for sharing your heart with us readers. We live in PA, but are Midwesterners at heart….Dan is from MN and I am from IA. So…we are kindred spirits already. (=

God’s best to you and your family….with love from a new friend,
Kathie

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141 Debra Newton May 6, 2016 at 2:37 am

We will be selling our house in a few weeks. Plan on living in RV for a few months til we find a small house in another state. I can’t wait. I dreamed of doing this 15 years ago. Even after we get a new house, I still plan on getting out and seeing some of the states in an RV. Can’t wait!
Look forward to reading all these posts.

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142 Ramon June 4, 2016 at 3:05 pm

I really enjoy your blog. I started a blog two weeks ago for people who full time rv and don’t have a change to go to church. I post weekly sermons and devotionals during the week. I hope you visit my blog.

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143 Niels June 11, 2016 at 4:28 am

Hello,
I am from the netherlands, and my dream is once to own a motorhome and live the simple life. But living europe, we have no permission to live in motorhomes like you do in north-america. So the only way for me is watch all the videos on youtube and enjoying your stories about driving and living with your families in your motorhomes. But i read some stories that there are laws witch says that it is forbidden or it is going that direction. Is this true?
Thank you from an rv-enthousiast.

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144 Kassandra October 31, 2016 at 3:10 pm

Merissa,
I stumbled across your blog yesterday and I am rather interested! My husband and I recently have fallen onto the topic of tiny house living/rv living full time. I constantly bounce back and forth between the idea. I see that you have children and you and your family completed a full year of RV living, which is AMAZING! What kind of RV do you guys have? I have two youngsters myself and I am having a hard time finding an RV that I find suitable.
Thanks!

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145 Merissa October 31, 2016 at 8:34 pm

We had an Open Range 413 RLL. It was a 2012 so I’m not sure if the model is still being made.

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146 Deanna January 4, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Hello ALL, I just wanted to take a min and say I am so glad I stumbled upon this. I am 45 and have been seriously looking into buying a first time home. It is so expensive here in Central Fl even just to rent. I actually rent with room mates and it allows me a little freedom. However it is not my own space. Having roommates makes me live in a smaller space. I have a room and a small nook of the house. I find it quite cozy and so I started looking at rv’s and 5th wheels. I am so excited I came across this link. I feel like this could be the start of a new life style for my boyfriend and I. I started purging “stuff” and find I don’t need much. I want to go out and enjoy instead of being strapped to a home I cannot afford. Thank You for confirming it an actual alternative!!! I will keep you all posted….Until Then!

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