A few years ago, my wife and I decided to travel to the US in a semi-retired state. We drove out children (all over 21), sold our home and bought an RV. Well, live situations are changing, and we're still not on the road, at least not yet. We ended up nearby and got a full-time job. But then we decided to stay in the RV as full-timers.
The purpose of the article is to offer insight into the possibilities of using an RV instead of the apartment and the benefits of Rving. First, a little background for those unfamiliar with the terms of a recreational vehicle (RV). RVs are classified into several different categories.
Class A buses are like vehicles you see traveling down the road. They are also called Motorhomes and for good reason. That being said, cream A is cream. They are the most expensive in terms of cost but have the most storage space and amenities. I’ve seen some really nice Class A’s and when it comes time to upgrade or trade our current RV, we’ll be looking at Class A. Again, however, my taste starts in the $ 250,000 range, which is a little hard to justify.
Next up are Class B, these are mini homes. They are built on a light to medium truck chassis and can be identified by the look of the truck cab. In my opinion, these options will not be suitable for all-day use unless you really like small places. Some newer B-Classes include those called slides that are RV sections that "pop out" of your body, giving you more living space inside. Living space is what you will be looking for in the long run.
After Class B, the Fifth wheels arrive. Fifth Wheels are trailers that are towed by trucks. So to get a fifth wheel you will also need a pickup of the right size. I'd imagine at least a ton of pickup. The fifth wheels offer an advantage over Class A and Class B, because once the fifth wheel is set up at the campsite, the truck is detached and can be used as a vehicle. With A&B Class RVs, you will need to tow or bring another vehicle with you to get around. The fifth wheels conveniently access Class A RVs and in some cases have more space. Dollar for dollar, you will get more living space in the fifth round than Class A.
However, you do need an expensive towing vehicle (truck) that must be considered as part of the purchase. The Fifth Circuit is also part of a class that is considered Towables. The next "towing" is a passenger trailer (TT). They are similar to the fifth wheel, except in the attachments to the towing vehicle. Using TT, you connect to the hitchhiker sitting near the bumper of the vehicle. So, almost every vehicle has TT towing capabilities, depending on size and weight. A Class A trailer, heel wheels and passenger trailers are 3 major RVs where you will find people who live everyday. After the TT comes the camper class. These are lightweight RVs really not suitable for full-time work, however, I've met people who are full-grown people on pop-ups, campers and even tents. The top of the line for camper class is probably a camper camper.
These are the units that load into the truck bed. Generally, the maximum length is no more than 12 feet from the front and maybe 10 feet from side to side. They are very compact. They offer ultimate freedom because they are quickly set up and removed so you can move quickly from place to place. However, just like the A&B class, your home is also your transportation unless you bring another vehicle with you. The last group of pulling forces are tent trailers or tents. They have a work box frame and as the name implies, pop out or lift to raise the roof over the frame. This class of camper usually has soft fabric sides. I have been using population for years as an alternative to hotels while on assignments across the country. We even camped in the middle of winter with snow on the ground. Needless to say, he needed a heater that worked all day and all night. He couldn't keep the cold at night, so it was a little fun getting up from bed in the morning. It was 20 degrees outside and about 50 inside.
This is a basic overview of the types of RVs available. As mentioned above, Class A, fifth-wheel trailers and passenger trailers are units that most people will consider suitable for full-time living.
Our full-time RV experience.
We currently have a fifth wheel. Ours is from Jayce and is 38 feet long with 3 sliders. One slide is in the bedroom and the other two slides are in the living room, one on each side of the trailer. After almost 3 years in the RV as full-timers, we both love it. My wife likes to say that it takes less than an hour to clean from front to back, floor to ceiling.
Let's start with the financial side of living in an RV. You have the cost of an RV. They are treated like a car. If you buy a new one you will take a beating. However, at home, interest is non-taxable. Therefore, the best offer seems to be a unit that has a year or two and is funded. If you want to buy a new one, get a discount of about 25-30% off the list. Our unit was in 2003 still on the lot in 2005 with delivery of units from 2006. The sticker price was over $ 65,000. We paid $ 40,000 saving us about 38 percent. We didn't have a tow truck back then, so the dealer brought a fifth wheel near the campsite.
Oak Grove in Hatfield, PA has been camping all year. This is important. You want to find a camp that offers year-round operations. You do not want to move out in the winter. A lot of camps close from November to March or early April. When we started there, the rent was $ 375 a month and included water and electricity. Our only expense was propane for heating and hot water. Oak Grove procured 2 to 10 pound propane tanks and they automatically changed the tanks for us. This is really nice, like automatic oil delivery when you have a house. During the warmer months we hardly use any propane, maybe a bottle every other month if it does. But in the winter, we will use 20 bottles a month because of the heater. Currently, propane costs about $ 50 a bottle. So, from the standpoint of renting an apartment for a living in an RV, costs are usually cheaper. My daughter pays $ 750 a month for a nearby apartment and we pay on average $ 425-450.
Other Benefits of Living in an RV – People! The people you find on camping are the most wonderful people you have ever encountered. They are friendly, helpful, young at heart and simply nice to be around. We have been passionate campers since before we got married. I used to sneak up to DE, where my wife (then girlfriend) and her family were camping and setting up a tent, and then I became part of the family. In the nearly 40 years that we have been together and camping, we have never met someone who was rude, a thief, or unwilling to lend a hand if asked. In fact, we had more offers of help without asking than at any time when we were living in a home or apartment.
It's funny, but when I was traveling and staying in hotels, you almost felt like a ghost or a leopard or something. God forbid if you said "hello" to someone in the elevator or hallway. But when camping, everyone waving as you pass by, some will offer a drink or sit by the fire and talk for hours. It's like we're all family.
As for fire, what is a campfire? Sitting at night around a beautiful fire is so relaxing. Nothing has to be said, just keep an eye on the flames and it seems like all the stress is just draining away. But campfires have another benefit, food. Nothing tastes better than food cooked over an open fire. Try to do it in the apartment.
Rving has another benefit, a break. If you live in an apartment, your vacation consists of going to a destination, finding a hotel / motel, eating every meal and bringing enough clothes with you for the length of your vacation. When you live in an RV, your home goes with you. 30-40 minutes to pack your RV, turn off utilities and get on the truck and get on the road. Once you reach your holiday destination, there are another 30-40 minutes and you are ready to enjoy the sites. Meals are not a problem, you have already provided the complete kitchen at home, since it is at home. On a special diet? No problem, the normal routine is continuous. Clothes get dirty, lots of RVs come with washers and dryers, so you can do laundry while relaxing in the evening or before the day starts. Rving is usually cheaper too. When you compare the cost, you will find that traveling to an RV is much cheaper than traveling to a hotel / restaurant.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when looking at living in a RV-style apartment. I hope you found the information useful.