Living in a motorhome or travel trailer isn’t for everyone. Living cheaply in an rv and not waiting until you are retired, financially secure and everything is “perfect” is even more challenging. To make this big of a lifestyle change, you will need to change your mindset and, in some ways, your views of the world. You will also need big shoulders, because even the family pets will look at you as if you have lost your mind…but rest assured, you haven’t…you just FOUND it!
The good news is that, no matter what roadblocks you consider to stand in your way right at this moment, if you are certain inside that being an rver is your destiny, you will overcome any/all obstacles by finding new, creative approaches to solving them. That said, fear of the unknown and feeling “stuck” are two of the culprits guaranteed to convince you that you will never succeed. Whenever they creep up, do all that you can to push them right back down.
Keep in mind as you browse this rv blog that our approach to achieving this dream might not be your approach. Our tips are here to help you get out of your normal pattern of thinking, but you cannot expect every path we took to work the same for you. Each and every one of us has different life, financial and family circumstances, but there are solutions to any problem if you are willing to compromise between your dream vs reality. I’m sure I won’t win “motivational speaker of the year” on this one, but let us begin with the number one rule to cheap rving…
NO…….YOU CAN’T HAVE IT ALL!
This is the first step toward giving up life as you know it and living the rv dream on a very tight budget. In fact, you will need to part with most possessions to be able to afford to break free. Again, we are talking about rving now instead of waiting until you are retired, have a big savings account and all other ducks in a row. This is about wanting to take charge of your life now, to live a simpler existence for the rest of your days. You can’t do it with house payments, credit cards, car payments, and whatever your monthly bills are at this current point in time. It just won’t work…
Also, if you are visualizing cheap rving as touring the country, staying at exotic places, eating at great restaurants and lying on a beach, well…….you can’t have all of that either. Cheap rving is about simplifying your life. The cost to stay at fancy places, the gas it takes to travel the country…you need a LOT of money to do these things. For us, we feel “rich” by being able to pick a few places a year we want to stay at. We feel wealthy being able to see family more than one lousy week per year. We feel like millionaires because we have limitless quality time to spend together instead of a few hours per evening. Those things have to mean more to you than expensive toys, name brand jeans and fine dining/resorts. When you don’t have to do the 9 to 5 routine anymore, have only a few bills to pay each month and have time to relax and “be” instead of watching life pass you by, you will see that the other “stuff” means nothing…most of it was purchased to soothe the boredom of your previous lifestyle.
We liquidated everything we had, except items with sentimental value, which we store in an affordable storage unit. Even sold CDs and books on Amazon and Ebay. If it had any value, we sold it at weekly garage sales or online. We used this to pay off debts and to purchase our 1993 travel trailer. Having it out in the front of the house for five months prior to rving was our motivation every morning – knowing our new life was just around the corner.
So where to begin?
Before you consider simplifying your life and living in an rv, you need to be sure that is what you truly want. Review our list of the good and the bad. Take an inventory of what matters most to you. What you wish life could be. It isn’t for everyone, so you need to be sure it is the right fit or you will lack the strength and determination needed to succeed.
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