Full-Time RVing as Parents: How Hard is it?

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The nomadic lifestyle of RV families has its ups and downs, but being a full-time RV parent is an exciting and fulfilling journey. About 11 million families across the United States own an RV, but only a small percentage are RV families full-time. However, more and more people realize the advantages of a nomadic lifestyle. 

Every day is a new adventure, and we never get sick of one place because we can just drive on to the next. Raising our kids in an RV allows us to teach them lessons they can’t learn at school. They get to explore the world with us and constantly meet new people along the way. 

I’m going to share some of my best tips for RV with kids full-time, as well as our highlights and struggles. Maybe this will inspire you to become a full-time RV family. 

Here’s what you should know

To live in an RV full time, you need to have a legal mailing address where you can get all your mail. Additionally, you need to pay taxes to a state (in the US). So, even as you move around, you still have to pay your taxes. There are different services available that will forward your mail around the country for a monthly fee.

Living in an RV requires you to downgrade and get on board with a minimalist lifestyle. Depending on the size of your family, you’ll need to figure out how to keep everyone’s stuff to a bare minimum. It takes some time to adjust to a small living space in your RV, but once you all get settled, it’s easy to develop routines and respect each others’ space. 

If you enjoy traveling, exploring, and learning on the go, then the RV lifestyle is for you. People tend to misjudge our lifestyle. They think the van life makes you a hippy, or lonely, or poor. But, it’s not that hard if you learn to think positively and buy and RV with a great setup and equipped with the amenities you need. 

Education for the Children

The one thing that holds couples back from becoming full-time Rvers is the dilemma of children’s education. They wonder, “Where are my kids going to learn?”. But, the van life doesn’t mean that the children will miss out on the school experience. 

Most RV families choose ‘roadschooling.’ This implies learning on the road on your own terms. As parents, we ‘homeschool’ our kids on the road. We follow the main elements of the academic curriculum, but we let our children learn on their own terms through self-discovery. 

Our curriculum is broad and varies. Our kids learn things like ‘how to scavenge in the forest,’ something they don’t teach at school. They get to explore the natural world at their own pace. After all, reading and studying can be done from an RV the same way it’s done at home. 

Making an Income

If you already have a job which lets you work from home, you can continue doing your work just the same way you would while working from a home office. Most RVers prefer remote work. 

You should know that living a full-time RV life costs an average of 2000 to 6000 dollars per month, depending on family size, RV size, and lifestyle preferences. 

Some families are very frugal and spend little so that they can get by with just one parent working. Other families like to enjoy small luxuries, so both parents work. There are many employment options available for RV parents. 

Like us, you can work remotely online. But, you can work at an on-site location for short periods when you live in one area for a longer time. Or you can even choose retail work or work at local campgrounds. Another option is to find employment at Amazon Campforce. These are average paying jobs but ideal for RVers. 

How to keep RV costs down

One of the main challenges is keeping RV expenses down while we travel. At each new location, we encounter different fees and additional costs. What I suggest is that you invest in RV memberships, which can help you find the top camping spots and the lowest prices. RV campgrounds offer electricity, water, sewage disposal, and many exceptional facilities such as laundry facilities, swimming pools, WIFI, and much more. 

Consider camping in State and National Parks. They are generally less expensive than RV parks. RV parks offer daily, weekly, and monthly rates but always check the terms and conditions carefully. Prices vary depending on the number of family members. 

If you want to cut costs completely, consider boondocking or dry camping. This is a type of off-grid RVing. You are not connected to water, electricity, or a sewer. This is usually free because you are not on anyone’s private property. But be careful about safety and consider if your kids can handle this type of living arrangement. 

Socializing

Since you are raising your kids on the road, it’s important to socialize and make sure your kids make friends along the way. The best way to socialize is to join RV family groups and attend their weekly meetings. This way, you’ll meet likeminded families who live just like you and perhaps you’ll learn something from them. The kids can all play, make new friends, and feel fulfilled. Sometimes, life on the road can make you feel a bit lonely, so it’s always nice to socialize. Check Facebook groups for RV family events and meetups. 

Now that you’ve read about our family’s thoughts on full-time RVing, you can decide if this lifestyle suits you and your family’s needs. Remember that the newest RV models are full of premium amenities, upgrades, and they have everything you need. What you need to decide is where to go, where to camp, and how to ensure your family’s primary income requirements. Don’t worry, the switch from a home to an RV is an exciting adventure for the whole family.

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