How to Transition To An RV Life

You’ve decided it’s time to transition into a nomadic life. You yearn for the road, for adventure and for mobility.  You’ve decided to move into an RV and live in it full time. However, you aren’t sure where to start. It’s time for you to learn how to transition to an RV life.

Select Your New Home

Take your time to thoroughly research your RV before you make your selection. There are two primary types of RVs to choose from – trailers and all-in-one units. Trailers require a tow car that is capable of hauling it. The Airstream Trailer has been a popular choice ever since it was released in the 1930′s due to its lightweight and aerodynamic design.

All-in-one units do not require a tow car – they are a combined car and RV. A popular example is the Airstream Interstate which resembles a large van from the outside; however the inside is a fully functional RV. Deciding on which type of RV to buy depends primarily on whether or not you want to have a car towing a trailer, or only have one vehicle.

After you have decided on the type of RV to purchase, start to consider exactly which make and model will be ideal for you. Consider the following:

  • How many people will the RV be housing?
  • What is the gas mileage of the RV (if it is an all-in-one unit)?
  • What is the total weight of the trailer?

Downsize or Store Everything

After you have decided on your new home, it’s time to transition out of your old home. Even if you live in a small apartment, you will not be able to transfer everything over to your new RV. Nor do you want to, the lighter your new home, the less you will spend on gas.  Go through your belongings and decide what is absolutely vital to your new nomadic existence. For everything else, donate it, sell it or store it. You can rent a storage unit in your hometown to store anything you don’t wish to part with, yet don’t want to get rid of.  The fees for your storage unit can be paid up front, or monthly over the Internet or phone.

Organize, Organize, Organize

Organization is essential to living life on the road. Everything in your new RV must have a specific purpose and a permanent place. This will prevent you from hauling unnecessary weight and having a cluttered life. Due to the size of RVs, it is entirely too easy for them to become messy, which will result in frustration as you attempt to move around your home. From the very beginning, set up a system for how you will use each item and where it will go after you are done.

Transitioning to a life in a RV is a very achievable goal. With proper planning and downsizing, you can give in to your adventurous side and safely explore the world!