Hi everyone, I just wanted to comment about the RV life style. I have a 37ft. Class A and it's very roomy I was planning to go full time RVING when I retired but my mother needed constant care and I have had to put my life on hold for the time being. What I can tell you is that I was able to take quite a few trips most of them on my own with no one to share the experience with but my golden retriever. It is very doable with one driver to go cross country and visit all the national parks in the west in one months time. I had a great time every time I took her ( my rig ) out. The people who do this RVING THING, full time or whenever they can get away are the nicest people you will meet. They can quickly become good friends and will be glad to lend a helping hand. I believe it will be a wash economically with the price of gas but the memories you will have are priceless. There was never a time that I was lonely or a trip that something unexpected didn't happen. I always came away with a story. I imagine its not for everyone but if you are interested in a free style life with tee shirts and jeans as your regular attire and like the idea of pulling up stakes when the mood hits you this might just be the perfect thing for you. When my family obligations are over I will be out there in the right lane looking for my next adventure. By the way these campers are from every profession or work even Judges on the Supreme Court seem to enjoy RVING. By the way I am 63 year old female who mostly travel alone and retired last year after 45 years working in hospitals and operating rooms.
So be bold enjoy your life and do what you dream about, time is not always on your side. CFP
I don't find it lonely. RV parks are full of people and a little friendliness is all it takes to start conversations. I'm in contact with friends and family by email and phone. One of the nice things is that when there was a problem with my rig, there was always someone who could problem solve with me.
It's possible to rent an RV through Cruise America, Camping World and several others and take a trip. You'll be amazed at how much fun it is.
I have a 21' Jayco Feather. I pull it with a Toyota 4Runner.
Long before I retired I knew I wanted to explore the Full-timer life. So I researched the pros and cons of having the living unit be an RV and pulling a small vehicle behind it, or having a smallish travel trailer and driving a vehicle capable of pulling it.
I decided on the travel trailer route because it was less expensive overall and because I didn't want to maintain 2 motorized vehicles. Then I researched travel trailers but on-line research gives too many choices and many of them have miniscule differences. So I went to the Jayco dealer and walked through every model on the lot, new and used, Jayco or not. I liked the 21' Feather and then I went looking for a vehicle to pull it. The Jayco's dry weight is ~3500 so I needed a vehicle to pull more like 5000# (dishes, clothes, small BarBeQue and all the other stuff you need to live full time in the trailer.
Once I had that figured out, I bought the car and a year later the trailer. They were both paid off by the time I retired, sold my house and went on the road. I make it sound straight forward but I did a lot of back and forth thinking and worrying. But it has turned out to be a wonderful adventure.
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