You and your family have decided to leave the rat-race, sell everything you have and live full-time in an RV to travel. Where do you start? How to you make a living if you aren’t retired and collecting a pension?
First of all, make sure your decision is the right one and the reasons are not based upon a whim. Once decided, the first step according to Rene Agredano in her article “Choose The Best Full Time RV In Three Easy Steps” is to determine your vacation preferences.
Your preferred destinations and desired creature comforts are critical considering not all RVs can accommodate every type of lifestyle. Super-sized, modern RVs over 35′ generally are not designed to fit-in most public campgrounds especially those in national parks, forests or other publically owned lands.
If you decide to purchase a travel trailer and/or fifth wheel, make sure your truck has the proper towing capacity; the same needs application to a motorhome’s engine size. In general, you can use your VIN to contact the manufacturer of your RV to obtain the correct towing capacity if it isn’t found stated on the RV itself.
Second, is to “examine your weather and climate preferences”. If you are the type of person that prefers colder climates, it would be advisable to purchase an affordable well-insulated, all weather RV that will keep you and your rig comfortable and less susceptible to freezing. Otherwise, any other RV would probably serve its purpose.
However, if you do decide to travel to a colder climate once in a while and don’t have the proper RV, there are ways to insulate your rig to keep the cold weather outside and the warm air in.
An article “Surviving the winter in your RV” by Mark S. Nemeth #45776 first published in the November/December 2001 issue of Escapees magazine, provides great tips on insulating your RV for colder temperatures. One of them includes how to reduce cold air filtering through your windows.
If your RV does not come equipped with thermopane windows, Nemeth has a simple inexpensive tip – he advises insulating your windows by using clear shrink wrap. Cut the clear film to size and affix it to the window frame by using double-sided sticky tape. “Once the film is stuck down good, you can use a hair dryer to shrink it until it is smooth and tight.” Once winter is over, simply peel it off and throw it away. Use rubbing alcohol to remove the tape’s sticky residue.
Finally, when it comes to choosing a full-time RV, try to figure out and understand your lifestyle space requirements. Sometimes it takes changing RVs several times before finally finding the perfect RV fit.
Do you need to generate income from the road? Then maybe choosing something like a fifth wheel toy hauler where you can use the hauler part as an office would be ideal.
Whatever your decision, choose slowly, carefully and wisely – turn it into a positive, enjoyable adventure and hit the road!