How to Live in your RV

Image via Flickr by glasseyes view
Image via Flickr by glasseyes view

Have you ever thought about selling everything and living on the open road? Maybe you thought it wasn’t practical? Well it is, and staying in an RV living out your dream is a great way to have it all. Here are a few things to consider before you start touring your dream destinations.

Get your Affairs in Order

Getting organized is one of the first things to consider before you live in your RV. Set up a way to receive mail, like from friends or family. If you don’t plan on being in the same general area as someone you can trust to receive your mail, find a post office that they can forward your mail to you. It helps if you decide on specific days of the month for your person to send your mail like on the first and fifteenth days of every month.

Set up online bill pay as a way to pay credit cards, cell phone bills, or if you hook up a satellite dish for entertainment. If you have a bill that can’t be paid that way such as a medical bill, give them a note saying when you receive your mail so you don’t get charged any late fees.

Create a Flexible Budget

Add up an estimate of bills you know you will have to pay monthly like phone bills. Keep in mind that campsites charge fees that range from around sixty dollars to seventy dollars, although some are cheaper. To keep electric bills down, avoid staying in one place for very long. Long-term RV campers start getting charged extra for electricity. It’s a small space and if you’re conservative, you can keep your electric bill around eighty dollars in the winter months, even while running the heat.

Most campsites offer free Wi-Fi, but you might want to purchase your own Wi-Fi if you’re going to be on the road a lot. Don’t forget that gas prices vary from state to state and can get pretty pricey. If you’re low on money for the month, avoid areas where you know gas is expensive. You also don’t have to stop working when you travel. Most campsites will offer full-time RV-ers maintenance work and other odd jobs for money.

Downsize Material Things

RV makers know that their customers are essentially living in a very tiny area for extended periods. Therefore, they have made some inventive storage spaces. Some RVs offer storage space under the bed, couches, and table seats. However, if it doesn’t fit, get rid of it. Decide what living necessities you must have, like cookware and blankets. If you have valuables that won’t fit, find a friend or family member to hold on to it for you. You can even rent storage lockers, but that’s an extra bill to pay.  

Living in an RV is a great life of seeing the sights. Enjoy everything that the country has to offer and meet amazing people every day. Just consider budgets and material things in your plan to get the most out of your new adventurous lifestyle.



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