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I knew for a long, long time that I wanted to live the RV lifestyle. If I try to think back, I can’t even pinpoint the first time I realized it. But maybe you’re looking for something different for yourself, and considering RVing. How do you know it’s right for you?
Well for starters, how would you like the opportunity to own your home outright, but still move when you please? To save money on utility bills? Never have to worry about one of those awful supplemental property tax statements coming in the mail again? Or go on vacation but sleep in your own bed every night? And no worries about choosing which clothes to bring when you go on a trip–your entire wardrobe is always with you.
How about living in some of the most expensive places in the country for pennies on the dollar? We lived in a suburb of San Francisco on less than $2000 per month, in a debt-free home that belonged to us. And we didn’t have to share it with six people to afford it!
These days we tell practically everyone we meet that we live in an RV. Not only that, but we travel full-time. We often hear the words “cool” and “jealous” in the responses. How does that work? How can you afford it? They ask.
Different is cool
Living in an RV is something that some people never think of as an option, because the “norm” of the American dream is to buy a house. But so many people (including us) give that a try and realize it isn’t a dream, but rather a nightmare. They have a mortgage that dictates how much they have to work. They have maintenance that takes time and money they’d rather use to do a million other things. And in the recent real estate market, paying on a house that’s worth far less than you owe has been a real problem.
All these issues led many people to think of alternative ways of living, and the RV lifestyle is one of those options. Many of us love it so much we may never go back to a traditional lifestyle. For us, the “American dream” just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
I’d like to tell you about a few of my favorite RVers who inspired me to start travelling. When I saw what they were doing, I immediately felt that twinge of excitement that told me I would absolutely love to do the same thing. They are all working-age RVers.
Kali and Josh from The Freedom Theory
This smart, funny millennial couple travel around in their 5th wheel with their dog Bear. Formerly from the Seattle area, they were living in an expensive apartment, working hard to pay bills and had debt. In a matter of weeks they decided to buy an RV, bought one (and a truck), and started travelling. Josh is an IT professional who still works remotely for his job back in Washington and Kali is a full-time vlogger on her YouTube channel The Freedom Theory. Thanks to travelling, their expenses are lower which helped them reduce their debt.
Kali gives the best tips about organizing a small space (she used to work as a professional organizer), and did a wonderful job remodeling her RV! Not only that, but she is such a nice person! We haven’t met, but we’ve “chatted” through social media a few times and she’s always been such a sweetheart.
Marissa and Nathan from Less Junk, More Journey
If you watch their YouTube channel, I guarantee their 3 year-old daughter Hensley will capture your heart. They sold all their stuff and their house and bought an RV (currently an Airstream) so they could spend more time as a family. Like us, they have downsized their RV a few times over the years as they hone their minimalist lifestyle.
They are on their 4th RV in the last 2+ years, and Nathan told me the first two they bought and sold for a profit of $20k. So much for the consensus that RVs only decrease in value!
If you’re not into watching videos, they also have a blog, Less Junk, More Journey which talks about their travels and has some gorgeous photography from their trips.
Rene and Jim from Live.Work.Dream.
I had the pleasure of meeting this couple when we both stayed at The Fountain of Youth RV Resort. They’re also former Californians by way of both San Francisco and Humboldt County. They’re animal lovers like us, and what finally got them to make the leap to travel was their dog Jerry’s cancer diagnosis. They started travelling and 10 years later, they’re still doing it. They have multiple income streams and one of their passions is their non-profit, Tripawds, which they started in Jerry’s honor. I got a little choked up when I saw the forum administrator on the Tripawds website is “Jerry.” =(
Besides living the RV lifestyle, we all have something else in common…
We were all interviewed by Melissa Dafnis for the Your RV Dream Summit. And while I highly recommend you visit the blogs and YouTube accounts of each of these RVers, it would take you months or longer to go through all of them and glean all the knowledge they can share with you. If you really want to know about their perspective on the RV lifestyle and the tricks they use to make it happen, your best bet as a starting point are the free, 30-minute interviews you will get from them and many other RVing experts. I know when Melissa interviewed me, she did an expert job of asking questions and drawing out answers from me that will really help the listeners get an idea of how I live. I’m sure she did the same thing with the other 20+ people she interviewed as well.
So I highly recommend you visit the website and sign up to get access to the recordings. The Summit starts this coming Monday, May 8th, 2017 and you will get them via email. Sign up here!
You can also join the Facebook Group, where Melissa and others will be available to answer your questions and help you make your RV dream come true! I just joined and will check in when I can, but you know where to find me if I’m not there. ; P
So whether you’re ready to live the RV lifestyle or just curious about how it all works, head on over to the RV Dream website and get your spot so you can listen to the interviews.