Considering RV Living? 9 Questions to Ask Yourself

Could you handle a life living in a tin can on wheels?

Amanda Thomas
4-minute read
Episode #179

Have you heard about the RV movement? Hop on Instagram and you can find hundreds of singles, couples, and families who have ditched the big houses and moved into homes on wheels. It’s not just retired couples who are making this lifestyle change anymore either. There are newlyweds and even families with multiple young kids living in motorhomes and trailers. Heck, I’ve even been dabbling in the world of RV living the past few weeks!

How do you know if this could be a good decision for you? If you’ve been considering the change, or if you just want to try and understand why someone would give up a big home in exchange for a completely mobile lifestyle, the next nine questions can help give you a little insight into the life of a fulltime RVer.

1. Do you want to see the country?

Do you love to travel? Do you have a burning desire to see 48 states on a massive road trip? Then RV living might be for you. Not only are you getting to travel, but you are getting to bring your home with you. It’s less expensive than continuously staying in hotels, and will provide you views and experiences like no other.

2. Can you work virtually?

In today’s work environment, many jobs can be done anywhere there is a computer and internet connection. If you have the ability to work from your laptop, you can probably make it work in an RV.

3. Are you comfortable hunting for jobs?

If you don’t have a job that you can do virtually, there are options for finding work on the road (typically called "workamping"). Depending on how long you are willing to stay in an area, you may be able to find workamping jobs at RV parks, temp jobs, or seasonal work at local stores. As long as you are willing to consistently be searching and applying, you can find work to sustain your travels.

4. Can your family travel too?

If you’re married, have a significant other, or especially if you have children, you need to take them into account when deciding to live in an RV. If you and your family are willing to live a life of working on the road and home schooling your current (or future kids), you can make it work.