Retirement On Wheels: Living In An RV Full Time

If you have finally retired, want to downsize and enjoy traveling, you may want to consider retiring in a recreational vehicle. The style of recreational vehicles (RVs) has changed dramatically over the previous years, with many of them containing the same features as your family home. RV camping as a full-timer isn't for everyone, but if you enjoy the adventure of traveling, no longer want or need a large, two-story home and want to live on a budget, it may be the ideal solution for you.

Trial Period

RV living is a drastic change for some; even in the largest of motor homes, some people feel cooped up or may feel a loss of privacy. If you have never traveled in an RV, before selling your current home and moving into an RV, it is recommended that you take an extended vacation to determine if this lifestyle is right for you.

  • Consider renting different types of RVs for a week or two at a time so you can experience the different sizes and features. Learning to maintain varying sizes of RVs will help you choose the best size and style for your needs.
  • Visit several campgrounds to get familiar with parking the RV and hooking up the utilities. This will also allow you to experience the different activities and such at various campgrounds.

Living on a Budget

One of the greatest things about RV living is that you can typically live on a fairly small budget. Many of Canada's campgrounds offer significantly low off-season prices, which means you can usually stay for a full month at a favorite campground for less than you would've paid for monthly rent on an apartment. Some tips to help you save money while RV living include:

  • Shop for food supplies in "chain" grocery stores, especially in high tourist areas
  • Keep the refrigerator and cupboards stocked to avoid having to buy necessities, such as milk and eggs, at convenience stores.
  • Avoid dining out daily; instead, treat yourself to a special meal once a week.
  • Gas for an RV can get expensive, but there are apps you can use to help you find the least expensive gas along your route.

Seniors who are new to RV traveling/living should always try to camp in well-lighted, populated camp sites. Remember to keep a copy of emergency information with you while traveling. Emergency information should include contact information, family doctor and dentist. It is also important that you keep copies of your insurance, roadside assistance and drivers license in an easy-to-access area of the RV. If you are going to be on the road for a while, make sure to take extra prescriptions of all your medications with you. It is also recommended that you prepare a survival bag in case you should ever get stranded while on the road. Your survival bag should include blankets, a change of clothing, medications, water and foods with a long shelf life.

For more information about RV camping, contact a company like Longriders RV Park.