This might blow your mind, but did you know that social media can be used for more than looking at photos of babies and cats or funny GIFS and memes? In fact, Instagram has shockingly become one of our favorite “tools” for RV life. It’s much more than just an app that our thumbs hit automatically each morning and mindlessly scroll through photos of our friends’ kids or what they ate for dinner.
We’ve been surprised by how much Instagram has helped us with full-time RVing. So, whether you’re a social media addicted millennial like us or not, we’ll tell you all the great ways it can help.
Instagram is a great place to help you choose which destinations to visit. We all have bucket-list spots that we can’t wait to visit, but sometimes it’s the unique places you’ve never even heard of that end up being the best. However, it has been known to cause FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) from looking at photos of incredible locations fellow travelers are in!
Added Grand Teton National Park to our travel route this year after seeing this awesome shot from our friends and fellow GoLife bloggers, Jon and Nadia (@roamingremodelers) from RoamingRemodelers.com.
We aren’t always brave enough to go off the beaten path to find the less touristy, remote locations. That’s why we let others do that work for us, then copy them later! Many traveling Instagrammers will tag their photos in the locations they were taken in. At the top of the photo, you’ll see the location and if you click on it, you can see where it is on a map, as well as other photos taken from that same location.
Finding Spots to Park
There are tons of great resources out there for finding the best places to park your RV. When we first hit the road full-time we mainly relied on sites like Campendium and apps like AllStays. While we still use those tools, we’ve added Instagram to our repertoire and have found some of our favorite boondocking spots and campgrounds.
Finding great spots to park your rig using Instagram is similar to finding locations to visit. It can happen organically as you scroll through and look at the photos of other RVers you follow. When you see their RV parked in a great waterfront or mountain view site, you can see if they tagged the location or not. If not, comment on the photo or private message them and ask!
Here’s an example of how we tagged Tiger Run RV Resort in a photo of our beautiful RV site.
Another way we use Instagram to find RV spots though, is by searching hashtags. For example, you can type #californiacamping into the search bar and get thousands of photos taken from various camping spots in California.
Or, let’s say you found a campground or RV park on Campendium, AllStays, or Google, but want to see more photos. Search for that park’s Instagram handle and see what photos they have or photos people have tagged them in.
Not all parks will have an Instagram account, but sometimes it comes in handy to get an extra peek at what the park looks like before showing up.
Look at these awesome RV parks’ Instagram accounts! Their photos make you want to stay there, right? Lake George Cabins & RV Park wasn’t even listed on Campendium! But, look how beautiful it is! And, we’ve actually stayed at Camp Coeur d’Alene – the managers are always out taking photos of the park and campers for their social media accounts!
Making and Meeting Up with Friends
Social media is absolutely the best way we’ve been able to meet new friends on the road. Since travelers are always tagging their locations, it’s easy to see who is in the same place as you. We send and receive messages all the time from RVers who want to grab coffee and hang out! It’s also fun to keep track of where your friends are at and sometimes we’ve changed our route in order to cross paths with them!
The message thread… which led to the in-person meetup.
Knowing What to Do When We Arrive
We also love when we get messages from people when we are in their favorite locations or their hometown. We get awesome restaurant, hiking, and activity suggestions all over the place without having to do any research. If we see people in Colorado or any other places we are really familiar with, we will offer up the same suggestions.
They recommended… we listened!
So next time you start to feel guilty for spending too much time scrolling through Instagram on your phone, just consider it research for your next awesome home base. It suddenly feels more productive that way. Plus, it’s worth the “wasted time” when you arrive in beautiful locations, pull up to a scenic site, and get to connect with amazing people. Sometimes, though, it’s perfectly okay to keep some spots to yourself, disconnect for a bit, and relax in nature. After all, that is the best benefit of RVing.
Don’t forget to follow @WinnebagoRVs on Instagram for more travel inspiration and tips. And use #winnebagolife for a chance to have your photos featured!
Winter camping can be just as fun, but also presents unique challenges that you don’t have to deal with during the summer. We recently took our first winter camping trip to Breckenridge, CO, and discovered we weren’t ready for all those challenges. We had a great time, but we ran into our fair share of RV issues that made the experience, shall we say, even more memorable.
Over the last six weeks, we have spent nearly every night in the RV with freezing temperatures, and in that time, we’ve learned the ins-and-outs of cold weather camping the hard way. Since no one told us what to do, we’re going to tell you what NOT to do. We hope this will help you to avoid some of the mistakes we made!
DON’T leave your regular fresh water hose connected.
To seasoned RVers, this is probably the most obvious (and avoidable) mistake you can make – but we made it nonetheless. We showed up and saw other people hooked up so we assumed that we could hook up too. In the morning, we woke up to a frozen hose! That’s not the way you want to start your day!
Solution: Use a heated hose or rely on your freshwater tank.
If you want to hook up to a water supply while camping in freezing temperatures, you’ll need a heated fresh water hose to prevent the water in the hose from freezing. You may also need to protect or insulate the box/pipe at the water’s source. This likely will depend on how common freezing temperatures are at the park you’re staying in. Campgrounds and RV parks located in destinations where freezing temperatures are common, will likely have found a way to mitigate the risk of freezing pipes.
Another option is to simply fill your fresh water tank and rely on that to provide water during your stay. This is what we’ve decided to do during our winter adventures. Since our water tank is located in the slide, as long as the RV is heated, the water in the tank will not freeze.
DON’T assume that your water lines won’t freeze if the RV is being heated.
When we purchased our RV, we specifically discussed winter camping since we’re from Colorado. The dealer assured us that we would have nothing to worry about because the plumbing is inside the coach. We were told that as long as the coach is heated, the water lines will not freeze. So, it was a rude 3:00 am awakening in Breckenridge when Dan went to use the restroom and discovered we had frozen water lines. What we found out in the morning was that the dealer forgot to mention the exposed water lines that run behind the un-insulated water tank fill-up compartment. In extremely cold temperatures, this exposed portion of the lines can freeze even when the RV is heated.
Solution: Put a heat lamp in the water compartment.
After doing some research, we found a great solution to prevent the exposed water lines in the fill-up compartment from freezing. Putting a 150W heat lamp in the water compartment will provide enough heat to keep it from freezing, without melting any of the plastic in the enclosed compartment. On really cold nights, we turn that lamp on and let it run through the night. Since setting up the heat lamp, we haven’t had a single issue with our water lines freezing.
DON’T underestimate the power of a hair dryer.
If you experience freezing of any kind, hopefully just thawing out will resolve your problem. But, a heat gun is a great tool to quickly unthaw freezes in small areas. We didn’t have a heat gun, but we did have a hair dryer. Ten to fifteen minutes of concentrated heat on the pipes and we were back in business! Depending on your rig’s height, outdoor propane heaters can also be great to thaw out larger areas (especially for trailers that have water lines running under the subfloor).
DON’T forget that waste tanks can freeze too.
Through a real “crappy” situation, we learned that tank heaters are not always enough. Although they did a great job of keeping the actual tanks from freezing, the pipe extending from the tank, although very short, along with the valves, can easily freeze. To remedy this, we purchased a few boards of insulation and skirted just the back end of our RV. We placed a heater inside the insulated enclosure to thaw out the valves and keep them from freezing up again so we could dump.
DON’T forget to read your manual.
This was one thing we actually did right. In reading our Navion’s manual, we discovered that the water heater is only rated to operate down to -4 degrees. This required us to drain/winterize the water heater on extra cold nights. We also learned that you should turn the water heater off while driving, which meant we also had to drain the water heater before we hit the road on travel days with below freezing temperatures.
DON’T let the cold winter temperatures keep you from RVing.
We’ve enjoyed less crowded RV parks and campgrounds, being parked near ski slopes and sledding hills, and snuggling up inside our cozy home on wheels to stay warm at night.
And now you know what NOT to do to ensure you’re prepared for freezing temperatures in your RV. Stay warm out there…we’re headed to Florida now!
Eleven months ago, we embarked on our journey as full-time RVers. It was a challenging leap, but we quickly realized that the lifestyle was exactly what we were looking for. However, after towing a 12-year-old fifth wheel over 11,000 miles in only seven months, it became time to find a new RV. Our “starter RV” had reached its limit.
Deciding on a Class C
We spent the next four months visiting RV dealerships, test driving, talking to current RV owners, and spending more time than we’d like to admit on RVTrader. And on most days, this process left us feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, and tired.
Then, just like that, the entire search came to an end. We walked into a Navion “just to see what it looked like inside” and a week later we were the proud owners of Wanda, our 2018 Navion 24D. (Watch our pick-up day video).
The funny thing was, we never thought we would buy a class C. We loved our fifth-wheel and when we first made the decision to get a new RV, we immediately wanted to purchase the Grand Design Reflection. But after further thought, we decided we wanted a motorhome instead.
We wanted easier travel days because we travel often, and we were tired of the extra steps involved with setting up our home base when we arrived in new places. So, for those reasons and several others, we then set our hearts on a Class A gas. The Vista LX 27N and Vista LX 30T were our top choices.
Another twist was that we absolutely did not want to buy brand new. Nearly every RVer we spoke with advised against it. The depreciation, the issues that new models can have in the first two years, etc. etc…we heard it all.
I think you get the point…the 2018 Winnebago Navion 24D was everything we thought we didn’t want. We had been in several other similar models and would immediately walk out while saying “there’s no way we could live in that!” But our reaction when stepping in the 24D was completely different.
Here are the features that stole our hearts:
The 24D has an unbelievable kitchen. There is so much counter space for a small coach that you have to see it to believe it. In fact, we have more counter space than we had in our 30-ft , and more than we would have had in the LX 30T. Also, the kitchen comes with an actual pantry with sliding drawers! This is a wonderful, and often overlooked feature. Our last RV had a decent-sized pantry, but we’d use a flashlight and a step stool to look for things that were in the far back. We never thought we could love a pantry so much!
The Murphy Bed
The 24D features an automatic murphy bed, allowing you to have both a queen size bed and a couch. When the bed is up, the coach feels very spacious and provides plenty of places for people to sit down! Then at night, the space transforms into a cozy bedroom with the touch of a button. There is space to walk around all sides of the bed, and even night stands and overhead storage!
Another benefit of the murphy bed is that there is enough space behind the mattress for your pillows and blankets. Therefore, you don’t have to strip your bed each day. You simply pull the covers up, retract it. and everything will be ready for you when you want to bring the bed back down. The mattress is fairly comfortable too, so we don’t feel like we are making a sacrifice to have a bed like this.
When we had our fifth wheel, we were so envious of other RVers who could pull off the road at any point to look at views and park nearly anywhere they wanted to go. Now, we’re those people! We are continually blown away by the Navion’s maneuverability.
Since we purchased the RV a couple weeks ago, we have “moochdocked” in a family members driveway, parked on the street while visiting someone in the hospital, navigated rush hour traffic (without our knuckles turning white), made a U-turn in a busy intersection, and have yet to find a grocery store or parking lot where we can’t fit easily. The Navion is so easy to drive and gives us much more flexibility than we had with our fifth wheel!
The Sprinter Chassis
We loved that the Navion is powered by the Mercedes Sprinter Chassis. The 3.00 L turbo-diesel engine provides plenty of power and should run for many, many years to come. So, while we didn’t want to buy brand new, we felt it was a much better investment than most other RVs.
When we towed our fifth wheel with our ¾ ton pickup truck, we’d be lucky if we averaged 8 MPGs. We’ve already put over 600 miles on the Navion and we have averaged 14.9 MPG! We haven’t towed anything yet, so we’re not sure if that will make a big difference or not. But so far, the Navion gets as good (if not better) gas mileage than our truck did when we weren’t towing. It’s amazing to be able to drive your home down the road and get that type of fuel economy!
Quality of Furniture
We both work full time from our RV and were really nervous about the dinette being our office space. We could tell that the dinette cushions were well made and comfortable, but we weren’t sure how we would feel after sitting there and working for eight hours. You really can’t determine that until you’ve given it a try, so that was a risk we took.
We are so happy to report that the cushions remain comfortable, even after a long work day! It’s actually a really nice space to work as you can look out the window and there is plenty of space on the table for all of our computer and work equipment. Not only that, there are multiple workstations with the 24D. With the detachable table that can fit in front of the couch or between the driver and passenger seat, we’ve enjoyed working from those areas as well.
As we mentioned, the main reason we switched to a motorhome from a fifth wheel was to simplify our travel days. With the Navion, travel days are SO much better. We simply pull in the slide, put away the hoses, start the engine and we’re off! The best part is that one of us can work while we travel, get a snack, or use the restroom. The dogs can even sleep or move around comfortably instead of being cramped in the back of the truck.
The Navion is also really easy to drive. It feels no different than driving a large SUV or truck. Compared to towing the 30-ft fifth wheel, driving the Navion is a walk in the park!
Although we downsized to 26 feet, our Navion can sleep more people than our fifth wheel could. With the loft, dinette that makes into a bed, and the murphy bed, the Navion easily sleeps six people, whereas our fifth wheel only slept three! Having the ability to sleep more people will allow us to take our nieces and nephews on camping trips or have family members visit us on the road!
We couldn’t be happier with our decision to buy the Navion. A motorhome is a much better fit for our lifestyle. Even though it’s a much smaller living space for us, the benefits outweigh the sacrifices. The maneuverability, convenience in travel days, and comfortability is unbeatable.
It’s clear that the Navion 24D was designed with RVers like us in mind. We chose the lifestyle for the freedom, flexibility, and travel and the Navion supports that in every way. We don’t miss the space we had in our fifth wheel because the floorplan of the Navion was designed in a way that provides maximum livability.
Well, there you have it. That’s the love story between us and “Wanda the Winnebago”. We are so excited to continue to “Wanda” around the country with her and feed our “Wanda-lust”. We’ve all heard the phrase, “not all who wander are lost”, but now, we say, “not all who Wanda are lost” because we’re so glad Wanda found us!
You can read more from Lindsay & Dan on their blog, FollowYourDetour.com.
We had just arrived in Maine after driving over 2,200 miles in two weeks and we were so excited to chase the fall leaves down the east coast. As we were following directions to the RV park in Bar Harbor, that we had made a month reservation at, we received the call.
It seemed like time had stopped. We pulled over to take it all in. Dan’s mother called to share that she had just been diagnosed with the dreaded c word…cancer.
Our small, quick taste of fall in Bar Harbor, Maine.
All our excitement turned into what seemed like a million different emotions. First, we were in shock and total sadness. During the next week as we received more details about the diagnosis, we would go back and forth between feeling hopeful to fearful. We also felt disappointment and anger. We knew we were going to need to return home and that crushed us, too. That led to feeling selfish and guilty for even caring about our travel plans being ruined at a time like this.
We made the long trek back home to Colorado Springs that following week. The moment we walked in the door and hugged Dan’s mom, we knew we had made the right decision. We will never regret the decision to come home and be by her side. In fact, we realized how fortunate we are to have the ability to be here during this time.
Full-time RVing has allowed us to create a flexible lifestyle. We knew we wanted a lifestyle that made full-time travel and working from the road possible. But, we didn’t know the other benefits that would also come along. We realized that the ability to be there for family at any time and however long we need to be, topped that list of full-time RV life benefits. If we were still living and working in Raleigh, NC, like we were last year, it would not have been possible for us to be home when our family needs us the most.
Our nephews were sure happy to see us!
We know we aren’t the only ones who face family matters while on the road. The decision to return home is not easy. While we now know it was the right choice, it felt like we were giving up our life. But, we’ve found ways to make returning home for a family emergency not only manageable, but enjoyable.
Here are some tips, in case you’re ever faced with a similar situation:
Nobody likes to think about or plan for unfortunate situations that may arise, but it’s absolutely necessary. Just because you’ve chosen the freedom of a home on wheels, doesn’t mean you are free from life’s unexpected turns. Have a plan for yourself and/or your family. What if the emergency is very sudden and you need to be home quickly? Will you fly home? Where will you leave your RV? What about your pets? It’s important to think through these things.
Another way couples need to be prepared is ensuring that both people know how to fully operate and tow the RV. If something happened that required one person to fly home in a rush, the other person needs to be able to handle the RV. You might choose to store the RV or drive it home, to allow for an extended stay and the ability to bring your pets. Either way, you can’t risk getting into a situation where your options of getting home are limited due to one person’s inability to operate the RV.
Don’t stay with family.
You may or may not have a family member with a house that has ample parking space for your rig. Either way, we suggest not parking your RV there or in storage and crashing in the guest bedroom of your relatives. This may be difficult for your family to understand, but do it anyway. Your RV, despite other’s perspectives, is your home. Why should you have to move out of your home? You purposely chose the lifestyle to always be home, yet also to never be home, as complicated as that sounds.
We made this mistake our first visit “home” after hitting the road full-time. We quickly realized that next time we returned, we would stay at the nearest RV park instead of storing our RV and staying with family. Although it depends on how long your stay is, we felt as though we moved out of our RV then moved back in. It was not convenient having belongings in multiple places and going back and forth to storage for items we left in the RV.
Staying with family makes it feel as though your life in the RV is not sustainable. It also appears that way to your family members, who may already have varying opinions of your lifestyle. We’ve also found that staying in your RV instead of with family also prevents the feelings that your life’s “on hold” while you’re home for family matters. You can keep your usual routines, which helps tremendously while going through a difficult time.
Continue to find adventure.
One of the reasons nearly everybody chooses to RV full-time is to travel and explore. Many people would agree that RVing has led them to develop a deeper love for adventure and the outdoors. So, just because you’ve had to temporarily take a break from the road to tend to your family, doesn’t mean you should give up the adventure too.
We both lived in Colorado for more than 30 years before we became full-time RVers. However, we’ve made it a point to still enjoy the beauty that our hometown has to offer, regardless of how many times we’ve seen it and taken it for granted. Almost every day, we are finding new hikes and activities, or enjoying old ones. This has helped us tremendously in dealing with the fact that we are going to be stationary for a bit.
As for Dan’s mom, she couldn’t be happier that we are able to be by her side. But what makes her even happier is that her situation hasn’t completely derailed our life. Although cancer impacts the entire family, we’ve been able to keep our life stable and that has been comforting for both us and the family. It’s one less thing for everyone to worry about. It is so important to try to keep doing the things in life that make you happy. That will always be Dan’s mother’s greatest wish for us.
We hope that these tips will help you if you are ever faced with unexpected and unfortunate family news that requires you to head home and/or postpone your travel plans. It’s never easy to face such circumstances, but it can be especially challenging when living and traveling full-time in an RV. However, the flexibility of RV life enables you to be wherever you need to be for however long. When it comes to being there for family, that is priceless!
Articles like this one from CNBC about how millennials are changing the RV industry have been buzzing around lately. Hashtags, such as #vanlife, #rvlife and #homeiswhereyouparkit are all the rage on social media. No matter what platform you use, you’ve likely seen a flood of photos of RVers in some of America’s most popular camping spots. Epic shots of RVs under the Milky Way, or parked in places that look as if there’s no one else in sight for miles and miles. Even the New Yorker featured this story, calling van life a “social media movement.” Only time will tell if this trend will continue, or if full-time RVing is just the latest “fad”.
As a young couple in our early 30s traveling full-time in our fifth-wheel, we’re a part of the statistics. Despite the rise of younger RVers, it can be challenging fitting into the RV community. We’ve heard everything from “you’re too young” and “you’re not retired yet, how are you full-timers?” to “how long are you on this trip.” While RV life started out as an escape or an exciting adventure for us, it has quickly become so much more. RVing has truly become a way of life that is much more than just a cool Instagram feed or alternative lifestyle. It has completely transformed the direction of our life. Much like an RV symbolizes freedom, it has allowed us the freedom to explore new passions that we may have never pursued otherwise.
Here’s our millennial perspective on why we’ve chosen a life on the road.
Suburbia wasn’t for us.
We purchased our first home in a suburb of Denver, CO. During this time, the market was on the rise and we couldn’t afford to buy anything remotely close to the city. But, it was the perfect starter home and we pictured ourselves raising a family and building beautiful memories. However, we quickly found ourselves questioning why this was the so-called “American dream.”
Many of our weekends were spent doing dreaded yard work and various household chores. We were far from any of our favorite restaurants, many of our friends, and local events and activities. We felt constrained by our mortgage and were struggling to afford the travel lifestyle we once had as renters. In fact, we started spending money accumulating material things to fill the house that we discovered was more space than we even needed. Yet, we were working hard at our jobs day in and day out to pay for this life that wasn’t bringing us the happiness we expected.
Like many millennials, we were buried in student loan debt. So, piling on a mortgage felt debilitating. When we sold our house in the suburbs and discovered we could pay off the remaining balance of our student loans with the profit, we were ecstatic. Come to find out though, renting isn’t much less expensive than a mortgage and it’s not exactly the greatest investment either. So, purchasing an RV as our home in cash and being nearly debt free made perfect sense to us. It was the best financial decision we could’ve made and in fact, allowed Lindsay to leave a career she was unhappy in and pursue new business ventures.
In addition to eliminating debt, we’ve been able to lower our cost of living entirely. RV life can be as expensive or inexpensive as you want it to be. With free places to park all around the country, the ability to stay in places for weeks at a time to avoid the cost of gas, and the opportunity to do more free activities in nature, it’s much easier to save money. To top it all off, we’re doing even more of what we love … traveling! It’s a win-win.
Living to the fullest.
Without sounding too cliché and using yet another millennial term like ‘YOLO’ (short for “You Only Live Once”), we’ll just say that RVing full-time has helped us determine what we want out of life. It’s allowed us to get out of the bubble that societal pressures have placed us in. RVing has eliminated the meaningless clutter in our lives and freed up more of our time for more meaningful activities. It has brought us so much joy along with a greater appreciation and healthy perspective towards our country. We’ve gained so much from this lifestyle that we are now committed to giving back. We’ve began to volunteer in the places we’re visiting now, making the lifestyle that much more rewarding.
As you can see, the decision to sell nearly all of our belongings, learn everything about RVs the hard way, leave behind our close-knit families, and take the leap of faith into full-time RV living, was much more than just a “fad” to us. Sure, we participate 100% in the social media and digital craze, after all we are millennials. But, we’re confident that our “entitled,” “lazy” generation is actually on to something. Behind all those YouTube videos and Facebook posts, are people who are going back to basics. The new American dream is full of experiences over wealth, location independence over stability, and living tiny to achieve big dreams and an RV allows just that. For those reasons, we’re definitely in for the long haul.
Read more from Lindsay & Dan McKenzie on their blog, Follow Your Detour.
We recently made our first visit back home to Colorado after transitioning to full-time RVers. We had been on the road in our fifth wheel for 3 months, but knew very early on in the journey that we loved RV life. In fact, it was a no-brainer for us to take the leap into the lifestyle. We knew that traveling full-time while still having the comforts of home, and our 2 dogs, would be a dream for us. What we didn’t expect were the surprising benefits that come along with full-time RVing.
The funny thing is, we weren’t even aware of these benefits until we spent the past three weeks away from our RV while staying with family. We fully anticipated missing our life on the road, but were surprised that some of the things we miss the most, have nothing to do with traveling and exploring our beautiful country (although, we of course miss that too). We’ve fallen even more in love with our RV life now that we’ve had time to truly reflect on how it has impacted us.
After only 3 months, we are fully committed to sustaining our life on the road for as long as possible and here are five reasons why.
1. The social community we’ve gained.
One of our biggest concerns when we chose RV life was that we would get lonely. We both come from big families and are social people. However, we’ve been blown away by the RV community both through social media and right inside the campgrounds and RV parks we’ve visited. We’ve enjoyed several campfire chats with people from all over the world, double-dates with other RV couples, and many friendly neighbors who are always willing to lend a helping hand.
However, the community that has really surprised us lies in the digital world. Yes, we know this sounds crazy, but it’s true. We receive so much support, RVing tips, and inspiration through Facebook and Instagram. Whether it’s in a Facebook group or through Instagram comments and photos, we’ve connected with so many awesome people. The best part is that these people share the same mindset as us, which is important when you’ve chosen to live an “alternative lifestyle.” Having a community of people who truly understand why we chose the lifestyle and all that it entails, is extremely valuable.
2. Our ambition, creativity, and motivation have flourished.
For a long time, RVing full-time was just a dream of ours. Something we thought we would do “someday.” Once we finally took the steps necessary to achieve this dream, it made us feel so much more ambitious to explore other dreams. It’s amazing how once you get past your fears and uncertainties to achieve one dream, you feel fearless and confident to chase other dreams.
We are so determined to sustain RV life that we’ve developed an entrepreneurial spirit inside of us. Working from the RV surrounded by beauty gets our creative juices flowing and because we have more time to ourselves, we are much more productive. Dan is much more efficient in his full-time job too. He’s determined to stay focused and finish his work so he can have plenty of time to explore later. Since being back in our hometown and out of the RV for a bit, we’ve noticed a dramatic difference in this area. We are itching to get back on the road and back in our rhythm.
3. Our overall mental health and well-being has greatly improved.
Think about a time you were on vacation watching the sunset from the beach, or enjoying a peaceful hike to an incredible overlook. Did you feel relaxed? Did you feel like you had escaped away from the daily challenges that typically stress you out? Did you feel more alive? Now, imagine feeling this way on a daily or weekly basis, rather than a few times a year. Imagine being able to feel all those wonderful things by simply stepping outside your home and walking right into it.
While you can’t escape life and there will always be challenges to face, the simplicity of the RV lifestyle combined with being closer to nature, makes your troubles seem smaller and much more manageable. Or maybe it’s that your perspective on life changes. Or the fact that you have less household and yard work duties, no commute and no negative office environment, less junk and more once-in-a-lifetime experiences. RV life has brought us so much authentic happiness and peace.
4. We’ve strengthened our marriage.
We’ve always found that traveling brings us closer together. We weren’t sure if that would still be the case if we were traveling full-time. We also worried that we would actually get sick of each other being confined to a much smaller space. It’s been the opposite for us.
Being just the two of us, outside of our comfort zone, away from distractions has been the best thing for us. The happiness and contentment that RVing has brought us has allowed us to be the best versions of ourselves. This allows us to be a better, more supportive, compassionate, and overall loving partner to one another.
We love the memories we are making together and the time we share disconnected from technology and connected to nature instead. Being in new environments and having to learn new things, has allowed us to grow tremendously as individuals and as a couple. RV life has also brought us new challenges that have required us to rely on each other in different ways.
5. Our RV has truly become our home.
Prior to our full-time RV lifestyle, we had sold our first house and were looking for a new one. So, our “wish list” changed dramatically when we went from shopping for a 1,500-square-foot renovated downtown bungalow to a 30-foot fifth wheel. We just assumed that having a “real home” was a sacrifice we’d have to make in order to enjoy the freedom and experiences of RVing.
We couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, in many ways, this has been one of our favorite homes that we’ve lived in. All those cliché sayings, “home is wherever I’m with you”, “home is where the heart is”, “home is where we park it”, are actually true! Our definition of home has completely changed and no longer has anything to do with the size, items inside, or location. Home, in our opinion, is just a place where you can feel safe, loved, and comfortable to be yourself and experience relaxation and happiness. An RV, therefore, is the perfect home for us!
We are so grateful for the time we’ve had to spend with our loved ones and reflect on our transition to full-time RV living. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to pack up and bring your home anywhere. We look forward to always being home, while still being in our home, for holidays and special events. But for now, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover and a lot of livin’ to do!
Read more about Lindsay & Dan McKenzie on their blog, Follow Your Detour.