The 5 Worst Things About Living in an RV Full-Time

Let’s go ahead and clear the air.  We absolutely love our RV life and have no intention of going back to living in a stick and bricks.  But that being said, living in an RV is not all peaches and cream.  Here the 5 worst things about living in an RV full-time.

It’s a lonely life

For some people, this isn’t a bad thing.  Hayden, for example, enjoys the solitude that we normally experience.  Aaron, however, is a social butterfly. Not having regular friends around can be kind of a bummer for him.  We’ve made some friends through our travels and it’s always great to meet up with them on the road, but we’ve gone months without speaking to someone face to face that isn’t checking us into the RV park or ringing up our groceries.  However, a quick facetime or Skype call to friends and family will cure the lonely blues. 

Learning the ropes of a new town 

For Hayden, there’s nothing more frustrating than a poorly organized grocery store. People who never move, never have to worry about learning the ins and outs of a new store. Often times, you’ll change locations and all of a sudden you’re no longer around any HEBs and now you’re surrounded by Publix. Learning a brand new grocery store is a chore.  Especially because we’re vegan, it’s always a gamble about which products we can find where.  When you stay in one place, you also become comfortable with the local roads, weather conditions, and where the best cheeseburger is.  When you’re on the move constantly, you have to re-learn all of that for each location you’re in.  But that’s just part of the journey!

Things break… regularly

Even the best RVs are not designed to be lived in full-time.  RVs are built with extremely lightweight materials which make things prone to breakage easily.  We purchased a brand new Travel Trailer and while we haven’t had anything major go wrong (knock on faux wood), we’ve had two different fans go out, have broken our awning arm, and even blown out the seat cushions before we renovated.  We’ve also had to replace truck and trailer tires which can get pricey!  When your RV is your home and you have to take it to the shop for repairs, you now need to find a new “home” until its fixed.  It makes small repairs seem huge because you have to completely move out while things get fixed.  Luckily, we’ve avoided any major catastrophe and have a few warranty services in place that will hopefully help cover us if/when something does happen.

Internet

We work full-time while on the road and internet is the most important thing we look for in each campground. It is a huge bummer when you get somewhere and there’s no service and you have to spend the entire workday sitting in the truck in front of a Burger King (yes, that’s happened to us!) We actually carry a hotspot for T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, so we haven’t had much of an issue, but it’s expensive having all those connections! 

Bad weather

Because we’re on wheels, we can chase the good weather, and for the most part, we do.  However, every once in awhile, we get unlucky and get caught in a huge storm, in scalding hot, or freezing temperatures.  We accidentally left our awning out during a storm and woke up to it dangling on the ground. We also got caught in freezing temperatures and woke up to no water because our pipes were frozen.  The weather also plays a huge role in where and when we travel. We stay south in the winter and north in the summer, but sometimes you get unlucky and it snows in Florida! 

All of that being said, we love this life and wouldn’t give it up.  There’s nothing quite like spending your birthdays in Los Angeles, Christmas in Florida, seeing your family during the summer.  We’re constantly experiencing something new, seeing new terrain, visiting new national parks, and really living life to its fullest.  Living full-time in an RV is not for everyone, but it is for us.  If you’re looking to live full-time in your RV, check out our post on all of the items we’ve had to purchase since we hit the road.

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4 Comments

  1. Shae May 7, 2018 at 4:04 PM #

    We are with you!! As we are in our car, then hotels/Airbnb it’s not quite the same but we know many of these…

    1. Yes. I’m the extrovert. I needs the peoples. Hubs not so much. And as much as we love each other, it’s a lot of “us” too
    2. Yes. Leaving the new town. Finding all the things to do in the limited time you’re there, while still having some down time.
    3. We have car maintenance and pet maintenance lol. Both things have had their issues so far.
    4. Yup. Must find internet and it’s critical for us too. And hotel WiFi has had it’s issues too.
    5. Weather too. The driving place to place and then visiting the things. We missed a fair bit in Ohio for to weather. :/

    For us specifically… Moving crap in and out every 5 days. I know you feel me with set up/breakdown. It’s a solid hour of pack up, carry down, pack car, check out, go…. And then again on the other end a free days later. We moved a lot on GA and have definitely going that if we can stay 5 days at a time at least it’s better for us.

    Eating and exercising… Trying to make good choices and be motivated to work out.

    • Hayden
      Hayden May 7, 2018 at 4:10 PM #

      Yes! Moving day is always a chore. That’s why we tend to stay in one place for 2 weeks at a time, which gives us 3 full weekend days to explore a new area, but we aren’t constantly having to pack up and move.

  2. Melanie May 9, 2018 at 6:59 PM #

    Excellent post, guys! My husband and I have talked (fantasized) about doing what you are doing…and it’s good to have a balanced perspective and to realize that it is not all peaches and cream. But it sounds like a positive experience overall for you. Thanks so much for sharing your journey!!

    • Hayden
      Hayden May 10, 2018 at 8:04 AM #

      It’s not all peaches and cream, but the positives far outweigh the negatives!

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