So you have finally retired and are now free to try out frugal lifestyles that you always read about when you were working full time?
Your decision to spend the rest of your twilight years in RV is both financially sound and courageous. Not everyone has the spine to leave their comfortable three-bedroom home and live in the open; without any comfort or certainty.
But there are a few things that you have to go through before purchasing an RV. Rv living is not as fun and as simple as you think.
Here are the 4 things you should consider before retiring in an RV.
1. Personal safety
Personal safety is the biggest concern while retiring in an RV. It is one thing to get attacked by a grizzly but there are many more things that can harm you. Ask any camper and they will tell you that “other human beings” are the biggest threat while you are out there in your vehicle alone or with a partner.
However, you are less likely to get in a skirmish if you park your RV in campgrounds, truck stops, national parks, or storefronts. Your decision to retire in an RV can become successful if you follow the basic rules set experienced campers.
2. Choosing the right vehicle
Choosing the right RV is harder than you think. Unless you are going to purchase a customized RV, you will have to browse through hundreds of options and pick the one that is most suited for you.
I am assuming you have just retired and are now free to experiment with frugal lifestyles that Americans are so popular for?
When you were a full-time employee, your expenses were more than they are now. Also, the number of items you own goes down as your expenses decrease. RV living is quite simple. Hence, you might not need all the items you previously owned. Choose your RV according to your needs.
3. Workspace and internet connectivity
For those who are still going to be doing part-time remote-jobs, living in an RV can be a problem. Not all camping grounds offer high-speed internet service. How are you going to send your emails and communicate with your employer/clients? Some part-time jobs also need you to have uninterrupted internet access.
Living out in an RV does require you to follow certain rules and regulations set by the city/town. Every state has its own rules when it comes to setting a camp or living in a public place. In general, rules are much stringent in big cities and lenient in small towns or villages.
Legality only comes in to picture when you decide to or have to park in a place other than camping grounds or mobile home parks. The camping grounds or administered by a people who maintain the zoning standard in that area. You will never get into legal trouble for parking your RV in a designated area.
How does it feel to live full time in an RV? Should I consider retiring in an RV as well?
Most people who live in RVs eventually get tired of it and begin to crave a comfy home. It is not easy to live 24×7 in the vehicle unless that is what you want to do for the rest of your life. Whether you will love living in an RV is very subjective. It depends on the kind of person you are. Also, the amount you have saved for your retirement factors in.