Many motor home owners, retirees and younger people alike, opt for life on the road. Being full-timers sets them free to roam as they please and opens them up to new discoveries. If you’re considering this option, there are several things you need to think about and prepare for.
First and foremost, are you really suited to full-timing? Remember that you will be living in close quarters, and possibly spending much more time with your partner than you’re used to. Is that something you’re prepared for? At the same time, you will have fewer things to take care of and more opportunities to explore the world and meet new people. Weigh the pros and cons before you make your decision.
The transition to full-timing: Most full-timers report that downsizing is their biggest challenge. What do they do with all the “stuff” they have accumulated over a lifetime? Some store it away; others unload it all – on family members, at garage sales and by giving it away to charity. They keep only meaningful items, like family photos, that don’t take up much space.
What to include in your budget: When considering what it will cost you to live full-time in your motor home, remember to include the following in your budget:
- vehicle gas
- mortgage and vehicle insurance
- campground rental fees
- routine maintenance costs
- cell phone fees
- propane gas
- Internet access
- groceries and eating out
- a contingency fund to cover the cost of an emergency