51 Reasons Why RV Living is Awesome

Look, I get it. RV living can be a scary idea, especially if it might include giving up your home in the form of selling your house. But it doesn’t have to be, and in fact, it may well prove to be the best decision you ever made. There’s also the fact that you don’t have to get rid of everything you own in order to embrace RV living; plenty of people still have a permanent PO box (in fact, you’ll need a permanent address somewhere for taxes, etc) and it’s certainly easy enough to put some of your most prized belongings in storage when you first start out in your RV.

And really, the benefits of RV living far outweigh the costs. Don’t believe us? Just consider this list of 51 reasons why RV living is awesome.

  1. RVing gives you mechanical skills. Whether you want them or not, you’re going to end up learning how to fix things. Necessity is the mother of all invention, isn’t it, and in this case, you’ll be inventing mechanical skills you never knew you had!
  2. RVing teaches you how to make the most of everything, because there will always be something unexpected. Things break, construction forces detour, storms come out of nowhere, and more. It teaches you be comfortable even when you’re uncomfortable.
  3. And because you can go anywhere, you can travel to learn new skills, too. Time freed up by life on the road means you can read anything you want. You really can reinvent yourself if you want!
  4. You can remodel anytime you want. And all it takes is a can of paint! Renovating really is that simple when your home is only so many square feet.
  5. It’s home, no matter where you are. It’s hard to get homesick when you’re always home. And if you do get homesick for a certain place, guess what? You can always go back, because your home is on wheels!
  6. When you’re ready to sell (hey, sometimes it’s time to upgrade to a nicer model), you don’t have to hire a real estate agent like you would with a house. Instead, you can simply list your RV on Craigslist or any of the many RV listing sites.
  7. And when you do sell an RV, odds are good you may make a new traveling friend! RVers are often like a big family, and if someone is buying the vehicle that’s been your home, it’s quite likely you have similar tastes. (And if you don’t feel like being friends with the new owners, that’s okay, too! There’s plenty of room on the road to never see each other again, too.)
  8. And you can take that network of friends anywhere with you! Social media makes it easier and easier to keep in touch with the friends you make as you travel, and when you feel like reuniting, it’s never easier than when you all live on the road and can pick a place to meet back up!
  9. RVing can take you anywhere, and that freedom gives you the opportunity to fully embrace your whimsy. Similarly, because your space is small and easy to redecorate on a regular basis, you can keep your home as fun and flighty (pun intended!) as you’d like.
  10. Limited space in your RV means you have to live minimally, means you can’t be a hoarder, means you have to live intentionally. You can’t own anything that isn’t essential when you don’t have anywhere to put extra stuff.
  11. You can travel full-time and still make money. Plenty of RVers have started their own businesses from the road, or work remotely, or pick up part-time or seasonal jobs (such as camp hosts) while they travel.
  12. RVing can help you eat healthier if you are intentional about it. Because RV kitchens are generally pretty small, you have to be very intentional about what food you have around. Some RVers take that as an excuse to eat out more often, but you don’t have to. Instead, you can quite easily meal plan, buy only the food you need, and eat quite well!
  13. Relatedly, you can eat camp food whenever you want, because you’re always camping. Feel like hot dogs and s’mores in January? Go for it! Because you can travel with the weather, there’s no reason you can’t grill year-round, either!
  14. And whatever you cook, odds are good your entire home will smell like that food until you next cook something else. Do you like bacon in the morning? Your RV will smell like bacon until you make something else for lunch. And trust me, there are few things better than a home that consistently smells like bacon. Mmm, bacon!
  15. Speaking of bacon: Traveling gives you the opportunity to continually try new regional cuisine. Want to find the best biscuits and gravy? You can do that. Want to try Rocky Mountain oysters? You can do that, too. You can take on any culinary travels you want with your RV.
  16. You can move whenever you want, to wherever you want. No moving company required, either. Simply unhook, pull in your awning and camp chairs, and hit the road. You can live literally anywhere you can park your RV, whether that’s at the beach or the ski slopes.
  17. RVing is a great way to meet new people. Not only does traveling allowing you to see different places, regions, and lifestyles, but it also makes for a great conversation starter. People often want to know what living on the road is like, and may even want to tour your RV to get a sense for how you can live in such a small space. It really is a great way to make connections, meet people, and make lifelong friends!
  18. Cleaning is so much simpler. Think about how long it takes you to dust, sweep, and vacuum your current home. With an RV, you can do all of that in just minutes. And in such a smaller space, you notice when things are dirty faster, so you’re more likely to stay on top of your cleaning. Few things are better than being able to clean your entire home in 10-15 minutes or less!
  19. Similarly, you can decorate for the holidays on a budget and in only moments. $15 at Walmart or Target and you’re set for Halloween. Same for Thanksgiving or Christmas or Easter…or really any holiday you feel like making festive. And after the holidays, because space is at a premium, drop off the decorations at a thrift store and get a fresh start all over again.
  20. RVs require you to be clean. At home, a pile of dishes in the kitchen sink isn’t a big deal—unless your home is 100 square feet or less, in which case it’s enough to make the entire place feel cluttered. As a result, most RVers we know have naturally become neat freaks, which is really pretty great when you think about it.
  21. Your RV will likely pay for itself, quite possibly in a year or less. Think about what you would pay for a mortgage or in rent. Then think about how many months that is before you’ve paid for the entirety of your RV. For most people, living in an RV is so much simpler than having a house or apartment—and cheaper, too!
  22. Not being crushed under a giant mortgage allows you to save money, too. Because RVs cost so much less than most homes, you can pay them off much faster, or even buy them outright, allowing you to save money for other things, like big trips or starting a new business.
  23. Similarly, there are no utility bills with an RV. When you camp in a campground, your water and electric are included, and unless you’re going through an awful lot of propane each month, your gas bill is likely cheaper, too!
  24. Living in such a small space makes for quickly determining whether or not new people can be good friends, almost like speed dating for friendships. When you invite someone over for a cup of coffee or drinks or even a meal, you find out really quickly whether or not they’re going to annoy you!
  25. And when your home is small, you’re way more likely to spend more time outside, being active, than inside on the couch watching Netflix.
  26. It also forces you to get along with anyone you’re traveling with. If you’re a married couple, for instance, you have to learn quickly how to resolve conflicts, because there’s nowhere else for either of you to go. Maybe that’s fighting about directions, or which campground to stay in, or even whether or not to stay or go. Because you don’t have space to hide from each other, you have to learn how to work that stuff out, and quickly.
  27. You can drive and make dinner at the same time. That’s not exactly something you can do at home, but in many ways living in an RV makes multi-tasking easier, because you don’t have the same amount of space to bridge. And if you’re someone that’s working from the road, that can be a huge plus to RV living.
  28. Similarly, RVing teaches you not to take anything for granted. A working dishwasher for instance, hot showers, good wifi—these are all things that can make your day when you’re living the RV life. You’re not nearly as likely to take the small things for granted when living in an RV, because it can be nearly impossible to do so, for one.
  29. You can go anywhere. All fifty states are fair game, as are other countries. There are even people that ship their RVs to other continents, whether that’s Europeans coming to the United States, Americans going overseas, etc. You can literally go anywhere there are roads for you to drive.
  30. And in the case of some rugged backcountry RVs, even roads may be optional!
  31. Breathtaking views can be the norm if you want them to be. In a normal home, views like the ones you can regularly get from your RV might cost you millions of dollars. In an RV, though? It just costs you whatever the camping fees are, and in some places, it may not cost you anything!
  32. You can surround yourself with the weather of your choosing. If you like warm places, you can stay in the parts of the country where it’s warm, regardless of season. If you prefer cold, you can chase the cold places as they move with the season. Or if you prefer temperate climates (say, 70 degrees), you can chase those year-round, too!
  33. You are more likely to exercise every day. When your home is small, you’re more likely to get outside, and that’s doubly true when you are in beautiful places, with lots of hiking and biking trails at your disposal.
  34. You also have more time to exercise when you live in a smaller home like an RV, because you don’t have a yard to care for, nor landscaping. At most, you might have a few small plants in your RV if you are so inclined, and as we already noted, cleaning is a breeze!
  35. And cleaning isn’t the only work that’s easier in an RV. There’s also less maintenance simply because there’s less home. There aren’t any gutters to clean, for instance, and there are fewer windows to wash. All of this gives you more time to explore.
  36. And you can explore anywhere! Places you would never be able to afford living—such as beside the beach—are accessible when you’re in a campground in your RV.
  37. You can be exactly as introverted or extroverted as you’d like. It’s easy to keep to yourself if you want, and if you don’t like your neighbors, you can always leave—even if only to a different site in the same campground!
  38. Similarly, you can meet so many new people and make so many new connections if you’re so inclined. If you’re running businesses from your RV, you’d be amazed how many connections you can make just talking to people you meet on the road!
  39. And you are more able to spend your money on the things you care about when living in an RV. Because you’ll have fewer life expenses, you can spend your money on experiences, instead.
  40. You can also see people you haven’t seen in years, like friends and relatives that may live on the other side of the country, or even in a different country. If you’re in an RV, you already have a place to stay, so you can simply park in their driveway or on their street, giving you the chance to catch up but also ensuring you all still have your own space—which is sometimes the best way to see people!
  41. Really, you can seek out any community you want in your RV. You can go to Burning Man, if that’s your jam. You can travel to music festivals. You can go to hot air balloon festivals, art shows, street fairs—anything that strikes your fancy, you can make it part of your travel plans.
  42. And on the flip side, living on the road you can avoid anyone you want, too. Don’t particularly care for your in-laws? Living on the road makes it easier to avoid them.
  43. Downsizing is liberating. Living in an RV means that you’ll have to downsize. While some people dread this, getting rid of nearly all of your stuff is extremely liberating. When we sold our house and moved into an RV, we donated and got rid of a lot of our belongings. At first it was difficult to get rid of so much, but it became easier as time went on. These days, all we have is what we have with us. We have a small amount of everything, and we like it best this way. Odds are good you will, too!
  44. It’s amazingly beautiful living in an RV. You simply cannot beat the views we’ve seen out the window of our RV. And, there have been many of them. We’ve seen beautiful national parks right outside our window, amazing mountain ranges, desert landscapes, lake views, wild animals, and more. RV life is the best. We’ve had beautiful views, made great friends, and gone on great adventures.
  45. You can break bad habits. For instance, it’s harder to be a slob when you have so little space; when your RV is cluttered, it’s far more likely to drive you nuts. It’s harder to avoid exercising, too. If you’re looking for ways to get out of bad habits and wasteful routines, living on the road can be a great way to force yourself to reset and develop new, healthier habits in their place.
  46. For instance, we are much more mindful of what we buy, and we waste hardly anything. Plus, when you’re RVing, you no longer have a need to buy as much stuff because the outdoors take up all of your time. Before we would waste time going to the mall, Target, and other stores- but we hardly ever do that now. Instead, we spend a lot of our time exploring new places.
  47. Similarly, you can live by the beach, mountains, desert, and anywhere else. Living in an RV means that you can live wherever you want to live. The United States has so many beautiful places to see and live, and because it would be hard to just pick one place, RV life allows us to live in as many as we want. And, it’s more than just going on a vacation, which is nice too, but I love being able to bring my entire home with me. This way I’m not forgetting anything, and because my home is always with me, I still get to live comfortably. If you want to spend your summer in the mountains and your winter near the beach, you can do that. If you want to do the opposite the following year, you can do that too. If you want to have your front window open up to a beautiful national park, you can even do that. By living in an RV, you can choose to live wherever you want.
  48. You can follow the weather. Since we can park our home wherever we want, we can follow the weather. We like to stay in temperatures that are just perfect – somewhere around 70 degrees year round. Following the weather is something that we truly love. After all, who wants to be too cold or too hot? Thankfully, the RV life lets us just leave whenever the temperature is something that we don’t fully enjoy. We really only have clothes for one season, so we avoid places that are cold. I pretty much wear dresses, sandals, shorts, and/or tank tops year round, which is really nice and comfortable.
  49. And your pets may well love RV life! Our dogs seem pretty happy whenever they are able to explore new places, sniff new things, go on long hikes, and so on. Our dogs are much more active now than they ever were before and seem pretty happy to me. And because they’re always seeing and exploring new places, it’s really hard for them to get bored, which makes them far less likely to exhibit some of their more destructive tendencies. Additionally, because you’re always sleeping in the same place (your RV) each night, there isn’t the disorienting effect that traveling can have on some pets when you sleep somewhere different each night. They get pretty much the perfect mix of exploring and traveling and routine and stability!
  50. And like your dogs, you can spend more time outside, too. One of the best things about RV life is that you can park your home wherever you want to. We love being able to do things outdoors, and we usually pick places that make that even easier. So, we like to park next to hiking trails, bike trails, rock climbing routes, and more. This is great because we can usually just walk or ride our bikes to wherever we want to go, which allows us to spend a ton of time enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
  51. RV living is awesome. It teaches you to value experiences over belongings and relationships over work, and that’s something all of us could stand to benefit from.

See what we mean? So what are you waiting for? Find the right RV for you and hit the road today!