Live cheap and love it – Live in an RV

Does the recent economy make you live cheap?


It sure does in our house. Take heart … you may be forced to spend less on housing. How can that be good?


A really fun way to experience budget life is to live in an RV. Yes … this lifestyle is cheaper than a house … it is much more flexible than a house … and you can choose your climate as an added bonus.


So the poor economy of 2009 is sending us lemons. Let’s make lemonade.


My wife and I lived in an RV for 7 years, from 5 to 22 months in a row. What’s wrong with fly fishing in Montana in July? Then see Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Park, before wintering in Palm Springs and Arizona? … I’m waiting … that’s what I thought … It’s a great way of life.


You can do it too.


It’s like constantly being on vacation and your motel room moving with you. You never unpack, everything you need moves with you.


Most RVs tow a car so that you have transportation when you arrive. If you like pickup trucks, check out travel trailers. Or with smaller motorhomes, your “platform” is your car.


What type of rig is the best? … All up to you. They all see the same landscape and breathe the same air.


How cheap is it? It depends on the number of trips you make. The more you move, the more fuel you burn. If you spend no more than a week in an RV park, you will also pay a higher rent. The daily rate could be $ 40 per night, but the monthly rate could be $ 500. So if you stay longer in one place, you will save on rent and fuel. It is up to you how much you spend.


There are many things you can miss when you hit the road. Let’s list them … your beloved snowblower … raking the leaves in the fall … unclogging the garbage disposal … painting the house … I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Maintaining a home is not a cheap life, it can be a hassle.


You have some maintenance to live in an RV, like a car. Change the oil, the air in the tires, the same basic car stuff. It has plumbing in an RV, but it’s pretty basic and simple to maintain.


Worried about what to do living in an RV? Better question is if I have enough time to do everything. Probably not. You’ll find that VR folks are friendly, helpful, and happy that they’re having fun and living on little money.


Well, living in an RV is lousy economy lemonade … which would be lemons. If there are parts of this beautiful country that you haven’t seen yet, an RV is a perfect vehicle (sorry) to see what has been lost. Enjoy.

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