A few years ago, my wife and I decided to travel to the United States in a semi-retired state. We drove the kids (all over 21), sold our home, and bought an RV. Well, live situations are changing and we are not on our way, at least not yet. We ended up staying in the area and working full time. But we decided to stay on the RV in due course.
The purpose of the article is to offer some insight into the possibilities of using an RV instead of apartments and the benefits of Rving. First a little background for those unfamiliar with RVs. RVs are classified into several different categories.
Class A buses are like the vehicles you see traveling on the road. They are also called Motorhomes for good reason. Class A is the cream of the crop, so to speak. They are the most expensive in terms of cost, but have the most storage space and amenities. I have seen some really nice Class A classes and when it comes time to upgrade or trade in our current RV, we will look again at Class A. However, my tastes start at $ 250,000, which is a little hard to justify.
The following are Class B, these are mini dealerships. They are built on a light to medium truck chassis and can be identified by the appearance of the truck cab. In my opinion, they will not be suitable for full use unless you really like small places. Some newer Class Bs include, including, called slides, which are sections of the RV that "slip out" of the body, giving you more living space inside. Housing is what you will look for in the long run.
After class B comes the fifth wheel. The fifth wheel is trailers that are towed by pickup trucks. So to get a fifth wheel, you'll also need a pickup of the right size. I'd take at least a ton of pickup. The fifth wheels offer an advantage over Class A and Class B, since once you have the fifth wheel in the campsite, the truck is separate and can be used as a vehicle. With A&B RV classes, you will need to tow or take another vehicle with you to get around. The fifth wheels approach the RV class for comfort and in some cases have more space. Dollar for dollar you will get more living space in the fifth wheel than in class A.
However, you need an expensive towing vehicle (truck) that should be considered as part of the purchase. The fifth wheel is also part of a class considered "Towables". The next towing is the Travel Trailer (TT). They are similar to the fifth wheel, except for the links to the towing vehicle. With TT you connect to a towbar that sits near the bumper of the car. Therefore, almost every vehicle has the ability to tow TT depending on size and weight of course. Class A, fifth wheel and travel trailers are the 3 major RVs where you will find people who live full-time. After TT comes the camper class. These are lightweight RVs really not suitable for a full time job, however, I've met people who are complete people in pop-ups, truck bearings and even tents. The top of the line for the camper class is most likely the truck bearings.
These are the units that slide into the pickup bed. Generally, the maximum length is no more than 12 feet in front and back and maybe 10 feet to the side. They are very compact. They offer the best in freedom as they are quickly adjusted and lowered so you can move quickly from place to place. However, like A&B, your home is your transport, unless you take another vehicle with you. The last group of towed loads are pop-up or tent trailers. They have a training frame and, as the name implies, jump or lift up to raise the roof above the frame. This class of campers usually have soft sides made of fabric. For years I have been using pop-ups as an alternative to hotels while on assignments across the country. Even some camped in the middle of winter with snow on the ground in a popup. Needless to say, he needed a heater and he worked all day and all night. She couldn't handle the cold at night, so it was a little fun to get out of bed in the morning. It was 20 degrees outside and about 50 degrees inside.
This is a basic overview of the types of RVs available. As mentioned above, Class A, fifth wheel and passenger trailers are the units that most people will find suitable for full-time living.
Our experiences of living full-time in the RV.
We currently have a fifth wheel. Ours is from Jayco and is 38 feet long with 3 slides. One slide is in the bedroom, the other two slides are in the living room, one on each side of the trailer. After almost 3 years on the RV as a full fledged, we both love it. My wife likes to say that it takes less than an hour, floor to ceiling, it takes less than an hour.
Let's start with the financial side of living in an RV. You have the cost of an RV. They should be treated just like cars. If you buy a new one, you will get beat up on depreciation. However, as a home, interest is taxable. So it looks like the best deal is a unit that is a year or two and funded. If you want to buy a new one, give a discount of about 25-30% off the list price. Our unit was 2003, which is still on the lot in 2005 with the delivery of the numbers for 2006. The sticker cost was over $ 65,000. We paid $ 40,000, saving us 38 percent. We didn't have a towing vehicle at that time, so the dealer delivered the fifth wheel close to the campsite.
Oak Grove in Hatfield, PA is a year-round campsite. It is important. You want to find a campsite that offers year-round operations. You don't want to have to move in the winter. Many camp sites close from November to March or early April. When we started there, our rent was $ 375 a month and included water and electricity. Our only other expense was propane for heating and hot water. Oak Grove delivered 2-100 pounds of propane tanks and they automatically replaced the tanks for us. It's really nice, sort of like an automatic oil delivery when you own a house. During the warm months we hardly use any propane, maybe a bottle every other month if that. However, in winter we will use 3-4 bottles a month because of the heater. Currently, propane works out to about $ 50 a bottle. So in terms of renting an apartment to live in an RV, costs are usually cheaper. My daughter pays $ 750 a month for an apartment near us and we pay an average of $ 425-450.
Other Benefits Of Living In An Rv – People! The people you find camping are the most wonderful people you will ever meet. They are friendly, helpful, young at heart and just nice to be around. We are keen campers before we get married. I made it to DE, where my wife (girlfriend at the time) and her family were camping and set up a tent, and then became part of the family. In the nearly 40 years that we have been camping and camping together, we have never met anyone who is rude, thief, or unwilling to lend a hand if asked. In fact, we had more offers to help without asking than at any time when we were living in a house or apartment.
It's funny, but when I was traveling and staying in hotels, you almost felt like a ghost or a leopard or something. Remember if you said hello to someone in the lift or hallway. But when camping, everyone is waving as you go, some will offer you drinks or you will sit by the fire and talk for hours. Like all of us, we are a family.
Speaking of fires, what about campfire? Sitting at night around a nice fire is so relaxing. Nothing to say, just watch the flames and all the stress seems to just float away. But campfires have another benefit, food. Nothing tastes better than open-cooked food. Try to make it in an apartment.
Rving has another benefit, vacations. If you live in an apartment, your vacation is to go to a destination, find a hotel / motel, eat every meal and take enough clothes with you for the duration of your vacation. When you live in an RV, your home goes with you. 30-40 minutes to pack the RV, turn off utilities and hook up to the truck and you're on your way. When you arrive at your vacation destination, there are another 30-40 minutes and you are ready to enjoy the sites. Food is not a problem, you have a full kitchen that is already stocked as home as it is at home. On a special diet? No problem, your normal routine is continuous. Clothes get dirty, many RVs come with washers and dryers so you can do your laundry while you relax in the evening or before you start the day. Rving is usually cheaper. When you compare the costs, you will find that traveling with an RV is much cheaper than traveling to a hotel / restaurant.
These are just a few of the things you should keep in mind when looking to live in an apartment verse living in an RV. I hope you found the information helpful.