In mid-October of 2017, we ceased to be homeowners and moved into 32-foot Travel Trailer to begin our attempt at RV living. It was one of the best things we ever did.
I don’t think RV living is for everyone, but it definitely was for us. We were tired of the stress and cost of being homeowners. We found it particularly stressful due to a rapidly ageing home. Our house was in need of renovations. We didn’t have the time, money or the energy to complete everything that needed to be done. Ultimately, we wanted freedom more than home ownership so we decided to sell our house.
We are now about 6 months into our full-time RV living and we haven’t looked back.
There has been a significant money saving for us. We have said goodbye to homeownership costs. There are many other things we now save money on as well. We have saved on the cost of furniture and décor items to fill spaces we hardly used. We have also saved the time it took to clean those spaces and as well as the cost of the cleaners, vacuum, vacuum bags…you get the idea.
Lots of ‘stuff’ isn’t really an option when you live an RV lifestyle. When we went from a large 5 bedroom home to a 32-foot travel trailer we didn’t get to bring much with us except the basics. At first, that was super scary. We were so accustomed to our stuff that the thought of life without it almost stopped us cold from considering RV living as an option.
Once we were freed from that stuff that goes with owning a home that there are actually very few things that we missed. I do miss having my sewing machine handy. There aren’t as many family photos up due to lack of wall space. But beyond a couple of items, I don’t miss the stuff.
(Read about the changes we made to make our RV more comfortable here.)
We spend so much more time outside now enjoying nature instead of outside cleaning up, pulling weeds and watering plants. I know that many readers will say that they enjoy that part of home ownership. That gardening is therapeutic for them. It wasn’t for me, so I was glad to not have to do it. I can still have some plants here. Things that are ok for pots are perfect for RV living. You can still have a garden, it just needs to be compact and portable. With a bit of planning, however, you can have one.
Finally and probably the most profound part of this change for me has been finding a sense of freedom I haven’t felt before.
We are currently living in a beautiful campground in Nanaimo, BC. We are very happy in our current location, but we have the freedom to move when we want a change of scenery or when we want new neighbours or really for any reason or whim. There is so much freedom in just having options even if you don’t choose to use them. Choosing to stay where we are has been just as freeing as choosing to go.
We still have ties to our current community as we are small business owners that have many active local customers so we don’t plan on doing extensive travelling at the moment. Even though we are staying in and around Nanaimo, BC, we feel that we have so many more options open to us. These options have made living in a small space worth it. Any of the drawbacks, for us, have been eclipsed by the many positives we have experienced. We may choose, one day, to go back to ‘big home living’ but for now, our tiny house is everything we need.