RV Industry Association (RVIA) data cited by multiple RVing blogs suggest that some 1 million RV owners live in their motor homes or trailers full time. Some crisscross the country by heading to a new destination every week or two. Others stay in the same place for several months before moving on. Interestingly, there isn’t just one thing that motivates them all. Full timers are motivated by all sorts of things.
There actually is no right or wrong motivation for embracing the RV lifestyle full-time. But there tends to be one thing that knits full timers together: a passionate love for the lifestyle that keeps them on the road in the midst of millions of other people who are content to live in site-built houses.
1. A Love of Minimalism
If there is one thing that can be said about most full-time RVers it is that they live a minimalist lifestyle. Yes, there are some luxury motor homeowners who live better than your average middle-class family in a stick home, but they are the exception to the rule.
Minimalism is almost a mandate dictated by the fact that full timers have so little living space. There isn’t a whole lot you can do with five hundred square feet, and that’s on the larger side. Imagine living full-time in a space smaller than that. Minimalism would be non-negotiable.
It turns out that a love of minimalism is what motivates some full timers. They want nothing more than to simplify their lifestyles and eliminate unnecessary possessions. One way to do that is to move into an RV.
2. A Love of Travel
It goes without saying that some full timers are motivated by a love of travel. They decide they want to see the country no matter what it costs. They are willing to spend the money, time, and effort to see every corner of every state. Not only that, but they also actually love doing so! For these types of RV owners, ticking off the last of the fifty states is a dream come true.
3. An Inherent Wanderlust
Some full timers are motivated by an inherent wanderlust. Note that wanderlust is a bit different from the love of travel. A person with wanderlust has to keep moving. The desire is above and beyond just wanting to see new places and meet new people. It is a desire to not stay in the same place for too long. Full-time RVing is the perfect way to live this kind of life.
When you have a touch of wanderlust, you don’t mind deploying AirSkirts inflatable RV skirting in the middle of a snowstorm. You don’t mind the nasty experience of emptying and cleaning your black water tank. You don’t mind flat tires, oil leaks, and annual inspections. You are okay with whatever it takes to keep moving.
4. The Need for Adventure
Still other RV full-timers do what they do because they have an inherent need for adventure. RVing certainly fits the bill. Every road trip is an adventure in and of itself, as is every campground. And of course, there is adventure to be found in outdoor activities associated with camping. From rock climbing to kayaking to seeking out that perfect sunset, an adventure waits around every corner.
Are you a full-time RVer? If so, what motivates you to keep moving on down the road? There is no right or wrong answer here. What motivates you is what makes your RVing experience unique. What drives you to continue living in your RV is probably what makes your life fulfilling. That’s great. You are living the dream.