The Good News and Bad News about Fulltime RV Living
I’ve got good news and bad news about fulltime RV living. It’s been two years and four months since we
settled into our Big Foot truck camper along the banks of the Missouri River, and in that time, we’ve
experienced an adventurous journey that we wouldn’t trade for anything; but, there is good news and
bad news about fulltime RV living.
If you’re already living this fantastic life of freedom, your experiences will surely parallel the good news
and bad news I share about fulltime RV living, and you may have insights to share something that I have
But, if you are still at the starting gate, ready to burst away from the old into the new . . . and you
wonder and worry simultaneously about this lifestyle . . . the following good news and bad news about
fulltime RV living will either persuade you to take the leap or cause you to rethink your plans.
The Good News: Simplifying your life by downsizing will be one of the most freeing experiences of your
life. Getting rid of all the “stuff” that fills every room, every closet, drawer and garage will feel like
you’ve lost 100 pounds, like you are being lifted as easily as a balloon on a breezy day.
The Bad News: Now that you have downsized and everything fits in your RV, shopping at the mall loses
its appeal. No longer will you seek more “things” to decorate the walls of your house, more “tools and
gadgets” to fill your garage, more dishes and clothes and shoes to fill the cabinets and closets. You’ll
quickly learn that buying anything new requires the removal of something you already have because
your living space is limited. If you are a “keeper” of sentimental things, you’ll have to let go. Aunt
Martha’s tea set will have to find a new home in order to make a space for what is necessary for fulltime
The Good News: Your social circle will expand! Pulling into a campground is like pulling up a chair on
the front porch of a dear friend. Fulltime RV living brings you to a new environment where everyone is
happy to see you, welcomes you with delight and loves to share stories of adventure and travel. It’s a
huge difference from the suburbs, where everyone is focused on the daily grind of going to work and
maintaining all the stuff they own at a fast pace . . . as if they wear blinders that prevents them from
seeing and getting to know their neighbors.
The Bad News: If you are a loner and don’t like being around people, you’ll want to avoid RVers. They
will draw you in with their welcoming greetings and invite you to come sit for a spell, pull up a camp
chair, share a beer or iced tea, enjoy a grilled burger and sit around their campfire. It might be a life
changing experience for you!
The Good News: Fulltime RV living gives you the magical opportunity to spend time with nature . . . see
the beauty of this wondrous country, watch glorious sunrises and sunsets over beaches and canyons,
sleep under the massive expanse of stars, capture the sights and sounds of coyotes and owls and frogs
The Bad News: Nature will definitely make itself welcome in your living space . . . frogs and spiders and
mice and mosquitoes will find their way inside your RV. Stepping on a frog with your bare feet in the
dark is a rude awakening to your day! Forgetting that standing with the door open at dusk is an open
invitation for a wild mosquito party will find you on a swatting frenzy for the evening!
The Good News: Fulltime RV living brings out creative ingenuity you didn’t realize you have. All of a
sudden you are a master organizer, a handyman and a creative designer and engineer as you find ways
to make everything work smoothly . . . you become as ingenious as a survivalist in the wild. If your hot
water heater goes out, the Bunn coffeemaker becomes an instant source of heated water for doing
dishes. Plus, your widely expanded social circle (RVers at the campground or online) graciously shares
advice and tricks for whatever problem you are trying to fix.
The Bad News: If you are not mechanically inclined, you’ll need to find a good RV specialist to fix the
problems that come up when you begin fulltime RV living. How cool is it that the name of our local guy
is James Bond! He is our go-to person when something isn’t working right because we are the
mechanically challenged ones – able to hold a hammer, screwdriver and pliers; able to hook up the
water hose and sewer and propane tanks . . . but haven’t a clue about pipes and circuits and gaskets and
fittings under the hood and inside the camper.
The Good News: Every day is a new adventure when you embrace fulltime RV living. The open road is
your canvas and you can paint whatever landscape you desire. Fulltime RVers come in all shapes and
sizes . . . some travel constantly, some follow the good weather, some settle down and workamp or
volunteer for months at a time. The colorful variety of the fulltime RVing lifestyle creates a beautiful
The Bad News: If you are not flexible, you’ll end up frustrated. With fulltime RV living, as in all of life, if
you cannot adapt, change and accept things, you’ll find yourself filled with aggravation. If one thing
doesn’t work out . . . if something breaks and causes a detour and delay in your plans . . . flexibility is
required. Learning to go with the flow of life on the road, seeing every problem – big or small – as an
opportunity for a new experience is necessary to this life of freedom.
That’s my list of good news and bad news about fulltime RV living.
Seasoned RVers will certainly have tons more to add to the list. This is what we’ve gleaned from 2 ½
years of living in our truck camper. As I said at the beginning, I wouldn’t trade this lifestyle for any
mansion, three bedroom house or apartment.
If you dream of living a life of freedom...
If traveling anywhere and everywhere is a constant pull on your heart...
If your eyes light up like a kid in ToysRUs when you see hundreds of RVs on a sales lot...
If passing a RV on the road stirs up a longing to trade places with the driver...
Then the good news and bad news of fulltime RV living shared here will serve to help you decide if this
lifestyle is for you.
About The Author: Trisha Barnes
We’re Bruce and Trisha of the NakedHippiesRoadTrip.com We absolutely DO live life fully -
gave up our house in the suburbs, got rid of tons of stuff and moved to the banks of the
Missouri River to live at a private campground. (No, it isn’t a nudist campground!) It was where
we started to take the steps toward our dream of living and traveling full time in our RV. We
started out bare bones naked - nothin’ to our name except our tent and essential stuff - and
now we're living full time in our RV! Got a dream? We'll share the Naked Truth about all the ups
and downs we've experienced - lessons learned - and how we can help you live your dream
now - not in two years, not in twenty years, but NOW!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by
the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade
winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”~ Mark Twain