How to Live in an RV

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Living in a recreational vehicle (RV) can be a great life. Many retirees look forward to the day when they can sell their large homes and become a full-timer, the term used to describe someone who lives full time in an RV.

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    Imagine not having a lawn to mow or weeds to pull or a large home to clean and maintain any longer. Living full-time in an RV can turn your busy life into a life without deadlines, noisy neighbors and home maintenance. Your home goes with you wherever you want to go.

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    Begin planning your life on the open road. If you're a retiree or soon to be one, begin preparing to live full-time in an RV. Space will be limited, so start planning what to take on the road. Begin paring down and give away everything you no longer need or want. This is a good time to give your children family heirlooms and treasures.

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    Realize that full-time RVers claim to feel healthier mentally and physically. Leaving behind a stress-filled life for the open road is a very freeing and healthy lifestyle. It's a big change and many things are different, but full-time RVing is not "roughing it" anymore.

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    Plan ways to handle things like staying in touch with friends, family and business associates. Consider banking, bill paying, medical care and other essentials that you need to live on the road. New technology with email, online bill paying and cell phones makes all this much easier than it was in the past.

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    Calculate costs and expenses you need to live. Full-timers need to plan what their expenses will be to live day-to-day on the road. Money will be needed to replace or upgrade the RV over time.

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    Consider working on the road to supplement your income when you live in an RV. Many full-timers work from wherever they are over the Internet. Also, various campgrounds and RV resorts have full time and part time jobs available. While working, you will be able to stay rent free.

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    Remember that personal space and privacy are scarce in an RV. People living together full time need to be able to get along. They will be together much more and in much tighter quarters than in a traditional living situation.

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