For many people, the idea of living out of an RV is very appealing. It seems like a great way to see the country, travel and live like a free spirit out on the open road. There are many benefits to living a full-time RV lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t drawbacks too. Before you take the plunge and get behind the wheel, you must make yourself aware of all sides of the experience. With that in mind, here are five downsides of RV living that you should know.
High Initial Purchase Price
An RV is a great vehicle to own, but it’s not one that all of us can afford. The initial purchase price will most likely be high, unless you go for an old RV. If you’re looking for newer motorhome or trailer, then you’ll set back anywhere around at least 60K. The overall price of the vehicle will depend on the brand and RV type you want to buy, as well as any amenities you ask to be fitted inside. Usually, class C RVs are among the cheaper motorhomes, and I got myself a Coachmen Orion in 2017 for around 60k.
Lack Of Storage Space
Anyone that has ever traveled in or even looked at an RV knows that storage space can be an issue. While there is usually much more space than there first appears to be, you won’t be able to travel with the entire contents of your home. This means that you’ll need to downsize your things. My rule is now if I haven’t touched something for over a year, I don’t need it and I’ll get rid of it.
Travel Locations Are Limited
With a vehicle as large as an RV, it should be no surprise that you aren’t going to be able to travel wherever you want to. Unlike a usual vacation, where you would choose the best travel agency and plan your trip with them, you will have to do all of the work yourself. This means contacting campgrounds to see if they have a big enough slot to accommodate your vehicle. My rig is pretty small, I can drive it in most places and campgrounds always have the right size for me.
No matter what make or model of RV you pick, regular maintenance is critical for all full-time RVers. You are moving all the time, things will break. First of all, you have to maintain your tanks, make sure you have enough propane, electricity, and water. As well as this, you will have to maintain kitchen appliances, the generator, and heater, all of which can add up to a sizable cost.
Dumping The RV Tanks
Most full-time RVers see their vehicle as a home away from home. The trouble is, there’s one nasty task you must perform with your RV that you don’t have to do in your own house – Dumping the grey and black tanks. This job isn’t nearly as horrendous as it sounds and you will get used to carrying it out, but as a new RVer, you might not be too happy about it.
Living and traveling in an RV can definitely be exciting. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s without its downsides. Before getting too invested, make sure that you consider the entire picture.