There are pros and cons to sharing your life online. Usually, the pros out weigh the cons, but that’s not always the case. One of the biggest pros is that we’ve built an incredible community that is often very supportive. I love having the opportunity to share our life and our wisdom with you. Most people want to know about our RV lifestyle and how we got here. So why not answer your most FAQs about RV life.
FAQs About RV Life
Q: What made you decided to live in an RV?
The short answer, to save for our down payment for our house build. At least, that’s how this whole crazy thing started. It was supposed to be a temporary solution to help us reach our long-term goal. It has evolved over the last two years into a lifestyle that we love and has offered us a totally different life than what we ever imagined.
Q: What RV do you have?
Q: Why did you choose a fifth wheel?
We started with a travel trailer and knew pretty early on that if we were going to do this long-term, we would need something a bit bigger. We like the additional storage space and the higher ceilings in the fifth wheel.
Q: How did you set up your RV site?
We live on family land and set up a permanent spot for our RV. Because we already had a barn with septic, water, and electricity, it was pretty easy to set up. In fact, the barn was built intentionally with RV hookups. You can read in-depth about our stationary RV set-up on the blog or follow along on Instagram. We are about to move to a new site!
Q: How do you wash your clothes?
We have a full-sized washer and dryer in the barn. So, we are able to do laundry right on our property. Our RV has hook-ups for a wash/dryer combo in the master bedroom closet. If we traveled full-time, we would put a combo unit in the RV. It just isn’t necessary for our everyday life.
Q: How often do you travel in your RV?
In two years, we’ve only traveled 3 times in our RV. Soon to be four this coming weekend. Because it’s our home, it’s nice to go on vacation without it. You know, a real change of scenery. However, we are planning some more RV trips this year, so stay tuned.
Q: What truck to you pull your RV with?
An F250 Super Duty.
Q: Where was your favorite place to stay?
By far our favorite place was Westgate River Ranch. It’s a dude ranch near Kissimmee, Florida. We had a waterfront site that was absolutely beautiful. There was so much to do around the ranch, it really is great for the whole family. I’m dying to go back.
Q: How long did it take you to adjust to RV life?
Honestly, I would say a good six months or so. We moved into the RV in March of 2020, right when the world was falling apart. That was a whole lot of chaos and change at once. I think it was a blessing and a curse. It forced us to find contentment and joy in our present and fall in love with our new home.
My advice would be to extend endless grace. Allow everyone to have their feelings, express their frustrations, and work together to create a space you love.
Q: What is the hardest part about full-time RV living?
Personally, I feel like each day has it’s on challenges. Sometimes it’s the close quarters and not enough space for everyone. Other days it’s how fast things get cluttered. And there are even days when just living in the RV is annoying. But, if I had to choose the hardest part it would be the summertime in Florida. It’s way to hot to spend much time outdoors, it’s hard to keep the RV cool, and it’s a season of way too much together time inside.
Check out more pros and cons to RV life HERE.
Q: How do you maximize your storage?
You get creative! For starters, you have to be very intentional about what you have and make sure it serves a purpose. And then you have to find a place for everything. If you can’t, get rid of it! We use a lot of storage containers that stack, racks to maximize floor to ceiling space, and create hidden storage.
I wrote a whole blog post dedicated to kitchen storage. A lot of these tips are great for every space in your RV.
Q: Was it hard to downsize your stuff?
Yes & No. It was really easy for me to downsize my clothes, our kitchen stuff, and get rid of our excess. I had a hard time getting rid of my ‘entertainment’, like my books, journals, and craft supplies. In our old house, we had an office that was the hub of all that stuff.
It was also hard to downsize Madison’s stuff. She had her own room filled with toys, books, and stuffed animals. It was hard to take those things away from her AND make her give up her own space. My mama heart was crushed over it. Initially, she was devastated, but we made a big deal out of getting her outdoor toys and created a space for them to play in our yard. That was enough for her.
Q: How do you get alone time for yourself or grown-up stuff?
Intentionality and planning. As parents, you have to be intentional with your alone time whether you live in an RV or not. Logan and I are really good about giving each other space or taking the kids when either of us needs time to ourselves. And for the adult stuff, well, there’s a reason kids have an early bedtime.
Q: How old were your kids when you moved into the RV?
Madison was 3.5 and maverick was 18 months.
A few months ago, I asked Madison some questions about what she thought about RV life. You can read her perspective on our post, RV Life From A Kids Perspective.