Happy Nomadiversary to us! Three years ago we purchased our first-ever RV and promptly moved in! To celebrate the occasion, we’ve decided to reflect on the top 3 lessons learned and our biggest regret after 3 years of full-time RV living.
UPDATE: It’s been 3 years since we’ve written this article and we still agree with the lessons learned below. We’ve updated the video to include three more lessons…Watch our two part series: 6 Lessons Learned & our 2 Biggest Regrets after 6 Years Full-Time below.
Lesson #1: Take Your Time
We realized early on that we get travel fatigue when we move too often. We prefer to stay at least one week and often up to a month per location. This allows us to take time to see the sights in the local area, as well as save on fuel costs.
Lesson #2: Be Flexible
I’m a planner and have reservations several months in advance. However, I’ve learned to be a little more flexible and only make reservations at places that have a liberal cancellation policy. In fact, my rule is that I don’t make a reservation at any place that will charge me more than $15 to cancel or make a change.
Lesson #3: You Don’t Need as Much Room as you Think
We thought because we had a large 2400 square foot home, that we needed a large RV. As a result we purchased a 44′ Fifth Wheel toy hauler. Now after three years on the road, we realize that we do not need such a large RV. See the interior tour below.
Update: We recently downsized to 30′ Arctic Fox Fifth Wheel. We love it! Learn why we choose the Arctic Fox below:
Biggest Regret: Our RV Purchasing Mistakes
We were not very savvy when we purchased our first RV. We bought brand new, paid too much, and financed the RV. While we spent a lot of time researching the type of RV we wanted, we didn’t really research costs. Click here to read our article on how painful depreciation can be.
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