Happy Nomadiversary to us! After three years of full-time RV living, we reflected on the top three lessons learned and our biggest regret of the full-time RV lifestyle.
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.
If you’re struggling with debt or creating a full-time RV budget, check out our Full-Time RV Finance program where we share our process for turning things around and paying off $137,000 in just two years. The program also includes exercises to help you assess your current situation, design your dream life, and identify ways to make money & save money on full-time RV travel.
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