1. No – The RV Lifestyle Isn’t Just for the Rich

You are sitting in the Walmart parking lot while your spouse is inside filling a prescription. While you’re waiting, you notice a class A motorhome pull into the parking lot and make its way to the far end. An older couple eventually emerges and makes their way into the store. You wonder why they are shopping at Walmart. After all, if they are wealthy enough to live full-time in an RV, they must have enough money to shop elsewhere. Right?

Wrong. The RV lifestyle isn’t just for the rich. In fact, many middle-class people give up their brick-and-mortar homes in favor of dwellings on wheels. They embrace the RV lifestyle because they love the opportunity to travel. They are not spending a fortune because they don’t have to. They have learned that the idea of the RV lifestyle being exclusively for the rich is just a myth.

1. Why the Myth Exists

This particular RV myth exists for a number of reasons. At the top of the list is the cost of motor homes and trailers themselves. They are not cheap. But what many people fail to realize is that full-time RVers do not necessarily own brick-and-mortar homes. Many sell their homes before they hit the road full-time.

Imagine a couple in their mid-fifties with a $350,000 home and no mortgage. They could sell that home, buy a very nice RV, and still have money left over. Trading a brick-and-mortar home for an RV can be a very equitable transaction under the right circumstances.

Of course, there are those RVers who own both multi-million-dollar homes and customized class A motor coaches. But they are the exception to the rule. Furthermore, they are rarely RV full timers.

2. Managing All of the Costs

Another misconception about the RV lifestyle is the assumption that it is easy to go broke from all of the associated costs. That is true to a point (there are a lot of costs involved) but it is just as easy to manage those costs and keep your head above water financially. Take maintenance costs for example.

An experienced full-time RVer is willing to invest in RV skirting because they know it will pay off in the long run. AirSkirts, a company that manufactures an inflatable skirt product, says that RV skirting is designed to prevent frozen and burst plumbing during colder weather. The smart RV owner will spend that extra money to avoid an even costlier repair forced on them by damaged plumbing.

In this regard, an RV is a lot like a brick-and-mortar house. The best way to manage the expenses of ownership is to take good care of your rig. Do that and you will not be overwhelmed by the costs of the RV lifestyle.

3.  Learning to Live on a Budget

To be sure, most full-time RVers do not have unlimited funds. Some are retirees living on their pensions or 401(k) plans. Some are still working. At any rate, learning to live on a budget makes living full-time in an RV very doable. Hand-in-hand with the budget is looking for ways to cut costs.

For instance, full-time RVers don’t have to buy bottled water so they have something to drink while traveling. Instead, they can fill milk jugs with water before they leave a campground. They will have all the water they need, and they won’t spend an extra dime for it.

Some full-time RVers are genuinely wealthy. But being rich isn’t a prerequisite to embracing the RV lifestyle. You do not have to be rich to enjoy what is arguably one of the best lifestyles around.