Amidst the “tiny house” craze, we’ve experienced our own minimalistic madness and it looks like full time RVing.
Some of us want more while having less, and an RV is what makes sense for us.
I was talking to friends of mine earlier this year, and I realized why full time RVing is so appealing to me.
Living in an RV is like living in a condensed home. It is a place where all of the space you actually use is available and the excess is taken out purposefully.
Did you know that we Americans only “live in” about 40% of our homes?
40%! That’s less than half. No, this is not a math lesson.
But wow… 40%? I was shocked. Not that I should be, but it really got me thinking. Why are our homes so darn big?
I’ll be writing a lot more on that very subject at a later time, but it has a lot to do with our relationships with ourselves, believe it or not.
Haven’t you ever looked down the street at a newly built neighborhood and thought all those houses look the same. That’s because the average home is designed for the average person, even if that person doesn’t use all that space.
I know Jeremy and I absolutely never used our dining room for eating. It normally became a place for storing other things. So, we ended up turning the dining room into a study and selling our table. I know there are rooms in your house you can think of that essentially go to waste.
Now, think of an RV.
Every single inch of the space is used for something. Whether it’s sleeping, eating, using the bathroom, watching TV or driving, each part of an RV has a function; and they’re used pretty much every day.
While RVs are often seen just for play (hello, they are called recreational vehicles), they make a perfect home for individuals or couples who are ready to take an extreme downsizing leap.
It’s like our friend Liz says, RV living doesn’t have to be for full time travelers only. That goes for anyone, anywhere. It is a conscious, purposeful choice that does not always look the same for everyone.
Living in an RV full time provides the opportunity to make more of where you are and who you’re with without thinking about all the literal and figurative “stuff” getting in the way.
One of my personal annoyances is the storage unit industry.
Paying someone else to keep the excess stuff I don’t need in a place I normally forget because who wants to go to the effort of getting that stuff out?
And I wonder, what the heck is out there that can’t be stored in my home?
I won’t lie. My relationship with things is different than most people. I have no problem asking myself when is the last time I wore this? or when is the last time I used this?and if the answer isn’t satisfactory, it gets donated.
No other questions asked. It may be a gift from God Himself, but that perspective is what made our transition into the life we want for ourselves easier.
I understand not everyone is like that, but I think that perspective helps me to be more objective when it comes to THINGS.
Living in an RV full time makes a whole lot of financial sense.
If you play your cards right, living in an RV full time is extremely cost effective. When I say cards, I mean money.
Jeremy and I just bought a used class C RV that didn’t break the bank.
We planned and decided on what we’d be willing to pay based on how much rent in Austin would cost us for (an arbitrary) three years.
For what we were paying while we were renting, we would have spent $39,000 in rent within a three year period… and no, that figure does not include utilities.
Not only did we get our rig for much much cheaper than our original budget, but our rent where we’ll be in Oregon will only be $400/month (that includes full hookups), which is a 3rd of what we were paying in Austin.
With both of us working, we’ll be able to throw a lot of our earnings at my student loans and pay off the rest of the RV.
Adulthood never felt so good.
It is 100% your space. I see us in every detail, and it feels like home.
When you live in an RV full time, and all that space is being used for something, it is hard not to see “YOU” everywhere.
Whether you are single or not, because the space is small, the stuff you take with you will be more apparent.
For me, it’s a few throw pillows we got for our wedding. Each one has a different design that reminds me of how Jeremy and I like to travel and fly by the seat of our pants.
I’m also excited to be updating the walls and windows. When we took down the border wallpaper and the awful window decorations, it immediately felt like a different rig. It felt like our place.
We’re living a life that was just a dream a year and a half ago. We’re making it happen and it feels so good.