I have been living in the RV for over a month now and thought it would be time for me to share some of my takeaways. I really just dove headfirst into this lifestyle and did not ease into it like many others do.
-Test everything in the RV twice on different days.
-Get familiar with how every part works. Stove, water pump, stabilizers, etc.
-Make sure there are no leaks or soft spots on the roof. Get up there and jump around.
-Get a surge protector to plug into shore power. Around $230 but will save your electric system from frying on a bad hookup.
-Buy a good small generator. The Yamaha one at Costco is great for us and was about $540. So good that neighbors are buying one.
-If your RV didn’t come with a ladder (mine did not) buy a decent telescopic ladder on Amazon for $80. Their space-saving and fairly light.
-Test out different models to figure out what’s right for you like a Class A, C, 5th wheel or simple pull trailer. Everyone has its advantages and disadvantages. I wish I looked into Class C’s more.
-Be prepared to be handy as things come up that need fixing or adjusting. YouTube is a lifesaver.
-You’ll need way less than you think. I wish I downsized more.
-Plastic storage bins are your best friend.
-Cooking batch style meals makes life easier and eat leftovers.
-Walk the spot your RV will go before trying to pull in to see if you can fit. Saves a ton of time and hassle.
-Make sure to check availability and rules for local campgrounds. Here in San Diego, it’s hard to find places you can stay for more than 30 days. Also, spots will book up months in advance.
-Start downsizing now. It’s a process and way easier now vs later especially pantry items.
So far that’s our takeaways living in our 32ft pull trailer with two Great Danes. So far I really am enjoying the lifestyle. Even though we are still settling in and trying to organize everything it’s such a great experience. I really should have taken the leap years ago. I truly think more people should consider this lifestyle, especially military folks.
If anyone has thought about doing this lifestyle and has any questions please reach out to me I’d love to give you my take on it.
Remember the most important thing is to sit back, breath and enjoy the journey!
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