Anytime you dive into a new adventure, a new chapter or a change in lifestyle, you are bound to have a wide variety of opinions and advice. The trouble is that you will have so many questions from the most simple to the most complex aspects and everyone you ask will have a different answer. Some of the basics will remain the same, but the intricate details could be quite different. Just the most basic question of what is full time living will give you a variety of opinions. Some will say they are full timing while permanently parked in an RV park or campground. Well that is true in some people’s opinions. Others will tell you full timing is when you traveling regularly from place to place and that is also true.
I think of fulltiming as traveling at some kind of interval. We workamp, generally seasonally, so we are parked 4-6 months at a time in a specific location and then move on to the next location. We have had to stay put up to two years due to family and medical issues, but once those were resolved we hit the road again and travelled for another year working at 2 different campgrounds during that time.
When people ask my advise on living full time, I generally explain how we do it and leave it at that. There is no right or wrong way to full time. My opinion on what full timing is or isn’t is just that, mine. Full time living should be simple living. You still have to clean on a regular basis, fix things when they break and ensure everything has a safe travel spot while moving. Things will break and you will have weather to contend with as well.
Some of the basics of fulltiming are simple:
1. You have limited space.
2. You have a weight limit to stay within.
3. It’s not a house, so you may have to move or leave your rig in severe weather.
4. You don’t need special cleaners or toilet paper.
5. Carry a basic set of tools, your not going to build a house, sell the specialty tools.
6. Fulltime living is casual, you don’t need evening gowns and suits. Khakis and a button up shirt will do. (Yes even with sneakers)
7. You have a bathroom, use it.
8. You have a kitchen, use it.
9. The biggest rig won’t make you happy, the best layout for you will.
10. Your backyard changes frequently, enjoy it.
My Dad always said that the most important things you need are those you can carry at a full run from a house fire. Everything else is replaceable. We had 2 house fires growing up and that statement rang true both times. With our life on wheels it remains true. It’s not about having things, it’s about making memories. Keep it simple.