I’m an avid follower of RV Life blogs, and vlogs on YouTube. I’m dreaming of the day I can travel full time. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic though, I’m seeing a lot of RV’ers getting stranded with no place to go. They are understandably upset about campgrounds being shut down, public lands being closed to camping, etc. Mostly back in the eastern USA at this point. They are now scrambling for places to stay. I saw one RV’er complaining about people who have homes taking RV trips. “Uh, you could always buy a home and have a place to go back to”, I reminded him. He gave me a flip answer about why should he own two homes. Well that’s all fine and good but don’t complain. People with homes have every right to be out there as much as he does.
But why do I write all this? Because so many people enter into the RV lifestyle with no backup plans, no safety nets. Always have an out. Always have a plan B. Sure it cuts into the “freedom” of the RV lifestyle. There are people out there that earn just enough on the road to pay their bills. They don’t earn enough to save for a rainy day. They don’t save for medical emergencies, maintenance emergencies, or living emergencies like we’re experiencing now. The fact is, private RV parks are open and have MANY open spaces. But this doesn’t fit into the “cheap RV living” narrative all these YouTubers are selling.
Please, Please, PLEASE! If you’re going to live full-time on the road, make sure you are completely ready. Make sure you have a slush fund to deal with emergencies. The best and most realistic discussion I have seen on this comes from a YouTube channel called Chickery’s Travels. They posted a video recently with a very honest and frank discussion about RV contingency planning. I leave you with that. Travel safe!