Can RV lifestyle sometimes create a desire to be static for those who are dedicated to it? How would they feel if they were able to live in a stick-and-brick dwelling with a washing machine, a large refrigerator, and plenty of hot water at their disposal? A road trip has several advantages, but it also has some disadvantages.
1. Fatigue in decision-making
Living in an RV means making many decisions. Many RVers underestimate the number of decisions they’ll have to make. In particular, RV travelers who travel full time should bear this in mind. When you move regularly, you will always have a running checklist in your head of what needs to be accomplished and in what order. Towing a massive RV behind you is exhausting enough, but towing an RV from one campground to another compounds it even more. You should plan your route, ensure it is safe, and make sure there are stops for gas or bathroom breaks along the way. Many RVers’ idyllic dreams of living full-time in RVs are dashed by decision fatigue. As a result, they are overwhelmed by the immense stress that is involved in making decisions. Within a matter of minutes, they’ve given up and left.
2. Crowds are increasing
I think it is safe to say that the RV market has been crazy for the past few years. Despite the high demand from customers, RV manufacturers are breaking records quarter after quarter. The VIN of an RV has been sold before the RV is even manufactured! Individuals and families are buying all of those RVs that manufacturers are producing. Campgrounds (and boondocking sites) are getting crowded regardless of whether people are planning weekend trips or traveling full time in their RVs. The process of planning ahead is enjoyable for many weekend travelers or those with limited vacation time. An upcoming RV trip is something to look forward to! Nevertheless, living in an RV full time can make planning ahead difficult. Planning where to stay all the time becomes tiresome after a while, even after years of doing it.
3. Invasion of privacy
Privacy is something everyone values. However, RVs can leave you feeling lonely due to their lack of privacy. It’s easy to hear what your neighbors are doing in your RV because the walls are thin. For many RVers, there is only one bathroom for all members of the family or any guests. It can be difficult to get alone time to relax in a tight living space. There can seem like someone is always nearby or listening to you. Neighbors can be good or bad, just as they are in a home. There will eventually be someone who isn’t a happy camper and might even try to encroach on your territory. Most RVers are quiet and courteous, but there may be someone who isn’t a happy camper at all. RV Facebook Groups are a great place to see complaints from RVers all across the country.
4. Costs can be high
When you bought your RV, you might have thought that the expensive purchases were over. Camping fees, RV accessories, or a tow vehicle are always something you’ve got to buy.
In addition to these problems, you are also required to pay for routine maintenance and endure those pains at the fuel pump that seem to never diminish.
Your RV will break down eventually, not if. A RV will eventually break if you own it for a long period of time and use it regularly. Some RV repair shops charge $150 to $200 an hour if you can’t fix it yourself. The RV life will also cost you more if you wish to have adventures, experience new things, and buy souvenirs. RVing can be very expensive, but there are ways to save money. Saving money is one reason why many people consider the RV lifestyle. It’s true, but it’s not cheap. Moreover, you should save up enough money to cover any unexpected RVing expenses with an emergency fund.
5. Availability is limited
You may have thought your first RV was enormous when you walked into it. You will likely change your mind if you have to live in it for days, weeks, or months. In comparison to the luxurious RV camper it used to be, the small space in that RV now feels claustrophobic. If you’re stuck inside for days on end due to bad weather, the small space can be overwhelming at times.