RV Living Fulltime In Retirement

retire in an RVWe have retired to our motorhome and we love RV living. We are fulltime RVers who began our RV life while still working in corporate America. Our names are Jose and Jill, ages 56 and 51.

The start of our RV living was not typical. We didn't head to Florida in December for sunshine and palm trees. Instead, we returned from Florida to New Jersey, where we spent the winter in our new RV.

We moved from a two story townhouse complete with basement and a two car garage. . .

. . .into our 40 foot-long motorhome
. We continued to work for a while and adjusted to RV living.

We are still thrilled that we made the move.

We first became intrigued with the idea of RVing because we wanted to travel and to see the USA and beyond. We couldn't see ourselves staying in one place watching the grass grow. We'd rather see the grass grow in different communities across the USA. We wanted to see different landscapes, and small towns and farm country. National Parks, State Fairs and local festivals.

We weren't interested in accumulating more stuff or a fancier house. We wanted a more adventuresome lifestyle. We knew we could continue our interests in golf, bicycling, hiking and line dancing wherever we went, and that it would be even more fun to do these things in different parts of the country.

We did a lot of research for a number of years before we became RVers. We researched different ways to pursue RV living.
  • We went to RV shows and dealers.
  • We read books about fulltiming.
  • We learned about the different aspects of operating an RV.
  • We talked to RV owners.
We kept reading and looking and narrowed down our preferences.



We gave a lot of consideration to the lifestyle itself. We knew we could live in a much smaller space. When we looked around our townhouse, we realized that we really used only the kitchen, family room, bedroom and bath. Save for the occasional use of the formal dining room and living room, those parts of our home were mostly just something else to clean. We realized that we had spare rooms and basement shelves filled with stuff we hadn't used in years.

We were pretty sure we could live together in close quarters. We shared the same interests and spent most of our time together anyway. We tested that theory with a rental RV. We got even more excited as we met RVers and discovered an entire RV subculture of happy people living active and interesting lives.

And we were sick of working in our traditional corporate jobs. Neither of us planned to work to full retirement age -- far from it. Not being made of money, we made the decision that we would rather spend less and live more. We accepted that we would have to pinch some pennies and probably work part-time along the way. We consider ourselves to be pretty resilient and industrious people, and decided to get on with our dream.

And so we started the adventure of RV living. Over the years we have enjoyed the travels and the everyday living and the wonderful people we meet. We maintain our website to share our adventures and bring in a few bucks. We have found lots of things we like about RV living (and a few that are not so hot). We will keep learning and enjoying as we go along on our journey.
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