Sometimes, we yearn for something different. A change of scenery, a new adventure. And for many of us, that means hitting the open road in a motorhome.
Motorhome living has a lot of appealing factors – you can go where you want, when you want, and you don’t have to worry about things like mortgage payments or rent. But it’s not all rainbows and butterflies – there are some things you need to know before making the switch. Here are 10 of the most important:
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1. You Need to Have a Steady Source of Income.
This means either a job that you can do remotely or a significant amount of savings to fall back on. Otherwise, you’ll quickly find yourself low on cash and with nowhere to go. All those gas and campground fees add up!
2. You Need to be Comfortable With Living in Close Quarters.
Unless you have a huge motorhome, you’re going to be living in relatively close quarters with your travel companions. This can be tough if you’re not used to it, so make sure you’re prepared for some tight spaces.
3. You Need to be Okay With not Having a Lot of Privacy.
Again, living in close quarters means that privacy is going to be at a premium. If you’re someone who needs their own space, motorhome living might not be for you. The good news is that there are often public showers and bathrooms available at campgrounds.
4. You Need to be Prepared for Some Inconveniences.
There will be times when you can’t find a campground with hookups, or when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Be prepared for some bumps in the road (literally and figuratively) and you’ll be fine.
5. You Need to be Comfortable With a Simple Lifestyle.
There’s no need for a lot of stuff when you’re living in a motorhome – in fact, it’s better if you don’t have too much. Keep things simple and you’ll find that your life is a lot easier (and less stressful).
6. You Need to be Able to Troubleshoot Problems.
If something breaks down, you’re going to need to be able to fix it yourself or find someone who can help. This isn’t always easy, so make sure you’re comfortable with a little DIY before making the switch.
7. You Need to Have a Good Sense of Direction.
Or at least a good GPS! Since you’ll be doing a lot of driving, it’s important that you’re comfortable behind the wheel and know your way around. Otherwise, you could end up getting lost – not ideal when you’re trying to enjoy a vacation. This isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker, but it’s something to keep in mind.
8. You Need to Be Prepared for Some Lonely Moments.
Even if you’re traveling with others, there will be times when you feel lonely on the road. It’s just part of the territory, so make sure you’re prepared for some moments of solitude. The good news is that there are often other travelers around who are in the same boat, so you can always socialize if you’re feeling lonely.
9. You Need to be Okay With Not Being Able to Do Everything.
There’s a lot to see and do when you’re traveling, but you won’t be able to do it all. Be okay with missing out on some things and focus on enjoying the moments that you are able to experience.
10. You Need to Have Realistic Expectations.
This is probably the most important thing on the list. If you go into a motorhome living with unrealistic expectations, you’re bound to be disappointed. Keep your expectations in check and you’ll find that you enjoy the experience a lot more.
Making the switch to motorhome living can be a great way to see the world and live a simpler life. Just make sure you’re prepared for it before you take the plunge!
Do you have any other tips for those considering a switch to motorhome living? Share them in the comments below!