Living Cheap and Loving It – Living in an RV

Lyle Ellerbee

Does the recent economy have you living cheap?
It sure does in our house. Take heart… you may be forced into spending less on housing. How can that be good?
A great fun way to experience cheap living is living in an RV. Yep…this lifestyle is cheaper than a house…it’s much more flexible than a house…and you get to choose your climate as an added bonus.
So the poor 2009 economy is sending us lemons.  Let’s make lemonade.
My wife and I lived on an RV for 7 years, 5 to 22 months at a stretch. What is bad about fly fishing in Montana in July? Then seeing Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Park, before wintering in Palm Springs and Arizona?…I’m waiting…that’s what I thought… It is a great way to life.
You can do it too.
It’s like being on constant vacation and your motel room moves with you. You never unpack, everything you need moves with you.
Most motor homes tow a car so you have transportation when you arrive. If you like pickups, then look at travel trailers. Or with smaller campers your “rig” is your car.
What type of rig is the best?…It all depends on you. They all see the same scenery and breathe the same air.
How cheap is it? It depends on how much traveling you do. The more you move the more fuel you will burn. If you spend no more than a week in one RV park you will also pay higher rent. The daily rate could be $40 a night, but the monthly rate could be $500. So if you stay longer in one place you will save on rent and fuel. It’s up to you how much you spend.
There are lots of things you may miss when you hit the road. Let’s list them…your beloved snow blower…raking the leaves in the fall…unjamming the garbage disposal…painting the house…I could go on and on but you get the idea. Keeping up a house is not cheap living, it can be a pain.
You do have some maintenance chores for living in an RV, just like a car. Change the oil, air in the tires, the same basic car stuff. You do have plumbing in an RV, but it is pretty basic and simple to maintain.
Worry about what to do living in an RV? Better question is do I have enough time to do it all. Probably not. You will find that RV folk are friendly, willing to help, and all glad that they are having fun and living cheap.
Well, living in an RV is the lemonade from the lousy economy…which would be the lemons. If there are parts of this beautiful country you have not yet seen, an RV is a perfect vehicle (sorry) to see what you have missed. Enjoy. 

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