It is a dream for many RVers…RVing full-time. But before you make it your full-time lifestyle, give it a trial year to see how you like it before putting your house on the market. But once you have made the decision to go RVing full-time, there are a few things you need to take care of before hitting the open road. It is a dream for many RVers…RVing full-time. But before you make it your full-time lifestyle, give it a trial year to see how you like it before putting your house on the market. But once you have made the decision to go RVing full-time, there are a few things you need to take care of before hitting the open road.
Tips for Full-Time RVing
Residency: Choose a single state to use as your official state of residency.
Use this permanent mailing address for your driver’s license, voter’s registration, insurance policies (auto, medical, property), wills and trusts and any other legal matters. This makes it less confusing for all legal matters.
Downsize: Keep anything you may want in a storage facility and make sure a family member or close friend has a key to the lock. Donate, sell or give away the rest.
Mail: Use a full-service mail delivery service to handle everything or ask a relative to help you. Make sure you notify all billing companies and organizations you are with of your permanent address.
Bills: Arrange to pay all of your bills online or by automatic withdrawal from your account. That way you don’t have to worry about where you will be when a certain bill is due.
Banking: You can either keep your local or credit union bank by banking online or you can choose a nationwide bank or a reputable online bank to handle your finances. You’ll need complete online access to your bank accounts and make sure you either have a low fee or no ATM fees.
Stay Connected: Purchase a cell phone with plenty of free minutes and good regional/national coverage. Webcams can be inexpensive and an easy way to talk with children and grandchildren face-to-face. To access the Internet, sign-up for a mobile Internet service through your cell phone provider. Also, set up a Facebook page to keep family and friends updated about your RVing adventures. And, if you don’t have one, purchase a digital camera to help share your memories with your family and friends.
Emergencies: Have an emergency contact plan ready and share it with your family members and anyone traveling with you. Also, don’t forget to check in with your relatives at least once a week.