We live in an RV, not under a bridge!

47 thoughts on “We live in an RV, not under a bridge!”

  1. I’m not sure I’ve come around to living in one full-time, but I would consider owning one for travel when we reach retirement. I’ve thought a lot about getting a pull-behind RV. It will basically last forever and we could get a truck to transport it. Then we’d also have the convenience of detaching it from the truck to travel around more easily at our destination. Maybe someday…

    The Provost though, now that looks luxurious! Who would of thought you could buy that high-end of an RV!

    1. Hey Green Swan! Yeah, living in an RV full-time is definitely not for everyone. But, owning one to travel around in for extended periods of time is a lot more approachable to people. And yup, you can buy some seriously nice (and expensive) RVs. I shutter when I think about the costs required to maintain those kinds of rigs, but hey, to each their own. We aren’t doing this to live in luxury. We’re doing this to live inexpensively and primarily off grid, retire early and enjoy nature. 🙂

    1. Hehe, I understand FTF. People do travel (sometimes full-time) with small kids, but I definitely do agree that it becomes tougher that way. Nothing wrong with waiting until they are out of the house and you have a little more time to…get away! 🙂

  2. Your kitchen is about the same size as mine in my house! I love the idea of simple living. That’s why we haven’t upgraded to a mega house like many of our friends. We could definitely afford it, but at the cost of sacrificing my other money goals. Those other RVs you show are pretty sweet. I don’t know that I could live in one full time, but having one at my disposal to travel the country would be pretty sweet!

    1. You can rent RVs to travel in if you wanted to test the waters. But yeah, this lifestyle definitely isn’t for everyone, and a big congratulations for choosing to prioritize your money goals over inflating your lifestyle. Your future self will definitely thank you for making that choice!

  3. Steve, we’ll also be living in a 5th Wheel for 6 months of the year after we retire early, it’s a great way to go. I see those “tiny home” shows and wonder why folks wouldn’t just buy a nice camper instead.

    They have all of the conveniences, and you can travel anywhere your heart desires.

    You can even park it under a bridge….(word play with your title, get it? Smiles).

    1. Ha! Thanks Fritz – that’s the best thing about this lifestyle. We can park our rigs almost anywhere, even if that means under a bridge (which might be a legitimate place in a hail storm!). Our hearts desire a lot…we just need to be careful not to go too fast. We don’t wanna burn out!

  4. Holy shit those are some fancy RVs! 20x nicer than any house I have been in.

    The snap reactions to things people don’t understand continue to amaze me – people assume that we don’t have fun just because we save a ton of money……..

    1. Someone once accused me of “living in destitution” because I choose to save money instead of spend it. If this is what “destitution” looks like, I can only assume that person has lived a very, very sheltered life.

  5. After seeing the headline, I just have to ask:

    “So, is the RV parked under a bridge?” 🙂

    My parents are coming for Christmas and we’re off to Camping World to look at RVs. They might sell their house and get one, but even if they don’t, looking should be fun. You’re right, some of those rigs are full of COOL STUFF!!!!

    BTW, do you have guests over frequently? 🙂

    1. Ha! Nope, we aren’t parked under a bridge at the moment…though we could certainly move to one if the mood happens to strike us. Very cool about your folks looking at a possible switch to an RV. It’s actually a very easy thing to get used to, believe it or not.

      And we do have people over. We’ve had 4 people and 4 dogs in our rig at once and it worked fine. I usually sit at the dinette when that happens, but it’s no biggie. I prefer a little more space anyway. 🙂

  6. When I worked at the campground I saw such a wide bevy of RVs. Obviously my favorites to check out were the 40 foot tri-axle Tetons and the huge Class A motorhomes. One of my favorites was a 40′ foot class A pulling a 20 foot trailer where the husband and wife pulled their Corvette. Of course the Corvette trailer had a matching custom paint job to match the motorhome!

    1. Phew! I bet that rig was super expensive! Very cool working experience I bet from the perspective of seeing what’s out there. You know as well as anyone that you aren’t necessarily roughing it if you live in an RV. 🙂

  7. Yes! I get some ridiculous questions as an RVer. The one I get the most is – “so you never get any mail?! I couldn’t do that because I need my mail in order to survive.” – or something else along those lines.

    Of course I get mail!

    1. Yup, we’ve gotten that question as well. There are plenty of services out there that will forward your mail for you, so it generally works out pretty easily. We are lucky enough to have my in-laws who are willing to do that for us, so they collect our mail and we’ve officially changed over everything to their address. Works great! 🙂

  8. Whenever you guys talk about your airstream and off grid living I’m reminded of that SNL skit about “living in a van down by the river”. Funny to see you actually play with the same joke!

    Well, with two kiddos, I doubt we could live in an RV. Kids need lots of space, and before you say “just send them outside”, please realize we live up in the Pacific Northwest. Three quarters of the year the weather here is too horrible to play outside.
    Social Services would be knocking at our door in no-time!

    Kids also need a lot of *stuff* too. Toys, games, clothes, books, etc. RV life would be tricky with kids.

    1. Ha! I’d be lying if I said that I’ve never thought about that SNL skit too. 🙂

      I definitely agree that living in an RV would be a little trickier with kids. People do it, but I’m sure they are a little more creative when catering to their space needs. I’m sure it would get a little more difficult as the kids get older – both from a “they are physically bigger” standpoint as well as the whole “I want to get away!” thing too.

  9. I bet your RV provides nicer accommodations than the median house across the entire globe. Billion(s?) still live in basic shacks often without running water or electricity. To have all the necessities and luxuries of modern life (albeit in a smaller footprint) isn’t too much of a sacrifice in my opinion.

    That said, I get how the people looking down on you from the lofty heights of their 4,000 square foot McMansions can’t grasp how you can live well with less. It totally goes against everything they know and accept within their own lifestyle. And how can they have been doing it all wrong all this time? 😉

    1. Hey Justin! Good point regarding the number of people who still living in dwellings far, far worse than even the shittiest places here in the United States. In general, most of us have it pretty darn good in this country. And I’m okay being looked down upon because I know it’s all about priorities. Mine is waking up whenever I feel like it and doing whatever makes me truly happy – without any commute. 🙂

  10. That’s funny that the average salary is higher for RV owners. Is it because RV owners are more fiscally responsible? I know some people would run with the narrative that most people can’t afford an RV and that msot fo the RV owners have it in addition to a house. Who knows for sure.

    Congrats on the toilet and the heater btw. I love that you continue to find ways to reduce your costs. I know so many who would be like “the RV is so much cheaper than a house, no more effort is needed”, but you guys keep finding ways to lower your ongoing costs and energy usage.

    1. Good question, TJ – not sure why, didn’t look into those numbers all that much. If I had to guess, it would be because most RVers who work also work remotely, and those jobs tend to be in IT…and IT pays very well. But again, that’s just a guess.

      Thanks for the comment!

  11. My stepdad sold RV’s for a long while, so I am aware of how nice they can get, along with the hefty price tags of some of them. Whew!

    It’s amazing how other people still see them as akin to “trailers on wheels”. I think I’d go “boat” lifestyle before RV, but that’s just me. I would like to get a smaller RV or trailer at some point for traveling during the summers when the kids are out of school. It seems like glamping in an RV or similar would be easier than road tripping and camping, although both have pros and cons.

    1. Yeah, I think most people have the “trailer park” image in their head when they hear some body talk about how they “live in a trailer”. Even the acronym “RV” can give people a negative image. Not sure why…television, perhaps. 😉

    1. Awesome, Coach Brad! Glad to hear that you are making the switch as well. Definitely let me know what you guys come up with, and as always, I love pictures! 😉

  12. Yes, we have an RV. We love it and we love the camping lifestyle! I know my husband and I could easily live in it full-time, but my teenagers could not (or, rather, would not). Though we aren’t using it as much as we used to (because of aforementioned teens), we plan to keep it and use it as much as possible after the kids are out of the house! 🙂

    1. Completely understandable! Truth be told that when I was a teenager, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the RV life all that much either, especially going from a larger house with lots of space into something as small as an RV, even if it was super glitzy. Good on you for keeping it, though, for later!

    1. Exactly! Thanks Scott, you’ve hit on one of the primary motivators for us making this move. There are a lot of beautiful places out there, and we’d love for our front yard to be, well, overlooking all of them at some point in the future.

  13. Like with anything, I think it’s easy to go nuts outfitting multimillion dollar RVs. But the lure of RV living is its simplicity, so I always thought those super-duper decked out ones were strange.

    Phew, I don’t think I could live in an RV full time, at least right now. I like having roots and structure and coming to the same place every day. I think the small space combined with the travel wouldn’t be super fun to me. But I do bet it’s a great way to save money when you do it the right way. 🙂

    1. The RV lifestyle definitely isn’t for everyone, no doubt about that. The nice thing about a mobile home, those, is you *always* go back to the same place. It might be parked somewhere else, but you’re always home whether you’re in Washington State or Florida. It’s neat. 🙂

  14. Some very interesting factoids here, especially the salary of an RV owner one.

    I think, based on those silly questions, you should change the R in RV to Reality. Sometimes folks could really benefit from opening their minds and seeing what is possible, what could be real. As you well know, it is not a play thing but a real way to live a lifestyle that is just different.

    You will be asked next “do you need sunshine to make the solar panels work?”……..

    Good luck with the last few weeks of work and making a professional and well earned exit from it all.

    1. Thanks Mr. PIE! I’m so looking forward to my exit from full-time work. Even though it’s so close, it still can’t happen soon enough! And I agree, a lot of people out there could probably use a year traveling around the country and seeing everything that this country has to offer. There’s a TON out there that most people just don’t get to see.

  15. We live in a 320 SF hotel room. You might have seen it on Budgets Are Sexy: http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2016/10/we-bought-hotel-room-called-condotel-live-in-it/

    I got some comments also about how some people could never do that, or cook in that kitchen. It works great for us though and we are financially free and the city is our backyard.

    That’s great with the solar and composting. Not only are you off the resource grid, but the financial grid as well.

    1. Your living arrangement is super cool man. Having everything at your disposal is definitely a cool feature in any lifestyle. Very creative way to live! 🙂

  16. Whoa, your kitchen looks awesome! I don’t know much about RVs so I thought it’d be smaller than than with a tiny stove.
    I’m up for RV living for a while, but the missus doesn’t like it. She doesn’t know much about RVs either. I’d better start working on it and bring her to some RV shows. 🙂

    1. Thanks Joe. RV shows are super duper fun, actually. We love to go to them and walk through all the different types of RVs that they have there. We imagine ourselves living in each and every one that we walk into. Believe it or not, most of the larger ones might actually have TOO MUCH SPACE for us at the moment. We wouldn’t know what to do with it all.

  17. Those Prevosts! Holy fuck! I honestly had no idea RVs could be so…..glitzy.

    Ha! I find the questions and assumptions you talk about here so similar to the ignorant assumptions people make when they learn you are an immigrant. My favourite? “Did you have a pet elephant growing up?” WTF. “Yes, yes I did. And his name was Dumbo. And sometimes he flapped his f-ing wings and flew the f away.”

    1. Super glitzy. Some of them are just flat unbelievable.

      HA! Love your response to such a stupid question…sadly, I bet that was a serious question, too, not just a joke. Amazing the questions that some out there have the courage to ask!

    1. Thanks Financial Panther! Honestly, the secret to photography: lighting. The more light you have flooding virtually everything in your scene, the nicer that your photo will generally turn out. Running it through Photoshop can also help, but only to a degree. It can’t make a black photo into a magazine-quality image, but it CAN turn an okay photo into a great one.

  18. Those Prevost RV’s look nicer than my house! I find it funny that people think you can’t cook in an RV. If you can cook at a campsite with no electricity, then of course you can cook in an RV! I would definitely not mind living in one for some months

    1. Thanks for the comment, Liz. Heck, you cook perfectly well in a tent! Okay, the sink part might be a little different, but nothing wrong with bringing your own water, either. Anything is possible, especially in a supportive structure like our RV

  19. Love our RV and could totally live in it full time. Not sure the husband is ready to give up most of his possessions to do it! We bought ours at 37 (me) and everyone at the dealership felt the need to tell us, repeatedly, we were the youngest people on the lot all season. Currently we live overseas while the RV collects dust but it’s 100% paid for and I can’t wait to get back to it!

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