Road map to RVing
Road map to running away from home in an RV!
How to get from where you are to life on the road
Welcome to RVLifestyleExperts.com! We have lots of information to share whether you are just thinking about the RV lifestyle as a possibility, are actively investigating it, need to earn money as you travel or are already a full-time RVer seeking advice.
Use the following map to plot your course to the RV lifestyle. Jump to the category that fits where you are in this process to find the information you need.
- Wannabees and explorers
- Newbees - getting started
- Income seekers - Support your RV lifestyle
- Full-time RVers
What's living the RV lifestyle like?
- More than beautiful scenery
- Camping in an RV - a good vacation option for your family
- See some of the many places to visit in your RV
- Renting an RV is a great way to try out RVing. This book review will give you ideas about what to watch out for: RV Rentals: A Vacation Guide
- Here's an activity you can do on the road: Geocaching!
I'm intrigued. How can I learn more?
- Ten reasons to retire in an RV
- Here are ten more reasons at Pros of RV retirement
- Joining a club can help you learn more. For an overview, see Clubs for RVers. We belong to the Escapees Club and recommend them. Read more about the Escapees RV Club here.
What about people who are physically limited or want to travel alone?
- Physical disabilities don't have to stop RV travel
- Rolling Solo: Tips for traveling alone deals with safety issues
- Rolling Solo: 25 tips for traveling alone
- Our book, The Woman's Guide to Solo RVing, is a how-to book for solo women. Available in several formats.
Can I afford the RV lifestyle?
- Budgeting as a tool
- Here's a budget worksheet to help you do the math: Budgeting: How much will it cost you to travel full-time in your RV?
- Saving a bundle by living in an RV
- There could be tax deductions for buying an RV
- See Is it possible to make a living while traveling?
- Recommended book on budgeting for retirement
Can I travel with pets?
Let's get to the nitty gritty. What RV do I choose?
- Comparing types of RVs: Pros and cons of each
- What length is best? RVing: the long and the short of it
- Steps for deciding what RV to purchase: Buying a new RV - or not
- 8 tips on negotiating for an RV
- What's your shopping style? Choosing an RV - how easy will it be for you?
- If you have no RV experience, consider renting one first. This book review will give you ideas about what to watch out for: RV Rentals: A Vacation Guide.
- Would an RV timeshare make more sense for me? See Fractional ownership - time-share RVing and Update on fractional ownership of RV time-shares
- Recommended book on choosing an RV homebase.
- eBook Used RV Buyer's Guide
- Before You Buy - Your guide to matching any tow vehicle to any towable
Do I need a different kind of insurance?
I'm not 65. How can I find health insurance?
- Health Insurance Options Part 1 Choosing a state
- Health Insurance Options Part 2 Choosing a policy
- Health Insurance Options Part 3 Reducing medical expenses
- Other ways to save on medical expenses
- Recommended book on choosing health insurance.
Where can I camp in my RV?
- How to find a campsite
- Online sources for finding campgrounds - websites and apps
- Membership parks and discount camping clubs: Are they worth it?
- If you are a veteran or active military, check out military campgrounds
- These campgrounds are often overlooked: Camping with the Corps of Engineers
- Camp safely at casinos, another source for free and paid camping
- Ten tips for saving money on camping
- See RV directories and more RV directories through our partnership for places to camp.
How do I boondock or camp without hookups?
- Boondocking basics - making it work
- Recommended book on RV boondocking
- Solar ovens
- What about parking overnight at Wal-Mart? How about out in the boonies? Boondocking has its own etiquette
How can I access the Internet and stay in touch?
- Options for staying in touch while traveling
- Options for connecting to the Internet while traveling
- Internet: which should I use?
- Wi-fi at RV parks: Having trouble connecting? by Allison Bielas
The answer is YES! Jaimie's book, Support Your RV Lifestyle! An Insider's Guide to Working on the Road, has all the how-tos and more than 350 ways to earn money (or save it by volunteering) on the road. Jaimie has taught three in-depth courses through Workamper University that are now available on CD.
* What sort of work opportunities can I do on the road?
- Fun and fascinating jobs for RVers
- Take your nursing skills on the road
- Travel nursing in an RV - Epstein LaRue, RN, BS
- Solos can Workamp too
- Earn money as an actor
- Mystery shopping: An Insider's Secrets
- Earn money as a writer
* How do I get started?
- How to get started working on the road
- RV volunteering - how to do it
- Workamper University's Workamper 101: How to Get Your First Workamping Job - taught by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
* For more information on working and volunteering on the road
- Find more articles on evaluating employers, resumes, volunteer opportunities plus Q&A
Already a full-time RVer?
- See our full-time RVing page for articles with technical information and tips for RVers by RVers
- Technical DVDs and eBooks from RVEducation101
- Need help with your RV convection oven?
- Frugal RVing tips
- For ideas on places to travel, including out of the U.S., see our Places to Visit page
- Guides for traveling in various areas
- Average Joe's RV Refrigerator- troubleshooting and repairing
- GPS and mapping software - choices for RVers
- RVing in the cold - yes, you can!