What have your rv adventures been like? Did you and your family take any road trips when you were growing up? Do you have friends or neighbors with a motorhome who tell wonderful stories of the adventures they had on their RV trips? Or, maybe you haven't had any rv experiences yet and are just starting to dream. Once you've made the decision, figuring out how to turn that rv dream into a reality can be pretty overwhelming.
Do you have a bucket list that includes all the National Parks; all fifty states; peaceful and quiet spots with no radio stations or TV channels, no cellphone and internet service? My advice: if you don't already have a bucket list, it's definitely time to start one. You should always have wonderful things to anticipate in your life.
What are your interests? Would you like to explore Spanish missions throughout the Southwest? Are you a nut about lighthouses and want to see them all on both coasts? Are you a civil war buff and would you love to visit the sites of famous civil war battles?
Or do you just want to run
away from home, but you can't figure out a way to afford it? No matter
what your reasons for dreaming of some sort of rv life, and no matter
what obstacles might loom, there's definitely a way to make it happen.
Here's a step by step guide to lead you to the fulfillment of your
Maybe you’re like I was – ready for retirement, dreaming of mountains, deserts and a new kind of life – and wondering how to make it happen. You can read about this rather anxious time in my life at Searching for an Exit. My rv dreams eventually resulted in an rv retirement and five years of traveling this glorious country.
Wherever you are at this point, don’t rush! You’ve got some work ahead of you.
Buying an RV is a big deal; no matter what kind you start with, it can represent a sizeable investment. Take it step by step.
Before you buy, you need to figure out what kind of an RVer you will be. There are several possibilities, so take a good look at the different rv lifestyles to see which one suits you best at this stage in your life..
There are many types of RVs available. Which one will work best for you? Class A, B or C? Fifth Wheel? Trailer? Pop-up Camper? Once you’ve figured out how you’ll use it, you’ll have a better idea of what type of motorhome will be most suitable for your rv adventures.
The care and feeding of an rv or motorhome is very different from that of an automobile. Motor homes have engines, but even a trailer or fifth wheel has several components you won't find in a car: refrigerator, air conditioning, generator, bathroom, stove, plumbing, water tank, and so on. So, once you've done the deed and that beautiful RV is sitting in your driveway, pull out your owner's manual; don’t skimp on the time needed to get to know your rv.
So get started! What are you waiting for? Your rv adventures are just about to begin. Change is pretty scary for most of us, but it is also wonderfully exhilarating and when you overcome the fears and hesitations you will have such a tremendous feeling of accomplishment.
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily.
Not to dare is to lose oneself.” - Soren Kierkegaard
Cholla Cactus Garden at Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Return from Your RV Adventures to RV Adventuring
If you're anything like me, you head for books when you're looking for information. There are plenty of helpful RV books available.
Frugal Shunpikers Guides to RV Boondocking - If you love boondocking, you'll find these books invaluable. There are two new ones that cover California. Definitely check them out!
Some traveling and lots of great books as Tucson Adventures Continue