As we travel we meet lots of other RVers. Quite a mix of weekenders, part-timers and full-timers.
Looking back on our decision to full-time I remember when I first learned people actually lived like this. I think it was in 2005 that we bought a 1988 Georgie Boy Motorhome just to see if we liked RVing. Our first trip was to Charlottesville, VA. We met a fine couple who were Workamping there. As we got acquainted with them we learned they lived in their fifthwheel while traveling the country working at various campgrounds.
WE WERE HORRIFIED! We never knew people did this. We could not imagine ADULTS not having a house, a home and all that goes with it. After we got back home, I started researching the lifestyle on the Internet. To my complete surprise I found lots of ADULTS choose to live a nomadic life. That first camping experience was in May. By September we decided that when we retired we would do the same.
As we told friends and family of our plans, most of them were surprised but supportive. At least none of them were openly negative. Only one person was downright dismissive about it. She warned we would hate it. Her reason? She had a friend who tried the fulltime RVing life and hated it so we would too! I promptly dismissed her dismissal.
There are varied reasons why people choose not to full-time: They prefer the secutiy of a home, can not leave their "stuff", prefer the familiar, would miss friends and family (especially Grandchildren which I can relate to), have heath issues, are afraid of the unknown or just really like to RV on the part-time basis. All of these are legitimate reasons not to sell most of ones belongings and follow the highway.
We are now well into our 3rd year on the road. How long will we do this and what will we do when (if) we decide to put down roots again? We have no idea. But we consider ourselves most fortunate to have the privilege of meeting lots of interesting people, seeing sights we've never thought we would and being healthy enough to do it.
How glad we are that we met Carl and Ursula back in Charlottesville, Va. BTW, they gave up the full-time RV life a few years ago and settled near where their daughter, son-in-law and grand-baby live. But they surely enjoyed the trip while they were traveling the highways.
Why did you choose to full-time or remain a part-timer?
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