There are lots of pros about rv living. After 10 years I am happy to say that I am still at it. Here are 3 surprising advantages of full time living in a RV.
Cleaning takes 30 minutes tops!
My cleaning routine is as follows
- Wash the few dishes my smallish sink holds
- Sweep out or vacuum the space which for my 30 ft unit is about 200 square feet.
- Clean out the shower, sink, and toilet in less than 10 minutes.
- Put things that are laying about in their respective storage areas.
- Take out the trash
- Make the bed
Other deeper cleaning tasks such as cleaning out the oven (which currently serves as where I store my pots), microwave, upholstery and cabinetry not withstanding, my typical weekly cleaning takes about 20 minutes.
Boom! All done and ready to head out into the great yonder. My current home base is the Winter Garden RV Resort where they keep the grounds cut and weeded saving me even more time.
Other aspects of keeping things tidy inside depends on your situation such as whether you have pets or kids, but if you are like me and like to keep a tight ship, RV life lends itself very well to being able to use your valuable time on things other than cleaning!
My core living expenses are around $1200 per month!
Here are my monthly living expenses in a nutshell. Currently I am in a travel trailer and am stationary so this will not include class A expenses such as gas, maintenance and insurance.
Expenses are sure to change when I upgrade and I will happily share that as well. But for now…
- Lot rental – $494.00 (This is rather pricey but the park is in a great location so…)
- Electric- $50.00
- Auto loan- $120.00 (I own a smart car)
- Auto insurance- $95.00
- Verizon Wireless– $122.00 (Your thinking pricey right? But it’s unlimited data and covers my cell and internet! It also includes my mobile hotspot which provides by far the best service I have had and I’ve tried everything from Sprint to AT&T to Boost! You get what you pay for.)
- Dental plan- $36
- Medical $26
- Massage Envy $59 (This is not necessarily a living expense but I consider it to be a must!)
- Food, Gas, Misc $200 (Now keep in mind I drive a smart car, bargain shop, and am a frequent guest at my mother’s dinner table 🙂
- Cable- $0 comes with lot rental
All together we are looking at around $1200 a month. Now of course there are many other miscellaneous expenses I have not listed, but this gives you a core view to see how cost effective this lifestyle can be. I have seen many people come to the park to stay while they are saving for a home or otherwise are in a position where they need to save money or pay off debt.
No mooches able to move in!
This is a particular perk that I have found useful. As someone who enjoys living alone there has been more than one occasion in which circumstances have dictated that a friend or family member needs accommodations either immediately or for an extended period.
I simply shrug and tell them “Hey, I live in what is essentially a tiny home, there’s only room for one”. They don’t press me too hard as this lifestyle is an acquired taste and I’m happy to say it keeps mooches off my couch!
What about you? Have you found your own perks to the RV life? I would love to hear them so please leave a comment below.