The Downsides of RV Life

I talk a lot about the benefits and how much I love the RV life style. Most of the downsides are not a problem for me but they are still downsides! So before you jump in and start RVing, I’m going to go over some of the negatives of the lifestyle that you may have not considered.

Small space

This is the most obvious, If you haven’t realized your going to have much less living space yet, your in trouble! I assume since you’re even considering RV life, you’re fully aware and OK with minimizing your items and in door space. I actually think of this as a benefit, it forces us to live a minimalist life and I love that, if you want to read more about the benefits of minimalism check out this post.

For a lot of people this is actually going to be the biggest challenge to RV life, but if you can make the adjustment, I believe you’ll find your life improved!

Always Different People

This one also is actually a benefit as much as a downside. With constant travel, you can’t hangout with your friends and the people you meet forever. You’ll miss friends and family, there’s no way around that. It can be hard leaving your friends and loved one’s behind and than when you meet awesome new friends while traveling you’ll eventually have to leave them also!

But you will also meet many new people, everywhere you go you have the potential to meet awesome new friends! So if you love meeting new people it can be very easy in this lifestyle.

However if you always want to be around friends, or want to have a stable community of friends, you might find yourself getting lonely. RV life is going to have periods where you don’t have other people to hangout with, these can be long periods where you don’t meet people you connect with for quite awhile. If you’re very social and always wanting to be around friends, this can be a big downside. Personally I love alone time and can happily go weeks or more without meeting people, you can of course actively try to meet people if you get to lonely though! So It can be easy to meet cool people on the road but also sometimes your not going to find any, be prepared.

Short Showers!

Unless your always going to be plugged into a RV park with hookups, be prepared for shorter or fewer showers! You gotta save that water if you want to camp in beautiful open BLM lands. I, like a lot of people was used to daily 15 minute showers. I cut back to every other day than eventually only a few 5 minute showers a week! This might sound gross to you, but we found out the less you wash your hair, the less your hair actually needs to be washed, if that makes any sense. You can wash the “icky bits” =D everyday on less than a gallon of water if you want and totally get by with washing your hair three or even two times a week!

Of course you don’t have to go as extreme as me, a 5-minute daily shower can still save a lot of water. It all depends on how long you want to go before refilling on water. Instead of house life where you just never having to worry about running out of water you actually have to be mindful every day of your water usage.

Where you can park and drive!

This one is huge, having a rig of any kind (unless your in a van or little slide in camper) is going to greatly limit where you can park and be, especially in cities. I have a 28-foot 5th wheel and use a big f-250 to pull it, around 35 feet together. I have to take up 6 parking spots in a parking lot there’s no more drive throughs and you can forget small roads with cars parked on the street. You always have to check on google maps if an area is drive able with your rig, that’s constantly checking ahead before you go anywhere. That can get quite tedious.

Be careful of dead ends or places you can’t turn around at! A few times I had to back up the 5th wheel down half a street or more. That’s not that easy to do with a trailer! It could also be a bit embarrassing, having tons of people stare at you while you do it.

I would defiantly put a lot of thought into the size and type of RV you actually want to get. Now having the big rig experience I actually want to get something much smaller, there’s to many restricting factors to having that big of a thing on the road! Check out this post about choosing the RV that’s right for you!

Poop dumping!

This is just not a great experience. It stinks, It’s gross. You have to do it at least every two weeks. If you have an older rig with no rinse hose connection it’s actually more difficult and takes more time, you have to run a hose around through the door or through a window and put it into the toilet to rinse your tank. You have to find a dump station constantly and plan around that sometimes. We try to use the bathroom anywhere else whenever possible to make the tank dump trips less frequent. It’s not a horrible, painful experience, it’s just not great. It’s just something that need done.

Finding a dump station can be difficult sometimes but with this site,, It’s a lot easier. You can find free one’s here too!

Composting toilets are a thing to consider installing if you want to avoid the whole black tank and frequent dumping. I originally was planning on getting or making one of these, and I probably will in the future!

Slow Internet

Finding internet can be a challenge, especially fast internet. It can be done though, and usually for free or close to free. I have a post on finding internet on the road, check it out over here.

I would suggest getting an unlimited data plan, It helped us a lot on the road, there was only a handful of times we didn’t have cell tower service and that’s when we were way out at an awesome secluded camping spot and we didn’t care too much about not having Internet!

Something to think about

This is just a few of the bigger downsides to this awesome lifestyle. Nothings perfect! I still cannot recommend RVing enough. It’s a great way to get out and explore and do what you love, and can be very affordable!



You have more drawbacks to RVing not on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks For Reading! -Lance





10 thoughts on “The Downsides of RV Life

  1. Yes I agree rving isn’t for everyone but if your into simplifying your life, meeting new people and you enjoy the outdoors then rving is for you. Personally, I would rather stay at an rv park then rent a motel room as long as the RV I was traveling in had the luxuries of the home environment.

    1. Lance

      Thanks for reading and your comment Cory!

  2. Thanks for sharing this information. I’ve always wanted to have a RV. However, I had no idea about all of the things you’ve mentioned. Thank you for the enlightenment.

    1. Lance

      Thanks for reading hong 🙂

  3. You sure are right on parking limitations. It can be difficult to find a place to park when the RV is so long. My sister and her ex husband used to bring a trailer down to California from Oregon and they could only park on the street.

    If I had to get an RV or something like it, I would get a van camper. They are much more maneuverable and easy to handle. I can easily see myself driving one of those around the country.

    Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

    1. Lance

      Yep. I agree Alex, I’m looking to sell my 28 foot 5th wheel and get something much smaller! I would definitely go Van camper if I was solo. SO much more freedom and better gas mileage!
      Thanks for reading!

  4. Ali

    What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for about RV life when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for downsides of RV life.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)


    1. Lance

      Thanks for your comment friend!
      I’m glad you enjoyed the post and maybe found it useful for you! 🙂

  5. This is so Cool! This is actually something I considered doing but have never had the guts to. These have crossed my mind and especially where you can park. Do you just park anywhere? That’s so cool though, hopefully one day I can… but those showers, I don’t know haha.

    1. Lance

      If its something you are intrested in, You should defiantly give it a try sometime in life!
      I have a post about finding free places to park/camp check it out here:

      Thanks for reading Niko!

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