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.
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.
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!
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, Sanidumps.com, 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!
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