Could You Handle an RV Retirement?
There are as many different way of living a retired life as there are people in the world. We all have our own hopes and dreams for this stage of our lives and what is right for one person isn’t right for others.
While some of us start to plan a happy retirement at home or by the beach, others decide that the RV retirement lifestyle is perfect for them. This simply involves leaving their home and living in an RV. It sounds crazy and it sounds exciting but is it something you could handle?
The Financial Side of Things
The good news is that if you have a few thousand dollars then you can start looking at the lowest priced RVs around. The most expensive ones can cost millions of dollars but there are plenty of models in between these two extremes. If you are planning to sell your home to fund this lifestyle then you only need a fairly small amount of equity to be able to buy an RV. Remember that the more you spend on the vehicle the less likely it is to cause you problems in the future. Once you have your RV life isn’t free. You will need to pay for fuel, maintenance, park rental fees and such. However, most retirees find that this is a cheaper way of living than maintaining a house, especially if they are used to the upkeep of a big family home. Of course, the amount you eventually spend will depend upon the lifestyle you choose. Will you decide to live a simple lifestyle or do you plan to make long trips to expensive cities and live expensively while retired? It is entirely possible to do either of these things with an RV retirement.
One of the issues that many newly retired couples find is that of getting under each other’s feet. If you aren’t used to being together all day log then even living in a large house can be difficult. Well, if you are both going to spend all day long in an RV then this issue becomes even greater. If this is the first time in years that you are going to have a lot of free time in each other’s company then it could take some time to get used to. It might work out best for you to give the RV lifestyle a trial run before you embrace it whole-heartedly. You don’t want to buy one and then discover that it is too cramped for you enjoy time in it together.
By the time you get to your retirement age you will have built up a lot of possessions. Could you give them up all to live in an RV with very few things? Even if you feel happy doing this there is the practical matter of getting it sorted out. You might need to just give some stuff away, although you may be able to sell a few things to earn some cash for the next stage of your life.
Finally, can you imagine yourself living in an RV and travelling from one spot to another during your retirement years? If you can feel goose bumps on your skin just thinking about it then it has got to be worth giving it a go. On the other hand, if you just worry about being uncomfortable and wanting to go home then it probably isn’t for you. If you aren’t yet sure then why not give it a try for a long break and speak to a few people who are currently living an RV lifestyle?