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    I'm just wondering if anyone here does this or has done this in the past and what your thoughts are. My husband is looking into several jobs that would require us to travel all over the states so we would basically be living in an RV full time with our two kids (2 and 1) and our Pug. I've never really considered any specific place "home" so I am really excited about the possibility to travel a lot, but being that way I tend to look at all the positives and deny any negatives to that lifestyle even exist.

  • #2
    I've never done it myself, but have always wanted to. If you don't mind me asking, what kind of job did he take that would require this? I've been needing a change.


    • #3
      He's looking into several jobs now, he hasn't accepted a position with anyone as of yet. One of the jobs would be working for the FAA, another is working with a company that he became familiar with during his employment with the Utah National Guard. I believe they are all related to working on airplanes and helicopters. I could find out more info if you're interested. I really don't know a lot about the details, sorry.


      • #4
        I have it in my head that when I'm finished raising my son, I'd like to move to a more nomadic lifestyle and I think living out of an RV would be perfect. It would be hard parrying down my stuff, but I think I'd like to see more of the world and to get away from the stuff that holds us back.


        • #5
          Cooking and food storage would be something I'd need to get used to. I like to spread out and use my oven, all my burners, and grills a lot of the time.


          • #6
            Good luck. It's like living out of a fishbowl. Say goodbye to privacy.
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            • #7
              My parents do this a few months out of the year. They load up their RV and go down to Arizona and hang out in these big communities of other RVers in Quartzite and somewhere else down there. They also sometimes take the RV to Alaska or to the mid-West to visit family and I think next summer they want to travel around the Rockies.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.


              • #8
                My only experience is a 2 week RV trip with my husband and dog. It was a lot of fun, I would get up and go like that again in a heartbeat. My only concern in your case would be where would the RV be parked, as your husband would have a job that would necessitate being in one locale mostly right? As long as you can find a place that will be high quality for your babes, I think you should go for it!
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                • #9
                  My wife and I are planning on spending a year or so living nomadically out of a trailer, traveling all over the US and figuring out where we would like to live, just for the experience. We're looking at a pretty minimalist existence, probably a Cricket Trailer, a light truck/small SUV to pull it, and some bikes on the roof rack.

                  It's intimidating but also really exciting, IMO.

                  So, yeah, ask me in 3 years or so and I'm sure I'll have all kinds of advice for ya.
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                  • #10
                    Two things...

                    1. Laundry. Save your quarters for the laundromat.

                    2. Getting places once you're in a campground. If you get a trailer or 5th wheel, the truck that pulls it can be used for driving around when you're in one place. But will hubby need the truck to get back and forth to work? Or you'll have to take him and pick him up so you have transportation while he's at work.

                    3. School for the kids.

                    Okay, three things.

                    Hubby and I, with three kids, did a lot of RV vacations with a pickup truck camper. For vacations it worked fine; we'd settle at a campground, put the camper on the jacks, and use the truck for getting places. But as a full-time home, with small kids, it might be a bit difficult. If the kids aren't in school yet, or you home school, that would make that part of it a little easier.

                    When we're both retired, we plan on getting a 5th wheel "toy hauler" so we can put our motorcycles in the back... AND so that it will have room for one of those apartment-sized washer/dryer units. We lived in our camper with two big dogs and a cat for six months while our house was being built. I hate laundromats.


                    • #11
                      We have a big diesel truck that I drive around now, it would be perfect for a 5th wheel. I believe most of the jobs provide a rental car or some kind of transportation, if not he would most likely bring his motorcycle. I don't mind having to drive him to work or being without a car.

                      I am most definitely going to home school my kids either way so that is already taken care of.

                      I might have issues with privacy, being an introvert I recharge my batteries when I'm completely alone. This might be a little difficult to deal with.

                      We would be staying in one place for months at a time, maybe as much as a year at a time, depending on the job.

                      I just realized there may be winter camping involved. /cry I HATE the cold.


                      • #12
                        Useful info.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.


                        • #13
                          I live in a 34 ft fifth wheel trailer with my husband. It has two slide outs, so it's pretty roomy for us. We are living in an RV park now and have been in the same place since May 2011. Our windows are tinted and the blinds are tight to the windows so no one can see in, day or night (I've gone out to look). I absolutely love it here. I don't think I'd ever go back to living in a regular house. This is our home now. With two little ones it would be a challenge but you could always get a bigger trailer than what we have. We don't plan on moving our trailer until we are kicked out from here (great rates and location), but just getting used to living this small takes some getting used to.