- Practical things you'll want to start living in an RV full time
- Tips for getting comfortable in an RV
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What Do You Need to Live in an RV?
From camper vans and trailers to full blown motorhomes, more and more Americans are ditching their brick and mortar homes for life on the road. If you’re ready to follow your wanderlust, living in an RV might be exactly what you need.
First things first: the RV. Think long and hard on what you really NEED and what you can do without. Today’s RVs are available with all the modern amenities you can dream up, so if life without your washer, dryer, and dishwasher isn’t an option, well, it doesn’t have to be. Everyone’s idea of “essentials” is different, so get really honest with yourself about what you’re willing to spend and where you can save.
1. Do a practice run, or a dozen practice runs
To get a better feel for what comfortable RV living looks like for YOU, practice makes perfect. Start out with RV rentals and do some test runs. Try out different models, routes, and destinations to find your unique RV style, and make sure that you’re ready to commit to the long-term. If tiny showers are a deal-breaker for you, then it’s better to figure that out in a rental.
2. Plan, plan, plan
RV parks and campsites fill up — and you can’t just park your massive motorhome the way you would a compact car. When living in an RV, it’s important to plan ahead, make reservations, and know where you’re going. In a pinch? Casinos are usually very accommodating when it comes to parking your RV.
When starting out, many full-time RV-ers rent storage units or beg family and friends for a little help with extra storage… then end up realizing they maybe didn’t need all that stuff after all. The freedom of RV living means cutting a lot of ties that are holding you back, and a lot of those “ties” are things. Donate, set up a garage sale, or just invite your friends and family over to take your newly unnecessary items off your hands.
4. Invest in technology made for RV living
If you’re ready to commit to full-time RV living, there’s one amenity you can’t stay connected without: a cell phone signal booster. The same things that make living in an RV so appealing — the freedom, the remoteness, the independence — can also be the things that make it difficult to stay in touch with the real world when you need to.
Whether you’re on the road, at a campsite, or going full-blown Alexander Supertramp, a cell phone signal booster will ensure that your phone and smart devices will work when you need them most. A lot can happen while you’re out exploring the unknown, so the peace of mind that comes with a reliable signal can’t be overstated.
It’s also a good idea to invest in a mobile hotspot for your laptop and other WiFi-enabled devices. RV park WiFi is notoriously unreliable, and public WiFi presents its own bag of security risks. Pairing a mobile hotspot with a signal booster gives you the freedom to make your own WiFi, with the strongest signal possible.
Since there’s a good chance you’ll need to pick up some remote work to keep your tank full, you’ll be happy to keep those video conferences and download speeds from hitting any snags.
5. Maximize your small space
Once you’ve eliminated the non-necessities, it’s important to make the most of your limited space. Collapsible everything — bowls, colanders, hoses, etc… — and storage hacks like space bags and mindful packing (rolling your clothing instead of folding), can make all the difference when living in an RV.
6. Invest in a quality RV mattress
You’re giving up a lot of comforts by choosing RV living, so don’t skimp on your sleep. Custom RV mattresses are worth the splurge to be sure that after all that time spent behind the wheel, you can get a comfortable night’s rest. Living in an RV is all about exploring the world, and adventures are always more fun when you’re well-rested.
One we like is the Brooklyn Wanderlust Memory Foam mattress, but there are hundreds of excellent mattresses out there made for RVs.
7. Temperature Control
While air conditioning is nice in a pinch, it is an energy guzzler. Utilize things like sun shades, window screens, ceiling fans, and awnings to maximize the cooling effects of Mother Nature. Pick shady spots when possible, and try to take advantage of the cooler temperatures in the evening. It’s also a good idea to invest in quality bed sheets — linen is a natural temperature regulator that will keep you comfortable year-round.
8. Outdoor gear
The goal of RV living is to spend more time outdoors, so don’t let the small indoor space scare you off. If you’re doing it right, your best adventures will be taking advantage of the expansive spaces of nature. With this in mind, be sure to bring some compact outdoor furniture to maximize your experience.
A hammock takes up very little space when packed, but provides a wealth of comfort once you’ve settled in to your destination. Quality camp chairs are a must, as well as a decent picnic blanket.
9. Don’t forget the fun stuff!
Are you a mountain biker? A fisherman? A hiker? A lawn game enthusiast? It’s important to enjoy the outdoors wherever you end up, so it’s okay to splurge a little space on the items that help you truly enjoy living in an RV.
Get Comfortable with RV Living
Before you hit the road to begin your new recreational vehicle lifestyle, be sure to make yourself very, very familiar with your instruction manual. Having a few DIY tricks under your belt can save you a wealth of time, money, and stress. And don’t forget, as long as you’ve got a strong cell phone signal, help is only a phone call or Google search away.
Now is the perfect time to go for it. Do your research and pick the most comfortable RV lifestyle for you — and whoever you choose to bring along for the ride. Just remember to stay connected every step of the way with a cell phone signal booster. At Wilson Amplfiiers, we have a huge selection of signal amplifiers made just for RV living, so you can feel safe and secure no matter where your adventures take you.
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Wilson Amplifiers is a leading provider of cell phone signal boosters, devices that amplify 4G & 3G LTE for any phone with any carrier for home, office, or car. We’ve boosted over 10,000,000 sq ft of signal for homes, buildings, and vehicles across America and Canada.
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