A few years ago, my wife and I decided that we would travel in a semi-retired state in the United States. We kicked the children [over 21 years old], sold our house and bought a RV. The situation on the scene improved, we did not go on the road, at least not yet. We ended up staying in the area and working full time. But we decided to stay at RV as a full-time employee.
The purpose of this article is to provide some insights into the possibilities of using RVs instead of apartments and the advantages of Rving. The first is the background of those who are not familiar with the terminology of recreational vehicle [RV]. RV is divided into several different categories.
Class A is the bus you see along the road. These are also known as motor homes for good reason. It can be said that Class A is the essence of crops. They are the most expensive in terms of cost, but have the most storage and facilities. I have seen some very good A grades, and when we upgrade or trade existing RVs, we will see A again. However, my taste starts at $250,000, which is a bit hard to prove for me.
Next is the B-class, these are mini-cars. They are built on light-to-medium truck chassis and can be identified by the vehicle's truck cab appearance. In my opinion, these are not suitable for full-time use unless you really like small places. Some of the newer B-levels include so-called slides, which are part of the RV and “slide out” from the body to provide you with more living space. In the long run, you will find a living space.
The fifth round appeared after the B level. The Fifth Wheels are trailers powered by Pikala. Therefore, to get the fifth round, you also need a pickup truck of the right size. I want at least one 3⁄4 ton pickup. The fifth round is more advantageous than the A and B grades, because once you install the fifth wheel on the camp, the truck will fall off and can be used as a means of transport. For Class A and Class B motorhomes, you need a trailer or another car to walk around. The fifth wheel is close to the Class A RV in the facility, and in some cases there is more room. You will get more living space than the fifth round when you exchange USD for USD.
However, you do need expensive tractors [trucks], which must be considered part of the purchase. The fifth round is also considered a category of "Towables." The next "tractor" is the travel trailer [TT]. They are similar to the fifth wheel except for the connection to the tractor. With TT, you can connect to hooks close to the bumper of the vehicle. Therefore, almost any vehicle has the ability to pull the TT according to the size and weight of course. Class A, Round 5 and Travel Trailer are the three main RVs where you can find full-time staff. TT came to the camper class. These light-weight RVs are really not suitable for full-time, but I have met people who are full-time in pop-ups, truck campers and even tents. The top level of the camper level may be the truck camper.
These are the units that slide into the pickup truck bed. In general, the maximum length is no more than 12 feet from front to back and may not exceed 10 feet from side to side. They are very compact. They offer the ultimate freedom because they can be set up and removed quickly so you can move from one place to another quickly. However, like Class A and Class B, your home is your means of transportation unless you carry another car. The last group of tractors are pop-up or tent-type trailers. They have a research frame that, as the name implies, pops up or lifts up to raise the roof above the frame. This type of camper is usually made of soft cloth. For many years, I have been using pop-ups as a replacement for hotels, while at the same time carrying out tasks across the country. Even doing some camping in the middle of the winter, the snow on the ground is popping up. Needless to say, a heater is needed, it runs all day. At night, it couldn't keep up with the cold, so it was a bit fun to get up in the morning. 20 degrees outside, about 50 degrees inside.
This is a basic overview of the types of RV available. As mentioned earlier, Class A, five-wheel and travel trailers are the units most people think are suitable for full-time life.
Our experience working full time in RV.
We currently have the fifth round. We are from Jayco, 38 feet long and have 3 slides. One slide is in the bedroom and the other two slides are on either side of the trailer in the living room. After RV as a full-time employee for almost 3 years, we all like it. My wife likes to say that it takes less than an hour to clean from floor to ceiling from front to back.
Let's start with the financial aspects of living in a motorhome. You have the cost of RV. These should be treated like cars. If you purchase a new product, you will depreciate it. However, like home, interest can be tax-free. Therefore, the best deal seems to be a one-year or two-year old unit and financing. If you want to buy a new product, you can get a discount of about 25-30% from the list price. Our unit was still delivered in 2005 in 2005, the unit in 2006. The price is over $65,000. We paid $40,000 and saved us about 38%. Now we didn't have a trailer, so the dealer will send the fifth round to the nearby campsite.
The Oak Grove in Hatfield, Pennsylvania is a year-round camp. This is very important. You are looking for a campsite that offers year-round operations. You don't want to move out in the winter. Many campsites are closed from November to March or early April. When we started from there, our rent was $375 a month, including water and electricity. Our only other cost is propane for heating and hot water. Oak Grove supplied 2 100 lb propane tanks and they automatically replaced the tanks for us. This is very good, a bit like the automatic oil transfer when you own a house. In the warmer months, we barely use any propane, and if so, we may use one bottle every other month. However, due to the heater, we use 3-4 bottles per month in winter. At present, propane is about $50 per bottle. Therefore, from the perspective of renting an apartment to living in a caravan, it is usually cheaper. My daughter pays $750 a month for apartments near us, and we pay an average of $425-450.
Other benefits of living in a RV – people! The person you find camping is the most wonderful person you will meet. They are friendly, helpful, young and have a good environment. Before we got married, we have been an avid camper. I sneaked to DE, my wife [the girlfriend at the time] and her family were camping and tenting, and then made herself part of the family. For nearly 40 years, we have been camping, we have never seen any rude, thief, or if asked if you are not willing to lend a helping hand. In fact, we provide more help than when we live in a house or apartment.
It's fun, but when I travel and live in a hotel, you almost feel like a ghost or a leopard. If you say "嗨" to someone in the elevator or in the hallway, heaven will be banned. But when you camp, everyone will wave when you walk, some will provide drinks, or let you sit by the fire for a few hours. Just like we are all family members.
When it comes to fire, what is the use of bonfire? Sitting around a delicious campfire in the evening is so relaxing. There is nothing to say, as long as you watch the flame, it seems that all the pressure will disappear. But there are other benefits to bonfire, food. Nothing is better than the food cooked on an open fire. Try to do this in the apartment.
Rving has another benefit, vacation. If you live in an apartment, your vacation includes going to a destination, finding a hotel/motel, eating each meal, and bringing enough clothes during the vacation. When you live in the RV, your home is with you. Pack the RV for 30-40 minutes, disconnect the utility and hang up the truck, you are on the road. When you arrive at your holiday destination, you can enjoy these attractions for another 30-40 minutes. Dining is not a problem, you have a full kitchen, just like at home, because it is home. Special diet? No problem, your normal routine is uninterrupted. Clothes get dirty, and many RVs have washers and dryers so you can relax at night or wash your clothes before the start of the day. Rving is usually also cheaper. When you compare the fees, you will find that RV travel is much cheaper than hotel/restaurant travel.
When you see an apartment in a motorhome, these are just a few things to consider. I hope that you find this information useful.