By Claudia Duske of ItchyHitch
I liked all the points made in the past few posts regarding the RV Lifestyle, and the readers responses, too. It really is like any other lifestyle—just what one makes of it and how they choose to live it. I also agree that it has a natural lifespan for most people, and I think one of the major reasons is the inherent austerity of life within the confines of an RV and RV parks. Eventually, people begin to yearn for things they gave up in order to full-time, things like gardens, tools, community, social networks, church, room to store “stuff,” maybe even close-by friends or relatives, especially grandchildren. Overall, of course, is the factor of health. Without that one important thing, RV lifestyles can be meaningless.
I have no need nor desire to full-time again, even if I could afford it. It’s not from lack of wanting to see places and experience areas I’ve never been; I think that can be done on a part-time basis quite well, if one has the funds. Part timing retains the advantages of having a home place for all the reasons stated above. Many full timers freed of the bonds of material possessions and a house claim they never want to go back to it; I understand—I wouldn’t want the heavy burden of high utilities, taxes, upkeep and maintenance on a house either. Having what we have (a park model on our own lot in Yuma) is perfect for us—easy on the wallet, easy to close up and leave without worry, yet good to come back to (we have a fifth wheel... in fact, we have two of them).
To me, there is just something freeing about standing on your own piece of dirt, knowing it is all as you want it and not what someone else requires because you are renting their dirt (rules). And there’s also a certain comfort level in knowing that no matter what life throws, you have a place to call home—paid for—always a roof over your head, even if it is humble.
|The BIG Fiver and Freightliner|
|The Little Fiver... small with lot's of ground clearance|
|Marc, Claudia, Bobbie and Wandrin Lloyd at a recent meet up (I was there too)|