My closest neighbors are a retired couple in their late 60s. They took early retirement for their jobs in their mid-fifties, sold their house, bought an RV, and spent ten years roaming the US, often working at RV campsites for extra money, but generally moving on after a few months.
There is something about this that appeals to me greatly. Now, I’m only 41, I just bought a house, and I have no nice pension forthcoming other than that which I cobble together myself. Still, once my daughter is done with school and I’m 55 or so, I would in theory be free to do this.
So has anyone here RVed for a long time? What are the upsides and downsides of this life?
And, as an added bonus question, have you (or anyone you know) ever lived in an RV in place of a house – ie, not for travelling purposes but while remaining in more or less one place and working a regular job? What are the limitations on this?
I would think with increased cellphone coverage and the widespread availability of wireless Internet, there might be situations where this is cheaper than paying rent if you limit your mileage. But can an employer prohibit you from staying in their parking lot overnight? Would you have to spent 6 of 7 nights parked at a WalMart to make this work? What does an average RV camping site cost? How often would a single person or a couple need to refill their water and dump their waste? (I know I could ask my neighbors this last question, but it seems a little intrusive!)