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RV Living: Meet a Family Who Sold Their Home and Are Living Their RV Dream!

November 4, 2011 |

RV LivingIs RV Living for You?

Have you ever dreamed of selling your home so you could travel the country with your family in an RV?  This idea of RV living has always appealed to me and it’s a hot topic on KOA’s Around the Campfire Community.  I love the idea of simplifying life, enjoying more family time, and seeing the country.  And that’s exactly what Mariza and her family recently did.  I met Mariza through her blog My Own Version.  In her blog, Mariza shares what life is like on the road with her husband and 2 daughters.  This week Mariza answered some of my questions about their new life.

What is RV Living really like?

1.  What made you decide to sell your home and live in an RV?
We got tired of living for our things and wanted to make a change. At first we didn’t know what type of change we wanted to make. We knew we wanted to live more freely. We owned two houses and just the upkeep was time consuming and costly. We wanted a smaller place and at the same time we wanted to travel. RV living seemed like the best thing for us.
 
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The RV has been ordered!

2.  How has the transition from having a home base to living on the road been?
I thought that there was going to be some kind of transition period and that maybe it was going to be hard in the beginning. We’ve been in our RV for 2 months and it’s been lovely! We think that 365 sq ft is the perfect size for us to live.
 
3.  What is the best part of living in an RV and what is the hardest part?
The best part is the upkeep. There’s minimal maintenance. My husband and I no longer spend the weekends maintaining a large home.
The hardest part… I get that question a lot and I haven’t been able to come up with an answer. Since I had already done my research I kind of knew what to expect. For me, living in an RV is much easier than living in a big house. I tell my husband every day that I love our home. I decided that I prefer to spend quality time with my girls than organizing and cleaning a big house. Living in our RV gives me so much free time to do what I love.
 
4.  How do you receive mail?
We use a mail forwarding service called Escapees. We get our mail there and then whenever we ask them, they mail it to our current location.
 
5.  Are you guys able to work while traveling, or is this something you saved up for? 
We are able to work while traveling. My husband and I work out of the home and we did this before we moved into the RV. That was one of the reasons we thought we should live life more freely. My husband and I were already working out of the home and we were already homeschooling.
 
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Their new home!

6.  What is a “day in the life” like on the road?
 
A normal day goes like this:
 
During the week, normally my husband works out of our home.
I work before the girls wake up
The girls and I have breakfast
We go for a walk
We do circle time and school (Sometimes we have a guest and do school with them in our RV)
We have lunch all together
The girls have resting time in their room while I work on a project
The girls and I go to a class, play the violin, do handwork, the girls play outside while I knit outside and watch them play
We have dinner all together
We go for a bike ride all together
Play board games with the girls or go to the pool
We prepare the girls for bed and tuck them in
My husband and I chat or watch a movie
I continue working if I have a project
End of the day
 
So far it’s been wonderful. I know that living in an RV is not for everyone, but it is for us. Our girls love it! We get to spend more time together and exploring and riding bikes. The time that we used to spend taking care of a big house, we now spend it with each other enjoying each other’s company and laughing and having fun together.

 

Thank you Mariza for giving us a glimpse into your life!  Happy trails to you and your beautiful family!  To learn more about RV living, visit Mariza’s blog:  My Own Version of Life.

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  1. 1
    Susie says:

    My husband and I have talked about doing this when we retire. We’ve visited some RV lots and looked at our options and prices just so we can plan a bit. I never really thought about doing it with the kids. Something to think about though.

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      Mariza says:

      Hi Susie,

      Yes! It’s great to do it while the kids are little and still in the house. I wish we had done it even sooner. But it’s ok, we had to go through our own journey.

      • Candace says:

        That’s a great point Mariza – we do all have to go through our own journey!

        I think it is great you are doing it now while your kids are young. I wish we had done it while the kids were young – they would have learned so much traveling the country. The majority of my kids are teenagers and very set in their ways!

        For us…might be a retirement option and that’s still okay by me. :)

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      Dianne says:

      We are in the process of selling the house and most of what we own. We just bought a 2006 Fleetwood Discovery-39′ and will head out on the road free of everything in June. We are retired and so excited!! We are brand new to this lifestyle… Any suggestions???

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    Angela T. says:

    If we did this, my first stop would be the Grand Canyon. Sounds fun to me.

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    Lyla says:

    My parents have friends who did this. They home schooled their kids who are older now. School was one big fieldtrip.

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    happygirl says:

    Mariza, you are DOING it girlfriend. It’s a wonderful thing to live life on your own terms. I think the biggest adjustment is the adjustment of not needing THINGS to make you happy in life. To find HAPPINESS in your relationships. I think the evolution of your desire for having stuff to your desire for relationship would be an interesting story. I think this may be the reason so many retirees can finally go to the RV stage. It may take this long to let go of the having stuff stage. Just a thought. Love your writing Mariza. :)

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    JoJami says:

    My husband and I have recently become empty nesters and so we too sold our home and are living in a 38foot used RV. We LOVE IT!! Having blast and finding that this article is 100% right on! There is no downside to this type of living for us and we are having the time of our life! Both of us work at home and have found this lifestyle fits us just fine for now. I’m sure we will want to settle down and buy a house again someday but for now this is the life!

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    Patti says:

    I would love to “retire” and travel in a RV!! I would have to work also but oh what fun to go when you want to or stay when you want to.