You’ve been living under a rock if you don’t know about Janelle Eliana. Her life seems so much fun! Seeing her perfectly remodeled RVs with everything she needs in her reach, she has pretty much her whole life in a van and on the wheels, ready to go. Anywhere! Anytime! The only thought we all have when we see people living the Van-life is “Can I do that too?” However, a mobile life isn’t that different than a normal stationary life— sometimes even more challenging. Sure, you won’t have to pay a mortgage, but may need new tires or change the breaks. Yes, you get the ultimate freedom to travel anywhere but there are a few things that you must take into account before making an impulsive decision:
What’s the right choice for you?
The RV is a home on wheels, with a bathroom, a kitchen and a yard wherever you park and it gives you full freedom to move around freely. Camper vans are more compact but they come with fewer amenities. They rarely contain a bathroom. The camper van can be a more affordable option especially if you are more likely to be mostly on the roads. There are many other creative approaches to the van-life. People convert school buses and vintage airstreams into their personalized spaces. You must choose wisely and go for the option that caters best to your needs.
People used to buy mobile homes when they retire. Nowadays, people want to travel regularly, seek the freedom to explore the world freely while others park their homes at scenic places and enjoy nature without a worry. You must ask these questions before stepping into this world of mobile life – How often will you use it? Where will you travel to? Do you really need it or are you just mesmerized by the living? Or else it will just keep adding to your expenses and burn a hole in your pocket
You must consider parking laws, safety, and cost for every single night. Research campground details before hitting the road, they often offer hookups for electricity and water. Talk to a local ranger station about access to dispersed camping and local regulations. National forests often offer free camping, provided you are 100-200 feet away from any road, trail or a water source. It’s better than paying a parking fee every night.
Mobile living isn’t always cheap. The cost of your vehicle and converting an old school bus on your own is still expensive. Once your home is ready, you’ll need to consider living costs too. Camping fees, vehicle insurance, comprehensive auto insurance to protect your home and belongings from theft. And who can forget regular repairs and the gas money!
Showering and other needs
Unless you have a built-in shower and toilet, personal hygiene can take a back seat on the road. A membership to a gym chain, campgrounds and truck stops, cafe bathrooms may help. However, these needs at late night would be a hassle!
Considering your nature of work, you may want to live closer to a developed area to use Wi-Fi to reduce the cost. You’ll also need electricity, for charging your phone or to stay cool while your engine is off. You can switch to solar panels for an environmentally friendly energy source.