Making the switch to fulltime RVing

More and more RVers are becoming "fulltimers" – people who have sold their house to head out on the road permanently. This can be a rewarding lifestyle and a great way to see the country, but making the transition from living in a house or apartment to an RV comes with its own set of challenges.

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak is the author of "Support Your RV Lifestyle! An Insider's Guide to Working on the Road." She and her husband were fulltime RVers for several years before he passed away. Bruzenak recently provided some tips to RVBasics about some of the things that prospective fulltimers need to prepare for before they make the lifestyle change.

Given her successful book, Bruzenak is somewhat of an expert on working from the road. This is the part that scares many people away from the RV lifestyle – finding satisfying and financially viable work while out on the road. Fortunately, there are many, many options available. Temporary jobs are available in nearly every city and town, and many national parks will also pay volunteers to help with maintenance and other tasks. It's also possible to find work that allows for telecommuting, which is now even doable in some remote regions of the country. It obviously helps to be debt-free and have some savings – but you don't need to be rich to be a fulltimer.

Going hand-in-hand with this is living more cheaply. You'll quickly find that you don't need as many things as you thought you did. Cutting down your wardrobe and limiting yourself to a few treasured possessions might seem scary at first, but it's a lot easier – and cheaper – to live this way. As for food, the RVNN show "RV Kitchen" can help you come up with some tasty and inexpensive dishes that are easy to whip up in a small space.

Most importantly, fulltime RVing requires a change in attitude. The experience is freeing in many ways – if you don't like an area, you can simply move on to the next spot that you want to visit. However, some people who first start want to treat the experience as an extended vacation, planning out what essentially amounts to a nonstop vacation with lots of driving. Instead, it's better to settle down for weeks or months in one place before packing up and exploring the next town.