Are you considering living in your RV or purchasing a RV to live in during your early retirement years? Good for you, you are in for a grand adventure. There are many articles
and videos on the excitement of living on the road and traveling in your RV during your retirement. However, there is also a growing number of retirees and semi-retirees that did quit a bit of traveling during their working years and are looking for an alternative way to reside during this new season of life. If you are one of them, you might be interested in this new wave of “up-scale” stationary RV living.
The term “up-scale” is used to differentiate between RV dwellers that chose the lifestyle to live inexpensively (perhaps within the limits of their social security), and those that choose the lifestyle to live merely in a tiny or minimalistic way. Investing in a newer, high-quality RV, and creating an esthetically pleasing and inviting outside environment is a high priority. There are, of course, many variations in between the two to be considered.
Here are three things to consider if you are contemplating Stationary RV Living during your retirement:
1. The location of your stationary site should be considered when purchasing your RV.
Your HVAC equipment needs will be different if you are choosing to live in the southern warmer clients than in the colder northern areas. You may want more AC units if you will be living in the south and a stronger heating system if you will be facing a lot of cold and snow during the winter months.
A higher level of insulation is good to keep the heat out in hot climates, and the warmth in your RV in colder climates. You may want to consider how you will insulate under your RV in more seasonal and snowy climates. [Skirting your RV] Also consider when purchasing your new RV, the investment in double pane windows and slide-out toppers to keep out noise, cold or warm air, and to keep water and debris from building up and causing damage.
2. The rules and regulations of the park, city, county, and state where your RV will be installed.
Every park owner has their own set of rules. Like them or hate them, only you can decide if you can live with them. After all the expense of setting up your new home, you don’t want to get evicted!
Rules might include but are not limited to:
The number and length of time occupants are allowed to live (or visit) in your RV home.
The number of vehicles allowed to park in your “space” or property.
The number and type of pets allowed to live or visit in your home.
The landscape, equipment, and features allowed in and around your RV “space”.
Water, garbage, sewer maintenance and other monthly fees.
Times of the year when residents are allowed to move in and move out.
The zoning of personal property for RVs vs. Manufactured homes and traditional bricks and mortar.
3. Address Issues.
The demand for long-term RV living sites far out-way the opportunities currently available, especially for quality, well kept, parks. Many of the current parks have not updated essential services such as USPS mails service by installing a set of mailboxes to be assigned to long-term site dwellers.
Delivery issues arise because USPS cannot deliver to a “Lot” or “Space” instead of a mailbox. This then requires mail to be delivered to a P.O. or PMB mailbox, and can cause issues for services such as FedEx, UPS, and even Amazon when you want delivery to your home.
It’s essential to share where you actually reside even if you have your mail delivered elsewhere to ensure emergency medical attention can get to you if necessary.
Living fulltime stationary in an RV in your retirement or semi-retirement can be very rewarding. You have much less material “stuff” to worry about which allows you to enjoy more of the life you love. To make it successful for you, read website articles, watch YouTube video, and visit dealerships and parks. Whatever your situation, take the time to research what you think you want, what you can actually afford and achieve, and what will work for you in the long run. Then redesign your retirement … it may not be what you thought it would be!
Robin Stephenson Stationary RV Retirement Enthusiast