Your everyday RVer uses their rides a few times a year and in the summer. Full-time RVers have given up their traditional brick and motorhomes and chosen to live year-round in their RVs. There is some middle ground within these two types of RVing known as part time RVing.
Let’s look into those who choose to RV full time, part of the time including what is meant by part-time RVing as well as some tips to those who are thinking about become part-time RVers.
What is Part Time RVing?
Part time RVing differs from both full-time RVing and your everyday RVing family in the amount of time during the year that part-timers spend in their rides. Part time RVers spend six months or so out of the year living completely in their RVs. Part time RVing is popular in the snowbird community where people who live in harsh winter climates escapes to more pleasant areas of the country during portions of autumn, all winter and even into the spring. Part time RVers aren’t committed to spend their entire year in the RV but spend a significant more amount of time in their rides than most RVers.
Where Do Part-timer RVers Go?
Of course where part-time RVers go and stay during their part-time season is unique to every RVer, but there are reoccurring themes. Most part-time RVers spend the majority of their time in the RV during winter in areas that have mild winter climates such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona.
Many of these RVers choose to spend the bulk of their time at RV resorts. RV resorts differ from traditional RV parks in a number of amenities and features provided as well as their typical window of stay. RV resorts are small towns in themselves offering social activities, events, places to restock supplies, even their own golf courses, community centers or RV mechanics. RV resorts offer fair rates for longer stays such as monthly, bi-annually and even full-time windows making them appealing to part-time RVers.
Tips for Part-time RVing
Find a Great RV
Many RVers can handle small problems in their RVs such as drippy faucets, poor gas mileage or stubborn furnaces because they don’t spend a great deal of time in their RVs. This is not true of part time RVing. If you are thinking about hitting the road for months at a time, you will need to make sure your RV is in great condition and that it is perfect for your RVing lifestyle.
Take time when shopping for an RV for part time travel. Examine its features and amenities as well as browsing consumer reports and customer testimonials to make sure that your part-time RV will be reliable on top of offering the features you will need for months traveling in it.
Find a Great RV Park or Resort
If you’re like most part-time RVers you will likely have a “home” RV resort or park where you spend the majority of your time. Like the RV itself, you want your RV resort to having all the great features and amenities that you will need during your RVing season. Take your time and do your homework to make sure that the RV park you choose to stay at has great customer reviews and is loaded with features and activities you will both need and want.
If you’re seeking a new type of adventure in your life but aren’t quite ready to commit to the world of full-time RVing than part time RVing may be the right choice for you. There are several topics about part time RVing on popular RV forums so get over there to get a better insight into part timing. Who knows, you could fall in love with your first part time RVing season and take the plunge into full time.