The only way to truly “learn” about full time travel is to actually do it. You can log countless hours of research to the point of insanity, but there is no substitute for experience.
Now this post could turn into a book really fast, so I’m going to try to touch on what I feel to be very important for those who are considering travelling full time, or even extended travel periods, in a trailer or RV.
#1. Don’t trust the internet on reviews on RV Parks, campgrounds, etc. Google the parks ahead of time and check the most current reviews. Use Google Earth if you really want to get a good look at the layout of the parks. 90% of all full timers work on the road. Internet is one of our top essentials for this. I would say that the Wi-Fi is only sufficient in about 1 out of 4 RV Parks that we’ve experienced. I have yet to stay in State or National Park that has Wifi. If you boondock or dry camp, nope. Alternative: Mobile Hotspot – This can be very useful when Wifi is not present. My Verizon coverage is very strong and reliable 9 times out of 10. My wife has T-Mobile and their coverage is sub par except in major metro areas. The negative to the Hotspot route is that data charges can add up fast if you don’t have an unlimited plan.
#2. Get Solar! The easiest way to keep your cost down with parking is to be able to dry camp or boondock. You can buy portable solar panels that are easy to set up and direct towards the sun, and you don’t have to do major installation on your trailer. A great website to check out is www.freecampsites.net for spots to park if you choose this route.
#3. Take some short trips over multiple days or even weeks if you can. Just a short trip will tell you a lot about what you “need” as opposed to what you “think” you need. I find if I ask the question, “I might need ___,” the chances are you can live without it. No you don’t need 10 full place settings just in case guests come over. No you don’t need three coats in the middle of summer because it might get cold at night. The less you can do without, the easier it will be to manage, store, and keep organized.
Like I said, that is just a few of the many factors to think about. If you have specific questions you can also check out the Airstream forums, Facebook groups, Instagram families, and other forms of Social Media to connect with those that are experienced. All the best as you hit the road and discover new things!
To follow our adventures or connect with us you can find us on istagram at : @lwphotofindings and @airstream_dad_josh