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Pros & Cons Of Becoming Full Time RVers

This is would probably be a completely different blog post If I made this list after a year of being a full timer. But, it’s still a good starting point for us. What are the pros and cons of RVing full time as a homeschooling family? As with any of the big decisions in my life, they start with a list.

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Setting up camp @ Whaler’s Rest

We originally started thinking that we could become full timers in 6-8 years from now, but we looked into the value of our home and it is worth much more than we originally thought. So we are seriously, rethinking our time frame.

First and foremost we would need to secure a source of income while traveling. Ryan and I are looking into online work that we could do from our RV. We wouldn’t want to work too much, maybe part time jobs for both of us.

With the sell of our home, we should be able to pay off most of our debt and upgrade our truck and trailer, without much added payments.

We’re both educated people so how hard can this be, right? Since my blog has made a total of .16 cents, I won’t be holding my breathe on having my writing skills supporting this trip across the country. lol

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Newport, Oregon Park

Next consideration is education for the boys. My 10 year old(Joe) is in the process of deschooling as we pulled him out of school in March, a story in itself, you can read that post here if you’d like.

Jayden our 8 year old has developmental disabilities and his disability benefits that would have to be tweaked while we were traveling together. I am not sure how all of this would work for us, but I do believe seeing the country has so many benefits that it would be worth while for them both, to at least give it a shot.

Walking through our home and thinking of changing everything that we know is a bit overwhelming for me. At 45, I have lived in less than 10 different homes over the course of my entire life. Not moving much! Currently the manufactured home that we own, I bought 10 years ago. It was meant to be a temporary home to get me through a rough patch in my life. 10 years later, Im still here.

As steady as I have kept my home address and for my kids, it is also a source of disappointment for me, I haven’t been anywhere. Living in Oregon, I have went north into Canada, and south down to Just short of Mexico, but in reality I haven’t been to either of those places since I was in my 20’s.

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Lunch @ Rogue Brewery Saturday

Ryan and I, we aren’t getting any younger, how many healthy, good years do we have left to see all the places we are missing out on?

The hardest part for me would be missing family through the winter if we stayed somewhere warmer. My parents could hopefully visit us? But Ryan and I would miss our older children terribly.

A fellow blogger recently posted a great post about the things he’s learned about life so far. And one of those points really hit home with me, accept your life the way it is, and let go of how you wanted it to be. Wow! This is huge for me, as I envisioned being so much closer to my adult children. I thought they would come over for family get togethers and they would be an intricate part of my daily life.

Sadly, this is not our reality. as I have posted in our quirky millennial post, we can barely get our kids to text us back once a week. The reality is we all have our own life to live, and its for a limited amount of time.

Maybe when they are older down the road they will want that family connection, but right now they don’t.

So as we’re away camping this weekend in Newport, Oregon, these are the conversations we’re entertaining. My clipboard in one hand, and cold beer in the other, we try to sort out a plan…

Thanks for reading, and if your a full timer, we’d love to hear from you on how you transitioned to being a full timer. 🔥

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  1. This is such a big decision. All our children are grown and we have grandchildren. They all thought we were crazy, but now after six months on the road, we are parked near our kids and all of not only survived but are also a little more appreciative of one another. They have accepted that we will go again next year.

    • For sure! It sure is. It isn’t anything we have decided for sure or even when we would plan to make that happen. But I think I am almost more afraid of not doing it then doing it.
      Thanks so much for reading it!

    • I love the idea of packing everything up and taking the girls on the road. But I do wonder if we have left it to late, our eldest starts high school/college next year. Would love to hear from anyone with experience taking teenagers on the road? And what happens when you get back? How easy is it to settle back down? Do you ever want to settle back down?

      • It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for years, and haven’t gotten the nerve yet. I think teenagers would be hard. I may be too late to do that with my own, as my oldest still at home is almost 11, but acts like a teenager already. Lol

      • Even on our weekend trips the boys always seem to find a full time family that homeschools. Such a huge change from school and a home, I am drawn to it but don’t know if I could take it on. I go back and forth over it.

      • I would too, Lana. There are benefits to homeschooling and to being part of a larger community. As a teacher who encountered students transitioning from homeschool to classroom I saw both successes and lapses. Big decision, but I have a feeling that like most things in life, once you decide it will work out.

  2. No experience here, although we have moved around as a family and have lived in Peru and Canada, but I think roadschooling sounds amazing and if it were something we could do, I’d go for it. Best wishes with whatever path you choose.

  3. We homeschooled our daughters while traveling and moving around often (this was before we started RVing, we traveled more by planes, automobiles, and short-term rentals). They are all post college and post grad school now, they appreciate their life of travel and being homeschooled (or rather world schooled). Homeschooling can be challenging, but there is a wealth of resources and support available online.

    We need Internet or cell reception to be able to work. My husband works remotely in IT. 95% of the time this is not an issue, when we know it will be an issue we try to travel and/or stay those places on weekends.

    There is really “no right” way or time to RV, it all comes down to what works best for your situation! Best wishes!

  4. Such a lovely blog post! The best to you and your family. We RV 8 months out of the year because our home address is inhospitable during the summer. I am 62 and my husband-73 this month. I say go for it! A lifetime of adventures will be had. Take care and keep me posted! Joan

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