Maybe you have been wanting to travel a little bit more and your R.V. is the perfect way to do just that. Or maybe you are wanting to have more freedom by living in your R.V. full-time.
But you are still trying to make the decision and see if it is indeed right for you and your family. And it can be harder living in an R.V. with kids, especially a baby. So, here are the pros and cons of living in an R.V. with a baby.
Pros and Cons
1. Freedom to Travel Wherever Your Heart Desires
It is so much easier to travel in an RV and reach your favorite destination (or the one you are interested in the most). If you decide the location is not everything you hoped for, you can always leave in a matter of minutes.
2. Can Live Wherever and in Whatever Climate You Choose
You can choose to stay somewhere for as long or as little as you want too. You can leave after one night if you desire.
You can also decide to “follow the weather.” Basically travel so you always have warm weather. Or cold weather if that is more your speed.
You won’t have a mortgage payment or have to pay rent. You won’t need to pay for homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. This will put a little bit more money back in your pocket.
Now of course you will still have expenses, but the money you end up saving can go towards debt. Once you are debt-free, you will have the ultimate freedom.
4. Simplicity – Less Stuff
Clutter does not have a place. Simply because there is not enough room for everything you had in your stationary house.
But this can be a con as well because if you have difficulty parting with your things, it will be hard to pare down in order to fit not only your stuff in the R.V but everything your baby needs as well.
5. Selling Your RV
Maybe this sounds like a weird pro. If and when you decide that you are done with full-time RV life and want a house or an apartment you can sell an RV quite easily. You aren’t stuck RVing for the rest of your life. This pro can help you decide to go for living the RV life of you are on the fence about it.
1. Cramped Living Quarters
There is not much space to come by in an RV even in a large one. And when you throw other people into the mix, or at the very least, a baby, space shrinks even more.
2. Alone Time is Hard to Come By
This is true whether or not you are living in an RV. But when you have a baby and you are in an enclosed space, it is even harder. If you have someone else traveling with you, then you can have that person watch your little one while you take a break. Because breaks are vital to your mental health and well-being.
Make sure you take advantage of alone time whenever your baby is napping. And this doesn’t mean you have to be doing something. If you need a nap, by all means, take a nap. If you need to sit and do absolutely nothing at all, do that. Do whatever is going to make the alone time worth it to you.
It is harder to find regular doctors if you are constantly on the move. This is something you need to seriously consider when you are traveling, especially with a baby. But with that being said, it doesn’t mean can’t do it at all. It will just be trickier and require more planning. Also, be aware that it can also be difficult to find health insurance without a permanent address.
It is harder to make and keep friends when you are constantly on the go. What can help is to create a community of people who are also traveling full-time in an RV. People you can meet up with as well as Skype with. You might not be able to see your family as much.
Especially if they don’t have room for your RV to be parked. This doesn’t mean you can’t see them. You might need to be more creative in how you see them. If it too difficult to meet up in person, you can always Skype and call your family as well. Just something to be on your radar.
5. Additional Costs
Although traveling by RV is cheaper than leading a more traditional lifestyle, there are still costs that you will incur while living in an RV. Costs that you may or may not be aware of.
Rv’s need regular maintenance to run properly and if your RV is older, the repair costs might be significant.
- Campground Fees
Sometimes you can stay at a campground for free. But more often than not, you will be charged a fee for staying at the campground. And depending on the time of year, the fee could go up.
RV’s usually have sort of kitchen set-up. So you can usually make some kind of meals in your RV. But the refrigerator and freezer aren’t very large. Not to mention a lack of pantry space. So, you might have to buy groceries more often. Or you might up eating at restaurants and going through drive-thrus more often.
Is RV Life for You?
Obviously only you and your family can answer that question once you weigh the pros and cons. It might be the perfect fit right now. And if it not a great fit, it doesn’t mean it will stay that way.
Have you thought about living in an RV? Are you living in an RV and if so, what are the pros and cons for you?