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Every time I think of buying an RV-motor home, a ton of family members tell me how expensive it is to maintain.

Yet the perks are there, all your own stuff in your own place, and the seasonal life style of campground hosting or volunteering, or whatever at your fingertips.

Or am I missing something?

Please comment, allaying fears, giving good advice, whatever. I welcome all feedback, especially from those who've done this awhile.




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I have been living in my rv for the past 4 years doing seasonal work in So. California and Wyoming, Alaska.  I have a 22 foot motorhome and to maintain my rv has been minimal.  The most expensive thing in the winter is the cost to rent a site at a rv resort in Palm Springs, CA.   There are more affordable areas such as Arizona. I do have all my stuff in my rv and you have the luxury of moving if you don't like your neighbors or the view. There are workamper jobs that often compensate you with site and sometimes pay you an hourly wage. I am so glad I have lived this lifestyle the past 4 years and wouldn't trade it for anything. I am a female solo rv'er and have had no unsafe situations occur but I also do my homework before arriving at a location.  Go for it and good luck!


I love it, RVGal, this is the very information I wanted to know. I feel good about the idea now.  Do you have a bike or scooter that you take into town? I'm such a minimalist, I think I could make just about anything work.

I would call my car insurance provider to ask what they would charge me?


Carol: What is it worth! The freedom to travel and live wherever you want to be and explore and discover the absolute beauty of this grand old USA. Rving can be expensive but living in house with all it's taxes, utilities and maintenance and repairs are also pricey. been doing the rv work camping gig since 1998 and hope to never give it up. So many things to do; sights to see and a comadrie of friends you will never find anywhere else. Ed

Thanks Ed, its always great to hear real people doing it and loving it. Today I  looked at motor homes, both class c and one fantastic class A...two slides, all the perks. The guy is great, who is selling it and promised to teach me how to drive it. Decisions Decisions!

 its a 2002 and he is offering it for a very good price.



Carol, all ya gotta do is point it, close your eyes and gas on it. That's how the blue hairs drive them!  Ya know I'm a retired truck driver and rv's aren't my favorite, even tho I own one.

Take your time, be cautious. Shop around, my nephew bought a nice 32 foot rv. paid a big price for it without shopping around. Since then he's seen other comperable for as much as 10,000 less.

wow, thats quite a difference in price. The dealerships are outrageous. I'm looking on craigslist, but sort of waiting to see if I get a good job offer nearby. There's two interviews scheduled for is weird, we never know whats around the corner!


but, can I really settle down??? gotta ask myself the big question

Just finding this post and was wondering about your final decision. I am a single RVers and have been doing the seasonal work since 2008. Sold my house in 2011, stored everything and haven't looked back. Work in National Parks in the summer then head back to a base near my children for holidays and start looking for the next journey.
Hope you were able to realize your dream.

Please update us on your RV status. 

Older RVs can be quite a money pit needing near constant maintenance, or you can find ones that were well maintained and frequently used. There would be quite a difference in an early 80s RV and a late 90s model in terms of this, so it is hard to make a blanket statement. Also, who made the coach has a lot to do with quality. A Born Free or Lazy Daze will be much higher quality than a base model Cobra or El Dorado. 

One key thing to look at is tires; look at date codes, if they are 7 years old, they need replacing. Can be an instant $2000 or more for a 6 tire RV (dont forget the spare.)


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