Though it is said that an RV is not closest to the most eco-friendly vehicle because of its fuel consumption and make, it can be made into one. It can be modified into a greener RV if you equip it with a solar-panel and use biodiesel fuel. Do you just hate the rat race of a city life? Do you often feel disconnected with your life? Do you wish to live a country life with the minimum basics? If you answered yes to any one of them, maybe you should consider the option of turning to RV (recreational vehicle) living.
Recycling works everywhere even with your RV so reduce, reuse and recycle. When you are buying things to stock up your RV, buy the least minimum possible. You can always choose for ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ things so that they are healthy and eco-friendly. Reduce the amount of waste so that there is no hassle regarding waste-management. Minimize the use of electronic devices that take up a lot of energy and make sure to use solar panels. You shifted to this lifestyle because you were tired of the clutter and chaos in your city life, then what is the point of things that hardly help you in keeping up to your target? Keep a clean space for yourself and others so that you actually enjoy this alternate place that you have created it for yourself. If you are travelling a lot and want to be cost-efficient and eco-friendly, choose your fuel carefully. Following all of the above will surely take you a long way in your RV experience.
If you love the idea of travelling full-time, are adventurous in spirits, are not bound by the confinements of luxury and are willing to experiment and go all out in the wilderness, RV living should surely top your list of things to do before you die. If you are a natural person or a sports person, this kind of living suits both. You can go out on a family RV trip for a while and if you have an adventurous partner with no or grown up kids, you can permanently take up this alternate lifestyle and feel at peace, away from the rat race.
Of course, it is not like it is the easiest thing to do. You should be willing to give up your regular social and professional life for it. But most importantly, you should have a stock of savings before switching to this lifestyle. You can accumulate wealth till you are fit and working and then retire into the lap of nature with a loved one or alone. It is not like it is not possible, you just need to plan in advance and make that extra effort towards it from an early stage.
You don’t have to take the headache of maintaining a traditional huge house. You can just own a personal RV that just about suits your basic requirements and you will be good to go. If you are a naturally luxurious person, you can opt for a larger RV, though there might be a few issues involved regarding its cost and maintenance. If you are choosing the RV lifestyle, make sure you are ready to give up the comfort of spaciousness. You need to adjust in the minimum basic requirements, which might seem like cramped spaces to you. And be ready to bear the cost of the freedom to travel because ultimately an RV is a vehicle and it will need constant repair and maintenance apart from the fuel consumption. That is something you can hardly do anything about.
There are many aspects of RV living one might like or dislike. Though RV living doesn’t let you have a proper social life, you can’t ignore the variety in terms of people, communities, ethnic groups, landscapes, flora and fauna it has to offer. The independence of choosing your location is another plus point. RV is just like camping, just a prolonged version of it. Wherever you go, you take your home along so there is no hassle of packing and unpacking. Also, there is nothing like “coming back home”, you are just about always there. Now this might excite you or you might detest the idea completely.
Resources: It does involve a lot of planning on the part of the person who takes up an RV lifestyle. You have to plan in advance for food, water, and clothes supplies. You have to carry your world with yourself but with a minimalistic mindset. You don’t have the luxury of space in an RV so make sure your bathroom, kitchen and bedroom is all you need to keep yourself and your things.