If you’re searching for a dramatic way to change your life, you may have considered selling everything and moving into an RV! Rather than traveling, embrace the freedom that comes with having a home on wheels. Read on to learn more about how you can plan this next new exciting chapter of your life.
Keep in mind that when living in an RV, you might want to have a covered place to park it while you aren’t out on the road. For that, American Steel Carports, Inc. is happy to help! Explore our free Build & Price tool to create a custom RV carport that will make for a comfortable, protected parking spot and homebase.
Get Started By Downsizing
If you are moving into an RV, take a close look at everything you own and decide what you will keep and what you can do without. The average American owns a lot of stuff, and there isn’t nearly enough room in an RV for all of the things that a traditional house could store. Here, you have a few options: You can sell most or all of your things, or you can find somewhere to store them, such as a storage unit.
Assuming you decide to sell off most of what you own, start by making a list of things that you will keep. This list should include basic living necessities like a collection of clothes, a computer, cell phone, and personal items that are important to you. Once you have a list of what to keep and what to set aside, you can get to work on junk removal.
You can also sell your unwanted items. There are many online apps and services you can use to sell what you don’t want, like Facebook Buy and Sell groups. You can also donate things that you won’t be able to sell. Traditional means of selling things such as hosting a garage sale or creating an online listing are other great options.
Acquiring an RV
Those who already own an RV that they plan to move into can skip this step, but for many, part of this process is going to be purchasing the RV that they will now call their home. Buying an RV is a topic in and of itself, but here are a few key points:
- Remember that there are plenty of quality used models on the market that will provide everything you need at a fraction of the price.
- Consider where you hope to travel in your RV as you decide what size rig to purchase.
- Some areas have limitations on how big your RV can be, so you don’t want to go too big and exclude yourself from some excellent destinations.
Finding a Homebase
Being free to travel and explore the world is a big part of the appeal of living in an RV, but you’ll still want to pick a homebase for practical reasons. First, you need an address to use for things like filling out tax returns, and you need to determine what state you are going to call your own.
This is easy enough if you have a family member that allows you to use their address–just establish that as your residence and use it as a place to get mail, etc. If not, there are services available that allow you to use an address for a small monthly fee.
This is not the kind of change you want to make lightly. Be sure to think through all of the various implications of selling your things and moving into an RV before you put the plan into action. You might even want to find a way to experiment with this lifestyle on a short-term basis – for a month or even a few months to make sure it is everything you hoped it would be.
Find Your Homebase with American Steel Carports
We hope you found this guide on selling everything and moving into an RV helpful! We wish you the best of luck and hope the RV life is a perfect fit for your needs. Remember to travel safe!
Once you find your home state, remember to explore our free Build & Price tool to create a custom RV carport that will make for a comfortable, protected parking spot and homebase.