Frequently Asked Questions
We receive a lot of questions about why we decided to leave everything behind and how we pulled it off. Here are the top ten questions and answers. If you have a question that you don’t see here, shoot us an email on the contact page.
1. What made you decide to leave everything behind and travel full-time in an RV?
Click the link below to read about what pushed me over the edge to quit my job, and leave everything behind to RV Full-Time. Bryce’s tale of this story is coming soon!
2. What are your travel plans?
We started in September, 2016 going up the California coast to Oregon, then Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and West Texas until December, 2016. Our 2017 plans include traveling to Arizona and California, before beginning an eastern swing to Texas, the Southeastern US, Mid-Atlantic states and New England. But we have learned that the word “plan” has a much looser interpretation when you live on the road.
3. How did you pull it off?
It took about 9 months of planning and execution that we approached like a workplace project. We started with many discussions and visioning activities before planning and developing an execution plan. We employed an Agile project management approach with weekly scrum meetings which included reviews of weekly accomplishments and setting of goals and objectives for the coming week (a.k.a. sprints) and even used a Kanban pull method to manage tasks. We plan to share our extensive transition plan in the future as a resource for others considering making similar lifestyle changes.
4. What's it like to live on the road full-time?
Bryce: Surprisingly, it has not been as big of an adjustment as I thought, but my personality allows me to roll with the punches pretty well. I had already left my career for six months prior to leaving, so I had time to adjust to a less structured routine. Being on the road really calls to me. I’ve been able to see things I’ve been curious about for a long time and meet many new and interesting people. It’s been a very enriching experience. We’ve mostly been in “tourist” mode in the early part of our journey, moving along every 3-4 days. Just as we’re scratching the surface of what places have to offer, we’re off to the next destination. I look forward to slowing down and sinking into places and getting to know them and its people. I’ve found I still need some of the rhythms of stationary life, and I think it will help spending more time in places we visit. I’ve also learned that most of the responsibilities from my prior life haven’t gone away, they’ve just joined us on the road. Finding a good balance is the key!
4. Camille: Living on the road is often fun, sometimes difficult, and always interesting! I really like that every day is different, for example one day I’m kayaking down the Rogue River in Oregon, and the next day I’m learning how to change oil in a generator. We deal with a lot of unknowns, like weather, RV repairs, and FOMO (fear of missing out), and without the conventional forms of “stability,” you start to understand that control is an illusion, except for our reactions (maybe). Additionally, just like conventional living, you have to create balance which we are trying to find right now. Overall though, the best part is meeting people and hearing their stories, and the hardest part is missing friends and family.
5. What'd does it cost to RV full-time?
We haven’t done a thorough and complete analysis yet, because it’s early and we need more data. However, we’ve already noticed significant locational and seasonal cost differences. It’s definitely much less expensive than what it cost us to live at home in Lake Forest, CA. Our RV loan payment is a fraction of our mortgage cost, and our nightly lodging rate is about $25 and going down as we get more comfortable boondocking (free camping without utility hookups). Food costs have been about $800 a month with most meals cooked in. Entertainment costs have been quite reasonable as we’ve been mostly sightseeing, hiking, and retelling old stories to each other. Our biggest and most annoying expense is health insurance, which we are working diligently to reduce. We have met many people on our travels who are very resourceful and have found creative ways to live full-time on the road very inexpensively. We will revise our costs as we collect and evaluate data from more locations.
6. What's it like being together in a small space 24-7?
Better than you’d think, but not without opportunities. The space is ample enough and doesn’t seem that confining. The time of year makes a difference as we left at the end of summer and the colder weather of fall and winter has caused us to spend more time inside the coach.
Bryce: My biggest challenges are battling for scarce TV viewing in the coveted viewing spot, less independent/quiet time and maneuvering nimbly through reduced floorspace (I seem to stub my toes much more frequently these days).
Camille: The small space and confinement can make for magnification of any issues. Whatever happens typically in your dynamic will expand in a small space and force “opportunities” to communicate more effectively. But the nomadic lifestyle can provide more time and space to grow closer together.
7. How are the cats adjusting?
They are adjusting surprisingly well and are both resilient in their own ways. At first, they were upset on drive days because there was a lot of commotion and movement. Bianca started to come out and hang near the driver’s area on travel days. Now Parker doesn’t even hide when we bring the slides in. They gaze out the windows and watch people and animals. Both long for the outdoors while also seeming nervous about stepping out of the coach. We are leash training them, and so far Parker is comfortable exploring at night, but Bianca desperately wants to break free and crawl under the coach. Neither are too keen on spending time outdoors in the mesh tent we have for them. Kitten steps.
8. Are you retired?
Nope. Not even close. Our ages probably confuse people. We’re in mid-life and people tend to do this kind of thing either early—before their careers—or after they retire. We’re right in the middle, so people often don’t know what to make of us. We both would like to be more creative and entrepreneurial in our future work endeavors. We want to generate income in different ways than we have to this point in our working lives. We are developing many interesting ideas and concepts as we travel, and we expect to execute on some of these opportunities in the future. However, since we’re recovering workaholics, we’re forcing ourselves to have fun enjoying the road before diving fast into anything. *Update: since originally writing this response, we’ve learned about and met a large community of working aged RVers, who work and travel full-time. For more information check out https://xscapers.com.
9. What kind of rig do you have? How did you decide to buy your rig?
We have a 2016 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 32SA gas-powered Class A motor coach. It is 34 feet long with two slide outs and sleeps 6-7. We went into this without any prior knowledge about RVs so we did a lot of research. We toured no less than than 50 RVs and researched our favorite 8-10 models on the web. Our first decision was to determine which type of RV suited us best. We decided to get a Class A coach based on size (larger than Class C and B vehicles) and the ability to tow our existing SUV. Travel trailers and fifth wheels would’ve required us to buy a heavy-duty pickup truck for towing, seemed less maneuverable, and require more work to set up and break down. We love bus conversions but that was seriously out of our league. Diesel models were also out of our price range. We purchased a new model in part because of the protections provided by a warranty and our complete inexperience with RVs. We’d like to think we negotiated the price down quite a bit (there are large dealer markups on RVs) and financed the purchase so that our monthly payments are about a quarter of our home mortgage payment.
10. What will you do when you are done?
Camille: We have no idea.
Bryce: I am in denial that there will be something to be “done” when we are “done.”