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Family RV'ing; Is Fulltime an Option?

Full-Time Family RV Challenges - Family in an RV
Christine Ellis
Christine Ellis
August 20, 2021

Are you considering full-time RVing with kids but wonder what the most significant challenges will be?

The allure of traveling freedom and hands-on learning experiences is a massive draw toward full-time family RVing, but it's not all fun and adventure.

To make an informed decision about taking your family on a long-term RV trip, please read these top concerns and tips on how to overcome them.

5 Biggest Fulltime RV Challenges for Families

1. Making an Income While Traveling‍

Man working on a laptop next to his RV

It's a myth that RVing is a cheap way to live, as it can cost just as much, if not more, than traditional residential living.

Outside of using retirement income, most RVers with kids are self-employed, work remotely through a larger company, or hire on as workampers at a campground.

Workamping is a great option that provides a free campsite (and many other perks) in exchange for a certain number of work hours, and you'll have time to explore the local area fully.

2. Keeping Learning on Track‍

Kid reading

For full-time RVers with kids, "road schooling" is a hot topic as keeping kids learning while there are so many fun things to do is a big challenge.

Start by going digital for books and papers whenever possible, so you aren't lugging around heavy textbooks.

Don't overwhelm kids with full days of schoolwork. Instead, break up lessons into 2-3 hour chunks, and give them control over which subjects they want to pursue in-depth on their own.

Most family RVers buy an accredited homeschooling curriculum to cover all the learning bases, while others create their own. Stay organized with an online planner to record completed coursework so there's proof of your child's achievements.

3. Handling Personal Space Issues‍

Adjusting to the significant downsizing required to live in a motorhome or travel trailer is not easy for adults or children, especially when most family members had their rooms.

Bickering children inside a recreational vehicle will quickly turn your RVing dreams sour and often leads to the adults arguing as well.

The best way to alleviate family RVing stress is to reduce driving hours on travel days or take breaks to decompress from close quarters. Also, encourage the family to participate in the many activities available at kid-friendly campgrounds in Southern California, allowing everyone to interact with fresh faces.

4. Staying Connected‍

Man using his phone inside an RV

RVing isn't always about getting away from it all or being off-grid. You will need to connect to the outside world for kids to study or submit schoolwork, stay in contact with friends and family, find new camping locations, and for adults to make an income through remote jobs.

Unfortunately, you cannot rely on campground Wi-Fi to provide internet access that is reliable, fast, or secure.

Some phone plans may offer enough affordable data for you to use for tablets or laptops. But, most family RVers use a separate Wi-Fi hotspot and RV signal boosters to provide all their devices with a solid connection, so work, schooling, streaming, and web browsing flows without a hitch.

5. Having a Plan When Things Go Wrong‍

RVs can break down, campgrounds lose power, medical emergencies can arise, and internet connections can fail.

Things will go wrong, so preparing the family for the unexpected is the best way to avoid additional stress when plans go awry.

Go over every possible adverse scenario you can think of, and work as a team to find ways everyone can pitch in to improve each situation.

Pre-planning reduces panic levels, bolsters family bonds, helps kids feel more secure, and builds self-confidence once the emergency passes and travel can resume normal.

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