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25+ Reasons Living in an RV (Recreational vehicle) is Better Than Living in a House


“It’s like a house!” That’s everyone’s reaction when they first see a recreational vehicle. But of course it’s like a house, and it is actually a house. A recreational vehicle is a towable motor vehicles fitted with bathroom, kitchen and sleeping facilities. In other words, an RV is a travelling permanent home. Those that use these movable homes on a full-time basis are commonly referred to as “full-timers” and live a location independent lifestyle.

As much as most folks think that living in a recreation vehicle is pathetic, it is in reality a lot of fun and it is time for the world to see it as for its true value. For those who see a recreation vehicle as a “joke,” here are 25+ valid reasons why you should change your perception and think of it as a better option than living in a house.

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1. Perfect for Vacationers

RV living is fit for people and families that are choosing an easier way to see parts of the world while maintaining their incomes. Vacations cost far more less when you RV travel as opposed to when you have to stay in hotels and have to eat in restaurants.

2. Environmentally friendly

Use limited essential resources in a manner that is not wasteful because it is not easily accessible for use, for instance, water. Some of the RVs also burn biodiesel or waste vegetable oil to make them more environmentally friendly than modern travelling. One can also use solar power for electricity by simply installing them on the RV.

3. Good for some career opportunities

RVers work remotely to support life on the road. Some careers can be easily started in an RV like scenic photography, software development, blogging, and videography. This gives one the freedom to travel without experiencing high transportation expenses because it is all about living on the move.

4. Retirement Benefits

RV can help you enjoy your retirement benefits while at the same time having fun. As a retiree, you can sell your home and buy an RV to travel around the world for as long as it can take you. As opposed to your home which is in a fixed location, the RV can take you to warmer climates during the winter and colder climates during the summer. Furthermore, your children will have grown and it will just be the two of you or just you, alone and bored.

5. Expand relationships

An RV guarantees you finding new and different social situations through social events as opposed to a fixed home. Some examples designed for RV livers include ice cream socials, dinners, live entertainment, and group exercises exposed through RV parks and camp grounds. People who live in RV parks tend to form cliques. It gives you more chance to meet people.

6. Enjoy travel opportunities

The benefits of travelling enjoying breathtaking views normally cost. But with an RV, one gets to be exposed to many new people, places, foods, and ideas than someone who stays at a fixed home is not able to enjoy.

7. Less work

For an RV, it takes a very short time to clean the whole house. There are no lawns to water and mow, large areas to clean, walls to paint or garages to organize. There is no yard work. Maintenance requires less work and money than a house, you can renovate the trailer by simply painting it again.

8. More free time

You definitely have more time to yourself because an RV has limited space. You will also use less time to clean and working from home cuts back the time for travelling to and from the office. At the end of a day work, you can just sit back and relax because there will be less to do than in a house.

9. Financial freedom options

RV living gives you many financial options. It gives you the flexibility and opportunity to choose whatever works for you financially. You can take advantage of seasonal work in different locations. This depends on the person’s ability to make sound decisions regarding how they spend their money and the circumstances in which they are in.

10. Save more

With an RV, you can use cost reduction methods to lower expenses such as not staying in one place for months which results in the payment for electricity, cable and water bills. Cooking your own food and limiting meals bought from restaurants also saves money. If you stick to simple choices, you can avoid spending much. If you do your math well by buying a reasonably fair priced RV, know how to economically repair and maintain the RV, finding an affordable campground, and locating where services are convenient; then you will save more.

11. Fit for outgoing personalities

If you have a sense of adventure and have a social lifestyle, an RV is better than living in a house. Notably, an RV will enable you get to meet new people and experience different ways of living. Furthermore, it is suitable for people that embrace a nomadic lifestyle. Also, it suites the lifestyle for those interested in travelling and camping rather than living in one location.

12. Own one loan-free

It is easier to own an RV loan free than owning a house loan-free. Owning a house means being overweighed and stressed by loan repayments and mortgages.

13. Spend time outdoors

RV lifestyle promotes outdoor activities other than sitting indoors. An RV has a tiny space that gets you sick after staying in for a while, encouraging you to go outdoors and stretch. It encourages one to spend time outdoors because it is a new place after a period of time, and most campsites have great places to enjoy outdoor activities.

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14. Keeps you organized

Because it is a small space, it makes a small mess seem like a big mess and encourages you to clean up regularly. It is also easy to organize because you own less stuff. Above all, it is easy to maintain a regular routine.

15. Can relocate easily

If you don’t like your current living location, then get an RV. With it, you can easily move at an easier cost compared to relocating to a permanent home. Also during relocation in case of a house, you have to consider if you own the land you are currently living on, the sale of the land, or the purchase of new land and the additional cost of constructing a new home in a more suitable location.

16. Mobility

An RV gives you the flexibility of going wherever you want, whenever you like. You can never have to stay in one spot for longer than necessary. With an RV, you can travel practically anywhere in the country, knowing that you have a place to sleep and something to eat.

17. Less expensive

An RV Is less expensive compared to a house, especially in the terms of the money you spend on day-to-day basis. Parking fees are quite affordable compared to owning a piece of land to build a house and the payment of annual land rates.

18. Freedom

An RV gives you freedom and as such, you won’t be restricted by what you can do, and where you can go. You can wake up one morning and decide to go anywhere you want or do whatever you want. It also gives you the freedom to see the world the way you want to and do it on your own timetable.

19. Much more fun

No periods of time are exactly the same. The experiences you get from each location you visit with an RV is different as opposed to staying at the same place for a long time, sometimes even a decade without ever moving.

20. Quality of life is rewarding in an RV compared to living in a house

Living in an RV affords a good quality of life. You are more likely to live a healthier lifestyle. It allows you to keep eating healthy because you have home-cooked meals no matter where you travel. It also keeps you physically fit because you spend time outdoors as opposed to living in a house where you can spend all day watching TV.

21. You have fewer things in general

An RV is a big promoter of minimalism. The temptation to buy more things or things you do not need is gone because there is no room for storage. Without big closets and rooms for storage, you will be forced to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. Living in an RV helps you to be aware of everything you own.

22. Amazing views for less such as living near the ocean or lake

With an RV, you can live near the ocean on prime real estate without it being too expensive. You can also easily change your location views from the ocean, the rainy forest, or in the middle of a city at very minimal expense.

23. Grow closer relationships and spend time with loved ones

Whether you live as a family in an RV or just you and your spouse, people tend to grow closer with each other in adventurers situations. One is not limited by space between each other like in a house, but close to each other and can easily start conversations about the experiences and everything going on around you.

24. Good for personal growth

The exposure to different types of cultures and the numerous experiences during travel with an RV is great for personal growth. Totally moving away from the everyday people around you will give you a sense of independence and stability.

25. Flexibility

Apartment renting and home loans keep you stuck at the same spot whether you like it or not. Having an RV offers flexibility. Because of flexibility, one can up and move to a different city for a job opportunity without spending a lot of money.

26. Value experiences

With an RV, it teaches us to value the memories you make while on the road. It reconnects us with nature and exposes the natural world around us as opposed to living at a permanent place.

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25+ Super Easy Ways to Begin Living a Minimalist Lifestyle


A minimalist lifestyle goes against the norm of the modern consumerist lifestyle. It is all about living on bare essentials, decluttering your life, and ensuring that you only take what you need. The case for living this lifestyle is the lessened stress that the reduced clutter gives.

Minimalists believe that once you get rid of the excesses that are dimmed normal in modern society, all you’re left with is space for the things that really matter to you. For anyone whose curios about living a stress free life, here are 25+ super easy ways to begin living a minimalist lifestyle.

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1. Do some research. If you’re reading this then you’re on the first step to living a wonderful minimalist life. While a lot of people may have heard about it, there are a lot of misconceptions associated with minimalism. It is therefore prudent to first understand what the lifestyle is all about.

Websites such as theminimalist.com offer wonderful guidelines into how to leave the lifestyle and even citing others who are living the lifestyle. In other words, learn as much as you can about the lifestyle and ensure you are clear of all the misconceptions.

2. Count your possessions to see what you appreciate most. You should take time to review all the things you have and own. This is not just an exercise in awareness of your material wealth, but the wealth of your whole being. It should also include reviewing your relationships.

Such reviews allows you to see what you have and appreciate its value (or lack thereof) and thus separate what you have into what is important, what you need and honestly, what you should or need to let go off. Ultimately, you’ll not need excess or be so much materialistic.

3. Reduce the clatter. Once you’ve counted what you have, you can then get to the useless stuff and get rid of it. Minimalism is primarily about living with what you only need. As an example, you really don’t need a car if public transport could serve as a sufficient alternative means. Taking out the unnecessary items from your life reduces both the waste and the mental effort that organizing those items take on you.

4. Decide what’s important. You need to identify only items with actual value to you. A lot of junk that we keep can be chalked up to ‘just in case I need this’ but I highly doubt that you’re going to need that empty ramen bowl you’ve been meaning to work into a DIY coffee table fixture for the past 8 months. If you can’t find an honest use for an item, get rid of it.

5. Get rid of the excess. On top of getting rid of the unnecessary, one should also get rid of the excess. For instance, you don’t really need many pots and pans nor do your pets need so many beds. Excess just uses up space that you could dedicate to something more important or leave empty. There is no need to fill every nook and cranny with an item from your travels or any other sort of things that only serves to draw the eye. The goal should be to have all your possessions serve a purpose and be functional.

6. Get goals. Minimalism is mainly a tool to achieve a happier lifestyle. Therefore, to begin living a minimalist lifestyle, it means you must have a goal. This can be anything from decreasing travelling or excessive spending to better your career or meet your personal goals. 

7. Stop making excuses. A minimalist lifestyle has downsides. It requires enough self-discipline and honesty to analyse items that offer no value beyond a purely aesthetic one. Luxuries and other excesses are to be avoided if they do not help serve a purpose. This can prove to be a challenge particularly for a person who is full of excuses.

8. Shop only for essentials. Minimalism doesn’t mean you stop shopping for goods and services. It maintains on only shopping for essentials. This is in order to ensure that they do not waste resources on the unnecessary. The result of this is that the people end up concentrating their efforts only on important endeavours geared towards them achieving their goals. 

9. Stop hoarding. Collecting unnecessary items eats into the space reserved for items that could better serve the individual. To combat this, it is important to avoid the collection of unnecessary items. Also, donate items that are not needed to those who would be better served by them.

10. Make plans. The best way to achieve goals is to ensure that there are plans set in place for achieving the goals. Plans are especially important to new minimalists as they have more space and time with the adoption of this new lifestyle. Making plans places the individual in the best position to achieve his goals and make use of the resources that minimalism provides.

11. Travel lightly. Every time you take a journey, just carry a few items to minimize baggage and wastage. Travelling lightly ensures you only move around with essential items and nothing more. For instance, you can pack only half the clothes you need.

12. Embrace multipurpose tools. Instead of using many tools that all serve different purposes, why not have a single tool that serves a multitude of purposes. This is the benefit that minimalists are encouraged to look for in all their items. Multipurpose tools conserve the space that could have been used up by having many tools to achieve the same goal. Why by a screw driver and a cork screw while the Swiss Army Knife comes with both tools in a compact design.

13. Less social media is a plus. Reducing clutter in a minimalist’s life also means reducing the amount of time wasted in consuming non-helpful information. While social media can be a powerful tool for communication and business, it mostly serves as a platform for people to share vain and otherwise non-helpful titbits about their lives that you as a minimalist will have no use for. Social media also encourages spending due to countless consumer targeted Ads.

14. Digitize everything. Books and papers can be cumbersome and space consuming. However, digital formats for data and information can sit in your multipurpose tool and allow you hold a much larger batch as compared to actual physical text. It helps if you start getting as much digital content as you can. E-books, online newspapers, music downloads instead of CDs, all these help ensure that you do not fill your personal space with unnecessary clutter.

15. Borrow whatever you don’t need to buy. While it may be nice to own you own items, minimalists are encouraged to instead borrow items that they would use instead of buying them. This reduces the number of possessions they have and helps ensure they do not rack up clutter or hoard items. As long as you keep the borrowed items safe and the lender doesn’t mind sharing, prefer to borrow items instead of buying them.

16. Always choose quality over quantity. This is for the simple fact that quality items last longer than cheap alternatives. Whenever you decide to buy an item, buy one with the highest quality available. It will last you longer and ensure that you do have to keep replacing it and piling up trash.

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17. Budget your time. Just as you budget your resources, budget your time. Ensure that all the things you endeavour to do are geared towards edifying you. Do not do things for the just for the sake of it but enjoy whatever time you spend doing something.

18. Delegate as much as possible. As often as possible, value your time and ensure that all tasks that can be executed by someone else are given to someone else. This is so as to give the minimalist more time to execute the tasks more important to them or those that the minimalist is better equipped to perform.

19. Before getting an item, get rid of another. One good rule of thumb for the minimalist is to ensure that before making a purchase of something, get rid of any items already owned. This protects against clutter and the handling too many items.

20. Get rid of emotional clutter. Just as the physical clutter can eat into physical space, emotional clutter can eat up mental space. In a bid to live a minimalist lifestyle, avoid emotional baggage and instead find healthy outlets to ensure your mental state reflects your physical space.

21. Dissociate value from material things. In becoming a good minimalist, one needs to stop placing too much value on material possessions. This is only achievable by placing importance on essential materials.

23. Eat simple and healthy foods. The minimalist lifestyle extends to eating habits. One should eat foods that meet nutrition standards and try not to over indulge in unnecessarily expensive foods. The foods should also be simple enough to prepare.

24. Decide to live a better life. The whole point of minimalist living is to facilitate happier, more satisfied living. The minimalist needs to work on doing exactly this by embracing more beautiful aspects of living and avoiding wasting time on enjoying pleasures don’t add value to quality of life.

25. Create a savings account. Financial freedom is part of minimalism. Having a savings account and regularly sending money to the account encourages you to continue even living a more minimalist lifestyle because it will ensure you cut out needless subscriptions and expenses. Plus, it will make you more financially stable.

26. Dress with less. Having few shoes, clothes and accessories may sound extreme but it is a good way to begin living a minimalist lifestyle. It makes life less complex and reduces clutter in your wardrobe.

27. Enjoy the journey of living a minimalist lifestyle. Finally, once you’ve adopted or decided to live a minimalist lifestyle, appreciate the little things you have and always live every single day thanking yourself for the path you’ve taken.

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Rinkesh

Rinkesh is passionate about clean and green energy. He is running this site since 2009 and writes on various environmental and renewable energy related topics. He lives a green lifestyle and is often looking for ways to improve the environment around him.

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