Sometimes, campground living comes with so many great memories and opportunities, that you may not want to leave. Or maybe you’re just simply no longer in need of a big house and want to downsize to something more manageable. Destination trailers are great for full-time RVing, but switching to this lifestyle requires some prep and serious thought. That’s why RV Station - Colbert has provided some tips to get you started. If you have additional concerns, simply stop by our location serving Sherman, McKinney, and Gainesville, Texas and chat with one of our friendly professionals.
Why a Destination Trailer?
Destination trailers certainly aren’t your only option for full-time RV living, but they can provide some unique benefits that you might not find in other models. They’re going to be bigger, which is important when you’re talking about making it your primary home. Downsizing shouldn’t mean cramped living. They also might come with features that you’d more commonly associate with a stationary home, like a washer/dryer hookup or a fireplace. In general, they’re customized to try and replicate modern living without having to give up the joys of camping.
As you’re narrowing down your model options, you’ll want to think about some other ways you can prepare for full-time RVing. Everyone’s prep is going to be a little bit different, but we highly recommend going on a practice run. And we don’t just mean seeing how you feel in your destination RV for the weekend. This test run should last for several weeks or even months.
The goal is to see if you can get by with the limited space you’ll have, as well as to get a better idea of what kinds of challenges to expect once you fully switch over. Remember that any issues you run into should be approached with the knowledge that in the future, you won’t have a big house to return to. If you find this isn’t your thing, you might want to reconsider. While we love full-time RVing, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so these trial runs are important.
Getting Rid of Junk
As you’re testing the waters, think about what you’re going to do with your possessions. Odds are, the number of “things” you have right now isn’t going to fit inside your destination trailer. It’s one of the benefits of choosing an RV over a home that can accumulate junk, but trying to downsize can be tough. Some full-timers get a storage unit to hold some of the supplies that won’t fit in the trailer, though you might feel better if you can just purge as much of your stuff as you can.
If you’re finding this to be a struggle, consider setting aside everything you think you absolutely can’t live without, and work from there. If you find you still don’t have room for it all, then you might be hanging onto something you can actually get rid of. If you find you have some space, then go back to the things you got rid of and carefully select some knick knacks to survive the cut. Keep in mind, this won’t be an afternoon project. It’ll probably take some trial and error, which could be helped with those practice runs, so make this one of your long-term goals, rather than a last minute adjustment.
This should cover many of your first steps, but because this is such a big lifestyle change, this certainly isn’t the end of the line when it comes to preparation. For those of you need help with the next steps, or if you’re ready to start looking at some destination trailers for sale, then stop by RV Station - Colbert and let one of our experienced staff know how we can help you. We proudly serve Sherman, McKinney, and Gainesville, Texas, offering great models like the Keystone Springdale, the Palomino Puma, and the Forest River Rockwood.
This information is for educational purposes. VIARV shall not be responsible nor retain liability for RVer’s use of the provided information. Prior to making any RV service decision, you are advised to consult with an RV professional.