Why You Should Subscribe to these Top Full-time RVing Channels on YouTube
How many of you watch YouTube more than you watch cable or shows on your smart TV? The Google video service has not only churned out excellent DIY and cat videos, but has also made stars out of seemingly normal people. Anyone who has a good camera, some editing skills, and a winning personality can become a YouTube sensation.
The best YouTube videos need to cover several bases. They need to be entertaining, informative, and beautifully filmed. It also helps if they are of adequate length (around 20 to 30 minutes) and not overly ad-heavy.
These types of videos can be a challenge to find, but when you do find them, the filmmakers become part of your life and you will end up really looking forward to their next episode.
For those of us interested in RVs and camping, this goes double. We really get attached to our favorite YouTube channels that feature our favorite full-timers, RV tours, DIY projects, and road trips. We also tend to stick with these channels and become subscribers or even Patreon supporters.
The following YouTube channels run the gamut from single travelers and couples living full-time in larger Class A or Class C rigs to minimalists in truck campers or fiberglass trailers. These full-time RVers are all experts in their type of camping. They have been living on the road (maybe in multiple RVs) for at least several years, so these are the ones to watch for both information and inspiration.
1. We’re the Russos
If you want a no-nonsense, to-the-point series of life on the road, be sure to subscribe to We’re the Russos. Joe and Kait have been living on the road for several years and have had experience with many different types of RVs on their search for the perfect home on wheels.
They started out in a Class A towing a Jeep. Then they massively downsized to a Hymer van, and then to a Four-Wheel Campers Hawk flat bed truck camper on a diesel truck.
Each of their videos is beautifully shot without containing irrelevant information. The couple covers their trips around the country, off-road treks, RV and expo tours, gear recommendations, and the challenges of living in a truck camper.
While their videos are entertaining, the best part is Joe and Kaiti. They are friendly and enthusiastic about the RV life and would be wonderful to meet in person.
2. Creativity RV
Robin of Creativity RV has a loyal following for both her great personality and her honest view of life on the road. Robin lives full-time in her Grand Design Solitude 310GK fifth wheel. She previously lived in a Class B and a Class C.
Her videos are brutally honest accounts of her life in her RV and what it’s like to be a single female on the road. She also interviews other full-time RVers as well as people looking to go full-time. Some of her best videos include how to make a living on the road and how to find free boondocking spots for larger rigs.
3. Less Junk, More Journey
Marissa and Nathan of Less Junk, More Journey are unique in this list because they live in their RV with their two children. After selling their house and most of their possessions in 2015, they moved into an Airstream.
Since then, they have tried out several other RVs such as a fifth wheel and a Grand Design 378MBS Class A. They even lived in a van in Hawaii for a month.
The Less Junk, More Journey videos are popular for a reason. They are beautifully filmed with nice music, impromptu chatter from their children, and a real look at life on the road. The couple also shoots videos on RV gear, modifications, RV expos, and unusual campers and trailers.
4. Elsa Rhae & Barron
This young couple is in a class of their own. After leaving their apartment in Kansas City, Elsa Rhae and Barron moved into a tiny Scamp fiberglass camper with their dog, Kamp. They eschew the typical RV life and live more on the minimal side with a modular battery setup from Goal Zero, very simple wardrobes and gear, and their trusty Subaru towing it all.
Out of all these RV videos, this couple’s film style is totally unique. They show unusual camera angles and play great music. Their clips cover subjects ranging from cleaning and cooking in their RV to hiking and backpacking adventures. The couple recently purchased 40 acres in Colorado. Now their Scamp camper is a tiny house sitting on their land.
5. Off-Grid Backcountry Adventures
On his YouTube channel, Brian Galyon and his dog, Sierra, get back to basics. Brian has been living full-time in his Toyota Tacoma with a truck topper since 2015. In the winter, he lives in a 4-season tent with a wood stove in the backcountry of Colorado and Arizona.
His videos are not flashy and full of music or fancy cuts. They’re simple and basic with realistic views of life in the woods and the high desert.
Brian recently purchased a vintage Jayco Yellowstone camper that he has parked on his property. He gives full coverage of how he lives off-grid and what he does with his land and gear. Again, like his videos, Brian keeps his DIY projects basic, simple, and budget-friendly.
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Christina is a writer and designer who has written about camping, tiny houses, and alternative living since 2008. She recently traded in her teardrop trailer for a 13-foot fiberglass trailer from 1982.
Everyone has to make choices. Most of these bloggers came from back rounds other than rv’ing, so take what they offer knowing that. Too many people get into this and stay by trial and error….that is expensive. When you change rigs every year or two (more often in some cases), it’s too costly for normal people to pursue. The same holds true with the products and services these bloggers claim are the best. By-in-large people who look for help in the rv realm are still rooted in jobs that are stationary- totally the opposite of most bloggers. Personally, I like information based on facts. There are a few people out there who really help rv’ers in a cost conscious way: Love Your RV, RV Miles, MY RV Works, and RV Street are a few examples. These people all have technical back rounds and share useful information to rv’ers . You can trust the material they share.
On the list of 5, I only saw one of the people you mention on YouTube, Less Junk, More Journey, and don’t follow any more. The episode of Marissa and Nathan are not very interesting, especially now they are in Hawaii. I am surprise you do not have “Tails of Wanderlust”, or “Wandering Weekends”, or “Keep Your Daydream – E3 Camping Association”, or “RV Miles”. I learn something when I watch the one I just mention, but that is just my opinion.
I agree with you on some, like Creativity RV, some I am putting on my list to watch but others are getting away from “what/who brought them to the dance” and we end up watching the most boring aspect of their life. Really, going to Hawaii amid covid mandates and putting your children in the “mask hoax”. Sorry but I’m not watching that any longer. And as for the Russo’s, it was painful to witness the interaction with his mom. Agree to disagree.
Leaving Keep Your Daydream off the list is a huge oversight….Marc and Trish are fun, informative, and great at sharing camping and towing info. It’s the best RV related channel!
These are not “typical” RV people. We are looking for motorhome folks that go to normal RV sites around the country.
Keep your Daydream has become the standard in content and production for a YouTube RV channel. Traveling Robert is also very good. Not sure how they were not considered.
Brian Off-Grid is a gem. He’s one of the guys- if not THE guy- who launched me into RV’ing from a camping perspective, as I’ve always been a rough-it guy and primitive camper/hunter. My gear accumulation takes up half my garage as proof! Mostly because I have provisions for a family of 6+…but I digress. Last year my oldest son went full time in a 5th wheel- and loves it. Got his fiancé’ and 2 brother pups on board too. I feel like we are just getting started… Brian resonates in me. The Russo’s do also.