10 Tips For Full Time RVing With Kids

Full time RVing with kids is becoming more and more popular. Why wouldn’t it be? Telecommuting jobs and other forms of online work are increasingly abundant.

It just makes sense to get out there and see the world. That said, RVing in general—especially with kids—is not all sunshine and roses. There are some things you will want to know to ensure the longevity of your adventures.

1. Choose your RV wisely

Choose your RV wisely. A rig with a separate bunk room and master bedroom is crucial.   Some families might also want to consider a rig with two bathrooms.

2. Set up an outdoor living space

Even the biggest RV is going to seem tiny at times. For this reason, it is important that you set up an outdoor living space wherever you park. Doing so will give you and your family a place to escape when things feel crowded.

3. Purge, purge, purge

Kids come with a lot of stuff. Of course, you will want to purge of toys, clothes, and household items before you even move into your RV. That said, you’ll also want to purge again at least every six months to keep clutter at a minimum.

4. Stay organized, but get accustomed to mess

Keep in mind that no matter how much you organize your RV, there is always going to be clutter. For this reason, you will need to learn to embrace the mess as a sign that your family is really making the most of life.

5. Discuss water and electricity conservation

Electricity, water, and waste tank space are limited when you're dry camping. This means you can’t run water mindlessly or leave electronics running. You will have to take the time to teach your kids these things.

6. Dole out chores

These tasks might look different than typical household chores, but kids can do things like wipe down countertops and sinks, help dump tanks, and even walk trash to the campground dumpster if they’re old enough.

7. Roadschool your way

Don’t worry about doing the same thing a school would do or conforming to any style of homeschooling. Instead, pick and choose what works for your family, making sure you allow it to morph as your family grows and changes.

8. Know where to find traveling friends

The trick is knowing where to find other RVing families. We’ve found that Thousand Trails campgrounds are always full of full time RVing families. Additionally, communities like Fulltime Families have events for younger RVers.

9. Include the kids in planning

People tend to be much more excited about trips that they help plan. Within reason, try to give the kids a say in where you go and what you do. Offer choices as often as possible, and always take everyone’s opinions into account.

10. Take things slow

Traveling slowly will help keep you on the road longer. This can be challenging at first, since you start out wanting to see and do ALL the things.  However, trying to live in vacation mode for more than a couple of months will definitely lead to burnout.