Before setting off for RV living while on assignment, consider the pros and cons of the lifestyle. While tiny house living is popular, is it right for you and your family? Can your hobbies fit into RV living? What are the costs of an RV versus traditional travel housing? These, and others, are important to ask when making the decision to pack up your RV and head out of town for your next assignment.
As with your interest in becoming a traveler, research is a key factor in decision making. In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of RV living while on assignment.
Pros of RV Living While on Assignment
Because you will be living simply while on the road, RV living while on assignment may make sense for you. There are advantages like the following:
- No need to pack your entire house. The RV will already have the basics like utensils, pillows, towels, and other essentials. Pack your essentials and favorite items and you’re ready to hit the road!
- Easier to travel with pets. Sometimes, hotels and other housing options do not allow pets.
- Family can travel with you. Tiny home living is popular these days and there are families like the Walls family who live in an RV full-time, who offer tips and resources.
- Select assignments near loved ones. If you’re seeking to connect with family and friends, select an assignment near them as well as near an RV park so you don’t feel as separated from people.
- Find other travel nurses who are RV living while on assignment. They may be your best resource for answering questions about the lifestyle.
- You have more privacy, and the space is always yours. You can leave your belongings where you like them, establish your own routine, and not have to worry about someone else.
- You’re not locked into a lease for three months or more. Though you may have to book a spot at an RV park, especially if you’re staying for a few months.
- Rent an RV before purchasing one. Take it for a weekend road trip before making the decision to live in one full-time. If you think you can live in one longer-term, then research different types of RVs and RV parks. Get the information before making the investment.
- Purchasing an RV using a loan may offer tax benefits. Check with your tax professional for details.
While it sounds like RV living while on assignment is just the adventure you’re seeking, consider the negative side also. Will it end up being more work in the end, or will it all be worth it regardless?
Cons of RV Living While on Assignment
- There will be maintenance and upkeep on the RV like there would be if you owned a home. Keep this in mind as you budget and save money as a travel nurse.
- Finding a travel assignment near an RV park may be challenging. You may have a longer commute time than if you lived in housing provided by the agency.
- Wi-Fi access may be spotty. If you’re keeping in touch with loved ones via phone and video, it may be challenging to connect from an RV, especially in a remote location.
- Gas prices can be expensive.
- The bathroom and laundry situation can be difficult. While your RV may have a bathroom, you will have to deal with the waste. If it doesn’t have a washer and dryer you will need to search for a laundry mat in the area, especially if it is remote.
- Additional vehicle. Consider if the RV can tow your car and the cost of towing the additional weight as well. You will need some basic mechanical know-how of general RV living as well as towing a vehicle.
- RVs are slower to drive than a car or taking a plane ride. Plan your travel accordingly.
While there are advantages to RV living while on assignment, there can be setbacks too. Considerations like cost, additional vehicle, and location, among others, could make or break your decision to take your RV on the road and head to your next assignment.