We’re Going To Live In Our RV Full-Time!

Can you believe that it’s been almost five months since we bought our RV? Since that time, we haven’t regretted our purchase one bit. Being able to travel and work at the same time is a wonderful thing. We have taken part in RV living almost full-time, except for around 6 or 7 days when we’ve gone home…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: May 24, 2023

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RV Living - Travel and Work On The RoadCan you believe that it’s been almost five months since we bought our RV?

Since that time, we haven’t regretted our purchase one bit. Being able to travel and work at the same time is a wonderful thing.

We have taken part in RV living almost full-time, except for around 6 or 7 days when we’ve gone home to entertain visitors from out of town.

We’ve decided that we will travel and work in the RV full-time starting in February of 2016. Yes, we are going to get rid of our house in Colorado and store all of our belongings!

I am extremely excited about the decision we made and I know that the next year or however long we decide to do this for will be a great time.

One thing that many of you have had questions about is how life has been like now that I am working full-time in the RV and traveling at the same time.

Well, it’s been a lot of fun.

We have traveled to many different places in the United States in the last several months and we have made some exciting plans for 2016 as well. There have been some difficulties when it comes to being able to travel and work on the road, but nothing that would make me want to stop RVing.

 

Wi-fi and cell service aren’t always the greatest.

The only thing that stinks about RVing is that you never really know if you will have service. This is the only real thing that makes being able to travel and work on the road difficult.

There have been several times when I’ve wanted to fling my laptop and phone out the RV window due to not having wi-fi or cell service for days.

Haha, I wish I was joking, but it’s the truth. Sometimes the signal is amazing and other times I feel like I am on Mars and trying to find a signal.

In fact, while writing this blog post it took me a few days to upload it. I only had a few hours of service in a FOUR day period. AH!

It’s not always bad, though. Right now we are coming across a lot of bad wi-fi mainly because we are moving fast and we’re stopping at a lot of campgrounds in the middle of nowhere. I know that once we are traveling a little more slowly that wi-fi won’t be as hard to come across.

Also, I’ve had a lot of you ask what I’m using for internet. I am using a Verizon MiFi Jetpack.

Related: Are You Interested In Traveling The World And Working At The Same Time?

 

Affiliate income has made RV living easier.

Above is why I’m happy that I’ve decided to focus more of my time on somewhat passive income streams such as affiliate income.

Due to the fact that I can’t always work due to unreliable wi-fi, it’s nice to not have as many deadlines to meet.

I’m on track to earn around $30,000 a month from affiliate programs for the foreseeable future, which is a great thing to think about!

 

Working ahead has been a lifesaver.

For the most part, I have the majority of my posts for the next few months already written. Of course, there are some posts (like this one), where I try to write them as late as I can due to the fact that they are life updates.

Working ahead is what has really helped me. Whenever I don’t have a signal, I am less likely to panic due to the fact that I don’t have many things that need to be worked on ASAP anymore.

Another thing that has also helped significantly is that I am also scheduling my pins on Pinterest through Tailwind. This is something I highly recommend if you are trying to increase your Pinterest traffic.

 

I love being able to travel and work on the road.

Overall, I have really enjoyed working on the road. I don’t see that changing anytime soon either. I am having a great time seeing new things, meeting new people, spending more time with Wes and our dogs, and more.

I know it’s not a full-time vacation, but sometimes it definitely feels that way!

Are you interested in being able to travel and work on the road at the same time? Why or why not? Also, enjoy my recent RV living pictures below.

 

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Author: Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Hey! I’m Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and I am the founder of Making Sense of Cents. I’m passionate about all things personal finance, side hustles, making extra money, and online businesses. I have been featured in major publications such as Forbes, CNBC, Time, and Business Insider. Learn more here.

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  1. I’d love working and travaeling at the same time, is true sometimes wifi aren’t great but work ahead could be a lifesaver, however Rv life could be great to visit new places and find inspirations!!!

  2. That sounds completely awesome Michelle! I hope you guys are RVing somewhere in the southern US right now since it’s so cold and snowy in the frozen north at present!

  3. Hannah

    I’m hoping to convince my husband of the merits of slow travel for a few months after he graduates (maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t).

    It seems like your internet situation is pretty great all things considered. I had a friend who decided to do their SEO consulting business while on the road, and she said she ended up spending too much time at Starbucks because they were the only location that reliably had Wi-Fi (this was maybe 7 years ago). I’m guessing that internet technology has actually come a long way since then.

    1. Yes, internet technology has definitely increased!

  4. Hahaha, love the photo of the MacBook in the great outdoors! Not a combo we see too often. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wow, I had no idea that you were having so much trouble getting on the internet, but it totally makes sense, especially if you’re out in the woods or at the beach a lot. At least you can draft blog posts while offline and post them later when you have a window of service. Happy travels, wherever you are this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Sarah! Yes, I had some bad luck with internet recently but I think it will go back to normal soon haha.

  5. Tara

    I’m surpised even with Verizon you get such bad service out west. I always though Verizon was king since they bought AllTell over a decade ago. When I worked in Yellowstone (server at Canyon Lodge), Verizon/AllTell was the only carrier that worked at the time in our entire Canyon Village. That was over 10 years ago, though so I think at least AT&t has caught up.

    I would enjoy traveling across the country like you two lucky ducks. Do you know how much you spend on average in fuel per month vs how far you drive? I think I might prefer a small 4×4 car and a pop-up, for better gas mileage, but then you lose the great space of the RV so it’s a trade-off. I’d enjoy an expense update on your travels if you ever feel like posting!

    1. We spent a lot on gas last month because we were moving fast since my husband was touring on his bike.

      I’ll have to do an RV budget post soon. Great idea!

  6. Rae

    Love reading the updates on the RV life… we are facing a new direction in our life and selling it all and buying an RV was #1 on my list…. only thing is that it didn’t even make hubby’s list. He lives the life of zero vision… lol

  7. Hooray for your Instagram photos. I can’t wait to hear about the day you turn photography into another side hustle. You’re crazy talented. Kudos to you on all of your travels AND all of your successes. Thanks for being a great reminder to us all that it’s never too early or too late to pursue your passions and goals. Happy Friday!

    1. Ha I feel like my photography skills stink so thank you for the compliment ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I think it would be fun if we didn’t have kids. With kids, it would be an awesome adventure but EXTREMELY hard to get anything done! Happy for you – enjoy every moment!

    1. Haha yes I think it would be much more difficult with children. Plus, you would need a much bigger RV!

    2. Full-timing in the rv in incredibly fun with kids!My 12yos and I have been on the road for 2 years now, and enjoying every minute! I did it with my older kids (now grown) for 6 months and the only reason we settled into stix and brix was because of my paranoia of what their dad would do if we stayed on the road. But that was it – just my own paranoia. Don’t think he really cared.

  9. Brittany

    This looks and sounds so wonderful!! I’m so glad that all the time you spent working on building your passive affiliate income has paid off!

  10. Michelle

    Wow, I’m so motivated to do something similar! Good for you! Can’t wait to hear more updates in the future.

  11. Andy H

    Jeez Michelle, you’re really making me want to get out of my apartment and get an RV, VW bus or small house on wheels and live on the road. Great updates on this though, interesting to read about.

  12. What an awesome opportunity! Someday when our kids are on their own I would love to work on the road. Until then, I will have to live vicariously through your blog posts.

  13. You have some of the most amazing “work” views, that’s for sure. The cellular hot spot is great, if you’re looking for a new laptop in the future you might want to consider looking into one with WWAN card embedded. This way you don’t have to carry around the hot spot.

    1. Interesting! I am not super techy so I had no idea that I could do that. With a WWAN, that means that my laptop would directly connect to my Verizon account?

      1. That’s correct. You won’t need to carry a hot spot around. You can also use your notebook as a hot spot and share the connection with other laptops.

  14. That sounds like a lot of fun! I checked out this MB Sprinter Airstream at the auto show and it was awesome!

    Affiliate income is definitely the way to go. So much more passive. Once you hit $30,000, getting to $50,000+ a month should be no problem. The key is to build REAL ASSETS with that income just in case things unwind.

    Sam

  15. Elizabeth

    yes! i am very interested to learn how to work from the road and rv full time. we have a 3 yr old and 1 year old. my husband and i are both do support for software and database. our 5 year plan is to be able to live off one salary while the other blogs and home(rv)schools the kids. sometimes this dream seems so unreachable so i try to stay positive and move towards it one decision at a time.

  16. Being able to work remotely and at a beach or deep in the forest is a goal for sure! I don’t know about not having internet connection for an unforseeable amount of time though. It’s so hard to detach. What do you do when you’re frustrated you can’t find a signal??

    1. Usually I can just drive like a mile and I’ll have a signal. It’s not a huge deal. It was mostly my fault. I assumed that northern California along the coast would have good internet just because it’s California haha. That was a mistake!

      1. I live in CA and there are actually a lot of places where the signal is spotty. It’s especially spotty along the coast, like you said surprisingly!

  17. Stockbeard

    Congrats! Sounds like a lot of fun, and just like full time vacation ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Sounds like a great schedule ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Wow! What an exciting update! I definitely want to hear more about the logistics of this decision. If I were mobile full-time I would definitely be chasing nice weather. How are you deciding where you travel, especially over the winter?

    I certainly hope the US will get its wifi coverage up to snuff quickly to make your life easier!

    1. Yes, we are definitely chasing nice weather! We plan on spending all of December in national parks in California (Death Valley and Joshua Tree, specifically).

  20. Living in the RV should be fun. I can’t wait to read your updates. $30,000 in affiliate income per month is awesome. I have to put in more work with mine.

    1. Trust me, I never thought $30K a month would be possible. I think you can do it Jason!

  21. Congratulations on the exciting change, Michelle! It looks like you are living the good life ๐Ÿ™‚ Does your husband work from the road as well? I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures on the road in 2016!

    1. Thanks! Yes, he helps me out with my online business.

  22. Michelle, is that a freaking Redwood in one of your photos?? Gorgeous and HUGE. I am not surprised by this at all. You two have been on the road constantly, what’s the point to having an empty house? Have fun, be safe, and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Working and Travelling together, seems lot’s of fun, however like you said, it has it’s con too, where you have seen WIFI as a trouble, but leaving a house for an RV still sounds scary to me, anyway good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It’s fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it depends on if you like to travel, though. I love traveling!

  24. This sounds SO exciting! I want to do it, too. Just need to learn how to drive first! ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. You’re an inspiration! I’ve been working on how to do more traveling and less time needing wifi to get “work” done.

  26. Catherine

    I’ve always thought about living the RV life, I can’t wait to hear more about it. I skydive every weekend, and my dream is to travel to different dropzones year round and an RV would definitely help with that!

  27. Jess

    Wow, congratulations. This is incredible. Living full time in an RV while you travel is also going to be fantastic to write about on your blog. I can’t wait to read of the details of how things are going and how you adjust things to make it work. Very exciting!

  28. You’re living the dream! My husband wants to buy a semi with beds so he can take us on the road for work. I think an RV sounds a whole lot more comfortable!

  29. What an exciting update! I would love to work and travel the world at the same time, and it’s on my bucket list to travel across the U.S. in an RV. But I don’t think I would be able to live in a RV full-time, because I’m such a homebody that I think I would get too homesick. Do you ever get homesick, or do you feel like your RV is your new home now? Have fun and continue to enjoy this experience!

    1. Thanks! I feel like our RV is our home so I don’t miss it ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, we sold our house so now we are just in a rental, and the rental doesn’t really feel like home.

  30. Bryan

    Yes! My life goal is to be location independent just like you are now. I love to travel and get out and about. It’s so great to follow your updates. You keep mine, and Im sure many others, energy alive to make it happen. Being in an RV full time sounds awesome.

    Great pics too!

  31. Nice Michelle! I’ve been wanting to have my own RV and just travel and enjoy the experience. Good luck and have fun!

  32. Very cool, Michelle! I enjoy all your Instagram posts. I really don’t follow many people on Instagram, but I like seeing what you and Wes are up to. I actually thought you already lived and worked from the RV full-time : 0 I think the transition will be easy for you and great to hear about your affiliate income. I’d love to have a “second” full-time income from affiliate $ alone and it will definitely be a focus of mine next year.

    1. We are pretty much in it all the time, but we still have our rental in Colorado. It’s pretty much just for storage though haha.

  33. Make sure to check into using bulk discounts at camp sites. I can’t recall which one it was (it wasn’t KOA) that offered awesome discounts per year to go to any camp site.

  34. We actually just got finished with northern California ๐Ÿ™

  35. This is AWESOME – congrats! I definitely would consider this! It might take some getting used to not having a “home-base” but I think it would definitely be doable!

  36. What an awesome adventure!!! Do you have a path in mind or just a general direction?

    Can I make a suggestion? Document each day, a bit like Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” and then publish it (eBook or traditional).

    Enjoy!

    1. Thanks Diane! We plan on following good weather ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Very cool! My wife and I will be doing the same thing at the end of next year as we roll into this whole “early retirement” thing. You’re right, the mobile Internet issue is still very much the most important element of this lifestyle change that I probably won’t dig too much. Campground wi-fi is never any good. I’ll be using a Verizon Mifi once we eventually make the move.

    First thing is first, though…gotta decide on what Airstream we wanna buy. That’s the fun part. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Thanks! We haven’t published a monthly expense report yet but we are thinking about it ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Lindsay VanSomeren

    If you can make it to Alaska sometime during the summer, I highly recommend it (not during the winter – that road is crazy)!

    I just moved away from there a year ago to Colorado after living in Fairbanks for 10 years. It is AMAZING in ways that words can’t even describe. And there is a thriving RV culture along the roads, of which there are few but well worth every mile.

    If you ever need any info about where to go and what to do, feel free to write me! I love talking about Alaska! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. We are planning to go there either this summer or next! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Hey Michelle,

    Awesome stuff and inspiring. We’re planning on doing the RV thing in the US ourselves in 2016. Hopefully we’ll meet up someplace ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Yes, we should meet up! When will you be in the US?

      1. Sometime after May ๐Ÿ™‚ Got lots of travel planning and biz stuff to get on top of but asap.

  41. This is so exciting! I never really considered RV travel as another option for being a digital nomad, I automatically think overseas travel, but I think it’s awesome. I’m so excited to read more about your adventures!

  42. Christine

    I think it will be an awesome adventure. So much to see in the states. It would be fun to travel to all the national parks. My niece traveled the US in an RV and mapped their trip according to the weather. I think Wyoming and Portland were my favorite shares from her.

    Looking forward to your updates! It can’t be easy giving up a house despite the need for adventure.

  43. My husband and I lived fulltime in a RV for 13 years. We worked at campgrounds and resorts to earn a living for the first 7 years. We were hired by the National Park Service at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, where I worked as a park ranger for 5 seasons. I was 60 when we retired from the road and bought a little house on 5 acres in Georgia. I loved every minute of my live living in the RV. It was fun, we saw a lot of places, and we made a lot of friends who keep in touch, all over the United States. I would recomment this life to anyone!

  44. #LifeGoals
    We are contemplating leaving Colorado for a job opportunity right now and wondering whether to sell our house. If only I was ready to transition to self-employment. My blog is just a baby though and I’m not considering it a business yet. Maybe if I start thinking about it that way I will figure out how to monetize it.

  45. Sara

    How much data do you have with the mi-fi? Traveling year round sounds amazing!

    1. They have numerous plans and we just upgrade and downgrade as we go. They have unlimited plans, but you have to buy a grandfathered plan in order to get it.

  46. The Van Cave Project

    Great article. As programmers we make money by taking on small projects when we need to but this is considerably harder whilst living in a vehicle as opposed to hotel rooms. Affiliate income sounds like a great option if you know you won’t always be connected. Thanks for sharing!