Becoming an RV Family – How We Travel Full-Time With 4 Kids and 2 Dogs

Today, I have a great post from a fellow RV friend. They are an RV family of 6, plus 2 dogs, who travel full-time in their RV living in a motorhome. We started RVing last year and I know that many of you have had questions about raising a family in an RV. Below is…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: December 28, 2023

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Becoming a full-time RV family is something that many people think about. With this post, you will learn how to make your dream a reality!Today, I have a great post from a fellow RV friend. They are an RV family of 6, plus 2 dogs, who travel full-time in their RV living in a motorhome. We started RVing last year and I know that many of you have had questions about raising a family in an RV. Below is a post from Bryanna and she explains how being an RV family is possible, enjoy!

We built our family dream house on a 1/2 acre with a pool, swing set, and sandbox. We were set. Then we sold it all to buy an RV and travel around the US with our 4 kids and 2 dogs!

We have been living in our RV for over 2 years now and it has been a roller coaster ride of emotions and experiences, but it has all been worth it.

You’re probably wondering how we went from living the American dream to becoming homeless nomads.

Here you go!

Related content to living in an RV with kids: 

Here’s how we do RV living with kids.


House To RV

How We Went From Our Dream House To Living In An RV

My husband and I were high school sweethearts. We starting dating the beginning of Junior Year. We ended up going to the same college, got engaged after Junior year, had an amazing wedding 2 years later, built our first house, then got a couple dogs.

Next step was to sell our house and build a bigger house so we could have a family, because we were under the impression bigger was better, bigger was needed…

So that is what we did.

Built a 2700 sq. foot house with 4 bedrooms on a 1/2 acre and eventually fixed up our basement to give us more than 3000 total sq. ft.

It was a dream house. We literally designed it to have everything that we wanted. It was the house we would grow old in and have grandkids come back to. It was that house. The house was on a dead end with a large open field next to it. We really couldn’t ask for more.

Next came starting a family. We started with 1, then unexpectedly got pregnant with twins, then had 1 more. So, in 4 short years we went from no kids to a family of 4 plus 2 dogs. During this time our house continued to fill up with more and more things. We literally had every toy you could imagine, and our friends would come over to have their kids play at our house so they could figure out what to buy their kids for Christmas. Seriously, we had that many toys.

Life was good. Really, we can’t complain.

The only thing was every weekend was spent going to Home Depot or Target to buy things to keep filling our house or to fix something that got broken. Then when we weren’t at the store, we were spending so much time taking care of the things we did have. Cleaning the house, cutting the grass, putting things away, building new things.

It really consumed us. We were having less and less family time and more time spent working at our jobs or on our house.

Related: Downsizing Your Home? Here’s How I Went From A 2,000 Square Foot House To An RV


Feeling Suffocated In The “American Dream”

We started to feel suffocated in this amazing house and life we had built. Money was tight. We had to pay for this house and we could afford it, but it didn’t leave much extra. At this point my husband was working a 9 to 5 and I was a stay-at-home Mom with a direct sales business on the side. That did bring in a couple thousand a month to help cover birthday parties, activities, and those trips to the store. But that was it. We were always playing catch-up, and life was so busy with what we came to feel were meaningless things.

We didn’t have the amount of family time that we wanted. To really just be a family without a bunch of distractions. And we knew that having less and traveling as a family would help deepen our family bond.

Hence the idea started brewing about first downsizing then freeing up time and money and, finally, traveling. We had been planning to homeschool the kids since our oldest was 2, so that opened a huge door since we weren’t stuck on the school schedule. My husband had a job in IT which meant he was working remote 1 day a week and could potentially do more remote work or find another job which offered that.

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Making The Decision To RV Full-Time

We looked into downsizing and talked with my sister and her family about buying a duplex together. They were in the same mindset as us and were ready to change it up. Then we started finding these other families online that were traveling full-time. WOW, it looked like an amazing life!

With the 2 dogs we knew hotel hopping wouldn’t work, so what is the best way to travel with pets? An RV! We started looking for an RV that we could take on short trips once we downsized. We found a 29 foot Class C which we bought to give it a go. We took our first long trip to Florida in January, and we were hooked. We called my sister and said let’s forget the duplex and travel full-time in our RV!


They were on board and so the crazy journey to downsize from 3000 sq. feet to a less then 400 sq. foot RV began! We did end up selling the Class C and upgrading to a 39 foot diesel class A motorhome. You can check out our setup here.

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


How we downsized for RV living:

The first round of downsizing wasn’t that hard.

It was a matter getting rid of the things we knew we wanted to get rid of and just hadn’t taken the time to do it. We used online tools like local Facebook garage sales pages and Craigslist to get rid of a lot of our larger items. Then we tried a garage sale, but given where our house was located, we didn’t get a lot of action. And we spent a lot of time pricing everything… I think we overpriced a lot, too. It seems like we thought our stuff was worth more then it really was.

We quickly learned that lesson and sold a lot more!

The next round of downsizing was harder.

This was going through each room to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of. This is where the mind shift started to happen. Did the kids really need 5 sweatshirts what are we going to do with all of these books?! Did we really have to keep all of those Christmas lights when we only used half of them. Things like that. We started looking at our stuff differently and really evaluating what we wanted to have versus what we had just because we didn’t want to make a decision to get rid of it or not. Just keeping it had been easier.


We got through that next round, and things were starting to clear out. At this time we hadn’t sold our house yet, so the pressure wasn’t on. We didn’t have a leave date in sight, so we were taking our time and letting our mind-set shift. In comes Christmas . . . I always went crazy at Christmas and bought the kids so many gifts. Even though I knew they’d only play with a few presents and the rest would be quickly forgotten.

I scaled back, but what we’d bought combined with all of their well-meaning grandparents’ and extended family’s gifts, we filled up a lot of the emptiness we’d worked so hard to make! Did I mention this was a journey for us??

After the holidays we got back at it. People started to show more interest in the house, so we knew we needed to do some drastic clearing out. It was an emotional process. I was so attached to the kids’ toys and things – more so than they were! I had to dig deep to get past that. We included the kids in the process and didn’t just take things away, but instead asked them to help make the decisions. They were great with it. They were much quicker to let go of things than I was. It really helped me with the process and to realize, if they could let go so easily then so could I.


Gradually, things started to clear out again and our mindset continued to shift. Then came the big day! An offer on the house – things just got real! We ended up having a huge rummage sale at my sister’s house since she was located on a busy street. We didn’t price anything but instead told people to make an offer on what they wanted. This was WAY easier. And we made an agreement that nothing would come home with us. We sold a lot and everything else was donated.


Leaving Our Dream House For Full Time RV Living

Then it came down to 30 days before closing. Meanwhile, we had sold our class C and bought a Class A – which my husband did some remodeling to so we could fit. Then I was actually able to bring things out to the RV to see how much space we would have.

During this 30 day window I lost 10 pounds (no time to stop and eat!) and slept about 4 hours a night… but we did it. We downsized to what we could fit into our RV and our cars. Yes, my husband’s car did turn into our garage for a few months. And we only ended up with about 4 storage bins which we kept in my parent’s basement. They were mostly filled with photos and other family memories.

That last day leaving the house was so emotional. Again the kids were good with it and didn’t shed a tear. Granted, they were 6, 4, 4, and 2 at the time. But they were able to move on without looking back. For my husband and me, it wasn’t that easy.

During the 30 days leading up to leaving, there was a day when I stood in the kitchen bawling and asking my husband if we were making the right decision. I physically did not feel like I’d be able to walk out of this dream house we had built and leave it all behind. He said, “Do we want to look back 10 years from now and say we wish we would’ve? Or do we want to close this chapter in our life and start a new one? And guess what? If we don’t like it, we can always come back, buy a house, and go back to our old life.” That actually gave me the strength to make this big change and move on.

That was it. NO, I didn’t want to look back and wish we’d done it. I loved our dream house, but I knew it would hold us back financially and time-wise from doing the things we wanted to do. We pushed forward. Then the day came where we actually had to hand the keys over.

My parents watched the kids so my husband and I could walk through one more time and shove all the last minute items into my husband’s car . . . there was more than we thought.

We walked through the house crying and sharing all our great memories there. We had brought all of the kids home from the hospital to this house. There were great parties and get-togethers. All of it flashed through our mind.

We headed down to the kitchen and just held each other while all of these memories and emotions came crashing down. It was HARD, but we did it. We left, went to the closing and handed the keys over – luckily to a family that we knew and knew would enjoy the house as much as we did. That definitely made it easier.

And we closed that chapter in our lives and moved on to the next one. Well, not that easily. I did cry every day for the first week. Luckily, my sister and her family had moved into the campground with us – and were staying right next door. That definitely made the transition easier. Gradually things got better, and I started to realize what we had been looking to do. Hours weren’t spent on cleaning any more. All of our stuff was manageable and there was more and more focused family time.


Looking back, I can’t believe that we actually did it.

There were so many variables that came up. Was this right for our kids, was it OK not to have a house, how were we going to manage financially?

We kept focusing on our why.

We wanted more time to deepen our family bond. We wanted all of us to be able to focus more on each other. And, above everything else, that family bond was the most important thing.


Did We Make The Right Decision Living In A RV?

We still question if this is right for our family and our kids. But we keep a pulse on it day in and day out. We talk to our kids and ask what they want.

We talk to each other to make sure it still makes sense for our family.

All of these conversations have helped put our travel style together. We may spend a week or 2 out doing a lot of exploring and then have a week where we just stay at the campground so everyone can hang out.

Grand Prismatic Yellowstone National Park

Being a parent and having kids is so hard no matter where you are and what you are doing. You always question if what you are doing for your kids is the right thing.

That hasn’t changed for us.

Our belief in our family bond and giving our kids a life of freedom and choice is what continues to push us to live our life outside of the conventional way. We want to show our kids the world and to make the road, its adventures and experiences, their classroom.


My husband I also didn’t realize how much this lifestyle would change us. We are pushed outside of our comfort zone every day. We are living our life to the fullest and not settling. We are making our own path.

Don’t get me wrong, this has brought on challenges for us all personally and in our relationships, but we have come out stronger as persons, a couple, and a family.



How We Afford To Travel Full-Time with 4 Kids and 2 Dogs

The question we get asked the most about our current life is how do we afford it?

Don’t worry, we aren’t offended and always wondered (and still do) how the families we were seeing online were able to do this.

In our situation my husband was able to go remote with his job. He did have to do some work to make this happen, since no one at his company was working remotely full-time. But, through being a hard worker and them wanting to keep him on board, he was able to make it work. The only problem was he had to work 9 to 5 everyday and actually go into the office for a week every couple of months.

We quickly learned that we didn’t like that he had to be at the table working all day while the kids and I were out exploring all of these amazing places! Plus, having to go back to Wisconsin was expensive and limiting how far we could travel. California is quite a drive from Wisconsin, especially if you want to go back and forth. The cost of him flying back alone would add up, not to mention I just did not want him leaving us for a week.

When we had first moved into the RV I had started a Virtual Assistant business called Virtual Powerhouse to help us bring in a few extra dollars, and we had started our travel blog Crazy Family Adventure with the hopes of monetizing it.

At this point we decided to make my VA business our full-time income so my husband could stop his 9 to 5. I dedicated the next 6 months to make that happen. And we did it! Lots of late nights and comfort zone pushing later, we were able to have him put in his notice. They came back and wanted him to stay on part time for about 9 months, so that worked out well!


Over the last year I have continued to grow my VA business, and we have really focused on lowering our Burn Rate.

This means we have lowered our bills and spending money so that we don’t need as much money each month. Our goal is to spend about $4000 a month for everything. That is definitely tight for us, and $5000 would be more comfortable.

But, we are committed to the idea that part of this lifestyle is to live a simplified life, spend less money, and focus more on spending time together as a family enjoying each other – not things.

That total definitely fluctuates month to month and depends on where we are and what we are doing. We are also looking to downsize our RV – which will lower that payment. Ideally, we would love to be where we don’t have an RV payment or a car payment.

My VA business focuses on providing social media, blogging, and email marketing support for small businesses and my husband is now coming on board to focus on web design and SEO work. Outside of that, we continue to work on monetizing our travel blog and using our blog as a way to encourage other families to travel more and to also live their dreams now!

I am putting a course together on building your Bridge Business. That’s a business that bridges you between leaving your 9 to 5 to find your dream business and/or live your dream life. We want to help other people realize their dreams while they have a family.

We are also starting a t-shirt line with a focus on travel-inspired sayings and images. We like the idea of having multiple income streams, so if one isn’t working, we have other things that are earning income. We have seen so many doors open since we started this entrepreneur lifestyle. The opportunities are out there, it is just a matter of finding the ones that fit you, your lifestyle and what you want to do.

We love that with this lifestyle the decisions are ours on what we want to do with our time and for our business. Yes, there are things we have to do that we don’t like. But overall, we are able to pick and choose our clients, the work we do and the hours we work.

In order to keep family our main focus our goal is for my husband and I to each work only 20 hours a week. Does that mean we will be millionaires? Probably not, but that was never our goal when we started this journey. Our goal all along was to care less about money and things and more about the one thing you can never get back – TIME.

To learn the details of our monthly budget visit our post: How We Afford Full Time Family Travel.

Related: How Much Does It Cost To RV?


Our New Life Living In An RV Full Time

This new life we have built is filled with such strong emotions. When we were living our typical American Dream our emotions were on a pretty straight line.

Yes, there were good times and bad times, but for the most part it was a straight line with small spikes up and down. In this life we feel everything deeper. The highs are really high and the low’s – living in the unknown, pushing our comfort zones, questioning our decisions – are a lot lower.

I sometimes question why I am doing this to myself.

Why am I bringing on these lows, which stem from uncertainty, when I could be living a life of consistency and comfort back in a house and a regular 9 to 5?


Then I remember I am doing this so that I can grow as a person, my husband can grow as a person, and my kids can become who they really are and enjoy this amazing adventure together as a family. And so we can deepen our family bond to a level that will be unbreakable.

You know what? It is worth it.

It is darn hard and challenging, but that is what life is, so we have decided to take that challenge and add a little adventure and travel into it too!


Author bio: Bryanna, her husband Craig, their 4 kids and 2 dogs sold their house, everything in it, and bought an RV and are now traveling around the US. They blog about their adventures at Their goal is to inspire families to get out and travel more. When they aren’t out hiking to the top of mountains you can find them on the beach or at the local donut shop searching for the best donut in the US! You can find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat.

Are you interested in becoming a full-time RV family and RV life? What questions do you have for Bryanna?

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  1. Wow, very unconventional but very inspiring. I’ve never read about full time RV’ing before so thanks for sharing so much about your story. It is great to challenge convention and live the life you want and I’m glad to hear it had worked out so well for you.

    1. I’m a full-time RVer too. I didn’t know that you didn’t know that, haha –

      1. Well I knew you were too, after all you mentioned to me how you want to get solar panels for it one day! I’ve just never read about the transition to RV’ing before. Still a lot on your site I need to discover 🙂

    2. Thanks! It is unconventional, has its challenges, but is pretty amazing too.

      1. Nicole Groupe

        Would LOVE to pick your brain! Considering this for my 2 boys and I!

  2. I think RV living would be awesome but I’m not sure if we could do it full time (or that my wife would want to) but I could see us trying an extended trip someday. I couldn’t imagine it with 3 kids though – our 1 daughter keeps us busy enough 🙂 I’m glad to hear that shifting to RV living full time has been a good experience and that your online work seems to be going well! Enjoy the experience!

    1. Thanks! It is definitely challenging with kids but we figure they are only young once so why not spend as much time with them as possible. And who knows maybe your wife would be on board – this was never in our plan when we got married but we saw an opportunity and went for it. I also like the idea of extended trips. Now that we have been traveling this way I couldn’t imagine going on vacation for only a week – we need at least 2 to 3 weeks in a location to truly experience it.

  3. RV’ing sounds like so much fun and definitely something I wouldn’t say I would never be interested in doing. We can learn so much by exploring different areas and meeting new people. I often ask my husband if we could take a cross country trip in an RV…he thinks I’m kidding, I’m totally not!

    1. Yes! A cross country trip in an RV sounds like a fabulous idea. Totally agree about how much you can learn when you travel. I hope you take that cross country trip soon!

  4. Ree Klein

    Michelle, thank you so much for having Bryanna share her experience and story on your blog.

    Bryanna ~ I absolutely love how you don’t sugar coat anything. You are the real deal. Honest, transparent and above all, helpful. It’s stories like yours that give the rest of us accurate information about the hows and the emotions that go in to making such a huge transition.

    Knowing your “why” is critical. It seemed like every time you were down and questioning what the heck you were doing, coming back to your why pulled you through.

    We live in a small house (1,123 sq ft) and have a 34 ft RV. I often fantasize about renting the house and traveling full time. I don’t think our “why” is defined enough yet to make that transition!

    I wish you much success and joy ~

    1. Thanks for your kind words Ree! Our goal with our writing/blog is to show the real deal and let people know it isn’t a full time vacation but is still life – with all the ups and downs. That is awesome to hear that you already live in a small house and have the RV! Yes – having a strong why is key to making your dreams a reality. On the other hand it may never be 100% defined so don’t wait for that – just go for it – and figure the rest out on the way. Happy Travels!

  5. Very inspiring and very hones and real. For those, not ready to ditch the home full-time, I wonder about using a site like AirBNB or another vacation type rental site to rent out the house when you aren’t there. I’m sure that would have its own set of challenges, but seems like it potentially could work.

    1. Thanks! Yes, I have heard of people who do use sites like AirBNB to rent their houses out so they can travel. There really are so many options to help you travel more. It is just a matter of thinking outside of the box and being willing to take on a few challenges to make it work.

      1. Yes- we Airbnb our house as we travel full time – we actually do a lot of short-term rentals as well. This has been a great way to cover our mortgage AND campground fees!

  6. Hi! This made me tear up reading — Bryanna, what wonderful memories your kids will have. We recently downsized and it has been a really good change for us. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

    1. Thank you Kelsey! Downsizing has its challenges so I am glad to here it has been a good change for you. Have a wonderful weekend too!

  7. Wow!
    I guess you’re used to that response by now.
    I admire your courage! We’ve done something similar in the past, quitting everything and taking to the road with the kids. It was only for four-five months at a time though.

    1. Thanks Anne! Yes we do hear wow a lot :). That is awesome that you have taken extended trips with your kids!

  8. This is really interesting, I am always interested by this kid if story but I must to admit that I don’t think I’d be able to live in a RV forever, maybe a period but I need to have a house:D however you achieved a lot of things so congrats!

    1. Thanks! I totally agree this life isn’t for everyone :). It is all about finding what makes you happy.

  9. Rosaline Callaghan

    I really appreciate the honesty in your post Bryanna.

    I am a 56-year-old single woman living in Ireland and struggling to make a new way of life for myself. It’s been hard enough without kiddies in tow.

    Now the traditional little cottage by the sea is gone as is all the furniture, too many clothes/handbags/books/shoes etc.

    Just me and my little caravan heading off to places unknown on 5th July 2016.

    When people ask me why I really don’t have a definitive answer. It just has to be done to replace the accumulation of THINGS with time and experiences.

    Best of wishes to all of you. Brilliant story.

    Lots of Love,


    1. Thanks! It sounds like you are going on an amazing adventure! Things definitely have a way of taking over and taking away from time and experiences. So excited for your journey to begin. Enjoy!!

  10. That’s a pretty nice shift from living in your dream home to an RV. Must be nice to travel the country and live remotely. 🙂

  11. Sarah

    Oh my gosh! My husband and I would love to travel the U.S. in an RV, but I honestly don’t think we could sell our house. We homeschool our kids so we have more time as a family (my husband works a schedule that is opposite of “normal”), but I don’t know that we could all live in an RV together without going bonkers.

    1. Believe me we have moments of bonkers! But the amazing moments out way the tough moments. Plus it has taken us all time to figure out how to make it work for each one of us and all of us as a family. It is a constant work in progress. But each family works differently and needs different things and we totally get that this life isn’t for everyone.

  12. Eric Bowlin

    I dream of something similar, but different. Instead of RVing around the US, I want to travel around the world! Same general concept though. I’m hoping to get going on it by the end of 2017.

    Great article!

    1. We want to do that as well. We have dogs, though, and America is pretty great, so RVing it is 🙂

      1. Danielle S.

        I’m very interested in doing this with my husband, daughter and 2 dogs as well but we also have two cats… How do you think this would work with cats?

        1. I know many people who RV with cats. I would assume that it’s easier with cats as they don’t need super long walks multiple times a day, and are allowed pretty much everywhere (whereas there are places that don’t allow certain dogs).

    2. Awesome! Yes we totally want to go around the world too and hope to do that in the future! Have an amazing adventure when your journey starts in 2017!

  13. This was so fun and exciting to read – thank you for being so honest!

    Your kids are very lucky they landed you two as parents 🙂

    1. Thank you – glad you enjoyed it!

  14. Lindsey

    This sounds amazing! Once my blogging career kicks off I’d love to eventually downsize our way to an RV!. Traveling the world is something we’ve been really wanting to do.

    1. Good luck! I hope you are traveling in an RV soon!

  15. We homeschool and yes there is downtime for us to focus on their interests, read to them, answer their questions, practice math, color, play and the majority of their learning is coming from all of the amazing experiences they are having. What better way to learn about Mt. Rushmore then to actually go and see it!

  16. Okeoma

    We’ve always talked about it but about a month ago my husband and I started seriously planning a year-long road trip through central America with our two little ones (2yo and 10 months) We aren’t planning to leave for about another 18 months but over the last week, I’ve started to get increasingly nervous about the practicalities of day-to-day life on the road. I think the universe is trying to tell me something because I just listened to Bryanna’s interview on the Zero to Travel Podcast and then saw this post in a Facebook group! It is possible. Back to the map!! 🙂

    1. It is possible! It isn’t always easy but it is totally doable. You got this!

  17. This is a fantastic post…absolutely fantastic: well-written, insightful, and inspiring. Seriously impressive your family has managed to accomplish this lifestyle change with 4 children…it’s difficult for me to perceive the challenges associated with a journey of this magnitude.

    Keep it up!

    1. Thank you Yok! We really appreciate your kind words!

  18. Wow – what a fun read!
    My husband and I have toyed with the idea of living in a camper for awhile, but sometimes the challenges seem too overwhelming – especially with kids!
    It’s so inspiring to hear about how you rv with kids and the whole prcess that made it possible…
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Karina! It is definitely overwhelming but also totally possible! If you want to do it we recommend going for it :).

  19. Lou Schaber

    I first heard about your guys from Heath’s podcast. This was an awesome and inspiring post. We’re a family of three (plus a dog and cat) planning to do the same thing. It is so encouraging to hear from full-timing families that have made it work, while overcoming some of the stigmas and challenges that come with this decision. Thanks again for sharing your story.

    1. Thanks Lou! It definitely has its challenges but it is all worth it. I hope you guys are on the road soon!

  20. Michael Murray

    Congrats on living the dream! I wish I could talk my Wife in to this, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I’ve done some background acting and think this would be a great way to do that on a more frequent basis. Your husband and I look a lot alike and I think We would be good fits for the show Outsiders! lol I got to ask though, $5000 a month in expenses sounds like a lot. What are you paying on that rings up that much. Is it mostly the RV payment?

  21. Michael Murray

    Oops! never mind. I found Your Post on that.

  22. Patricia L. Antolic

    I just love the fact that you just went ahead and decided to live your dream. I also had to downsize because of illness in the family. But, I have to say not to this extent. My parents also had this dream, but my Dad got sick too soon for them to experience all the years they were looking forward to. I admire you both very much. Good life to you and Congratulations !

  23. Mahbub Osmane

    Two Questions: 1. What about your kid’s study? 2. Will you live in RV’s for life time?

  24. Laura

    Thank you so much for sharing your family’s story. As I read this, I found myself crying because it is exactly what we want for our family. My husband and I have 4 kids, ages 6, 4, 2, and 2, we homeschool, and we live in a duplex with other family members. We have been wanting to make the leap to full-time travel life but have not yet done it. You have inspired me to keep pushing for it. Thank you and congratulations to your fault for breaking free!

  25. Catherine Amey

    Can you send me pictures of the inside of the RV. I am looking to buy one with 2 dogs and twins that are 10 months, as well as my spouse and I. Just wondering how u set up the living style

  26. Stephanie C

    My family and I are really contiplating this in the next month. My husband is a general contractor and I just had my 3rd baby, we have a 6 year old, 2, & 4 month. What kind of homeschooling do you use? I sold my salon and I’ve been looking into working from online especially if we do decide to travel the country. Any tips would be great, ty for this blog!

  27. Kathy L. Rawson

    this is so awesome. I have thought about it but didn’t know people with kids actually did this. What bank do you use that is nationwide? I was thinking not to have storage with stuff but just to sell everything. Do you make a lot of friends? My 12 year old son worries about friends.
    We will really need to work on the road so will need to have something stable. What is the most stable online work that is easy to start? I don’t think we would be into blogging for money. Thanks so much.

    1. Northernmama

      My husband traveled through a pipe fitters Union. We did this with our son until recently. He is almost 7. That’s the hardest part for us. Our son was lonely. He made a lot of friends and got really good at making friends quickly. We did too. But then we would leave for a new place and he will prob. Never see them again. It was so fun to live that way. We miss it more than anything in the world. Wish we could leave right now. Haha. Really. We are adjusting to this conventional life. It’s not as simple or fun. Our son got lonely. So now we are staying home. Hubby got a new job and our son goes to school. He is also getting a brother. Haha. So that is the main challenge. So we look forward to retirement. We are selling it all and going on the road.

  28. Sunnysunfish

    I have been throwing this idea around to my husband. He is a railroader and is gone many days at a time. I was thinking of getting a small cabin as a home base and an RV we could travel with him in and go other places when he is not working. It’s a big crazy idea! I keep going back and forth on it, but we really miss him and he misses out on my boys. What are some of the downfalls of this lifestyle?

  29. Sheila young

    This is my dream that I plan on making happen though i am a single mom and will have to find a way of making enough money to do so. I am ready to figure this out.

  30. Northernmama

    We traveled for years for my husbands work. My son spent his first six years traveling with us in an rv. Recently when we found out we are having another baby we decided to not do that anymore. He found another job and we stay home. Let me tell you it is a hard adjustment. We miss traveling more than anything. Life is so much more simple that way. You have less stuff. You don’t have the up keep of a Home and yard. You don’t run around busy every night to a bunch of obligations. Oh how we miss it. So much more time outside. Freedom. Seeing new places. This conventional life is much harder. We miss our rv. We have not sold it yet. The thing is we want our son to go to school and make long term friendships. He made a lot of friends on the road. But it’s different. Most of them he will never see again. Home schooling was fine I didn’t mind. We thought being home was what we wanted. Now all we want to do is go back on the road. Hahahaha. We miss it so much. Plus he made way more money. Not sure we can survive staying in one place like this. Doing for the kids! We saw so many amazing places. Coast to coast.

  31. Josh

    Thank you for sharing your experience! My young family and I are looking at doing something like this. My question is, how are things going now? I haven’t seen a response from ya since last July on this blog.

    Sounds like you guys were in a pretty awesome place financially when ya started, building up a 3K dreamhouse and all. Is this something you really need to be pulling down some Gs for (to borrow from some slang lol) would a younger family on a single, small income not be able to manage this?

    1. Hey Josh!

      I recommend checking out their blog, as well as their Instagram 🙂

  32. Sharon McIntire

    I’m not sure I wouldn’t be claustrophobic in an RV, but I’m considering it even so. I worry more about my dogs. I have two who are used to running free when I take them out, and running semi-free on my 3 acres. I don’t want to coop them up. How do you accommodate yours?

  33. Aja

    This is a dream of mine, though I don’t know if my husband wants to do this. I’m at least trying to get him to agree to quitting his job so we can live abroad half the year. We just acquired another property, which I am hoping will bring in the rental income needed to support this lifestyle. Thankfully we are debt free, so we’ve got options. I am just looking forward to the day when he feels comfortable enough to quit and we can be free, lol… Super inspiring story!

  34. You are inspiring. My husband and I just made the decision to leave our busy life in Florida, purchase and renovate an RV, homeschool our 3 boys (ages 8,6, and 4) and start traveling. I am still struggling with all the logistics of it all, and how my husband can stay busy with his website business and still have time to spend with the boys and I exploring all the places we travel to. But I’m excited for the adventure. We hope to be in our RV and traveling in 6 months from now.

  35. Cherie Miller

    Are your kids involved in any sports programs or scouting groups and if so how have you managed it?
    For my kids, having friends that dont change with the scenery and being involved in extracurricular activities is something that I consider essential to their development. Is it possible to live and travel in an RV full time and still give your kids the social experiences and social stability they’d have if they were living full time in one community?

  36. Maria Dorian

    Thank you so much for posting this. Super helpful! We were going to do the full time RV thing with our family of 6 until my husband suggested moving overseas instead. That won. 🙂 But, now that we’re (sadly) looking at moving back after our wonderful time in Spain, we’re back to researching.

    My friend, Sharon, does have experience with traveling with cats and the RV lifestyle. In fact, she has her own YouTube channel to document it all! She and her husband got rid of their stuff, sold their house and went on the road in an RV with their three cats. Now, they travel in their RV enjoying the road.

  37. Ashley

    What about carseats? You have young children. Did you tow a vehicle for smaller driving around. My kids r same ages and we are seriously considering doing this. For all the same reasons. I have always considered homeschooling, so that’s not a giant leap. We just started to look I to RVs and 5th wheels. We already have a full sized pick-up our three kids fit in so we wouldn’t need another vehicle. But I’m worried a out the safety of driving a class A without child restraints and wasting valuable schooling time by having then in carseats while driving. How did you make this decision?

    1. Anabelle

      I have the same exact question. I have read there really is no approved carseat for RVs…Any insight here would be extremely helpful :O).

  38. Justin

    This all seemed very informative and maybe I missed this part or someone already asked it. But what do you do about school for the kids? I haven’t looked into what the laws are and they may be different from state to state. But that is one concern I have with doing such a venture myself.

  39. Ashley Raab

    This was a good story, but it doesn’t answer the real questions I have, like showering, conserving water, dump stations, and how to make that work with a family and pets.

    Also, I have closer to $1,000 a month to try to live on with my 5 kids, dog, and two cats. So I was really hoping for tips on how to make water and home cooking work in an RV with a lot of people.

    I also have practical questions related to the homeschooling. Like, if you are traveling, who do you report to and get to do the kids reviews? I thought that was generally by state.

    How much do you spend on gas? How often do you cook meals? How much water do you use? Tips related to any of the above?

    Thanks and you have a beautiful family.

    1. Hey Ashley!

      I’d love to help you out.

      Can you clarify what your questions are when you say “This was a good story, but it doesn’t answer the real questions I have, like showering, conserving water, dump stations, and how to make that work with a family and pets.”

      Showering can be done in the RV, at campgrounds, at truck stops, solar showers, etc.

      Conserving water is mainly just turning off the water while you do stuff – such as while showering, brushing teeth, etc.

      Dump stations are located all over.

      The amount of meals you cook will be similar to how much you cook at home – there’s really nothing that would change in that instance as you would still have a kitchen.

  40. Yay Bryanna- I love seeing my friends’ stories show up in guest posts. ☺️ It’s quite the adventure but you’re just that “crazy family” to do it! ♥️ Looking forward to connecting again along the road- it’s been too long!

  41. Trisha

    I’ve been in the process of downsizing for the last 3-4 years. It definitely takes time and work to tackle the items that have accumulated over the last 35 years and the ongoing clutter that goes with having 2 kids. I’m currently in a 2 bedroom, 1 bath 800 sq ft place. I would LOVE to downsize to an RV. Not sure if it will happen while kids are living at home. I’ve been leading by example but am wondering how to assist my children (mostly the 7y.o.) in downsizing. She’s donated things and cleaned some things out. However, she usually chooses something super small or very insignificant (like a doll shoe) to donate. lol I’m glad she’s still choosing things, but am wondering if there’s a way to help her out!? I’m worried if I empty her room and put back only certain things (even with her help in choosing) that it’ll cause chaos. She absolutely LOVES her stuffed animals and take up so much room! Please help.

  42. Serena

    We are considering doing this and your post is really inspirational and honest. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing.

  43. Hi! We are considering making this shift and I wonder- how do you manage school for your children? My children are 13 and 10, in public school (virtual at the moment), and I am trying to visualize how that would worn. Any insight or suggestions you Amy have would be much appreciated!