When we decided to camp out in our RV camper before moving for my husband's new job, we didn't think we'd be in it full-time long-term. We initially thought we'd live in the RV for a few months (no more than 6 months) before finding an apartment or house to rent. But, one and a half years later we're still here. We found an RV site for long-term living that we just love to pieces.
Thankfully, it also happens to be about 3 miles from my husband's workplace. We didn't have any intention of living on a military post, but this option beat the rest of the others out of the water by a long shot. With that being said, we didn't exactly have a list of “what we want from an RV spot” listed out before searching.
My husband's job came open, he filled it and we had to move the RV 3 hours south of our home in a matter of two months. We had to make some quick decisions, but if we end up doing it all over again there are a few things we'd look for first.
How to Find An RV Site for Long-Term Living
Finding the perfect place to set up your RV for long-term living can be a little hard. Not impossible, or others wouldn't be living this lifestyle, but there are some things that you might want to consider.
I am building a business out of our RV and needed a good connection to the internet. That was something we didn't exactly look for when we decided to stay on this military installation. Thankfully we were able to upgrade to unlimited data with AT&T and it's been working fairly good.
The best things about this site are that it's fairly secluded from the military aspect of the post, and it's right by a lake. We walk down the road about 2-3 minutes and the lake is right there. My kids love to go fishing with their dad on beautiful sunny days.
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But, if we had to find a space to live all over again, here's a few questions we would ask ourselves first:
#1 Where are we wanting to live?
#2 Do we want to live in the city, near the city or in the country? (for us country is always the top choice)
#3 What activities are near the area?
#4 Exactly how far are we from home?
#5 What kind of grocery store options are near us?
#6 Is there full hook up?
#7 Is it kid friendly?
#8 Is it pet-friendly?
#9 Is there wi-fi or good data coverage?
Most of these we knew the answer to prior to parking our RV, but we didn't consider living here long-term until we'd been here a while.
While we're not far from town it's still a pain to drive 30 minutes to town to grocery shop once a week. We try to plan our grocery days on Farmer's Market day, but then sometimes we fail that. Typically, the week my husband gets paid we go to the Farmer's Market on Thursday and then grocery shopping on Saturday.
Where to Find an RV Site For Long-Term Living
The first obvious choice would be either a campground or RV park, but those aren't always the greatest (in our experience). We visited a few around here and they were kind of funky and didn't feel really safe enough for the kids. There were a few that weren't pet-friendly either.
Top Places I'd Look:
By simply Googling RV parks or campgrounds you can find quite a few places to check out. This was how we found all of the places that we visited. We found one place we stayed for about two weeks that was just stunning, but it was 45 minutes from where my husband worked and that killed the option. Thankfully the campground we're at now is just as pretty.
You can find all sorts of things on Craigslist. Look for people that have spaces on their land that you can use to park your RV. If you can't find anything then it might be worth a shot to post something saying you're looking for a spot to rent. List out what you're looking for.
You never know when someone might take you up on your offer!
#3 FB Groups
If you can find a group on FB that is for the community you're wanting to live in then click to join. Once you're approved you can ask questions about the best places to park your RV or even find someone that has hook-ups at their place.
We have a community group for our area here and for back home. It's pretty neat.
#4 Ask in the community
If there is a Farmer's Market in your area that would be a great place to connect with others. Strike up conversations and see if they know of any places in town that have great RV sites that allow long-term living. If they don't know of any their friend's might and you never know when you might find a perfect space.
#5 When all else fails, Pinterest
Believe it or not, but you can probably find a million resources on Pinterest for finding places to park your RV for long-term living. I've seen quite a few posts flying around that talk about the best places to visit if you're living full-time in your RV. I'm sure most of the places that are listed allow long-term visitors as well.
Why Long-Term and Not Short-Term?
For many, the idea of traveling all over isn't the most appealing. Ok, that might be a lie actually.
But, the reality is that some folks might want to stay put for longer than 2-3 weeks at a time. Or, maybe they downsized to an RV or tiny home to cut costs and enjoy a closer relationship while saving money or even while building a business.
Traveling full-time isn't a reality for us right now. My business isn't to the point where it can sustain us yet, but it is a definite desire for the future. Once it is to that point we may travel, but I really doubt we'd travel full-time. We're pretty much homebodies and enjoy being on our own land growing food, raising animals and just being with family.
Our RV life will be transitioned to tiny home life at that point. But, for now, long-term RV living with kids is working for us.
Are you living in an RV full-time in a long-term spot? I'd love to hear how you like it!
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