RV lifestyles are appealing things to do in retirement. For many people it is the perfect answer to living life to the fullest.
Many retirees have always dreamed about life on the open road. They sell their homes around retirement age and buy an inexpensive, used RV, or a new rig ($50,000 to upwards of $200,000) with their sales proceeds. It is one of the popular things to do in retirement as evidenced by the hundreds of recreational vehicles you see traveling on the roads.
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For the full-time RV retiree, this radical yet fun way of life allows them to see the U.S., sitting far above most vehicles for optimum views of the countryside. It is one of the most comfortable and stylish ways to travel the highways and bi-ways that crisscross the continents.
Imagine having the luxury to be able to pull off the road whenever you are hungry or tired. Make yourself a snack or meal…saving money every time you do. Tired? Take a nap in the comfort of your RV home in one of the many rest stops or find a secluded mountain stream to park near.
Although the miles per gallon is a lot less than a car, sleeping in your RV saves hundreds a night at motels and hotels. And the scenery will be far more spectacular than what you would see looking out a motel window onto a freeway.
Others maintain a home base but take to the road and warmer climates when the weather turns cold and snowy. This group of retirees may spend most of their time traveling and just “check in” at their home every so often it's so fun. This group will often have certain itinerary they follow every season and get together with other RV aficionados and newfound friends that stay in the same spots.
Even with the high price of gasoline today, one of the primary benefits of a full time RV lifestyle is the flexibility to stay as long as you want in one place. And no matter where you travel, when your primary or second home is a recreational vehicle, your home literally is where your heart is.
You can travel to warmer climates for the winter months and cooler climates for the summer months. Many retirees from the northern states like Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana...and east coast states like Maryland up to Rhode Island, are referred to as snowbirds. These gregarious retirees take their cues from the birds and migrate to warmer climates like Arizona or Florida every year during the winter.
Likewise, retirees who have their primary residences in warm winter climates and hot summer climates (over 100 degrees) take off to places like Wyoming, Montana, Yellowstone, the Wasatch and Rocky Mountain destinations to take advantage of more comfortable days (averaging 75-85 degrees) and evenings the higher elevations offer.