From learning how to manage your finances on the road to the best road trip recipes you can whip up in your RV kitchen. Here are the top books on RV living every full-time RVer needs to read.
A full-time RV lifestyle has been growing in popularity in recent years. Of course, with a complete change of lifestyle, RVers need plenty of advice, research, and tips to start their new journey seamlessly. From adjusting with family to managing budgets, figuring out the food situation, and considering your work arrangements - RVers have a lot to think about. Most importantly, perhaps, would be to know and learn everything there is about your RV to keep it running smooth and well on the road.
With so much information out there, it may get overwhelming to find a reliable and sufficient source. Luckily, we have compiled a list of the best books for full-time RVers to start on. They are comprehensive, encompass a wide range of areas, and are easy to find. Take a look below to see which one has what you are looking for!
A Beginner's Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America by Alyssa Padgett
Written in 2017, this book is all about the basics. The author and her husband transitioned to an RV lifestyle knowing little about what it entailed. Through years of research and first-hand experience, she produced this book for those looking to become full-time RVers. It covers several aspects, such as the best RV apps, the costs of full-time RVing, health insurance on the road, tips for finding internet on your journey, and whether towing a car behind your RV is suitable or not. Find answers to all these and more in Padgett’s book!
This RV couple has compiled over eight years worth of full-time RV living advice and experience in this book. In 25 chapters, they take you through the initial preparation process to choosing the right rig for you, the purchase procedure, the best camping options, boondocking, what to have in your rig, and much more. It is a detailed guide topped off with the most valuable lessons learned by the authors. This book would also make a wonderful gift for new RVers or those looking to transition to a full-time RV lifestyle.
With over 51,000 copies sold after its publication, Polk’s book is one RVers can’t miss. He covers one of the most important aspects of owning an RV - its maintenance. RVs are amazing multi-purpose vehicles that make travel safer, easier, and more comfortable. Yet nothing ruins the trip quicker than not knowing how to manage or maintain your RV. In this book, Polk uses his 20 years of full-time RV experience to simplify the complex parts of owning an RV to make information digestible. His book is said to have saved RVers thousands of dollars in the past and is still used as a great manual today to get to the root of the issue.
This book is dubbed to be one of the most useful books for full-time RVers and is recommended liberally. RV living is not cheap, especially for those transitioning to the full-time RV lifestyle. The initial settling in can be expensive and exceed your planned budget. This book is a great guide on how you can save up to buy an RV, make your RV purchase economical, RV loans, create a budget for yourself, earn a living while on the road, keep costs to a minimum, and work towards financial stability. It is an all-encompassing guide on RV finance and a great resource to consult to get your digits in order for a life of travel and financial freedom!
While a life of adventure on the road is fun, earning to enjoy that fun is also part of reality. This is one of the biggest challenges faced by full-time RVers - how can we earn a stable and secure income while on the road? Sharee Collier provides a great guide on this subject in her book. She discusses anything and everything about the workamping life: how you can make it work, what the lifestyle entails, how to find jobs, workamping during the winters, finding employers, workamping solo versus workamping with a family, and other myths and mistakes. To wrap it up, she also provides a resource of over 1000 employers that RVers can contact for jobs on the road!
The greatest difference between a house and a motorhome would be the space and storage you have. RVs are compact vehicles, and it is no surprise that RVers have to live a life of minimal hoarding. RV storage is always a tricky subject, and Ashley Mann gives her best advice on how to make the most out of your RV storage in her e-book. She shares over 60 storage and organization ideas and talks about furniture options, built-in spaces for extra storage, utilizing vertical space, where to find empty spaces and use them, adapting to fit your needs, and finding the best possible storage solutions for each space.
Food is an important part of your RV lifestyle - whether you are staying at a campground, boondocking, or just parked for the night. If you are a new full-time RVer, the idea of preparing all your meals in a tiny RV kitchen with limited supplies may be daunting. Louise Davidson shares her best tried and tested RV lifestyle recipes, healthy and nutritious food options, food safety tips, kitchen organization suggestions, and all the kitchen utensils and equipment you will need. Becoming a full-time RVer does not mean you have to compromise on good meals, and this book helps you do just that!
Becoming a full-time RVer can be a big lifestyle transition. There is a lot of thinking, research, and investment that goes into it, so you have to be as prepared as you can. Our list of books above covers everything from finances to the lifestyle, RV maintenance, cooking, and more. Dive in to start your new life, and good luck!