If you had a chance to travel around the country in an RV or van would you?

United States
August 22, 2007 3:01pm CST
Awhile back, I watched a reality show about a man and his family who had packed up their house and moved into an RV permanantly. And, then they spent the next two years traveling around the country from city to city. Now if he had been a musician touring clubs or artist selling his products at craft fairs, I could have understood his life choice. But, for the average person, this might not be the ideal thing to do, especially for someone with kids. Sure, I've thought about doing something like that. But, that was way before my daughter could walk. Now, she needs lots of open space to run around and gets very agitated if she's confined to one room for too long. I guess all kids are that way. She would not cope well, being stuck in a moving RV or van all day long. Neither would I for that matter, since I like to use my computer and wouldn't be able to do so, if we lived our life on the road. So, have you ever thought about living in an RV and driving around the country from place to place? Do you think it would be fun or a big hassle? Do you know anyone who has done that with their life before?
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• Malaysia
22 Aug 07
I will take for RV as normally RV can be driven in 4WD mode and easy for me to have on-road and off-road. And just a matter of fact can cross the shallow river or any terrains area. Not just that can still enjoy on the sand beach and will be more comfortable for all weather condition. In town can has easy parking lot where as if I'm using van sure and definitely cause me hassle and hurdles. Especially for building storey and underground parking. And of course there are advantages and disadvantages, but what I look into is having RV better in advantages. That all from me if I had a chance to travel around the country in RV or VAN. The Little Me, Michael.
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• United States
22 Aug 07
Sounds like something you might be interesting in doing someday. Best of luck with it! As for me, I don't think I'd mind traveling around for a few days or weeks, but beyond that I might get claustrophobic. Who knows? Might be fun!
@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I think it would be fun, though I wouldn't permanantly move in,but for the summer it would be different to view the country and how it really is rather than speeding to one place or another, missing out on something like a small town festival or something..
@peavey (15107)
• United States
26 May 08
I would love to do something like that for a couple of years, but not permanently because I like to garden and like a place to call home. My kids are grown, so that wouldn't be a problem. I haven't read all the responses, so someone may have mentioned this, but if you have a laptop with a wireless card, you can connect to the internet in a lot of places. Laptops take very little room to store, too. We used to own a motorhome and took trips in it often when the kids were young (6 - 12), though. We all looked forward to it.
• United States
26 May 08
Yes, I would in a heartbeat. We homeschool our children who are 17, 14, and 11. I want my husband to quit work and buy an RV so we can travel around the US before they are grown. Of course now that gas is so high I don't know about it.
@thefortunes (2368)
• Netherlands
23 Sep 07
HI Beautyqueen, yes, it will be fun for people who love to travel and hate to stay always on the same place. And they shouldn't have children either. Children need education and space to play and some kind of discipline that will teach them how life actually is. Always travelling is not the best solution for parents I think. But if we have enough cash I was considering doing something like this around North and South America for 2 years or so. TheFortunes
@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
22 Sep 07
I would not want to do this- Sure hopping into an RV for a vacation would be fun- but not for years- Not even when I retire in many years- Just doesn’t sound like anything I want to do- I like a lot of space as well.
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I probably wouldn't do that in an RV or van. Particularly since driving in certain major areas is a drag. I wouldn't be opposed if it was my own airship or something. I could take pictures of cities, mountains, valleys, forests from above and get great panoramics. I could also land in certain areas and take pics of point-of-interest locations.
• Canada
23 Aug 07
I don't know anyone who has done this before but would think this would be a nice experience if we were just traveling to go visit someone from away but not for any extended period of time . I think it would be fun if we were going to see some family and friends and decided to do this rather then take a train , plane or bus as it would be a way to see all the things along the way and stop when we wanted to and just be together as a family . My husband watched a comedy about a family who did this and thought it looked like a lot of fun and said he would love to do this , all the children agreed it would be fun as well , so if we ever get the opportunity to be able to do this then I would definitely be up for it , might change my mind after we started out though as there are seven of us and it could get cramped especially on a long trip lol .
@arikiya (41)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I think it might be fun on a temporary basis with older kids, but mine are 3 and 5 right now and we'd all probably drive eachother nuts. When I was growing up, my parents (mostly my Dad) would threaten to buy an RV and just go, just travel and do odd jobs and see what there was to see out there. It still sounds great in a lot of ways, but not very practical.
@kaye0603 (48)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
for vacation it's really going to be fun! but not permanently..i don't think i can stand it! but an RV actually is very practical for a vacation especially for those people who can't stand to camp outside like me!hahaha
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I wouldn't do it permanantly. I would have to have a home base to go home to. Roots. I would love to travel in an rv though. I would travel to craft shows and sell my ceramics. But would have to have a home to go to can't take a kiln and other equipment in an rv and do ceramics in them lol. But as far as traveling around the country yeah that would be great.
• United States
23 Aug 07
I have lived in an RV for almost 8 months; have traveled across the country in my RV (motor home) and absolutely loved it. Could stop when I wanted, take pictures of sites I liked and was absolutely delighted with it. Definitely recommend this vehicle to anyone who likes to travel. Much better than motels and hotels and regimented schedules! sunnywaters
@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I can't imagine living in an RV. Especially with small children. I'm much happier living in a house, where there is plenty of space for my son and my pets to play. It might be fun to take a trip for a couple weeks in an RV, but that would definitely be it. It would get so cramped being that close to everyone all the time. Most families would fight a lot being together all the time like that. I wouldn't think it would be good for your kids either, to not have any real stability in their lives. I guess it would depend on their ages, though...
• China
23 Aug 07
It's a good idear,maybe when I was old ,I will do it.
@Darkwing (21590)
23 Aug 07
It's funny you should bring this up because my "Sis" bought an RV just over a month back and moved in, lock stock and barrel. I have the feeling she will be setting off on her travels soon! Myself, I have always dreamed of having a horse-drawn Romany Caravan, and finding my freedom in travelling wherever I want to. The problem is, in the UK, that they don't welcome you parking a caravan any old where. You have to find particular places to stop and things could get difficult. But, I would give up much for the freedom of roaming the World. Brightest Blessings.
• Australia
23 Aug 07
I always thought that when we retired I would like to spend at least a year travelling Australia's vast outback. I have no real desire to go anywhere else, although an African safari would have appeal. Now that we are retired, my husband is a stay-at-home who would now freak at the idea, and I have so much voluntary work in children's and youth ministry that I would not consider giving it up for anything. Maybe if I ever get too old for the work I am doing ... ... but then I would be too old for the outback! I guess it is a wish that I won't see, but I am still happy.
@ranitam22 (1147)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I think that would be something I would do if i won a lot of money or if i retired. I don't have any kids but I could understand how a child might not be suitable for RV travel. I would love to see the different places and changes in scenery. I can see what you mean about getting tired of being on the road especially if you were the driver. Maybe i'd be better off getting a limo and that way, someone else could drive.
@raychill (6571)
• United States
22 Aug 07
It depends on...who is in the RV with me? I think it'd be fun. Maybe not two years, maybe not even ONE year. I'd probably only do like, 6 months at the most. It'd definitely be fun I think for a short period of time.
@AmbiePam (44003)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I don't think I would. Even the biggest RVs aren't large enough for me to feel comfortable in them 24/7 for weeks upon weeks. Plus, the bathroom isn't quite something I would want to deal with. In such close quarters, anyone's bathroom problem, would become everyone's bathroom problem. However, I know my parents would love to do that. They are best friends and I know they would have the most fun if they could do that. It's not feasible for them financially, but I hope someday they can at least rent one for a few weeks and see some of the country they haven't seen before.