According to the insurance provider Esurance, approximately one million Americans live in their RV, or recreational vehicle, full time. Whether you've recently retired, work a job that requires constant travel or you're simply looking for an adventure, living in an RV full-time might be the best option for you. However, before you take the plunge, here are a few simple points you need to consider:

Choose the Right RV For Your Family and Lifestyle

If you don't already own a recreational vehicle, the first step to realizing your dream of living in an RV full-time is to purchase the right vehicle for your family, lifestyle and budget.

Here are the three types of recreational vehicles that you should look at if you're considering becoming a full-time traveler:

  • Motorhome – Motorhomes are available in a variety of sizes and with several upgrades and are often the best option available. Not only are they easy to set-up and travel in, you're able to move around freely while on the road. Additionally, one of the biggest benefits will become apparent when you need to use the facilities in the middle of the night: a built-in bathroom.

  • Travel Trailer – A travel trailer is a more cost-effective option that is ideal if you're planning to visit multiple campgrounds throughout the year. This is because they are smaller and easier to back into a cramped camping site. Additionally, because they're lighter and more compact than a fifth wheel model, you can use a smaller truck to tow your trailer.

  • Fifth Wheel – Unlike a travel trailer, which is pulled by your truck's bumper, a fifth wheel trailer attaches to a hitch on the center of your truck's bed. Fifth wheel trailers are a great option if you need plenty of storage. Additionally, many fifth wheel trailers also feature built-in bathrooms.

Choosing the right RV for your needs and budget should be your first consideration. If you're not quite sure which type is best for you, don't hesitate to visit a dealer such as Orangewood RV Center.

Stepping Away From Your Old Life

Now that you've chosen the right RV for you, it's time to get down to the logistics of living your life in the vehicle full-time. Begin by asking yourself a simple question: Will I keep my house or apartment, or give it up? If you're keeping your house or apartment, you will need someone to look after it while you're away.

However, if you're giving up your stationary living space, you will need to figure out what to do with all your stuff. Selling your belongings in an option, or you may want to consider keeping everything you won't bring on the RV in a storage facility.

Finally, there is one simple problem that you will encounter that must be addressed: Where will you get your mail? If you're selling your home or moving out of an apartment, getting your mail in a timely fashion can become a problem. One option is to ask a friend or family member to serve as your permanent physical address. Whenever you get mail that seems important, such as a bill or a legal document, ask your loved one to contact you immediately.

There are also mail forwarding services throughout the country that work specifically with people who live in their recreational vehicle full-time. These services will send you a copy of your mail by fax or email or will hold your letters and packages until you pick them up.

From the opportunity to meet new people to the prospect of traveling through every state in America, living full-time in an RV is a exciting option. If you're considering living your life on the road full-time, the first step is to find the ideal vehicle for you, your family and your budget!