RV Envy

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Black and white road with text: RV Envy, Signs that you may have it too.

In a moment of weakness, I have to admit that we have a bad case of RV envy (or at least I do, my wife is a saint).

On a recent road trip to Tennessee the amount of RVs we passed was astonishing. I think it goes back to the times when we were purchasing a new vehicle, then suddenly we saw that vehicle everywhere. It’s just like that with RVs . . . except they are everywhere, and we want to be in one.

What is RV Envy?

RV envy is a serious condition that, if not addressed, can and will consume you. It starts with the slightest hint of the idea.

What if we lived in an RV?

Slowly, that idea begins to grow. You start to work through scenarios, contemplating how to make it happen. The possibility seems simple, daring, and realistic, all at the same time.

Before you know it, symptoms start presenting themselves:

  • You’re parking on the far edges of the parking lot just to get a closer look at the travel trailers and Class C that needed a couple extra spaces.
  • You slow down on the interstate to inspect the toad choices of the Class A owners.
  • You have maxed out your “watch list” capacity on eBay, fantasizing about clicking the buy it now buttons.
  • A family day out consists of walking around Camping World or Lazy Days, inspecting the latest floorplans.
  • Craigslist has become your obsession, electronically stalking those who have listed the RV of your dreams.
  • You begin to have nightmares that you have exceeded your towing capacity and the brakes have failed.
  • Song lyrics are replaced with makes/models of RVs

Winnebago, Gulf Breeze, Leprechaun, Class C

Newmar Essex, Tuscany, Holiday Rambler, Cherokee

Jayco Flight, Tifton, Coachman Pursuit, Hampton

Keystone, Cedar Creek, Thor Compass, Airstream

(To the tune of We Didn’t Start the Fire)


Yes, my friend. You can be sure that you have RV envy when any of these symptoms begin present themselves. Unfortunately, they present in mass, and you can be sure that you will continue to see the full effects until properly dealt with.

Fortunately, there is hope!


Many would prescribe the following advice or treatment: It’s just a fad, you’ll get over it. While this may be the case for fanatical dreams of unicorns and pots of gold, it doesn’t quite cut it when you are looking to completely revolutionize your life. No my friends, willing RV envy away with the passing of time is not a viable option. This is a condition that grows with each day it is neglected.

Others might recommend that you take a vacation. You just need to get away for a week and clear your heads. These folks are under the impression that RVers live in a perpetual state of blissful travel and adventure, with nary a responsibility or worry or financial matters. Alas, this kind of “solution” is based on ignorance. There is a huge, and ever growing, community of RVers who work while being mobile; their jobs necessitate their attention, not their location. The benefits while working on the road are numerous: changing views, dramatic experiences, opportunity to explore new areas, and so much more. But none of that changes the reality and responsibility of providing for one’s family, they just go about it a little differently.

The treatment approach we will likely adhere to is immersive therapy. It sounds dramatic, but will not only remove any of our doubts and speculations, but those of others as well. We’ll soon be embracing this desire our family is being pulled towards, making it possible for us to full-time RV, once and for all shedding ourselves of the dreaded RV envy.

Not Envy After All

Yes, it’s true . . . we are still sitting on the sidelines watching all the wonderful RVs rolling by on the highways and byways. And though there seems to be a bit of RV envy that creeps in, the reality is that we are humming with excitement for the day when we can join this awesome community.

So maybe it’s not RV envy after all. Maybe, it is a grudging respect for those who are daring to do what we are aspiring for.

We watch the travel trailers and Class Cs drive by and we long to switch places. We’ll pass a Class A, and immediately a discussion ensues as to how we would decorate the interior. Nevaeh continuously looks out for fifth-wheels, judging whether or not they are a bunkhouse model (and she’s only 8).

But quite honestly, it is admiration. Admiration towards those who have shed the stereotypical American Dream for something unconventional, daring, and mobile. This is the lifestyle we are seeking.

Moving Forward

Life still continues while we are waiting for this dream to unfold. There is still plenty to prepare and obligations to fulfill. But this dream doesn’t fade. We long for the day when this new reality is realized.

It will definitely be simpler in the scheme of stuff; we’d have much less things to concern ourselves with. We hear that cleaning house will be a sprint instead of a marathon. The will be a lot of simpler things . . . and we’re looking forward to figuring them out.

There is also the reality of complications, which are expected. Aspects of logistics, planning for this unknown future that is right around the corner, yet seemingly so far away.

  • Where will we go first?
  • What will we do when we get there?
  • Is there a backup plan?

This is a reality that we have strived to overcome through planning and research. Sure, there’s no greater teacher thank experience, but speaking to those who have already done what we aspire to do has been immensely helpful.

You can find a lot of those answers here in our eBook (it’s free):


Do you suffer from RV envy? Still feeling trapped in your spacious sticks & bricks, while feeling the pull to minimize living space and maximize mileage?

We’d love to hear your thoughts and stories. Feel free to share them below in the comments.
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6 Responses

  1. jester

    I know exactly where this post is coming from!! My husband and I LOVE to travel but we have 3 cats and a dog (looking at 2nd dog) and we want to live in an RV so we can travel and have the perfect never ending roadtrip. Currently we are stuck in our sticks & bricks. I’ve recently started college so I can get a degree that will help us make money on the road easier. It seems like it’s never going to happen and everywhere I turn there’s another RV!! But I know that one day, our dreams will come true. Just need a tad bit of patience 🙂

    • Lou

      Hang in there Jester, it will come to pass. It sounds like you and your husband have a solid plan to work with. Best of luck.

  2. Rick and Julie Westby

    Oh! You so captured it!! Six months of pure torture. And now life brought us a sold house and a sizable down payment that we used to buy our rig cash out right. Thankful for the looooong process that allowed us to stay reasonable, debt free, and sane.

    • Lou

      That is so awesome to hear and encouraging! We decided to do this back in August and sometimes it seems like there is no end in sight. But like you pointed out, the long process is really helping to hone our decisions and thought process. Thanks so much for sharing a bit of your journey.

  3. Kevin

    I know the feeling very well. We’ve been living it for the last 6 months since we decided to take the plunge. But we had things to do to get ready. Well, now I’m sitting on the floor in a mostly empty sticks home. The repairs are partially done, the painting has started, the plumbing awaits, the carpets are on order, the list continues to grow. The truck is on order with no build date notice yet. Heartland reports a mid-July build date for the 5th wheel. I’m too worn out to have envy, so it feels great.

    • Lou

      Too worn out to have envy is a good place to be. Best of luck and we’ll be following your journey.

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