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.
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.
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