Social media has made a living in a recreational vehicle seem almost magical. Spend any time online, and you will see posts about "van life" or "full-time RVing." The idea of being nomadic, on the open road, and touring the country while working remotely (or not at all) seems perfect.

But there's a big difference between living in an RV and how social media influencers portray it.

If you've thought about making a recreational vehicle your new home, you need to research to ensure it's right for you. Here's what you need to consider.

The Type of Recreational Vehicle You Need

Before you purchase a recreational vehicle, consider renting one short-term. This will help you decide what class of RV you need. There are 3 general classes of RVs: Class A, Class B, and Class C.

Class A motorhomes are the largest and most luxurious. These RVs are huge and offer lots of amenities.

Class B RVs are also known as camper vans or sleeper vans. They are more fuel efficient than other types of motorhomes. A Class B RV is the most affordable RV class.

Class C RVs straddle the differences between Class A and Class B. They're recognizable by their over-cab sleeping or storage spaces. Many offer slide-outs to expand the interior space when parked.

What to Do With Your Possessions

You simply won't be able to take everything you own with you. While it can be emotional to downsize, many find it freeing. Clutter effects on your health, causing anxiety, depression, and stress.

If there are things you absolutely must have, consider where and how you will store them. You can always get a storage unit, but that's an additional expense that can quickly add up.

It's best to consider the size and layout of the RV you will be living in a while also downsizing your items.

Who You Will Live With

Finally, you need to consider who you will be living with. The more people you live with, the more space you will need for everyone and their stuff (clothes, toys, hobbies, etc.).

RV living can also be hard for families with children. RV Parks may not have child-friendly amenities.

The same goes for pets. Along with bringing their toys and food with them, many RV parks may not allow pets. If they do, they may have size or breed restrictions.

Pets can also damage an RV's upholstery or cabinetry. They can also track dirt, fleas, and ticks, bringing them into your RV.

Living in a Recreational Vehicle

Living in an RV is only for some - especially full-time. After all, they are called "recreational vehicles." They are designed for short-term, year-round use, and most people will only use them for that.

However, many people manage to make it work. You just need to consider these tips before you make the leap to RV living.

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