My dear husband John has been trying to talk me into going RVing for years. In case you’ve forgotten or are new to my blog, we met when I was 19, and I’m turning 35 shortly. That is 16 years of “it’ll be fun, trust me” and “you’ll love it.” Sixteen years of stories about his youth, camping and cabins in Maine, stories about the family drives with the dog in the vehicle as well…
Which also means it was 16 years of me saying “Jamaicans don’t go RVing.” “No thanks, let’s do a hotel.” “it’s too small.” “it’s too bare-bones.” etc…
A few weekends ago in LA, the folks from GoRVing.com completely turned me around at BlogHer’s annual conference. I still haven’t outright told John that I’m 100% down to go RVing… but… I secretly am!
I got to tour two styles of RVs while onsite. You can check out the Facebook Live videos below:
How cute are those RVs?! I later found out that you can totally customize your own RV and they come in tons of sizes and configurations to accommodate families of any number. You can also make it as luxe as you want! I didn’t realize how customizable they are. If you know yourself 100% and wont be doing any cooking at all, you don’t have to fill space with a kitchen area. You can put seating, or expand a bathroom, or whatever! You can make it your own! I love that it doesn’t have to feel “rustic” if you don’t want it to.
What was super surprising to me was how affordable RVs were. In my mind they were as much as a house…but you can get one as low as $6k. That’s not bad at all! I also found out you can rent one and try it out (which is likely what we’ll do at first).
Two of my neighbors on the block have huge RVs parked in their yard and one has one in a second garage he built for it so I’m going to ask them about it too. I’m actually kind of excited about this. The family togetherness aspect has me. I mean, for John it’ll be nostalgic and familiar, for me…well I just love trying new things and travel in general, and for the kids, they just love everything!
Not having to look for hotels or AirBnBs is another aspect that has me sold. We can be spontaneous and go wherever we want on any given weekend. Since we’re still fairly new to Florida, we still have sooo many cities to explore that are within 2-6 hrs drive. We can do a lot of impromptu weekends away if we have an RV. And it’ll cut the cost on hotels as well as the stress of it all. I could just keep some necessities stocked in the RV so I don’t have to pack the things we’ll certainly need.
Everything will feel like an adventure for me with an RV. I’m surprised at myself, but really have lost my objections now that I know I wont be sleeping with bugs and forced to eat burned hot dogs or something. John’s going to be so excited! I can’t wait to make new RVing memories with him so he can tell our grandkids about our family travels one day.