RVers talk: 4 Steps to Afford the RV Lifestyle – Vlog 77

once you get on the road it might not
fit your comfort style there’s so many things going on at once you may have to
ease into that along these roads we’ve roam we find
adventure through traveling camping boondocking and exploring hello
everybody and welcome to vlog-cast episode number 77 my name is Russ and
I’m Kerry and we are The Roads We Roam today we are an Elephant Butte State Park
in New Mexico, another wonderful day out here it’s always nice and sunny out
here …we’re gonna go exploring today You went down to Truth or Consequences
which is a town right by here …we’ve been there a couple of times recently
but only in that ..like business area right off the freeway so if you get off
the freeway …if you’re coming through this area venture past the Walmart /
McDonald’s area into the old part of town
it’s really kind of cool! I mean it’s it’s an old town and there’s a nice little
park down there by the water. There is ….it looks like a Vietnam Memorial wall at
the Veterans the New Mexico State Veterans Home which they actually have a
home there for veterans a lot of cool things to see. A lot of different colors
down there you’ve got the colorful, you know, Southwest type of colors down in
that city so I look forward to going through there and really exploring Truth
or Consequences out. Plus, I know you said you found a couple of the …what are they
called… hot springs! that are dog friendly …a lot of the hotels seem to be and I
don’t know if you can go in and do the hot springs for like an hour or two …I’m
wondering what the setup is.. well hopefully now that I think about it,
might be kind of tough getting the dogs in there, but I think that would be cool.
I would love to do that I …you know even when we lived in El Paso I always heard
about the hot springs here ….. well we would just have to alternate… because one of the things that I do really miss is a hot bath… yeah true I know that’s why
when we’re the next place after we leave Elephant Butte State Park is a resort
and we picked that resort because they have a jacuzzi! Well I was told to
find a resort with a jacuzzi … we have to review all the different types of RV places out there so let’s try to find one of
those routes hey you gotta sell it gotta sell it you did a very good job. Alright,
so moving on …..today I came across the GoRVing website – is as you know a big marketing brand for RVing industry to get out there and they had an article
called The Four steps to Afford the RV Lifestyle. I was wondering if you
thought it would be fun where we could go through some of these and then…yeah definitely, definitely especially now that we’ve been on the
road for a little bit we’ll see what they’re saying and see if how well we
rank or if we agree or disagree. Well that was what I was thinking if we both
had the same perceptions of where we’re at or how well we did, so the……. this
was coming from Michele from the Finance and Lifestyle blog, Making Sense of Cents…
okay… they had approached her and asked her if people should know …who is “they”?
Um, GoRVing…ok gotcha okay GoRVing approached this blog to write this article because a lot of people are wondering “is
it possible”? hmm So she came up with four…. She said the first thing is be realistic
about your budget ….so when we were first starting and when this harebrained idea
popped into our heads ….yeah, so here’s my deal with that right off the bat being
realistic about your budget you really even though we watched a lot of
youtubers and we report on it as well, everybody lives a little bit differently
everybody has a little bit different circumstances I think it’s really hard
to be realistic about your your budget… I think this is more of the budget of the
RV …okay so yeah I mean definitely there are different
decisions I remember you and I went through a bunch of decisions,
are we going to buy an older RV for cash… are we going to buy an older
Class A, B or C for cash… are we going to finance one…. are we going to finance a
cheaper one …are we going to buy a more expensive one …..you and I went
through a bunch of different scenarios before we finally
settled on our Little Guy Max…. we had even thought rebuilds…. yup rebuilds! There was this one truck that could be converted over …I remember you
even went down and test drove it .. they used it for trade shows and
they put clothes in it and it was like a traveling office… exactly, we
went through the gamut. We looked at schoolies, retrofitting a busm we looked at
everything! And really, we had bounced back and forth multiple times.. A,B, or C travel trailers, build our own, A, B or C travel trailers, build our own A, B or C travel trailer or build our own……. and it was almost weekly we had
decided what it was we wanted ….and that was it and then it would change! Really I
think what it came down to ,for us, we had to….. because we fell in love with a lot….
we really did, but really we had to look at what our budget was – for that – and
what could we really do so that we could still be sustainable while we got started
you know… kind of started yeah, and then also the type of room we needed and
how we needed it…..and I think really, when it came down to our decision on the
Little Guy Max ….because it was a little bit higher than what we had originally
decided to do but it came down to value. I mean because some we
could have gotten into a $17,000 unit… bigger than this.. but the
quality just didn’t seem like it was there. We have hardwood here, we have such great detailing and all this stuff, plus the way we felt…. we asked ourselves a lot of times you know this isn’t just a weekend deal
here we are going to be in this thing 24/7. We would also be heavy,
hard users but also we factored in we were not experienced RVers so I
think one of the biggest factors that came into play was…. let’s start off simple, so we looked for quality & we looked for simple, and then we looked for
something that was within a price range that we knew we could afford. Some of them…… I look at some of these plans when you go through where
they break it down for a 20 year loan or 15 year loan and you don’t know if
you’ll be in it for that long… one of the things that we’ve noticed
around campgrounds is that as soon as you get one RV you’re already shopping for
the next….that’s true! I’m happy right now, but it’s definitely something you have to put a lot of thought into because
everything will trickle down from there. So I think we did….. we
picked what, to us…….versus what we needed, what we liked ,value-based and what we
could afford, this fit that all those measures, so I think we did well in that
category and I would agree with that you definitely have to be able to….
you don’t want to jump into something that you can’t afford later on down the
road….. well, and I think the biggest thing and what do you feel about this…..
you have to think of what your life will be like once you are on the road think of that before you pick your RV don’t do it the other way around. It’s so
tough knowing though, I mean you have this this this idea, this perception of
what it is and then reality hits you it’s so different, I
mean I don’t care how many videos you watch, how many people you talk to, that the perception is always different than the reality. when
I was watching these youtube videos my idea of living on the road was…..
I don’t know… like a vacation, it felt like a vacation, everyday, and it
really isn’t…….and I think one of the …..where I’m getting at is
there’s a lot of work to do what we do so had I realized…
if I had in my mind I was thinking there’s a lot more work I might have looked at
something, maybe, that provided us a little bit better way to work ….
but I mean I overall, very happy with this unit, it fits us. So number two…. is to
create a monthly travel budget. So that’s where you were at the beginning …that is – really, we did not do very well with that
at the beginning. Well, it’s it’s a known phenomena, I guess, you know
first off it was in the holidays so we knew we wanted to go see ….worst time ever to start…. probably! You don’t want to do it in the holidays because you are traveling…
we went to Tennessee to see family aand went to Florida to see family and now we’re
heading back Southwest, but the other thing too is when you get into this
you’re excited – rightly so – it’s an amazing lifestyle and you want to get out,
you want to start doing what you’ve been seeing people to do and what you’ve
been reading about people doing ….and it’s difficult not to try to live like you’re
on vacation. We are just now, I think four months in, getting over
that feeling of wanting to be here, wanting to go there, I think we
had a good realization there was just …..we would be in places like Florida or
Louisiana and we’re like “oh we’ve got to do that,
we’ve got to do this, oh we’ve got to go here” and we just didn’t have enough time and
then it just hit us….. look, this isn’t.. this isn’t one and done, we’re going to be back
here again, we’re going be living this lifestyle for a while, so you
don’t have to try to get everything done. It’s very easy to say that in reality..
it’s very difficult to do that in the beginning and it’s going to take a while
once you get on the road to to buckle down and make your travel
budget and stick with that if you plan for that. And as you said, we’re about
four months in I think now it’s just starting to slow down a little bit – that
excitement. But budget for….. I would say at least the first three months ….so
real quick, you said something that I didn’t want people to kind of to be
misleading.. it is still ….every day is exciting, what we’re doing, but that
excitement to ‘have to’ get here we ‘have to’ go there… that excitement…it goes
away. It took about four months for us. Anyways, we don’t
feel that compulsion to have to do every tourist attraction
and get to a different place… you know how before I kept saying how I’m itchin…
want to go, I wanna go, that was because I wanted to see stuff, I wanted to
experience all this stuff and now we’re slowing down a little bit, just
so that we can experience more, but what’s interesting and I’m finding we are more
drawn to kind of the non-major touristy things now….when you sit down and
you talk to the locals and you have a little bit of time to spend in an area
you get to find all these cute little nuggets like you just said you drove
into town this morning just past the freeway where most people just kind of
pop in there and then go and continue on when there’s this cute little Main Street area with all these different
things that we get to explore…… exactly, and really here’s the
thing that I was missing …..in my mind I gotta go, gotta go, gotta go, gotta see,
gotta see…… it got well when you’re going you really don’t
see a lot and you you can’t slow down to see. The fact that
we spent a week in City of Rocks, we really got to look around City of Rocks
State Park, we really got to look around Silver City we really got to look around
Deming you know and if we were just coming and going we would have never
experienced all that stuff so I think once your mind realizes that hey when I
slow down I actually get to see more yes you know so and that’s where we are
right now well and at the beginning we also had that comfort level with staying
at the higher priced campgrounds yeah and we didn’t know a lot and we didn’t
use our comfort zone as well as eating out we weren’t used to cooking in here
full time yeah so getting used to that so now four months in we are able to now
plan our travels but with a budget because we know how we are living yeah
you make a great point there too and that’s something to plan ahead of time
to when it says travel plan your travel budget you know you have these ideas
we’re gonna go boondock all the time at least we had this idea we’re gonna moon
dock we’re gonna stay here we’re gonna do that well once you get on the road it
might not fit your comfort style there’s so many things going on at once you may
have to ease into that so allow for that allow for the fact that hey
even though I have written down on my first month I am gonna boondock 27 days
it may not you may not like that you know right it may you may be
uncomfortable with that you know and so just allow for movement and for growth
you know we take we’ve been taking baby steps baby steps so I would think at the
beginning you have a much bigger budget and yeah I think it’s smart when you
come into that exactly have a big budget in the beginning or a larger budget in
the beginning and slowly shave that down and if you don’t use it that’s great
because then you can spread it out later on
yeah but have it there just in case yeah especially if you’re a newbie RV or you
know if you’ve been doing a lot of weekend warrior warrior ring yeah I
don’t even know if that’s a word but you know you may not have some of these
concerns that we had you know but just something to think about okay so moving
on number three find ways to save so this built on to that because now that
you are used to your travel your 3-4 months and you know how you travel you
know how you live yeah I think that’s when you can really reassess what things
you can or cannot cut back on and here’s here’s the thing too you know and we’ve
said this before we are not trying to save every single penny that we can yeah
we we don’t want to live extravagantly but then again we’re not that’s not our
mission to see how how much money or how you know less money we can live on but
yeah I mean when you can save definitely save you know even the small things you
know like I mentioned it in our day and the life thing where we keep the extra
packets of condiments that’s nothing you know but everything together kind of
like that Elan must thing that I was talking about the totality of all these
small things build up well it just made me think when we first started we kind
of we’re trying to think where we can cut back on everything and you with your
the deodorant yeah Russ thought he could just buy the like
the really cheap deodorant and save money and was it a spray one at first
yeah I don’t remember it’s just you know he went away from we’re not talking like
dollar store no name you know stuff but I went away from
stuff that I normally used you know and it just I didn’t like it you know I
think I went through three different brands and three different types of
deodorant that I didn’t even use and ended up thrown away so I end up
spending more money cuz I went right I went right back to what I was used to so
you keep the things that make you happy partying comfortable if you go into this
lifestyle where you choose to do it like we have where it’s something you want to
do you keep the things that are important to you but you can cut back on
the things that really don’t matter yeah I think things like that I mean here’s
the big money sabers stop going out to eat you know man
we had one month where we were like eleven hundred and thirty five dollars
and we knocked it down to six hundred and nine you know the following month so
that’s a great way to save money those are things that yeah you may want you
may crave but man I could think of a hundred things that that you know four
hundred dollars would do you know better than having a cheeseburger or something
you know and if I want a cheeseburger just go buy it I’ll buy the ingredients
and we’ll make it so yeah there are definitely ways to save money
and you know this food is probably one of the more important ones to look at
because you want to have money to go out and do the things you don’t want to say
oh I’m not gonna go visit this attraction because it costs $15 you know
you you rather I’d rather cut out fast-food Starbucks for two days but
there are definitely ways that you can curb your expenses so that it helps keep
you within whatever budget that you’ve designed very true and then number four
is earn have a plan to earn money on the road yeah you and I can both earn on the
road you know I have arrangement with my with the company I
work with you know and and and but there are so many different ways you can earn
money you can earn money off of YouTube you can earn money off of doing well
they have the sugar beet harvest they have the Amazon locations that a lot of
people work for there’s different camp hosting jobs that you can take I mean I
think we could do a whole blog I think we should there’s also up work where if
you have a skill maybe you’re good at administration you know maybe you can
type 100 words I mean I know is that is that is that a thing can people type 100
words a minute okay yeah I don’t know I’m not an administrative person you
know maybe you have graphics abilities you know maybe you can do Photoshop you
know video editing there are so many opportunities there’s up work there’s
fibre there’s so many different ways to make money there’s a lot of boards to
like escapees has work work boards yeah but if you have a skill or something
that you’re willing to do there are ways to be creative to write and I think
right now is probably the best time for somebody that’s curious about this
lifestyle to kind of take that leap because so many people can work remotely
yeah you know for example in Russ’s situation it just took him talking to
his an important to his employer and working out an arrangement
you never know unless you ask yeah exactly so yeah I think we definitely
should do a complete vlog on different ways to make money on the road now these
are things you know we may not be doing any of them or all of them you know but
I think it’s a great information and it would be neat for us to check that out
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16 thoughts on “RVers talk: 4 Steps to Afford the RV Lifestyle – Vlog 77

  1. Some great things to ponder. As newbies ourselves (but part-timers) we went back and forth with everything you guys did in the beginning – I think the most significant decision we made was "not to wait" til later and just dive on in…every step after that just seemed to fall into place.
    Thanks for paving the Roads We Roam ahead of us… Safe travels! ~💜

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  3. I like your practical bits of advice my wife and I love to travel right now we're still doing a few shows then eventually we're just going to do traveling without the shows good video

  4. I'm a traveler myself. Solo traveler,and I did learn that saving money for travel is not that easy. But I'm still learning tho. You can visit my travel channel too.

  5. Great video! We are still kind of new to RVing and budgeting is the most complicated for us. We have our two teens with us and also THREE dogs! We went with the older RV for cash and just did our own renovations to save some money. It has been great but we bought small and I feel I am so ready for an upgrade. We'll probably buy old again and renovate ourselves again. It was so fun to personalize it all ourselves to custom fit our family. Thanks for the subscription and I look forward to watching. 🙂

  6. Your story sounds just like the process I went thru! I started with the Max and then proceeded to select about 10 other units. I eventually came back to the Max in the end! Uncanny and sounds similar to your process. I also thought I would buy a 4Runner because I love Toyotas, but in the end I selected a Jeep Grand Cherokee for a number of reasons. Both the MA and the Jeep I decided on at the very end of the process and very quickly as compared to the total time I had been comparing all of my other choices. I drove multiple trucks, SUVs, etc. In the end I fell in love with the Jeep and next week when I pick up my Max I hope to be able to say the same about the Max. Thanks for sharing your story. You guys are amazing and we learn so much from your videos.

  7. Great 👍🏼 Video!! For us as newbies and we haven’t even been able to start our journey to FT,, our 2 slides went out,, and Manny’s spinal surgery and recovery,,, we’re already starting to look 👀 around for a second RV.. Also,, our RV is 11yrs old and as second owner, it’s built solid.. Your sooo correct about as a newbie is to “ do ur homework “.. we knew we wanted a Denali but also knew a anticipation of what was going to break down for repairs…..BUT,,, not 2 slides all at once!!!!! Oiy!

  8. I love your VLOG. I was wondering if you guys looked at a Nucamp tab 400? They seem similar in quality but have a little larger bathroom and waste tanks. What do you think?

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