- A couple bought their used 44ft RV for just $170,000.
- The luxury motorhomes are equipped with several televisions, a king-size bed, a dishwasher and a fridge-freezer.
- The couples visited attractions such as the Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City and Yellowstone.
Lindsey and Bruce Roberts of Dallas, Texas, only planned to visit Alaska for six weeks in their RV, but ended up extending their trip to almost a year.
“That’s when we knew we just wanted to be on the road,” Lindsey said.
The couple, aged 70 and 60, said they realized their home wasn’t their forever home and have been navigating the campervan lifestyle since 2009. They sold their home in 2018 and have been living in a luxury Newmar Ventana motorhome ever since.
“Each trip was getting longer and longer, so we wondered why we even needed a house. It was just better to sell everything and not worry about the house,” they said.
The couple, who have been married for 30 years, said they have visited 49 states. The strong point of this way of life for them is the change of scenery and the choice of where to live.
“A friend of ours asked if we were saving money and if it was cheaper and we said no because we are not saving. We are enjoying our lives,” they said.
The Roberts sometimes stay at luxury resorts with amenities like a pool, golf course, and outdoor spaces to relax.
Joel and Deb Brettingen
Joel and Deb Brettingen, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, have been living full-time in a luxury RV for nine months after selling their 20-year-old home.
The couple, both retired law enforcement officers, decided to sell their home after paying off their mortgage to become full-time “RVers” to escape the Wisconsin winters.
“We hadn’t seen all of the United States and it was a way to travel and see it at our own pace. We are also planning to visit Canada and Mexico,” they said.
They had a five-year plan, organized their finances and established a budget. During the nine months the Brettingens lived in an RV, they spent most of the winter in Texas and visited the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City and Deadwood in South Dakota.
“We have gained freedom and a lot of friends in the RV community. Everyone helps each other and we meet people from many different countries.”
The couple did a lot of research before embarking on their new life watching YouTube videos. They bought a used 45ft RV in 2020 that cost $170,000.
“I don’t miss mowing the lawn or maintaining the house. Food and daily expenses are similar except for gas, but we can adapt because some places where you can stay for free on public lands.”
Joe and Sharon Carmichael
Joe and Sharon Carmichael hit the road in their new motorhome after selling their home in 2015. Joe worked in sales and constantly drove between appointments.
“I saw people in RVs and said that was what we were going to do. It had been a dream for a long time,” Joe said.
The couple own a Newmar London Aire coach which cost around $700,000. They said that without having to pay property taxes and insurance, it is much cheaper to live in an RV.
“Initially my wife said she would do it for a year, but then she became completely addicted to the beauty of the United States and found there was so much to do on the road,” said Joe.
“We probably spend about $6,000 a month on expenses, including paying for the RV, fuel, food and drink, and we eat lunch quite often and visit national and state parks.”
When the couple first told their family about it, they laughed and said they were giving her six months before they divorced because they had cut down on their space. “We pulled it off with flying colors and just celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary in Niagara Falls.”
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