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Are you thinking about RV life full-time? Is it a dream of yours to travel that way full-time? Or would RV living help your current circumstances. Maybe you are just curious what it's like. Especially if you have children. From the hearts of moms living the life daily you will find below insight into the lifestyle, advice and more.

Brooke

Brooke is a not only a momma on the road full-time, but she also home schools and runs a small business too! She is always full of so much encouragement for others, I just don't know how she juggles it all.

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Full-time RV mom, Brooke and family

What are pros to living full time on road for your little ones?

One of my favorite things about living on the road with kiddos is the ever-changing resources for learning. National parks, local libraries, science centers, & exploring nature in various geographical locations. 

What are cons to living full time on road for your little ones? 


When chilly weather does occur, the small spaces can feel a bit cramped. We love chasing sandal weather so we are rarely inside, when we do have to be inside due to weather the kids are excited and enjoy playing with the toys inside. 

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How have you grown as a mom living full time on the road? 


I have learned to let go and let the kids be little. I have loved seeing my kids imaginations grow! They can play and use their imaginations with nature. It’s about enjoying the moment and this season of life. 

Any other advice for those thinking about hitting the road?

Take an extended vacation by renting an Rv. Get a rough idea of what it’s like to do some of the ins and outs of the day to day maintenance. The non-glamorous aspect like the tanks, water conservation, etc. I also think renting an RV for an extended time will give you an idea of what works for you with the space.

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Natalie

Natalie mom of 3 has been full-time off and on for 12 years! Her husband is a lineman. You may recognize Natalie on IG by her gorgeous renovated fifth wheel. Natalie often shares her experience with others and is a wealth of positive information.

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Full-time RV mom, Natalie and family

What are the pros to living full-time on the road for little ones?


I would say the biggest pro to being on the road is kids getting to be together with their entire family. No time away from Dad. The experiences they get to have and the growth that they make as they learn to make friends easily and accept everyone as a friend is also a huge pro.


What are cons to living full time on road for your little ones? 


Cons to me would be that there’s still a lot of limitations. RV parks are not always family friendly and come with a lot of rules. I miss letting them just play in the backyard. I also think a con is not making those lifelong friendships with neighbor kids or friends from school.

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How have you grown as a mom living full time on the road?


I know I have grown in many ways. Being on the road has taught me how to go with the flow. How to be brave enough to take my kids and to have experiences on our own, even if Dad is at work. It’s taught us to make the best out of our situation.

Any other advice for those thinking about hitting the road?


My advice to anyone considering doing this would be to look at all the positives, find ways to enjoy the journey and to embrace all that RV life brings. It will never be perfect, it comes with a lot of hard moments and that’s okay. Getting to do that together is worth it.  It’s beautiful and amazing in its own ways. Remember why you are choosing to live this way and find ways to make it work for you. Also, think about your must have list with your RV. Having a rig that functions in the ways you need can make such a difference. 

Lauren

Lauren is a creative mom of two. Their family's goal is to live MORE with LESS stuff. Lauren creatively documents their lifestyle on their social media channels. She is another rockstar mom schooling her children on the road, chasing adventure, and running a business too.

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Full-time RV mom, Lauren and family

What are the pros to living full-time on the road for little ones?

There are SO many pros to living full time on the road for kids. Experiencing places firsthand as opposed to only reading about them in a book. Learning to make friends quickly and easily, as we travel often and they want to play with kids wherever we are. They get a lot of experience hanging out and playing with kids of all ages. Since we follow good weather, they learned to swim faster because they could swim year- round. They get so much more outdoor times because of this too!

What are cons to living full time on road for your little ones? 

One con we’ve run into is organized sports. Both of our kids loved organized sports when we lived stationary. It is doable on the road, but means staying put in one area for about 4 months. 

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How have you grown as a mom living full time on the road? 

I’ve grown in a lot of ways since we started traveling full time. I’ve become much more relaxed. The lack of having to keep a rigid schedule is SO NICE! We’re no longer rushing off to school or meetings, and it allows us all to be more relaxed. Meeting other road schooling moms has encouraged me to look at education differently as well. Each year our learning looks different as I learn and grow. I have come to realize that kids learn so much on their own, and travel is a great teacher in and of itself!

Any other advice for those thinking about hitting the road?

Traveling full time in our tiny home on wheels has been absolutely incredible. It has stretched us so much and really shifted our mindsets in so many ways. It’s a very different way to live, and in our opinion much more fulfilling. We collect memories instead of stuff now. I’d highly encourage anyone who is considering it to take the plunge!

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Nicole

Nicole is a mom of four. Sharing their pursuit of a more intentional way of living and creating more intimate relationships amongst their family. Her sweet family started off on a three month adventure across the US and decided this was the life for them and kept on going. Sharing RV every day life and all the fun adventures along the way.

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Full-time RV mom, Nicole and family

What are the pros to living full-time on the road for little ones?

The Pros to living full time on the road with my little ones is that instead of using a ruler to measure their growth on a wall, we get to snap photos of them growing in new places month by month! Another pro to living full time with them is that we get to teach them the value of what’s most important in life without all of the vain distractions (1.5 million toys and all the stuff!). Instead we get to fill their hearts with the value of loving God, our family and people we come into contact with every day! They don’t even ask for toys or material things anymore, they just want to play and explore outside, new friends and be creators, not consumers.

What are cons to living full time on road for your little ones? 

The cons to living full time on the road with our little ones is that they can get hooked on hanging with their road buddies, and sometimes miss the importance of our family time. They have so many more friends now that we’re on the road then when we were stationary in our sticks and bricks! Another con is that when we go places that don’t have an RV toilet, my littlest ones don’t know how to flush the toilets! hahahaha!

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How have you grown as a mom living full time on the road? 

I’ve grown as a mother on the road by: Learning to put own my fears of bugs and nature aside to help teach them how beautiful God’s creations are, and how they too don’t need to be afraid! (Except for when my 8 year old puts lizards in my hair to “help me” to not be afraid) LOL 

“My goal is to be a teenager by the end of this year! Hahahaa!”

Also…this might sound strange, but when we first got on the road, my husband said that I was old…too old…lol..meaning I was stiff and rigid and not as playful as he knew I could really be! So he challenged me to get younger…I started out as 100 years old (lol) and I’ve been getting younger every month! I’m pretty sure I’m right around my actual age now (37) so I’m pretty pumped I’ve let the process of play, and not taking things so serious and connecting with my kids’ imaginations and bright hearts allow me to scale back the years I was accumulating! My goal is to be a teenager by the end of this year! Hahahaa! 

Any other advice for those thinking about hitting the road?

My biggest piece of advice for anyone looking to get on the road is to just do it! Like don’t think too much about it! Just do it! Life is worth giving yourself to, and if you believe your life would be enhanced by going full time…then do it!! You definitely won’t regret it! 

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Laura

Laura is a mom of three. She loves sharing her journey of becoming a better mom and homemaker. Laura blogs hoping to inspire other moms who maybe struggle in those areas too. She is kind and genuinely helpful. Enjoy watching her grow.

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Full-time RV mom, Laura

What are the pros to living full-time on the road for little ones?

Full time RV life has given our kids a stable home in the midst of adventuring to different places! Our three little ones have gone on so many adventures already, and that includes our now three month old (even if he is sleeping most of the time, haha)! They've been exposed to different cultures, experiences, and more! 

We're teaching our kids to need less, and to choose relationships over “material things'. Living in a place with less things to carry with us helps reinforce that message, and so far, they are more than content!We've had more intentional quality time together because a smaller space can't help, but bring everyone to gather in the same area.

“We're teaching our kids to need less, and to choose “relationships” over “material things.”

What are cons to living full time on road for your little ones? 

Occasionally, they've missed family and friends, but we video call often, so in many ways it's like they're coming along with us! 

Our kids are all great in the car, and even then, the reality is more pit stops are needed during long trips which can slow you down!

How have you grown as a mom living full time on the road? 

Having less overwhelms me less, so I believe
I've gained more focus developing certain areas of my life like home and faith, that has brought more of a pleasant and stable living environment to my family!

Any other advice for those thinking about hitting the road?

Any other advice for those thinking about hitting the road?
Make sure you and your partner are 100% on board, even if at first one of you may have been a bit hesitant (guilty, haha!). Challenges are inevitable in RV living, so it's great to start this exciting journey united, which will keep your small environment and children happy!! (Don't be discouraged, keep discussing pros and cons until you BOTH come around…Then, enjoy the adventure together!!)

Kaylee

Kaylee is a mom of two. They have been on the road for 18 months and have already explored 27 states! Both Kaylee and her husband work full-time on the road while homeschooling their children. They sold it all to travel for a year and decided to keep going!

Full-time RV mom, Kaylee and family

What are the pros to living full-time on the road for little ones?

Experiencing different cultures and exploring so many locations that history took place. Also, seeing so much of nature has shaped their hearts more than I could have imagined.

What are cons to living full time on road for your little ones? 

Keeping long distance relationships alive with friends from school and not being able to see those friends consistently. 

How have you grown as a mom living full time on the road? 

I am less concerned about keeping them entertained, they have to use their imaginations more and be outside.  I am calmer and more relaxed as a mom in this lifestyle.  Also, I feel closer to my kids with homeschool and being with them all the time. I don't feel guilty for going into the office so much.

Any other advice for those thinking about hitting the road?

Give yourself and your family grace, some days are going to be what dreams are made of and others are going to beyond hard.  

Sammy

I'm the voice behind this blog and mom of two. We are on the road to be together. My husband builds cranes all over the US and was gone for months at a time. Broke our hearts to be apart. We decided to sell it all and travel with him. Sharing our journey along the way hoping to inspire other families to live a life full of experiences over things.

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Full-time RV mom, Sammy and family

What are the pros to living full-time on the road for little ones?

The biggest pro for us is that they have their dad home everyday. We also love giving our children all the experiences that come with traveling the US. They have swam in waterfalls, climbed mountains, and ran through slot canyons just to name a few. Many firsts we as adults never experienced till now.

What are cons to living full time on road for your little ones? 

I think the biggest con for us is we miss being around family and friends. While we have made relationships on the road, being around our people is not always the case. Dustin's work dictates where we go and when. Thankfully there is social media and facetime to feel connected.

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How have you grown as a mom living full time on the road? 

I have come to realize our children are far more capable of doing hard or new things than we give them credit for. Living this life and letting them try things we thought would be too hard or too much turns out to prove us wrong regularly. Overall they adjusted the fastest and best to the RV lifestyle. Long travel days, big hikes, adjusting to all the change… They surpass everyday the limitations we sometimes don't realize we put on them. As a mom that has helped me to be more easy going, have more patience, and give them more chances to show us they can do all the things.

Any other advice for those thinking about hitting the road?

Have a good attitude and know it is not all rainbows and butterflies. There will be bumps in the road. There will be frustrations. It will take time to adjust. Show yourself grace, face each obstacle with a bright outlook, and know this is all to better your life in one way or another. Everyone has different reasons for choosing this lifestyle. Hang on to your why and enjoy the ride.

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  1. Megan Ulrich says:

    Love hearing all the different perspectives! Such a great resource for families considering hitting the road.

  2. Laura says:

    Sammy, this blog post was so eye opening, and I am so thankful to have been involved! Hearing what other moms are dealing with in RV life is eye opening, comforting, and relatable. I so appreciate you and your voice in this community!!! Love you, friend!!

  3. Chelsea says:

    I absolutely loved reading this. Such great advice and encouragement. RV life has been so amazing for our family and I love hearing how it has changed others lives too!

  4. Jodie says:

    Wow, Sammy, this was incredible. We always knew we would continue to travel when we have kids but this just makes me even more excited. What an incredible gift we can give our children. This was so powerful and so moving!🙌🏼❤️

  5. Paige says:

    These are such special interviews stocked full of great information!

  6. Jen says:

    I love this round up of RV mommas so much! If I could go back in time and take my little ones on the road I’d do it in a heartbeat!

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