How Full-Time RVing Set Us Free


Living in an RV full-time has its advantages and disadvantages. At first, the thought of downsizing from a 2,200 sq ft home to a 500 sq ft RV terrified us. But we looked at every aspect and quick
ly realized living in an RV would set us up for long-term freedom and maximize the amount of time we were able to spend with family.

6 months into our full-time RV journey and we’re having a blast. It isn’t for everyone but I’ve been shocked by the number of families who have made the same decision. Although everyone has their personal taste for adventure, the decision to live the full-time RV lifestyle boils down to one thing: Freedom.

Freedom, defined, is the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. As an American, “freedom” is a word used nonchalantly in political discussions to support a patriotic stance of sorts. And as an American, I’m grateful for our freedom in that respect…but the more I experience the RV lifestyle, the more I realize how enslaved we are as a society.

Freedom, as the definition states, is a state of being; In other words, a condition or result of something. The condition or result of anything suggests there was a series of events that lead to a conclusion at a specific time. Therefore, “freedom” is the result of a process. Whether it be militant, parental, educational, or otherwise, we first learn, then we believe, and then we practice and draw our own conclusion.

Most people share the same overall vision in terms of life goals: Go to school, go to college, get a job, work, retire, etc. Parents teach us about school, so we believe and practice accordingly. Schools teach us about college, so we believe and practice accordingly. College teaches us about jobs, so we believe and practice accordingly…and so on and so forth from generation to generation.

Most people never take advantage of their freedom. Their goals are their parent’s goals and they live a life that follows suit. Every major decision, with some deviation, is made by a system that was created by the generations before us.

I want to state that I’m not suggesting the traditional process aforementioned is the wrong way to live. In fact, the traditional process works very well for a lot of people; arguably, most people, which is why the vast majority go down that path. What I am suggesting, is that we often pursue a path that leads to a lifestyle of freedom in exchange for current imprisonment.

I spent a week living the life of a man worth several hundred million dollars a few months ago and I quickly realized how depressing that lifestyle is – when you have everything, how can you appreciate anything? Everyone is familiar with the “what would you do if you had a million dollars” exercise. A better question, is “How would you spend your time if you already had everything?” Would you spend it with family? Would you travel the world? Would you help the needy? Would you try to make a difference and live passionately? Would you be in the same line of work you’re in now?

When we decided to live in an RV full-time, we went against the grain. And going against the grain shed a new light on what “freedom” actually means. For the first time in our lives, we’re not imprisoned. Life is about time, not money. And at this point in our lives, we’re spending it exactly the way we want.

Cheers, The Cobia Family

  • I really enjoy this! The thought of being able to travel with your loved one is amazing and one of the reasons I got into blogging! I want to be able to go and visit friends and family whenever and wherever i want. I admire the life you live and hope to achieve the same goal one day!

  • I’ve heard in that past that there are certain legalities to living full time in an RV and that some regions wont even allow it. Have you ever come across this?

    • It’s based on the state of residency on paper. I believe everyone is supposed to have a “physical address” but there are companies who built a business on full-time RVer domicile needs. Living on wheels, it doesn’t really matter what state we live in on paper. Thanks for the comment!

  • Rada Francis

    Love this! I was just doing some research of RV living and I was a bit confused about all of the technical things such as filing taxes and claiming a state. If you have any info on that, I would love to learn!

  • Tiffany Melvin

    My family and I live in an RV full time, although we are not traveling full time right now. Love your definitions you put of freedom. I don’t think there is anything wrong with living like the “normal” society! lol but it just wasn’t for us. I agree that living in an RV probably isn’t for everyone but we love it. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.