Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

— Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Leaves of Grass. 1900


Many have seen a recreational vehicle sometime in their life – either holding up traffic on the highway or perhaps jacked-up in their neighbor’s yard. You probably recall laughing at Lucille Ball in the classic movie THE LONG LONG TRAILER or Robin Williams in the recent hit titled RV. A few people probably think it’s an interesting way to live, while the rest think it’s just plain crazy.

Living in a recreational vehicle (RV) is not just for those crazy folks in need of a few good laughs, nor is it just for retirees with a pension and regular Social Security check. While the number of full-time RVers (or Full-Timers as we RV-Folk say) has increased in the past several years, the average age has decreased. You will find many more families and younger couples making the decision to become Full-Timers.

I have been Full-Timing for several years, yet only the past two have been on the road.  During that time I have spoken to many people about Full-Timing and the steps involved in making that decision to lead a nomadic lifestyle. Many insist that I write a blog or book on the topic as they would need directions on how to travel down this road.

Well, it certainly isn’t any easy path to travel, but once you are headed in that direction it gets a lot easier. So I have decided to share the secret that most Full-Timers know…the secret that can get you started down the open road…