We are Bryan and Luann Street. We desire to help other Rv’ers learn about new things that will make their transition to full-time RV living easier and more satisfactory. We love to spend time traveling in our RV and ride our e-bikes everywhere! We have made the transition to living full-time on the road as of September 2017.
We left our family in Asheville NC. We loved living there! But we know there are many other beautiful places in the USA that call to us and we want to experience.
We bought our first motorhome in 2013 on a whim. As we rolled into Camping World to ‘just look’, we thought maybe a class C was where it was at. Then we found a used class A and knew we could never afford it. We picked it up later that week and drove all the way to Myrtle Beach (that is a story for another time) as our FIRST RV experience! I am not sure if I recommend this way of starting this journey but it has worked out for us and 4 years later we gave up our local jobs, bought a different RV and began our dream of traveling full-time and working remotely.
Luann has always been an “information gatherer” extraordinaire. She loves to research and is often able to find things and ideas others pass over. This blog will chronicle many things. Luann thoroughly enjoys reading about others who go before us blazing this trail of RV living. She hopes to inspire, educate and inform others on their similar journeys to this decision. She will let you in on cool finds to make things easier, ways we have found to make money on the road and grand discoveries in travel destinations!
Bryan is amazing with his mechanical skills. He has knowledge of RV inspection, repair & problem solving along with various things that he has learned the hard way. He works remotely now day trading and refining this recently acquired skill. He now has time to fish, bike and kayak as we travel.
What made you reinvent your life and live full-time in an RV?
This lifestyle was an evolution of our weekend camping turned into a dream of full-time travel. We had already made a plan of traveling full-time in an RV when we retired but we got anxious and impatient. We took those desires and began to overcome our fears. we changed our thinking from I can’t or not now to I can and why not? Realizing that a dream without a plan remains a dream, we delved deep and our desire to make this happen for ourselves became stronger and stronger. We researched and planned and made our dream a reality much sooner than originally thought.
What does it cost to live in your RV full-time?
It depends. Since we recently started our journey, we haven’t had time to collect our own data. However, after extensive research, we found that most people can live comfortably on $3,000 – $4,000 a month. That will not let you travel frequently or let you be in full vacation mode with entertainment options. This amount will vary person to person, couple to couple depending on your debt load, cost of health insurance and various other incidental expenses you will incur. We plan on publishing our budget very soon and then doing a comparison by month/year as we journey on.
Are you retired?
Absolutely not. We are a little past middle age. Our original plan was to wait to do this when Bryan turned 65. As we researched our dream, we heard stories of people who waited and didn’t get a chance to travel as planned either due to illness or finances. Those stories catapulted our plan into high gear. The biggest thing to overcome was fear and doubt but we did it and so can you if you desire.
Where do you get your mail?
We have a blog post about that! Read about choosing mail service here.
How did you make your dream happen without retiring?
We had to shift our thinking. The journey to freedom begins in your head. Once we delved into things with a possibility attitude, things began to look differently and turned into opportunities instead of obstacles. Let me give you an example. Neither of our jobs naturally transitioned to the road. Bryan was in a manufacturing position and Luann was a practice manager for a medical office. Taking the skills we did have we researched opportunities that could be done remotely. We set up a small business entity. Bryan took a course on RV Maintenance. That class had a business bent to it where you could learn to do RV inspections for money. Luann had an accounting background and took a course in building her own bookkeeping business. One day the realization hit her – the doctor she was working for could be her first client! She pitched it to him and the rest is history! Shifting your mind is definitely the first step in creating your dream life.
How long do you plan to live this way?
We plan on traveling until we can't. No one is promised tomorrow. We have chosen to take some risk for a greater reward of making memories and minimize regrets. We will cross that bridge and solve those problems when they arise. We plan to search as we travel for a spot to settle into as we age and travel less and less. If sickness happens or disability and we haven't bought a permanent home, we are considering the Escapees Care Center. We plan on prudent spending and saving as we approach our golden years, while living our dream without delay.
What is your full-time RV set up?
We bought a 2008 Tiffin Allegro Bus from the previous owners who had kept it in a garage most of the time and only used it to travel back and forth from Virginia to Florida for their winter fix. There are stellar deals out there for those who look. We chose to buy used because we wanted a higher end motorhome and wasn’t able to afford that kind new. Buying used can be scary but read this post about RV inspections and don’t let used scare you. We flat tow a 2015 Chevy Colorado that carries our e-bikes on the back.