Spring is my favorite time of year, though here in Florida that happiness springs from a somewhat different motivation. The seasons don’t really change here, it just shifts from Tourist Season to the Bataan Death March heat of summer. April and October are the two best months in Florida. Kids are in school, except for a few odd spring breakers in April, and the tourists are either streaming home or haven’t arrived yet and the temperatures are still moderate. Our Canadian friends are bumping into the limits of how long they can stay here before they have to go home and watch curling reruns on TV.
If you’re living in your RV, this is the time of year you can either look forward to cheaper rent over the summer or moving north if you’re a snowbird. If you’re thinking of RV living as an alternative housing strategy, you should already be packed and ready to go by this time of year and have your house on the market. Home sales surge 33% between February and March and prices improve. That makes sense when you think about it because parents want all summer to get situated before their kids have to start school in the fall.
Spring is the perfect time to launch your RV lifestyle because, anywhere south of Tennessee you can stay close to home until it sells. That way you’re not desperate to take the first offer that comes along and you’re there to sign all the papers. Selling an empty house is easy because it gives the buyers the option of moving in as soon as the deal closes.
If you’re still planning your RV escape, this is the time of year that the new camper models are rolling out and dealers are anxious to get rid of last year’s inventory. We jumped from one lifestyle to the other but, if you purchase your RV the summer before, you’ll have a chance to camp in it for progressively longer periods of time before heading out. That will also give you time to work through all the warranty fixes on your RV before driving away from the dealer where you bought your camper. If you can do it, I highly recommend spending time camping first. You’ll have all your kit together when you head out on the road. We spent our first days living on the road at a casino campground just south of where we used to live, then a state park in Alabama, where we learned why it’s necessary to have a surge protector on your RV electrical line.
The essence of mobile living is being able to try it before you buy it. You can try out RV parks and cities before you decide to stay there a long time. You can get to know the neighbors before getting your RV space completely set up and move to another spot if you don’t like what you see. In the event of a weather emergency or other natural disaster, you can be packed up and on the move in an hour. You can also follow the nice weather as it moves north. Imagine an endless, near perfect summer and you get the idea. The best part is you don’t have to do much packing. On a good day you can pack up your RV space in an hour, unless you have a lot of stuff and you’re right on your way. It took me longer to check the air in the tires than it did to get everything ready to travel.
It beats me why people are so stuck on 3 bedroom, 2 bath bricks and sticks in the suburbs. Part of it the mortgage industry. If the government doesn’t back it, you can’t buy it unless you have cash. And, if it’s not a 3/2 bricks and sticks, the government isn’t going to guarantee the mortgage which means you don’t get one.
But let’s forget all that because it’s spring and, if you live a mobile lifestyle, it’s time to get ready to travel and that’s the best part of RV living.