I love the idea of living in an RV and taking my home anywhere I want.
Tracy and I are nomads at heart. Since we were married more than 10 years ago, we have lived in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and Illinois (Chicago). Plus, we spent 6 months living in the Yucatan (Puerto Morelos and Merida, Mexico).
With a year or so left before our little one goes off to school, we feel our hearts getting pulled toward one more epic adventure before we settle into a school system schedule.
In the past few months, I’ve become intrigued and drawn to the whole full-time RV-living subculture.
And before you think it’s all dropouts from society, homeless people, and the desperately destitute who live in trailers down by the river, there are a LOT of people just like you and me who live this way.
Full time RVers, or tiny home dwellers, run the gamut from fresh-out-of-college millennials who value freedom and experiences (and debt-free home-ownership) over things and status, to average middle-income American families who choose to prioritize time with family and building memories by sacrificing the 3,000+ square foot suburban home.
And there are a LOT of people doing this! And you can get inspired to launch your own adventure, or live vicariously through their YouTube channels.
(By the way, if you think this lifestyle is impossible for you, scroll to the bottom of this post for some insights on how anybody can do this!)
Here are my top 10 favorite full time RV channels on YouTube:
1) Keep Your Daydream
First up is the family of 5 living full-time in a 30-foot travel trailer named “Ginger”. Every Sunday, Marc and Tricia, along with their three (yes, 3!) teenagers bring us along on some amazing adventures throughout the United States and Mexico via their YouTube channel.
Now in its fourth season, Keep Your Daydream is my absolute favorite full-time RV vlog on YouTube. It’s just the right mix of adventure, travel show, and tips on RV living for new and experienced RVers.
The footage is stunning, becoming increasingly cinematic with each episode.
Tricia also has an awesome podcast of the same name (Keep Your Daydream) where she features over a hundred guests who have oriented their lives around travel, gathering experiences vs. stuff, and living life on their own terms. My favorite is the episode where she and Marc talk about how they turned their “someday dream” into a reality.
2) Dylan Magaster
Dylan Magaster brings you a weekly, cinematic mini-documentary series on his YouTube channel that features interesting people who eschewed square footage for freedom and adventure.
His subjects range from a young millennial couples who choose to live in a converted van, to a single woman who lives in a tiny house, to a multi-million dollar businessman who walked away from his decadent lifestyle to embrace simplicity and true happiness.
3) Bex Cat-Herder
Going by the moniker, Bex Cat-Herder, Bex is a middle-aged woman who solo-travels in a 13-foot fiberglass Casita “egg” camper towed behind her Honda CRV.
With nothing but a point-and-shoot camera for video and a selfie stick, Bex takes you along on stunning hikes throughout the west coast, filming beautiful vistas and breathtaking time-lapse.
She introduces the viewer to interesting people, provides fascinating historical (and geological) tours of amazing places, and even saves you a spot at the breakfast table when she visits her parents for some absolutely delicious-looking, fluffy waffles.
Bex is a true gem on YouTube, and my second-favorite RV-living channel.
4) Heath & Alyssa (The RV Entrepreneur)
Heath and Alyssa Padgett are a young married couple who decided to purchase a dirt-cheap RV, and travel to every state in the USA to film a documentary about hourly jobs called Hourly America.
Heath also runs the podcast, The RV Entrepreneur, where he shares tips on making a living while on the road.
5) Less Junk, More Journey
Nathan and Marissa Moss travel the USA in their Airstream with their toddler, and take us along on family adventures that most families only dream about.
Less Junk, More Journey focuses more on the day-to-day life of full-time RV living as a family, but they showcase some beautiful places that they get to visit and “live”.
For the past few years, Will and Jessica, with their two children, have hopped AirBnB’s through South America and Europe. Now they have embarked on a two-year RV trip through Europe!
7) The Wandering Wyatts
While most young couples are saving up to buy a house, Matt and Blair Wyatt moved out of their rental and purchased an RV.
Their YouTube channel is fun to watch, and they don’t shy away from showing and good and the not-so-glamorous aspects of living full time in a travel trailer.
Despite the name, they haven’t done a whole lot of wandering, but their channel is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of a normal couple who chose tiny house living.
Gone With The Wynns
Since 2011, Jason and Nikki Wynn have shared their nomadic adventures in their RV, and have recently embarked on an around-the-world sailing adventure.
Follow their adventures on their YouTube channel, Gone With The Wynns.
9) Cheap RV Living
Cheap RV Living, hosted by Bob Wells, is full of practical advice for living large in an RV, van, or even a car!
With a combination of instructional videos and profiles of those who live unconventionally, Bob focuses on the benefits of full-time RV (or van/car) living while squashing assumptions that doing so would be utter misery.
In fact, Bob considers himself a man on a mission to spread hope to those who feel dissatisfied with the trappings of modern life, and who seek more fulfillment, freedom, and community, while leaving a smaller footprint on the planet.
Bob also hosts the annual Rubber Tramp Rendezvous (RTR) in Quartzsite, Arizona.
Here’s a fascinating documentary featuring Bob Wells that provides a good introduction to full-time RVing:
Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard have combined technology and perpetual travel in order to live and work from anywhere they want.
They split their time between living in a converted bus and a sailboat. Their YouTube channel (and website), Technomadia, is chock full of practical tips, in-depth Q&A, and inspiration to live and work while on the road (or at sea).
What Do You Think?
So, what do you think about full-time RV living? Does it sound like a dream? Or a nightmare? Have you tried it before?
Did I miss a great RV-living YouTube channel? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Okay, I’m Inspired! How Do I Do This, Too?
By reducing your living expenses (and income requirements), while earning money that doesn’t require your physical presence, you have much more freedom and flexibility in how you can live your life.
For example, you can negotiate a remote working agreement with your company.
You could also start a business that is location-independent (like what Tracy and I have done since 2009!)
There are also opportunities to freelance your skills, or pick up temporary gigs while you travel.
Yes, this all means stepping leaping outside of your comfort zone, but that’s true with any great thing in life.
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