How to Deal When People You Love Aren’t Supportive of Your Full-Time RV Lifestyle

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When we started telling people that we were going to sell our house and move into an RV, we got one of three reactions:

  • People thought we were crazy
  • They thought we were awesome
  • People didn’t believe we’d actually do it

Unfortunately, sometimes the people you need support from the most aren’t ready to give it. Often their concerns are genuine. Some are jealous, and many times people can’t fathom why others want to do anything other than what’s expected.

In this short post, I’ll share some advice on how to deal when friends and family aren’t supportive of your new lifestyle.

Have Backup Plans for Everything

We have plans A, B, C, and D for everything. For example, if the motorhome has to be in the shop for an extended time, we have insurance for that.

If insurance doesn’t cover it, we have saved up hotel points. If we don’t have enough hotel points, we have a savings account. We have a plan for mail. Yes, our jobs are okay with us working remotely.

To any objection our friends and family had, we countered with 2–3 backup plans. This put them at ease and proved that we had put some thought into our big life change.

Involve Them and Keep Them Updated

Start a blog, post your travels to a Facebook page, or text/call your friends and family often. Involve them in your adventures and let them know you’ve not forgotten them. Park your RV at their house for a few days and invite them to come hang out.

green motorhome parked next to a brown house
We parked our RV beside our house and let our friends and family hang out in it

Eventually, they’ll see that your RV isn’t much different from a house and that there’s nothing weird or dangerous about what you’re doing.

Be Confident in Your Choice

Finally, the best way to gain support is to prove by doing. Brush off the negative remarks. Continue with your plan, and show everyone your success.

It may sound harsh, but you’re not obligated to gain anyone’s approval. You do you and the people who love you may not understand, but they will eventually accept your decision.

And if all else fails, don’t bring it up. At the end of the day, the way you choose to live your life isn’t anyone’s business but yours.

If you have friends or family members who aren’t supportive of your full-time RV lifestyle, we hope that sharing our experiences has given you some ideas for coping. And the confidence to keep on going with your plans. Thanks for reading!

I’m a Tucson, Arizona-based web developer. I live in a motorhome with my significant other and in my spare time I enjoy photography, blogging, hiking, drawing, and playing video games.

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