Quitting our old lives and jumping into this new one was not something we took lightly. We did our research and continue to do it with every decision we make. Such preparation has served us well, allowing us to enjoy a life of full-time travel with few unexpected challenges along the way (keyword: “unexpected.” There are still “challenges,” but there have been few for which we were unprepared). As we researched full time RV living, and as we’ve encountered issues on the road, we’ve curated a ready supply of helpful websites and resources to help us figure things out. Here are some of those resources.
RV and RVing Information
- Wheeling It – Nina’s website is the absolute best around. She’s got information on RVing, traveling, campgrounds, health insurance, getting help for veterinary issues on the road, and just about every other topic that can be useful to full-time RVers. We rely on her site on a regular basis. Additionally, when we’ve reached out via email with specific questions, she, and her husband, Paul, have always been responsive and helpful.
- RV Love – Marc and Julie also own a Tiffin and have been traveling for several years. Their website has excellent resources for full-time RVers, including information about the Thousand Trails campground network. They have numerous “day in the life” type videos which helped us get a feel for what life would be like when we moved into the RV and helped us create reasonable expectations for the ups and downs of life on the road. Additionally, I’ve reached out to Julie several times with specific questions and she’s always responded quickly and helped us out.
- RV Geeks – If you need to learn how to maintain, clean, check, replace, or fix any component in an RV, stop here first. Their high quality videos were indispensable when we were figuring out how to handle and maintain our rig.
- RV Mobile Internet Resource Center – If you need any information on connectivity while out on the road, this is the place to go.
- RV to Freedom – This Facebook group was started in early 2017 by Brandon & Kerensa at Drive, Dive Devour. The site is aimed at new RVers and those who are considering living in an RV full time. It’s a place to ask questions and get advice as well as meet others in the community. The group has grown quickly and we’ve been impressed with the quality of the content and the camaraderie of the membership.
- IRV2 – This is a forum for all kinds of RVs and all kinds of RVers. The message boards are easily searchable and, chances are, you can find a discussion on just about any topic here.
Tiffin Specific Information
- Tiffin Forums – This is our go-to source for questions about our RV. It is a forum by and for Tiffin owners and it contains a wealth of information about all aspects of living in and maintaining an RV (not just Tiffins). The folks on here are incredibly helpful and friendly. Ask any question and someone, usually many someones, will offer advice.
- Life Rebooted – In addition to their travel blog, Mike and Kathie have posted all of the various manuals for our rig (they have the same model as us) on their site, as well as documented some very cool upgrades they’ve done. When it comes to specific information about our RV, we often stop here first.
- RV Park Reviews – This is the biggest site for RV campground reviews, though, unfortunately, a lot of their reviews are quite old, and a lot of the reviewers focus on things we don’t really care all that much about (which is why we’re listing our own reviews on this site). But it’s still not a bad place to start.
- Campendium – This site is much newer than RV Park Reviews which means they have a much smaller number of reviews on the site, but we’ve found their reviewers tend to be younger and therefore more focused on the things we care about. Also, the site doesn’t feel like it was last redesigned in 1997.