Having spent some time living in a motorhome now I thought I should reflect and compare it to living in a tradional home. So here follows my ’10 best things about living in a motorhome’. The 10 worst things will follow soon but I can only think of 5 at the moment!
- Lower cost of living. Previously I was living in South West London where renting is not cheap. On average a campsite costs me £11.00 per night and I currently only use campsites 2 or 3 times a week and the rest of the time I wild camp which is free. Also consider the council tax which I no longer pay since I have no permanent address. My utility costs are also much lower since I no longer have to pay for electricity. Gas costs are also lower, now only £15.00 per week. approx (much less in summer). So you can see living in a motorhome can be very cheap.
- Neighbours. This might not apply in rural communities but in cities you often live next to people that are either noisy, dirty or both. It used to annoy me that people would leave mattresses, old TV’s and white goods outside the flat where they would remain for months and months. Since I started living in a motorhome my experience is completely different now. When on a campsite all my neighbours seem more content as if they have a permanent ‘holiday’ vibe about them. You also get to share your surroundings with wildlife, only this morning I saw my neighbour putting a bowl of water down for two ‘tame’ ducks who proceeded to wash themselves before they were fed their breakfast! When I’m wild camping I have complete solitude which can be a refreshing change. If I ever was unlucky enough to have troublesome neighbours I would simply move the next day and go somewhere else!
- Never having to pack for a holiday. I hate having to decide what to put in the suitcase and then arriving at my destination only to find I left something behind. Now everything travels with me and I don’t even have to unpack when I arrive as my clothes are already hanging up in the wardrobe.
- Housework is a doddle. When living in a motorhome how much carpet is there to vacuum, worktops to clean etc. in a room about 6 metres long?
- No more rush hour traffic or road rage. I used to hate sitting in traffic. It still happens sometimes when I’m going away but I no longer have the long drive to work as I now base myself close to work, sometimes spending the night in the work car park.
- Downsizing is good. Living in a motorhome forces you to realise you can’t take all your old junk with you. The process of giving away or throwing out things you’ve not used in years is actually very ‘freeing’. I don’t miss those frantic searches for things buried in a drawer under years of crap you never use.
- Lower carbon footprint. My old vehicle did 28MPG and the motorhome does 25MPG but I’ve reduced my mileage by about half because I don’t always have to return to a fixed base. I can’t quite explain why but I also think I’m creating less rubbish and using less water than I did before. Living in a motorhome can actually be good for the environment! *I think the motorhome actually does 30MPG!*
- Less stressful, less complicated life. There are probably many reasons why I feel less stressed. Since my outgoings have reduced dramatically I don’t worry about money the way I used to. I also don’t miss the junk mail fast food menus, taxi cab cards and other crap that used to pollute my mailbox. Now if only I could find a way of avoiding junk email!
- The view from my window each morning. On most campsites my morning view includes either neatly mown lawns, wildlife, The River Thames or some other scene that is generally pleasing to the eye. Constrast this to the flat I was living in where construction work was taking place outside the back window and the view from the front was a busy main road. Living in a motorhome can be good for the soul!
- Being part of a community. Once you start living in a motorhome you notice that other motorhome owners wave at you when they pass you coming the other way on the road. At campsites strangers say hello as they pass you on the way to the shower. There is very little sense of community in London anymore and it’s taken me a while to get used to the change….but I think I like it. I certainly like the way motorhome forums on the internet are always quick to answer any questions you might have as a newbie and how welcome you are made to feel.
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