Living the RV lifestyle

Aug 30, 2014


Exploring the country in a recreational vehicle (RV) will take you off the conventional paths and introduce you to seldom seen landscapes and breathtaking views. Travelling in an RV is often compared to camping in luxury and in some aspects this is quite true. You can enjoy a mattress that won’t deflate, modern homely indulgences that we have all become accustomed to, and the added bonus of being able to park beside beautiful rivers, scenic landscapes and revel in the true beauty that is on offer in Australia.

There are a variety of people exploring the country; some are on the road full time, while others enjoy shorter getaways. The great thing about owning an RV is that whether you are planning ‘the big lap’ or exploring your own backyard on weekend getaways, there are so many amazing places worth visiting in Australia you will never get bored. In your travels you may come across couples, families, solos, the elderly, and the free-spirited. Interest in the RV lifestyle is broad and varied, from those who travel in modest caravans and campervans, to the more up-market vehicles.

If you are contemplating the purchase of an RV, the requirements will vary from person to person depending on your lifestyle. For example, those who travel in a self-contained vehicle customarily have an on-board shower and toilet, grey and black water holding tanks, and solar panels. This means that the non-commercial camping alternatives, such as national parks, bush camps, and community-operated low-cost camps are popular alternatives to caravan parks. However, there are plenty of travellers who prefer paying extra to have a powered site, a fresh water supply and amenities that you don’t need to clean.

Borrowing or renting a few different vehicle models may help you select a more suitable vehicle for your lifestyle. Below are five questions you may like to consider when looking at vehicle makes and models:

  • Who will I be travelling with?
  • Do I want to be self-contained so I can freedom camp or do I want to stay in caravan parks?
  • Do I want to tow a vehicle or boat?
  • Do I want to be able to drive on a regular car license?
  • Where do I want to go and will I require 4WD to go there?

With so many options on the market, finding the ideal setup can be confronting; for those considering investing in an RV there are a variety of information sources and enthusiast clubs that can offer insight into the lifestyle.

There are a range of places you can go to get information, the first you can try is the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) where a whole organisation of people are focused on preserving the RV lifestyle and safe travel for all RV enthusiasts.

Australia is rich with cultural and natural heritage and if you have ever dreamt of travelling the country, consider joining the RV lifestyle.

Have you tried travelling in an RV? How did you find it? Tell us in the comments below… 

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