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
- People 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, sometimes they’re jealous, and other times people just can’t fathom why others would want to go against what’s “normal” or “expected.”
In this post, we’ll share some advice for when friends and family are unsupportive 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. Yes, we have a plan for mail. Yes, our jobs are okay with our plan.
Any objection our friends and family had, we countered with 2-3 backup plans. This put them at ease and proved to them that we had put some good 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 or invite them to come where you are parked and hang out.
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
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.
Just do you and the people who really love you may not understand, but they will eventually accept your decision. And if all else fails, just 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!
Hi! I’m a web developer in training, artist, and full-time RVer. I sold my house in Indiana and most of my stuff to realize my dream of moving to Tucson, AZ. I enjoy reading, hiking, bird watching, playing video games, and blogging.