EER142: Big Family, Small RV Living – Living in an RV with 4 Kids

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RV living holds a romantic appeal to some people. In fact, many people dream of dropping out of the 9 to 5 and living in an RV full-time. Many will dream about it, but few families actually pull it off. One of those families are the Royals, and today I talk to Bryanna Royal about RV living. In addition, we discuss what it’s like moving from large RV living to progressively smaller vehicles.

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Big Family, Small RV Living – Living in an RV with 4 Kids

Living in an RV can be a challenge for many people. Living in an RV with four children can be an even bigger challenge. Now go from a massive Diesel Pusher Class A rig which (think 18-wheeler) to a micro-mini trailer and a 12-passenger van. That’s a big drop in size and space!

Read on for more about small RV living and living in an RV with children.

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IN THIS EPISODE

  • 02:37 Intro to the Royals
  • 04:56 Favorite RV Living Destinations
  • 06:30 Letting Go: From the Big Decision to Actual RV Living
  • 13:28 Transitioning to Small RV Living
  • 18:10 RV Size Pros & Cons & Travel Styles
  • 20:58 Differences Between RV Class Sizes
  • 24:37 Limits of Minimalism: From Large RV to Small RV
  • 32:45 Utilizing RV Space
  • 36:26 Internet & Living in an RV
  • 40:48 Work & RV Living

ABOUT

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  • Names: Bryanna Royal, her husband, and 4 kids (10y/o, 8y/o twins & 6 y/o)
  • Hold passports from: USA
  • Type of travel: Living in an RV – RV Living in the US, Canada & Mexico
  • A few places they’ve been: All over the US, as well as Baja, Mexico and several places in Canada

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RV Living — From Large to Small

Living in an RV can be a challenge for many people. Living in an RV with four children can be an even bigger challenge. Now go from a massive Diesel Pusher Class A rig which (think 18-wheeler) to a micro-mini trailer and a 12-passenger van. That’s a big drop in size and space!

From 2,700 ft Home to Living in a Small RV

Bryanna tells me about their gradual transition from a large house to small RV living. Believe it or not, living in an RV was not their dream over the years. In fact, these high-school sweethearts bought a home with the intent of settling permanently. “We thought the house would be where grandbabies would come and visit us,” she says with a laugh.

However, life as they knew it began to feel confining. They started thinking about RV living as a way to explore more with their kids. The transition wasn’t quick or easy. For example, it took almost a year from when they decided to try RV living to actually selling the house and living in an RV. “At first I thought ‘Why wouldn’t everyone do this?'” says Bryanna upon reflection. “Then once we started I understood. It’s hard.”

We discuss the process of minimizing your belongings. Living in an RV means living with less space. A lot less space. That’s why minimalism plays an important part of the process for RV living. Getting rid of furniture and appliances is one thing, but what about kids’ toys? What about photo albums? Bryanna tells us more about their process in the podcast.

From Big RV Living to Small RV Living

The Royals started out living in an RV around 39 feet (11+ meters) long. When they first set out, they thought bigger would be better. Yet while they still see value in large RV living, they soon realized that they wanted to try something smaller. RV living at this size gives lots of comforts and amenities, she explains. On the other hand, it also comes with certain limitations. For example, big RV living can limit where you can go. Some roads and bridges can’t handle the weight of RVs this large. Besides, RV vehicles this size don’t do well off of paved roads.

Bryanna tells me that if you’re planning to stay in one place for months, then large RV living might be a good option. Having said that, she and her husband realized that they wanted more freedom of movement. This required living in an RV much smaller than what they had. Bryanna details each vehicle and their pros and cons in the podcast.

They first traded in their massive RV for a somewhat smaller one. Then later they went even smaller to the RV they live in today. And they love it. Now they have the freedom to go offroad more often and see and drive to places that were once off-limits to their vehicle.

Small RV Living and Managing Space

With each move to a smaller RV, the Royals had to assess what they carried with them. What would stay and what would go? Small RV living means utilizing every bit of space available to you. That goes double when living in an RV with kids.

Bryanna talks about decision process on what stays and what goes. This deals with everything from clothes to toys to kitchen utensils.

How They Work While Living in an RV

Before they left on their “Crazy Family Adventure,” Bryanna’s husband worked a full-time job. At first, he was able to convince his employer to work remotely. Yet eventually, that became a burden as well, since he still sat in front of a laptop 9-5. Fast forward to today, and he has found new opportunities, while Bryanna has her own online business.

We discuss that internet is like in RV living, and how they manage. Running an online business while living in an RV is a challenge, but they have found a way. Listen in to hear more.

Have You Thought About Living in an RV?

Does RV living appeal to you? Have you dreamed of leaving the house and the office for living in an RV and traveling? If so, tell us about it. And get in touch with Bryanna — she has the first-hand experience that may be what you need!

Are you living in an RV? Can you help others considering RV living? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Ray Delmarter says:

    Hello, I’m a retired mechanic at age of 55, my wife is a stay at home/retired CNA….we have adopted 2 children now 11 and 12 yrs. We have been tossing around the idea of RV lifestyle for a while. Looking to find other Christian based RVers. Ideally we would like to travel small town and help along the way in the fashion of helping with folks not as blessed as we are. Believe me when I say this will be a HUGE change for us. I was planning to travel when I retired….just had not planned on doing it with children,(what do ya do?). so with that in mind how would a family make contact with churches and possibly fill some needs as we go.

    • Hi Ray. Best of luck with your new plans. It is a big change indeed but could be a very rewarding one. I don’t think I have the right insight on this but will try to point you to people who do. I would definitely check out the Boyink family at Ditching Suburbia. They are Christian RVers who have great resources on their site. I’ve interviewed them on the podcast twice before. Really good people. Also, if you haven’t found them already, the Full-Time Families page and the Full-time Families group on Facebook is comprised mostly of RV people. They are an eclectic bunch, but I’m sure that there are people there who have better info on what you’re looking for. Best of luck Ray, and let us know how it goes!

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