People have been living full-time in their trailers and RVs from the earliest days of trailer camping. Even when pop-up tent campers were the only game in town, there were people living in them. But like so many other things, technology has improved full-time RV life dramatically. Perhaps no technology has been more important to RVers than the internet.
There is no doubt the internet has made full-time RV living better. The online world offers opportunities RVers did not have 30 years ago. With a computer and an RV or trailer, a home or apartment is no longer necessary. The road can be your home.
Online Campground Reservations
So, how has the internet impacted full-time RV living? There are lots of ways, beginning with the simple act of reserving a campsite. In the old days, you had to call ahead or just show up and hope a spot was available. But with the internet, you can look online well in advance of arrival. You can secure a site and pay for it as well, guaranteeing a site when you’re done driving for the day.
Videos and Other Learning Resources
Some RVs and trailers come with a steep learning curve. So steep, in fact, that you cannot possibly learn everything before you drive the unit off the lot. Thank goodness for the internet. Through online videos and tons of other resources, RV owners can learn whatever they need to know in short order.
Maybe you purchased RV skirting from AirSkirts. The salesperson at your RV Center explained how to install it, but you don’t remember. No problem. Go online and watch a video. The company has one right on its website. In ten minutes or less, you will know exactly what to do.
Shopping and Ordering Supplies
Procuring those items you need to maintain a happy and comfortable lifestyle is a lot easier with the internet at your disposal. Need to refill your cupboards but don’t want to pay high campground prices? Go online and place an order at the local supermarket. You can stop by and pick it up on your way to the campground. And if you plan to stay at the campground for a week or two, you can do some online shopping and have your packages delivered there.
Real-Time Maps and Directions
Back before the internet was a thing, RVers had to rely on paper maps to find their way around. That was all well and good if you were using the latest editions. But maps just two or three years old weren’t necessarily reliable. And of course, paper maps could not warn of traffic congestion, road construction, and speed traps. The internet offers all of that and more, in real time. RVers can even get turn-by-turn directions if they want.
Finances and Communication
Finally, the internet has revolutionized full-time RV living by moving finances and communication online. In terms of finances, most banks and credit cards let you access your accounts online. All you need are the right accounts and a credit or debit card. You will never need cash or your checkbook again.
In terms of communication, you’re always in touch with email, social media, and video chat. Your cell phone is there when you need it for calls and text messages.
The internet might possibly be the most important technology to full-time RV living. Whether you are looking for new RV skirting or checking the weather in your next destination, the internet lets you do it all without having to maintain a house or apartment. How cool is that?