Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
We are new at all this RV lingo we hear around the campground. We have people tell us all the time that they are FULL-TIMERS. We finally figured out that meant living in their RV year-round. We live in our rig year-round but some of that time is in our driveway at home. We found it so easy to live in our rig we stopped moving back into the house when home. We think of our property as one of the nicest campgrounds we stay in. When I explained this to a campground neighbor, she said, "Well, you're not a full-timer if you still own a home and go back there for a few months every year." Now I'm afraid to open my mouth when the subject comes up about full-timing. Can you define the term more precisely for me?
--Fully confused in Folsom
Don't feel imprisoned by definitions. If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts. I just read that of 8.9 million households in the U.S. that own an RV, half-million of them are full-timers. So I guess that number doesn't include those without a household. But isn't an RV a household? I'm in the same boat (RV) that you are. I live in my rig full-time, but I occasionally make a pit stop back at my place in Michigan - Oleo Acres (the cheaper spread).
Then it gets really complicated when full-timers are working part-time. Data shows that the age of full-timers keeps dropping. More people are tired of the grind and the daily commute and decide a continual commute is better than a once a day commute, so they commute their job. The only hang-up they have is a hammock.
Don't get hung-up on words. As Mark Twain once said, "Facts can be stubborn, but statistics are more pliable." You go right ahead and be a full-timer with your head held high.
My wife and I always laugh when people new to RVing proudly tell us they sold everything, bought a rig, sold the house and are now FULL-TIMERS. It sounds like a secret club without the secret handshake. In the 70's we sold everything and lived on the road for several years. The definition had not been coined yet. They called us Hippies.
--Keep Smilin', Dr. R.V. Shrink