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Family Life on the Road!
Many families who are just starting out, or are considering the RV lifestyle, have questions about the day to day details of life on the road. The lifestyle menu has detailed information about daily living on the road.

Staying in Touch

Communication: How do you get mail?Mail

The U.S. Postal service can forward mail,but not on a regular basis. Once you leave your permanent residence you will need to find some sort of mail forwarding services. Some full-timers use a reliable relative willing to forward mail, but you still need some sort of address.

Get online?

Which cell phone company is best? You'll find advice from families running businesses on the road.

Mom's Share about Life on the Road: Our community of Mom's share about their families reasons for living the RV lifestyle!

Friends: Here are some ways to make new ones along the way and still keep the ones "back home"

Road school


Pursuing an education while traveling provides some unique opportunities and challenges. The Roadschooling Section provides tips, links, resources and advice about homeschooling on the Road.

Homeschooling requirements should be a factor that fulltiming families consider when choosing a home base state. Some states, such as Texas, have minimal requirements, while others may require supervised testing, record-keeping and more. Parents can obtain information about these requirements by contacting the state Department of Education. Often, a homeschooling group in that state will have helpful information as well.

Looking for some help with cirriculum on the road? FOTR provides information by subject (History, Language Arts, Science, Math and Miscellaneous) to help parents in educating their children.

Worldschooling: Learn about worldschooling around the globe.

Internet Safety on the Road: "Sammy's Guide to Internet Safety" uses games and a printable workbook to keep kids engaged and having fun while teaching them how to enjoy the internet safely.

Books on the Road: What about books? Can you take them with you in an RV?

Bookstore for Families on the Road: Look around the store for quality books about RV Travel, Homeschooling, Worldtravel and Life outside the box.

Working on the Road

Stop by the FOTR Jobs page for ideas of jobs you can take with you.


Boondockers Welcome - Be My Guest RV Parking


Join Boondockers Welcome and park overnight on fellow RVer's property. Once you join you will have instant access to member profiles and boondocking location listings as well as secure member-to-member messaging.
Save money. The annual cost of membership is less than one night in a campground. Get a discounted host membership if you can offer overnight RV parking on our property. As well as many more features and benefits. Join today and start saving or hosting today!

It is possible to "float" for a night or two at some shopping centers while traveling. It is a practice that places like Wal-Mart actually welcome though there may be local ordinances prohibiting it.

Read an article by Gone with the Wynns about Dry Camping

Non-Rv Travel


Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world - online or from a mobile phone or tablet.
Give $40, get $20 When someone signs up for Airbnb with your link, they'll get $40 in travel credit. After they take a trip, you'll get $20 in credit. Join today and start saving or hosting today!

Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 65,000 cities and 191 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

Earn $140 for every new host you refer Get a friend to start hosting and earn $140 when they complete their first reservation.


Should we take them or not? Read pet tips, advice and funny stories by families who have their pets on the road.


How much does life on the road cost? Is it the same as living in a stick house? Several families have shared their monthly expenses with us.

Health Coverage

As for health coverage that takes care of your peace of mind on the road, I find one of the best ways to start is getting a free health insurance quote online.

"Speaking for our family, and I'd venture to guess many of those families represented on the FOTR list, none of us said it's as easy as 1, 2, 3. We did not wake up one morning & simply leave for our RV adventure.

For us, it took planning, sacrifice and a double dose of faith.

  1. We sold our house and almost everything that would not be needed or useful in the RV - so, no mortgage.
  2. We bought a used RV - we found the best one that we could afford. So no additional debt.
  3. While we continue to pay down any remaining debt, we find that our cost of living is much less as we *need* less in our new, more modest lifestyle.

There are some who might consider us poor by material/worldly standards. But those who "get it" know that this is a lifestyle like no other.

Best of luck in planning your own RV adventure."

~Annette Dyer (FOTR since 2006)

Volunteering on Wheels

Families share their experiences volunteering, give tips and offer advice. >> FOTR Volunteer

The Graham's first 50-state trip began on July 4, 1996, when Marlene and Craig Graham packed up their small van and headed across America with their two children, Collier and Courtney. As Marlene succinctly put it: "We wanted to spend more time with our children; wanted to experience America as a family; and were ready for adventure. Our middle-class lives had simply become too complicated. Something had to give. So we did."

Read Volunteering Across America >>

Many RVing families quickly discover how enriching the traveling lifestyle can be, especially when combined with homeschooling. New places, new sounds and new experiences can make an unrivaled learning environment for your kids. But what about volunteering? Can you do this as an RVing family, and if so, how do you go about it?

Read Volunteering as a Family >>

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