RV and trailer park on Santa Rosa Sound Florida USA. (Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Overlooked Risks That Come With RV Living
When you're a full-time RVer, you need to be extra sensitive when it comes to your mental health. Part of this stems from the overall lack of privacy.
Mental Health
Redditor u/learntorv wrote, "Emotions feel bigger in a tiny house. Not every day is that beautiful vista." Be sure to get a therapist, exercise, and check in with loved ones.
Most health insurance plans are local, so you may have difficulty finding a doctor, especially if you have a health condition requiring regular prescriptions.
General Health
It's also much easier to neglect your health overall when traveling. Luckily, sites like RVer Insurance Exchange are all about helping full-time RV nomads find insurance.
The NFPA found that fire is the number one cause of RV loss. Major causes of RV fires include overloaded circuits, cooking-related fires, and mechanical issues.
Schedule smoke detector checks each month and change your batteries at least every six months. Also, keep a fire extinguisher in the front and back of your RV.
It's a mistake to blindly trust the water everywhere you stop. Potable and non-potable water will be labeled at RV parks, but things can get dodgy at other locations.
Water Safety
When in doubt, Boondocker's Bible recommends smelling the water in question to see if it has any odor and seeing if it's cloudy or appears yellow or greenish in the sunlight.
Your RV can be susceptible to mold as it moves around the country where it's exposed to various mycotoxins and humidity that creates a welcoming environment for mold.
According to Emily Lawrence of RV Life, take steps to reduce the humidity and moisture in your rig. It's also important to keep up with maintenance and regular cleaning.