The Pros and Cons of an RV Lifestyle for Travel Nurses

Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, August 12, 2021 Posted in Travel Nurse Tips

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Are you a travel nurse who dreams of riding across the country behind the wheel of a recreational vehicle (RV)? Good news — you’re not alone! Each year, a host of travel nurses hit the road in a fifth wheel to get to their next assignment. It’s a wonderful way to take your home along with you and to maintain your creature comforts when working in a new city.

That said, an RV lifestyle means making concessions. There are plenty of cons to consider alongside the pros. Here’s what you need to know if you’re hitting the road in an RV. 

RV living is a great choice for adventurous nurses

Nurses who take regional assignments might choose to forgo traditional housing options in favor of something a little unconventional — an RV. Driving an RV to your next assignment lets you retain a primary mode of travel and housing in one, and you can enjoy some aspects of camping out if that’s more your speed.

RV living gives travel nurses a unique experience on the road and on assignment. You’ll stay in RV parks instead of apartments and get to drive across the country instead of flying from one city to the next. Keep both the pros and cons in mind when considering the RV lifestyle.

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Pros of RV travel nursing

Travel nurses who take up RV life on assignment do so because of the many benefits.

  • Lower cost of living: Living in an RV is generally cheaper than renting a hotel room or apartment — especially in cities with a high cost of living. And RV-park fees should easily fall within your housing stipend.
  • Travel with your belongings: Renting hotels or apartments makes it difficult to travel with all your belongings. With an RV, you can keep everything you need with you for your entire assignment — without the hassle of packing to move.
  • Stay in control: Some travel nurses find that assignments are less stressful when they have full control over their housing and travel decisions. Driving and living in an RV allows you to retain control 24/7.
  • More freedom: RVs are great for adventurous nurses who want to see and do more during their assignments. You’ll have more freedom to travel and do what you want with a vehicle and house in one!

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Cons of RV travel nursing

There are a few downsides to consider before choosing RV living on assignment.

  • City life is challenging: Most places have RV parks available, but parking an RV in a large city might be difficult. You might not be able to live close to your hospital or a central city area.
  • Cost of maintenance and repairs: RVs require routine maintenance, and there’s always the chance of a breakdown during your travels. These things cost money over time, so you’ll need to budget appropriately.
  • Security concerns: RVs and RV parks may not be as safe as more traditional forms of housing. Security could be an issue on the road.
  • You’ll need to travel light: Although RVs let you bring your belongings with you, space is limited. You’ll need to get used to traveling light and living simply.

Living and traveling in an RV can be a wonderful way for nurses to embrace the traveling lifestyle, but it’s not for everyone. If you’re thinking about living the RV life, make sure you’re aware of the realities of calling an RV home.

One of the best parts about travel nursing is the ability to live the lifestyle that works best for you. If you love the freedom of living and traveling in an RV, you’ll have plenty of opportunities! If you have questions about assignments in a specific region or are trying to stay within a certain RV-friendly area, let Health Providers Choice help you find assignments that support your lifestyle. Contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.