These couples sold their homes to live in luxury RVs and travel the US year-round

Joel and Deb pictured in front of their RV

Deb and Joel have a YouTube channel called Chasing RV Sunshine where they document their travels.Joel and Deb Brettingen

  • A couple bought their 44-ft motorhome used for just $170,000.

  • The luxury motorhomes are equipped with multiple TVs, a king-size bed, dishwasher and fridge-freezer.

  • The couples have visited attractions including the Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City and Yellowstone.

Lindsey and Bruce Roberts of Dallas, Texas, only planned to visit Alaska in their RV for six weeks, but ended up extending their trip to nearly a year.

“Then we knew we just wanted to hit the road,” Lindsey said.

The couple, between the ages of 70 and 60, said they realized their home was not their forever home and have been making their way into the motorhome lifestyle since 2009. They sold their home in 2018 and have lived in a Newmar Ventana luxury motorhome ever since.

Lindsey and Bruce photographed in front of the sea.

Lindsey and Bruce said they spent about $300,000 on their luxury RV.Lindsey and Bruce Roberts

“Every trip got longer and longer, so we wondered why we even needed a house. It was just better to sell everything and not worry about the house,” they said.

The couple, who have been married for 30 years, say they have been to 49 states. The pinnacle of this lifestyle for them is the change of scenery and being able to choose where they live.

“One of our friends asked us if we save money and if it is cheaper and we said no because we don’t cut corners. We enjoy our life,” they said.

The Roberts sometimes stay in luxury RV resorts with amenities such as a pool, golf course, and outdoor areas for relaxing.

Joel and Deb Brettingen

Joel and Deb pictured on their travels with their dog Maya.

Joel and Deb with their dog Maya.Joel and Deb Brettingen

Joel and Deb Brettingen, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, have been living full-time in a luxury RV for nine months after selling their home for 20 years.

The couple, both retired law enforcement officers, decided to sell their home after paying off their mortgage to become full-time “RVers” to escape the Wisconsin winters.

“We hadn’t seen the entire US yet and this was one way we could travel and see it on our own time frame. We have plans to visit Canada and Mexico as well,” they said.

Photo of Joel and Deb .'s Tiffin Allegro RV

Joel and Deb own a 35-ft Tiffin Allegro camperJoel and Deb Brettingen

They had a five-year plan, arranged their finances and prepared a budget. In the nine months that the Brettingens have lived in an RV, they have spent most of the winter in Texas, visiting the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Salt Lake City, and Deadwood in South Dakota.

“We have gained freedom and many friends in the RV community. Everyone helps each other and we meet people from different countries.”

The couple did a lot of research before starting their new life by watching YouTube videos. They bought a used 45ft RV in 2020 that cost $170,000.

“I don’t miss mowing the lawn or maintaining the house. Food and daily expenses are similar except for gas, but we can adapt because in some places you can stay for free on public land.”

Joe and Sharon Carmichael

Joe and Sharon Carmichael pictured with their granddaughter.

Joe and Sharon Carmichael in front of their RV with their visiting granddaughter.Joe and Sharon Carmichael

Joe and Sharon Carmichael hit the road in their new RV after selling their home in 2015. Joe worked in sales and was constantly driving between appointments.

“I saw people in RVs and said we’re going to do that. It’s been a dream for a long time,” said Joe.

The couple own a Newmar London Aire bus that cost about $700,000. They said it is much cheaper to live in a motorhome without paying property taxes and insurance.

In Joe and Sharon's camper

In Joe and Sharon’s RV with four TVs.Joe and Sharon Carmichael

“Initially, my wife said she would do it for a year, but got completely hooked on the beauty of the US and found that there is so much to do along the way,” said Joe.

“We probably spend about $6,000 a month on expenses, which includes payment for the RV, fuel, food and drinks, and we eat lunch quite often and visit national and state parks.”

When the couple first told their family, they laughed and said they would give it six months before divorcing because they had reduced their space. “We passed with flying colors and just celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary in Niagara Falls.”

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