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Old 09-16-2014, 01:51 PM   #1
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Kids concern

My wife and I really want to be fulltime rv'ers but she is worried about our kids adjusting. I am active duty Army and I am tired of renting and moving every two years. We are extremely excited about this plan but the kids are the only concern. Specifically, I have been in the Army a long time and we aren't poor by any means but sadly my wife is worried that our daughter will get made fun of because we will be living in a rv. Even if we can afford a luxury one that is extremely nice, my wife still worries about the kids getting picked on. How do I handle this concern?
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Kids concern

Welcome to irv2. How about reverse psychology ? Have her brag to her friends that her family is able to travel all over and have fun meeting new people and seeing our beautiful Country.

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Old 09-16-2014, 02:50 PM   #3
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! We're glad you joined the crew here!

Like Cliff said, it think it depends a great deal on your daughter's attitude!

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Old 09-16-2014, 02:58 PM   #4
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for your service.

Glad you're aboard. That is a difficult question to answer.

My kids were 8 and 11 when my wife passed. I found that children are pretty resilient in adapting. If you are moving every two years the kids will still have new friends and classmates to whom they will need to adapt. I always found honesty and incorporating them in the decision making process helped them as they grew, to understand the realities and complexities of the world. JMHO. Best of luck in finding the right decision for you and your family. I'm sure others will post.

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Old 09-16-2014, 06:32 PM   #5
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Welcome to IRV2....I understand what your saying around the constant moves and that an RV could be a familiar home. The problems I see are is that kids might tend to pick on the "trailer park new student".......Its hard enough for kids to fit in without having something that makes them different. The other problem I see is that as kids get older they need their own private space....An RV wouldn't give that....
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Welcome to the irv2 gang! Glad you decided to join and check in!

I agree with the advice to let the kids have a part in the discussion. Some will see it as a wonderful adventure (if you use it for that) and others will think it "cramps their style." If you are long time military, then your youngsters already know what it is like to make new friends and to travel.

If friends of your kids were able to take part in "the adventure" with them (take a trip out camping, etc.), the whole picture might change from putdown to envy. Like others said, it is mostly about how the kids want to handle it.

I've read recently about a number of families who are full-time RVers. The whole family travels...some with more than two children. But, most of those are doing "home schooling" and their children learn from the travels as well as school books.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:03 AM   #7
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Welcome to irv2.
If your kids have friends over they maybe envious of them for living in something like this.
There are others also that would feel like a apartment when fully opened.
Where ever you lean to enjoy and do take your time in your decisions.
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Glad to have you here with us.

Biggest problem I see with your plan is not having private space for your children. It will become especially important as they grow older. Social interaction will also be limited, (no sleepovers). Asking the children for their opinion may be a good idea but are they thinking it through. They need to be given all the pluses and minus.

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Old 09-17-2014, 03:05 PM   #10
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Hi and welcome aboard. You don't say how old your children are, If they are teenage years I would say this may not be a good idea as they need their privacy and space to grow which an RV does not provide. My sister's husband was career Military( Air Force) and they lived all over the world while growing up. It didn't seem to bother them until they were teenagers, and they didn't take well to all the moves but they were at least living in houses. I would worry about the peer pressure as mentioned before, labeling your kids as "trailer park kids", which would not be much of an "adventure" for them. Just my opinion having raised four kids and helping my sister with my military raised nieces and nephews.Good luck in your decision.
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Perhaps some could recommend some good blogs with RVing children. I know they're out there. Here's one site I recently ran across:

Fulltime Families | The Best Resource for your Family's Full Time RV Adventures and Aspirations

I would think it would really depend on the children's ages and how they feel about it. It should be part of their decision, also. Good luck!
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Old 09-18-2014, 07:34 AM   #13
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I would think (having spent 28 years in the military) that it would have been ideal for me as the problems it would solve out weigh the problems it could create. However if I were to factor in the wife and children it would not have been such an attractive deal. If you consider all of the aforementioned issues along with complications that arise from deployments, problems that the left behind spouse would have to deal with. Consider that commands and "the system" if you will is not set up to deal with things that could come up for a spouse/family full timing in an RV park. Although many posts have dedicated RV parks at recreation areas (LETRA at Fort Sill for example) that are pretty nice, but one can only occupy them for a specific period of time. I guess having to deal with all of the things that a full time soldier has to deal with in a military enviornment would complicate the heck out of being a full time RV'er, and vise versa in my opinion. Your rank, tenure, and branch (combat arms, support, deployable, non-deployable) things of that nature would have to be considered as well. Using myself as an example, even after a 28 year military career there is plenty of time to full time and see the nation, I would have figured I owed my spouse and children a little more regularity, I mean they already have an awful lot to overcome. All of this is meant in the best way, hopefully that goes without saying. Thank you for your service.
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I would not want to subject my older growing children to living in an RV for all the mentioned reasons. As far as their taking part in decision making, mine certainly were not far sighted enough to make that kind of life changing decisions in their younger years. Good luck to you, on whatever you decide.
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