Thinking of Selling Your Home and Downsizing to an RV? Read This First

Thinking of Selling Your Home and Downsizing to an RV? Read This First

So you’re thinking of selling your home, buying land and living in an RV?

It’s a good idea to do your research first!

You should know that most counties in the US, and certainly most cities, will not allow you to live full time in an RV on your property.

The actual restrictions vary widely from county to county, and many counties do allow you to store or temporarily stay in an RV while you are building a home, but most specifically prohibit using an RV as your permanent residence.

Generally speaking, if you are looking to live in an RV full time, your best bet is to rent space in an RV park or campground.

Some public lands also allow you to park for free for a limited number of days, but you likely won’t have any utility hookups.

Any of these options are ideal for those who have embraced the wandering lifestyle since they provide a range of amenities to offset the challenges of a non-traditional way of living, but are not permanent.

However, if you are looking to spend a long period of time in one place, you can buy a deeded lot in an RV park.

This “condo” option ensures you are purchasing a property that allows RV use and also comes with utility hookups.

You can even claim the lot as your residence for mailing and tax purposes.

The one drawback is that you won’t find these kinds of lots on Zillow, Trulia or other major real estate websites.

You will need to search for special websites that market these properties, like RVProperty.com.

Having said all this, if you are still dead-set on buying a large parcel of land to park your RV on, there are a few counties that may allow you to live full time in an RV on your property.

We’ve done our research, but as always, please contact the county yourself to confirm.

Also, please keep in mind that incorporated areas of these counties may have more restrictive regulations regarding RV use.

For a brief introduction to zoning, you can watch our video below.

Counties Where You Can Live in an RV

The following counties do not have zoning regulations around RV use and therefore do not restrict how long you can live in an RV in unincorporated portions of the county:

bulletHudspeth County, Texas (the county lacks any zoning or land use regulations restricting occupancy).

bulletApache County, Arizona

bulletNavajo County, Arizona

bulletElko County, Nevada (but only if the RV is hooked up to a septic system).

bulletPanola County, Mississippi (but only if the RV is hooked up to utilities).

bulletDelta County, Colorado (the county lacks any zoning or land use regulations restricting occupancy).

bulletBrown County, Wisconsin (no land use regulations restricting occupancy, although there are zoning ordinances around flood plains, private sewage systems and wetlands).

bulletEureka County, Nevada (if the RV is larger than 320 sq ft, there are no regulations restricting occupancy).

bulletCuster County, Colorado (no regulations restricting RV use, but you must adhere to typical set back requirements).

bulletRavalli County, Montana (no land use regulations restricting occupancy, although there are zoning ordinances around subdivisions and citizen-initiated zoning districts).

bulletAlmost anywhere in rural Alaska lacks zoning or land use regulations, but you have to weather the winters.

Please let us know if we either made a mistake or are missing a county, we are always updating this list.

Other Things to Keep In Mind

A few other things to keep in mind if you are going to live full time in an RV outside of an RV park of campground:

bulletSewer:

Even without zoning restrictions, you will still need to apply and qualify for a septic permit.

Most areas that allow you to live full time in an RV will not have sewer public sewer mains or other easy ways to dispose of RV grey and black water.

Just like living in an off-grid home, you will need to make sure your lot can support a septic system (i.e. pass a percoluation test).

Contact the county’s health department for rules and regulations regarding septic permits.

bulletWater:

Most areas that allow you to live full time in an RV will not have public water mains and you will want to be sure that you can drill a well or obtain water through other means.

Check out our article on how to get water without a well.

bulletAccess:

In a rural county, roads are not always well maintained.

Be sure that your RV can handle roads in the area at all times.

Don’t assume that because the road is passable in the summer, it will remain so after heavy rain or snow.

bulletSecurity and health:

You are out on your own in a rural area and an RV may not offer the same level of protection as a traditional home.

In addition, you will likely be far away from the nearest healthcare center.

Be sure that you can access emergency services in the event of a crisis.

We’ve also heard that the VA will not send medication to a property without an address.

Most rural lots do not have addresses, so you will need to call the county to obtain one.

In the end, you will need to treat the process of buying land for your RV with all the care you would if you were to build a house on the lot.

Be sure to do your proper due diligence.

And also consider whether living off the land or homesteading is right for you.

Because this is likely what you will have to do if you are buying land in a very rural location.

For more information on buying, selling, or investing in vacant land, check out our other resources below.

We’re here to help throughout the entire land buying and selling process!

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If reading this article got you interested in land investing, you can check out our article on How to Get Started in Land Investing.

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And if you are looking to sell land, visit our page on how to Sell Your Land.

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Disclaimer: we are not lawyers, accountants or financial advisors and the information in this article is for informational purposes only. This article i based on our own research and experience and we do our best to keep it accurate and up-to-date, but it may contain errors. Please be sure to consult a legal or financial professional before making any investment decisions.

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