Testing the nomad lifestyle

Hitting the open road with her sister has long been a dream of Maeve’s but she’s not sure they should commit to buying an RV. We share some advice on how she can ‘try before she buys’.

Q Maeve

My sister and I are in our mid-60s and think this year should be our year of ‘going nomad’ around outback Australia. But we are having trouble getting started. We think we could manage six months away without killing each other, and while the money lasts, but are not sure if we should buy or rent a vehicle. Is there any way we can test the nomads’ life before committing?

A Maeve, anyone new to RV travel should consider renting to see if it’s really for them – and in your case, whether you can cope with your sister! I’d suggest renting two different vehicles for two weeks each as a trial to compare design, driving, amenities and size before buying. Australian Caravan + RV has reviews of many kinds of RVs, and Go RV-ing, though an American website, details various types of RVS and how they might suit different travellers.

Renting is more cost-effective for any period up to six months if it’s going to be a one-off experience. Owning an RV is worth it in the long term, but only if you’re going to be on the road a fair amount of time, and making repeat journeys. Remember, as an owner, you’ll have ongoing expenses such as rego, insurance, maintenance and perhaps parking, even when you aren’t away.

Written by Debbie McTaggart