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As a newbie still doing the daily grind I wonder if folks fulltiming are truly doing it 24/7?

Maybe you have a bit of land you return to from time to time to hang out while still in your vehicle.... maybe you have a small cottage to visit.... maybe you go back to your kids or parents for decently long stays.... maybe you house sit for a few months, etc.

Just wondering how many folks are fulltiming in their rig 24/7, whether it be stealthing in a city, or staying your 14 days on BLM land and then moving on, or going from Walmart to Walmart?

I don't know if there is such a thing as burnout from not having a 10min hot shower if you want it, no cable TV and fast internet, worry of rangers, cops or security guards...etc.

Thanks!
After being in the trailer for just two weeks I am ready for my king size bed and 5 minute continuous run hot shower. Not sure what I'd do with it when I wanted a vacation though.
That's interesting and a bit concerning to someone who is considering a Prius, haha.  I guess the hot shower is just a visit to Planet Fitness away, but the king size bed is a little more costly (hotel room). :o
I've spent 30-60 days on the road quite a few times over the years and I will say you get used to not having a hot shower every day. It's all relative to what you are used too. Now that being said, I sure do enjoy my bed and showers when I get home as well as the other things that come with a sticks and brick. Just as I miss other aspects that can only be had on the road. Probably the reason i've always combined the two best I could.

Not sure how long one can full time in a Prius, that's depriving myself of too many comforts and I know I wouldn't last longer than short term. Maybe some of the others doing it in a Prius can comment on how they manage.

I'm venturing to guess the guys and gals that have been out on the road full time for years get used to and quite comfortable with their daily routine which may or may not include a hot shower daily.
IMHO unless your sleeping with a gaggle of people you just need 24" of great foam.Vacation from vacation is somewhat redundent "vacation" is a madeup word for the people needing to get away from the drugery of life We were all meant to be on vacation our entire lives, aside staying alive.
Agreed, that's why I put Vacation in quotes in the subject.  I realize there are downsides to fulltiming, just wondering if the majority of you needed a break from it from time to time.  In the end I thrive off change...thus why I am bored out of my mind with my "groundhog day" life these days.
I guess some need a break but we love our nomadic lifestyle.
Don't know how much longer my health will allow it so I try not to think about it. 
Life is to short to worry about the small stuff.
My wife and I moved into a 28' motorhome 12 years ago. 10 years ago I quit struggling to live in eastern Kentucky to keep the house. We continued to work hard for a few years at Walmart and Lowes just so we could continue to travel west and not go into debt. Now we live where we dreamed of living in a national park but still must work but we do jobs we enjoy. We drive 225 miles to the nearest town to shop every month or so and dread it but still enjoy the long shower but then I need one after the drive.
I will speak from personal experience. And I have to say there is no way in hell I could ever stay living out of a vehicle 24/7 for more than a month (unless it was a motor home with all the facilities). I have tried it in a few different things and although I was successful for a month each on 2 different occasions, I was very very ready to get back to a nice comfortable house with the long hot personal shower that hasn't been shared with the 100 other people before me, king size pillow top bed with 5 pillows, a flush toilet that I don't have to worry about having to get rid of what I just deposited after I used it, a nice kitchen with stove and full size fridge with plenty of drawers and cabinets. And of course the security of a solid strong structure to protect me from the elements of nature and others, without having to worry about a Leo knocking on my window at 2 am to tell me to move on, or wanting to know what I am doing. Did I mention the convenience of just pushing a button for central heat and air conditioning? I just can't get these things from a vehicle of only 50 square feet or less.

You never miss something till you do without it for awhile. I have personally been out there living by my wits and made it through. I simply don't have what it takes to do it full time. I need the civilized amenities that our modern world offers. I admit it......I'm a wimp!!!

With all that I will say that I do like to take the extended road trips in what ever vehicle or mode that I want to try out. I haven't given up completely on trying to find a perfect arrangement for full timing but if that doesn't happen I will just continue going out for extended times to see and do things on those road trip vacations for now.

I do wonder though how many people sell everything, quit their jobs, and head out to try to become full time vehicle dwellers and don't make it, and what they do afterwards. I read the forum in the Newcomer's Corner of the many many that say that they are heading out then never hear from them again. I know a few of the regulars that are and have been out there for years but wonder where the ones that the lifestyle didn't work out for are (might be a good topic for a new thread)

I will start it off and say that I tried it and it didn't work out for me and I am back at the stick and brick. I haven't burned my bridges just yet. Oh well.....time for a vacation again!!!!!
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(09-11-2016, 07:50 PM)Every Road Leads Home Wrote: [ -> ]Not sure how long one can full time in a Prius, that's depriving myself of too many comforts and I know I wouldn't last longer than short term.  Maybe some of the others doing it in a Prius can comment on how they manage.  

I'm venturing to guess the guys and gals that have been out on the road full time for years get used to and quite comfortable with their daily routine which may or may not include a hot shower daily.

I didn't do a Prius but traveled and lived in my Ford Escape for a month on a journey from Florida to Sacramento, California. I had that sucker set up pretty good. Very comfortable bed on the 60 part of the 60/40 half of the fold down seats. I cheated and only stayed in State, county, and national parks. I had electric, water, and the public showers in the campgrounds. I stopped at Ehrenberg on the way out and back in the BLM desert for a night or 2. Of course there were no facilities there but I had plenty of water and food and had no problem there for the short time I stayed.

Not saying I got used to the roughing it way of life but I made the best of what was lacking. I will say that I became weary towards the end of the month long journey and was glad to return to the sticks and bricks. I also got sick on the way back somewhere around Pecos, Texas. I caught some sort of flu or very bad cold and thought about going to the hospital but toughed it out and struggled through. And I was miserable living in that Escape for the remaining time of the trip.
When I got back, I had a sense of pride and accomplishment of the hardship of sorts that I endured and overcame, along with the memories of all I had seen and experienced. But I was very glad to get back to the comforts of a nice house to recoup and enjoy some comforts of modern conveniences. And now I am ready to strike out again on another journey. Think I will keep it out East this time. I need some beautiful fall colored mountains to explore.
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