Once in my life, I thought about living the full RV life. 

As adventurous as I am, I could imagine myself hopping from one location to another whenever I feel like it. 

Too hot in the summer? I can move somewhere cooler.

Too cold in the winter? It’ll be easy to transfer where the weather is not extreme.

But as years passed, reality grew on me and I shifted my dream to something else of similar nature:

“Can I buy land and live in an RV instead?”

There are specific laws that prohibit people from parking your RVs in your backyard for the purpose of living there permanently.

Before I learned this, I was thinking why not? I have my land; I can certainly just park my RV and live there all year round.

But can I? Is it as simple as I was imagining it in my head?

The answer is not a plain yes or no. It would depend on the circumstances and on the location.

For people like me who are considering this as a lifestyle change, read on and I will share with you some details that might be of help to you.

Let’s say you already have land; the immediate thought is that you can do whatever you want to because it’s your land after all.

Well, there’s a lot more to examine here.

The most common concern is, is it legal to live in an RV on your land in your own backyard?

If you’re parking your RV in your own lot and you plan to live there for a short period, that’s generally okay.

But planning to live there permanently is another topic.

There are specific laws that prohibit people from parking your RVs in your backyard for the purpose of living there permanently.

Full time RVers are well aware of this, and they are able to embrace the full RV life by moving from one area to another where parking RVs are acceptable.

But you may ask, why is it illegal?

The answer is simply because the law does not define RVs as valid permanent place of residence. It’s classified more as a vehicle rather than a permanent dwelling place.

And since it’s called RV, which means Recreational Vehicle, then its main purpose is for recreation and it’s a vehicle – not a house.

Because of these reasons, RVs do not meet the housing standard requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Is It Legal to Live in a Trailer While Building a House?

Building a house or working on making your existing structure bigger usually takes time.

What do you normally do, rent another house or live in your trailer? Is it legal to do the latter?

Renting another house to live in while you build a larger house is not cost-effective. But if you have an RV, then it’s another option for you as you can save money on rent if you think about it.

The first thing you need to do is check your local town regulations if there is any restriction about living in RVs while building a house.

Is it legal to live in a trailer?

Depending on your location, there are towns that have no written rules about such circumstances so you could be off the hook in some cases.

Other towns also have restrictions about trailers and might tow yours if you didn’t get the necessary permit beforehand.

So, it would be a good idea to check with your local town authorities first before taking this step to ensure you’re not violating anything.

Several RVers have done it. Some even live in their RVs while building for two years so it clearly works for some people.

Also, if you are using a generator to provide electricity to your trailer while getting the build started, here are some tips to keeping the noise levels down to keep your neighbours happy.

Is It Legal to Live in an RV With a Child?

As far as I know, there are no laws governing that it’s illegal to live in an RV with a child.

However, as responsible parents, living in an RV goes so much more beyond that.

There are so many things you need to consider when we talk about your kid’s welfare. 

Here are some of them.

Regular Visits to the Doctor

Even when you’re living in an RV, your kid must have a permanent doctor that you visit regularly.

It’s important that you have a doctor that keeps all medical history of your child so that when emergencies happen, it will not be difficult to deal with.


You shouldn’t neglect your child’s education just because you embrace the full RV life.

In most cases, going to a traditional school is a bit of a challenge. Schools often require valid and permanent addresses, so if you’re moving from one place to another then you won’t be able to comply with such requirements

However, there are other viable options like homeschooling or online programs and consultations.

Homeschooling doesn’t require one or both parents to be certified teachers to teach their own children.

Most programs are funded by the government and materials are sent at the start of each term. 

There’s a process that has to be followed for kids to be allowed to homeschool, so you have to look into that as well.

But regardless what type of schooling you choose for your child, the important thing here is that you don’t let them miss school just because you’re always on the road.

Can You Live in A Camper Year-Round?

Depending on where you are, you can live in a camper all year round. Many RVers have taken this path, actually – some moving from one place to another, others live long periods in RV parks.

Another thing to be considered is your lifestyle. 

Many people prefer to live in their campers to save on costs. Some parks charge less than $1000 monthly, which is way lower than when you rent a one-bedroom apartment that would charge about twice as much plus utilities.

Remember that not all people who live in RV parks are adventurers. A lot of them stay there because they have nowhere to go.

So, if you’re not a picky resident who is willing to be neighbors with just about anybody, then RV parks are perfect for you.

As one RVer puts it, “There are many ways to live. Find what works for you.”

Final Thoughts

Deciding on being a full-time RVer is not as simple as you think. Local regulations may prevent you from doing so.

Make sure to check with your local agencies to avoid violating any laws or having your trailers towed.