Fulltime RVers are a small but dedicated subsection of the RV community that have given up the sticks-and-bricks lifestyle and taken to the road permanently. About half of RV full-timers maintain steady jobs while living on the road. This group has grown rapidly in recent years, partly because of the increasing number of digital nomads with remote jobs. The possibilities of a nomadic lifestyle attract all sorts of people, but it’s important to consider the practicalities before giving up a permanent address. For example, do you have enough battery power for your lifestyle requirements? For the house battery bank, we recommend RV residents choose efficient lithium batteries over traditional lead-acid.
So, how can lithium batteries transform life in an RV?
RV Life for Digital Nomads
Digital nomads, or tech nomads, are one of the fastest-growing groups of full-time RVers. Improvements in technology, portable Wi-Fi and battery power have made digital jobs much more compatible with working on the road. The transition to a largely remote workforce in recent years has also made employers much more flexible about working locations. But working RVers still need constant access to Wi-Fi, phones and laptops, which makes a reliable house battery bank an absolute essential! By using lithium batteries instead of lead-acid or AGM, you can double the power in your RV’s APU. This extra power increases stability and flexibility around work locations, whether you’re wallydocking, or dry camping in the outback. This is important because the flexibility to travel and explore, without being tied down, is a big part of the draw of life on the road.
Family Life and Full-time RVing
This lifestyle isn’t just for young, single nomads, it’s also very popular with families. According to the RV Industry Association, 89% of full-timers are parents with resident children. For a family of full-time RVers, the demands on the house battery bank are usually larger. Parents may be working remotely, and children are likely to need access to online learning tools and entertainment. On top of this, the more people in an RV, the greater the demands placed on the APU from kitchen appliances and temperature control. Lithium batteries can help you meet these energy needs! They are designed for repeated deep discharge as low as 95% and provide 2× more power between charges compared to alternative batteries. This means parents have the security and freedom to go further afield, without being tied to developed campsites with Shore Power!
Full-time Rvers and Long-Term Investments
Full-timers RVers know that high-quality RV products are a long-term investment. That’s why we recommend lithium batteries like our LightningVolt™, which can last for 5–10 years. At a minimum, that’s over double the 1–2 years you can pull from an AGM battery. This is because lithium batteries can handle 2,000 charge cycles at 95% depth of discharge and 4,000+ cycles at 50%, while AGM batteries can only manage 200–400. As well as lasting years longer, we design LightningVolt™ batteries to offer much better performance in cold temperatures. This is vital if you don’t follow the snowbird lifestyle!
Give Serendipity a Helping Hand
Most full-time RVers spend 90% of their holidays in their RVs, according to polling from the RV Industry Association. Full-time RVing is a nomad’s dream, opening up endless possibilities for travel, exploring, hiking, and wild swimming! The extra power afforded by using lithium batteries is perfect for dry camping, allowing RVers to go much further into the wilderness. This allows you to save money by using free campsites without RV facilities. With almost no self-discharge, you can also leave your battery for longer between charges with no risk of damaging it.
Why Choose LightningVolt™?
Some full-time RVers spend extended periods in more long-term RV campsites with full facilities. In an RV park, facilities can range from Shore Power, water taps and sewage dump, to Wi-Fi and washrooms with hot showers. Some more expensive RV parks also include swimming pools and children’s playgrounds. However, for more nomadic full-timers, it’s common to spend large amounts of time on the road, travelling and exploring. To reach more remote beauty spots, RVers often need to travel down FSRs and rough, unpaved roads. This means it’s important to have a tough, resilient battery with no risk of leaks or spills. Roadwarrior batteries were originally designed for heavy-duty trucks; we build them to withstand high levels of vibration and shock from the road. You can mount them in almost any position, and you never have to add water. These 100Ah, 12v lithium RV batteries also come in Group 31 size, making them an exact-fit upgrade for your existing batteries.
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