Living the RV Lifestyle:

Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road


Picture - Book Cover, Clara & Irving
Art photography by J Alan Jackson

Living the RV Lifestyle has been a dream in the making. After three years of Full-time RV living, it was time to write about the journey as well as share all that my husband, Jim and I have learned from this experience of traveling around the country.

As of 2017, we've made a couple of grand circles around the country with some crisscrossing. We've traveled over 36,900 miles, visited 44 states and 36 national parks while camping in 73 RV parks, 3 Wal-Marts, One casino, and a family driveway. It's been a journey of many different experiences, and I've captured some of the most memorable ones in this book.

The goal of the book is to provide practical information for those who are considering the RV lifestyle whether it's Full-time, Part-time or Anytime as well as include personal stories which can give you a better idea of what it's really like to live the life of a Full-time RVer.

The book is available on in a paperback version and a Kindle edition.


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Click here for an excerpt to the book, Living the RV Lifestyle (opens a pdf).


Editorial Reviews

"As the title indicates, this is a book with a lot of practical advice and personal experiences gleaned from living full-time in an RV...Her book details how to buy, prepare and afford the RV lifestyle of your dreams. This book would be especially helpful for newbies, but would also serve as reminders for experienced RVers." --
Marcella Gauthier columnist of From the Bookshelf in the Escapees Magazine (

"Whether someone is considering a full-timing road trip as a permanent way life or a temporary adventure, Living the RV Lifestyle: Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road is filled with the author's many valuable tips for making the most of it...Trying to balance domestic chores with the RVing learning curve is a challenge for most people. Toss in the need to earn a living while constantly changing locations and the business of learning how to be a nomad turns into a full-time occupation. For anyone who needs to manage all of these lifestyle factors, Donna's new book lives up to its promise of providing practical advice for success."--
Rene Agredano, columnist for RV Life Magazine (


Wareham Week's Matthew Bernat

Jun 03, 2017 - "Book by Wareham native tells tales of living the RV lifestyle".


Pictures from the book - below are the full color versions of the pictures in the paperback book along with some bonus pictures.

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Donna & Jim, Wahweap RV Park in Page, AZ

Rest stop along Hwy 89 near Panguitch, Utah

Bighorn sheep, Capitol Reef NP

Bryce Canyon NP

Jim as Camp Host with Jacob & Denise Fisher in Holiday Hills RV Park, Coalville, UT

Death Valley NP

Jim & Donna in Winslow, AZ (along Route 66)

Jim & Donna selfe in Zion NP

Donna & Jim in Sedona, AZ

Emigrant Lake RV Park, Ashland, OR

Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, WA

Grand Canyon NP

Grand Teton NP

Lake Erie State Park in Brocton, NY

Lundy Canyon in Lee Vining, CA

Mount Rainer NP - Skyline Trail

Heceta Head Lighthouse, Yachats, OR

Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport, OR

Wahweap Campground in Page, AZ

Redwoods NP in Crescent City, CA

Winter RV'ing at Rutledge Lake RV Park near Asheville, NC

Yellowstone NP

Travertine Hot Springs at Yellowstone NP

Yosemite NP

Zeus climbing a black willow tree in Utah

Zion NP

Zion NP

Zion NP

Zion NP

View from our land on Cape Cod, MA

2014 - 2015, 10,161 miles

2015 - 2016, 8,847 miles

2016 - 2017, 2,540 miles

Photographs from Living the RV Lifestyle by J. Alan Jackson, Copyright © 2018