We have talked a lot about handy RV accessories we enjoy, and ones we consider indispensible. But what about the not so great options you have seen, or have in your rig?
No two RVers are the same, so what one of us considers essential, the next guy may think of as a waste of money and space. The flip side of that coin, of course, is that there are probably things I couldn’t live without that would leave you scratching your head and asking “Why?”.
Here are my Top 10 Things I Can Do Without, in no particular order.
1. Outdoor entertainment center – Our Winnebago motorhome has a radio in the front storage bay on the passenger side, which I have never turned on, and probably never will. I love music, but when I’m sitting outside of our rig, I’m usually reading a book, or visiting with friends and folks who wander by. I’ve seen many RVs that also have a television in an outdoor bay. That would be totally useless to me. If I want to watch TV, I sit inside and relax to enjoy the show. If I’m outside, it’s because I don’t want to waste my time watching television.
2. In-motion satellite television – I’d run my motorhome into a ditch if I tried to watch TV and drive at the same time! I guess if you had little kids with you, it might entertain them, but if I did travel with munchkins, I’d tell them to turn off the darned TV and look out the windows and see America going by!
3. Automatic awnings – I just don’t trust them. I just know that mine would fail just as a strong wind came up, and I’d be replacing them as soon as the storm passed.
4. Heated driver’s seats – I have seen this option on some upscale coaches, but I’ll pass. I prefer to be where it’s warm to start with, instead of being anyplace where I need to have my seat warmed to keep my seat warm.
5. Fireplace – We know a couple of people who have gas fireplaces in their RV. Yeah, I guess it would be cozy to cuddle in front of on a cold day, but see my thoughts above on being anyplace where it’s cold.
6. Garbage disposal – Why would I want to devote precious space and add to my RV’s overall weight with one of these things when the good folks at WalMart give me perfectly good trash bags every time we go to the store? Besides, walking down to the campground dumpster is sometimes the only exercise I get all day.
7. Dishwasher – Again, why add to the weight and lose space for this? Isn’t it just easier to wash dishes after use instead of letting them accumulate until you have enough for a load in the dishwasher?
8. Washer/dryer combo – Miss Terry and I don’t agree on this one. She likes it, but it seems like she is always doing laundry, due to the unit’s small capacity. To me it makes more sense to just go to the laundromat once a week and get it all done with at once. But since she does the laundry, it’s her choice.
9. Bathtub – I haven’t seen one in an RV yet that I could fit into, and I’m a shower guy anyway.
10. Barbecue Grill – We love our little stainless steel propane gas grill, but I have seen some motorhomes that have a huge slide out grill in one of the curbside storage bays. I guess if you are into tailgate parties it would come in handy, but I don’t need anything that big, and I can use the space for better things.
So that’s my list of ten things that many RVers no doubt love, but that I don’t care to have. What about you? What accessories or options could you well do without?
Thought For The Day – Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.