Aug 132010

Fortunately, most RVers we know are pretty mellow people who, aside from a heightened sense of adventure and a love for seeing what’s over the next hill and around the next bend in the road, are pretty much like anybody else you’d encounter anywhere.

Most RVers, especially fulltimers, seem to be pretty tolerant people, and accept everybody for who they are. We’ve sat around campfires where the group included everybody from retired surgeons to former schoolteachers, truck drivers, and mailmen. Nobody cares what you did in your past life, they just want to know where you were yesterday, and where you’re headed next week.

However, every once in a while we run into a snob. Such was the case recently when we had a conversation with somebody who proceeded to let us know that anyone who didn’t own the same type of upscale diesel pusher they did was certainly not on a equal level, and was probably mentally or morally suspect as well.

When talking about our Gypsy Gathering rallies, this person made the comment that they were not comfortable at our event because we let “everybody” in, even people in cheap used RVs, and that you never know what to expect from those kind of people. I was tempted to reply that until recently, Terry and I lived and traveled in a 34 year old homebuilt bus conversion. I guess that means we certainly qualified as those kind of people!

On the other end of the spectrum, I had an e-mail exchange with a fellow who wants to buy a cheap used diesel powered transit or school bus for about $3,000 to $5,000, spend a couple of thousand dollars converting it, and hit the road.

He told me that he doesn’t plan to put in a bed, just get a fold out couch from a thrift store, and that he won’t be adding a bathroom. He plans to spend a week or two at a time in different towns, staying at WalMart stores and truck stops, and that he can use their bathrooms to clean up in, when he needs to.

He went on to tell me that he won’t have to buy fuel, because restaurants are eager to give away their waste vegetable oil, and he can pour it directly into his fuel tank and go on down the road. He figures he could live easily on a couple of hundred dollars a month.

I tried to explain to him the hundred and one reasons why his plan wouldn’t work, from the fact that waste vegetable oil isn’t quite that easy to come by, and that you can’t just pour it in your tank and go, and that living in WalMart parking lots wasn’t exactly RVing. But the response was basically of the mindset of “My mind’s already made up, don’t confuse me with facts.”

So we have a prima donna who pulls up to a dump station and says “Well, ours doesn’t stink,” and somebody who basically wants to be a motorized hobo. Aren’t you glad most of the folks who park next to you at your favorite campground fall somewhere in the middle of these two? I sure am!

Thought For The Day –  Except for ending slavery, Fascism, Nazism and Communism, war has never solved anything.

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Nick Russell

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  5 Responses to “One Extreme To The Other”

  1. Such is the human dilemma! We are motorcyclists and have run into that kind of snobbery as well. Because we don’t ride a certain brand that is deemed “worthy” we are shunned by certain groups. I guess that’s why I don’t like “brand” rallys or clubs, we are all RVers no matter what brand or type we choose to afford or not afford. Every one has intrisic value and has something to offer. It is the ones who can’t see that who are missing out! So thank you Nick for welcoming all, I am looking forward to meeting all kinds of other RVers.

  2. I bet that the guy with the home built RV is a lot more secure about himself than the snob. The snob has to keep assuring himself that he has self worth where as the other guy is just out to enjoy life. I’ll park next to the home built one and have a good time!

  3. You said “Nobody cares what you did in your past life, they just want to know where you were yesterday, and where you’re headed next week.” Yeah, that’s true in our case also. So why is the favorite introductory question among RVers always “Where are you from?” Who really cares where I’m from? I’ve lived so many places it’s hard to remember. Why don’t they ask “Where have you just visited, what did you see, and where are you headed next?”

  4. If you had your van attached when you met the snob, you should have said you were just transporting the motorhome for a friend, and you actually lived in the van.
    You two have a great rally! Just sad that we can’t make this one.

  5. Oh well, the guy with the school bus will smell like a french fry and someone will like him! Thanks for the giggle.

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