A few days ago we were talking with some brand new fulltimers and they said that they seem to be running from one corner of the country to another all of the time visiting kids, grandkids, and other family members. The husband said it was fun, but also exhausting.
That’s when Terry told him to get used to it, because all new fulltimers go through the same thing for the first year or two. There is so much to see and so much to do, so many old friends and long lost cousins you want to visit that you’re like a pinball bouncing here, then there, and then off in some other direction.
Nobody can keep up that pace forever. Our bodies, our RVs, and our budgets just can’t handle it. Eventually we realize that we’ll never get around to seeing it all anyway, because there’s just too much of “it” to get to in two or three lifetimes. That’s when you start to slow down and begin to enjoy the RV lifestyle as it should be enjoyed.
Sunday, just as we pulled into Bass Lake RV Campground in Dillon, South Carolina, the odometer on our Winnebago turned 10,000 miles for the year. Last year, we traveled 9,842 miles. So we’re up a little bit this year. By the time we travel down to the Keys and then back to central Florida we’ll add another 1,000 miles or so before year’s end. That’s way down from the 15,000 to 20,000 miles a year we did when we were teaching for Life on Wheels. What’s your average annual miles traveled, and has it gone up or down over time?
Another topic that recently came up, this time in a conversation with some weekend campers, was the use of campground bathrooms and showers. They said one of their criteria in judging a RV park was the condition and cleanliness of their restrooms and showers.
We have our very own clean bathroom and shower in our motorhome. I can’t imagine why anybody would prefer using a campground’s facilities over the ones in our RVs. I even know RVers, including some fulltimers, who will pull into a highway rest area and use its bathroom rather than the one in their RV. Yuck!
I guess I can understand it if you have a popup tent camper, or maybe a fifth wheel that won’t allow you to access the bathroom with the slides pulled in. But otherwise, I much prefer doing my business in my own “office,” so to speak.
One explanation I have heard is that it’s too much hassle to dump the holding tanks, or even worse, to drive to the campground’s dump station if they don’t have a full hookup site. To each their own I guess, but I don’t see any real chore in going outside and pulling the black tank handle if we’re on a full hookup RV site. And even if we do have to drive to a dump station, I’d rather do that once every week or ten days than trudge down to a bathroom and shower just vacated by somebody I don’t know. How about you?
Okay, one final question on the topic of toilets. (And what a subject to read about with your morning coffee, right?) How many RVers are willing to ask to use somebody else’s bathroom when visiting in their RV? Most folks I know will hold it until they get back home if they can. Why? Would they hesitate to ask to use a friend’s bathroom in a sticks and bricks house? Somebody told me once it was because they were worried about the “sound effects” in the thin walls of an RV, or odors.
Now, on that issue, I’m another one of those who will wait until I get home. But that’s not because of worrying about offending somebody’s olfactory senses. I’m pretty much convinced that mine doesn’t smell.
Thought For The Day – A true friend knows when to listen, when to talk, and when to pour the margaritas.