Aug 042013

We woke up to no water here at the campground yesterday morning. I called the office and the maintenance guys showed up quickly, but it was back on by then. Apparently the folks a few sites down were filling their fresh water tank and the pressure here is so low it could not reach us while they we doing that. We always keep our fresh water tank at least half full for this very reason. You just never know when a campground water line will get broken or you’ll be delayed by bad weather or a breakdown when traveling.

Little inconveniences like this are just part of the RV lifestyle and you learn to roll with the punches. If you can’t, you probably aren’t cut out for RV living. And it’s not for everybody, as an e-mail I got yesterday shows.

A couple who have been blog readers for a while began fulltiming the end of March and wrote to tell me that they’re done. They said on their first trip they had a flat tire and had to wait two hours for road service to arrive and change it. Then, pulling out of their first campsite they forgot to lower their TV antenna and snapped it off on a tree limb. Add to that a yappy dog in the RV next to them at one campground, having to spend a weekend parked in the lot at a garage after their water pump failed late on a Friday afternoon, and getting lost on a back road in Kansas that took them on a 30 mile side trip and it was just too stressful. “We’re not having fun and we’re very glad we decided not to sell our house and contents for a year,” they told me. In three months we have never had one day we enjoyed.”

I could have written back and assured them that these little speed bumps happen and you learn to deal with them. But if they truly have not enjoyed one day in three months of RVing they probably are not cut out for fulltiming. I just hope when they get back home their neighbors never have a loud party and the kitchen sink doesn’t clog up or they’re screwed.

When we were visiting my friend Phil Bosarge Friday he gave us a couple of fresh eggs courtesy of his chickens, as well as a couple of goose eggs. Phil said a goose egg is equal to three chicken eggs, and I believe it. Here it is, and by comparison, that’s a full size dinner plate the bowl is sitting on. Terry said she liked it better than the ostrich eggs we have had a couple of times.

Goose egg

I spent all day yesterday working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal, something that will occupy most of my time for the next few days. While I was busy with that, Miss Terry filled a bunch of orders and then worked her way through a huge stack of paperwork. I am convinced that while we sleep cat burglars sneak in here and leave more of it every night. I wish they’d do me a favor and write a blog or two for me while they’re here.

Thought For The Day – If there is a wrong way to do something, then someone will find it.

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  11 Responses to “It’s Not For Everybody”

  1. I guess that Lydia and I were luckier than you blog reader. Two years of unforgettable experiences. The only regret was that we didn’t take a friends advise and get rid of all of our stuff before we left.

  2. I have heard from RV sales people (when not trying to sell RV’s) that it is a very common occurrence for people to buy a new unit going full time and then want to return it in a few months. They take a big hit in depreciation. That is the reason we purchased a use MH that we could walk away from if it didn’t work out … we used it for 6 yrs snowbirding and summer traveling . Snowbirding turned out to be the best approach for us … we just enjoy the summers too much with grandkids.

  3. Tell Terry that Goose eggs are great for baking, not so much as just an egg meal. My mother always made cakes and breads with ours and said they made them moister. Love the blog.

  4. We just started full time rving. We have been living in our rv since the end of June. Haven’t really gone anywhere yet. We spent a month moving out of the house and selling our stuff. Our first trip was just a few miles up the road to a campground with no hookups. Now we have moved just a few miles again to house sit for a couple weeks. I know there will be bumps along the way, just like owning a home, but I am looking forward to the adventure.

  5. Nick,
    I think that your “Thought for the day” refers to ME!

  6. Ir saddens me when I read that someone gives up a lifestyle that can be so great. We all have had problems that make us think if this is a good thing for us or not it seems that the whole world is against us. I know that this life style is not for everyone and bad things happen to all of us. I was afraid four years ago that we would have to give up this life style that we love when I suffered a major heart attack. Instead of saying poor me I decided why sit at a stick house and wait to see if another attack would happen, or stay on the road and enjoy the adventure we are on. We just started out tenth year full timing. Things happen to all of us I cannot list all the things that have gone wrong with the MH but we just chock it up as part of owning a rig. They did not say if the sold the rig or not so maybe down the road they will try again.

  7. We were full time for 5 years in a 30 foot class “A” and loved it. We sold everything and “hit the road” after we bought it.

    We sold the coach last year and moved into a condo. This spring we again found “hitch itch” was still part of our lives and purchased a 13 foot trailer that our Escape could pull.

    We are now in the 3rd month of our current adventure with September still to go before we return for the winter in Canada.

    We started out with a trip to Newport, OR for a month then to Oroville, WA for a month.We are currently in an RV park in Grand Coulee, WA for a week before our next stop.

    Like many other Canadian snow birds we headed South and did not enjoy the country in between. This year we are making up for that!

  8. It’s hard to believe the blog readers you mention didn’t have a single enjoyable day in three months on the road. A wait to have a tire changed? What’s so awful about that when you have snacks and your own bathroom right there with you? The antenna was their own carelessness. Yappy dog next door? They have wheels, could have moved. Getting a little lost? You just see country you wouldn’t have seen before, there’s always a way back to the main road. Stuff breaks down at home too. Yep, these too don’t sound adventurous enough to be RVers. Or maybe just rigid planners who get flustered and annoyed when things don’t go exactly according to plan. Am I being too much of a Pollyanna here?

  9. Like we all say, “it’s not for everyone” and it’s for sure not for your blog readers. We have been fulltime for 7years, have had 3 blowouts, one on a highway in the middle of nowhere Nevada, no cel service, 2 lane highway and very little shoulder. Now that’s stressful. It’s a lot better than waking up at 4 am writing briefs in my mind and handling everything, literally everything, in a law office. I had a full paralegal work load along with the administrative duties. I was doing such a great job my boss kept giving me more. I am thoroughly convinced that I would have had extreme health problems had I not quit. We had no retirement income (too young) but sold our house and hit the road. I would not have been able to be my daughter’s helper for 8 months when she had triplets (CA). We would not have been able to spend more time with my elderly father twice a year until his death in January 2013 (OK). My husband’s sister died in 2007 at age 47 and we were able to spend that summer and 2 more summers with her family (MT). We would have never had all that precious time with family members had we still been working. We still have to “work” 6 months of the year due to finances but we volunteer as park hosts and make no decisions, just call the ranger. We love this life and hope we can keep doing it for many, many years. I say thank goodness it’s not for everyone.

  10. Our first week in our first RV was a nightmare. We picked it up in Michigan at the end of February and drove it to our home in Georgia. It was a 27 foot trailer.

    The first night on our own it snowed and we couldn’t get out of our site. We had trouble hitching and unhitching. We had trouble finding places to stop because most campgrounds are closed across the northern Midwest that time of year. One night we got stuck in the mud trying to get into a site. Trying to figure all this out took so much time that we couldn’t get to the grocery store, but that was okay because we didn’t have time to eat.

    I can’t even remember all the scrapes we got into. We arrived home hungry and exhausted. We looked at each other and agreed we couldn’t wait to get out in that darn trailer again, in fact, we took it to a nearby state park the next weekend.

    We knew we were both nuts, but we thought full-timing was nuts, too, the first time we heard about it, and we are now in our ninth year.

    Just remember that If all the people in the world were the same, what a boring place it would be.

  11. We are in our 17th year. There have been many starts and stops and repairs and bumps in the road. In fact we are right now behind a repair shop in Bend Oregon with overheating problems. Our hydraulic guts are all over a bay and we can’t move at all. But we have 50 amp and water with a dump point near and we can reach it with our dump hoses. So we can sit here and be unhappy or we can have some fun. Since we like microbreweries & pub lunches, we are visiting local establishments. And we are in luck because there are at least 13 in our vicinity. So instead of being sour, we are making lemonade out of the lemons.

    Not all people are cut out for the RV lifestyle. You have to be flexible, patience and positive. Those folks you described aren’t cut out for this lifestyle and it’s for the best they go off the road. We, however, just want to keep going as long as possible. Let the good times roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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