When I woke up this morning it was very cloudy but in a couple of hours it burned off and is clear and sunny now. Looks like most of the rest of the week is going to be high 60s and sunny.
Last night I was looking at videos on YouTube and accidentally stumbled into a couple of videos made by full-time RVers that were listing the bad things about living the full-time RV lifestyle. I only watched them because I didn't believe anyone could come up with enough bad things about living in an RV to make an entire video, but apparently they can.
Now I know, and I've always said that living in an RV is not for everyone. It's a very different way to live than most people are used to and luckily it doesn't appeal to most people because if it did there would be less camping places for me. But the problems these people were having with their RV lifestyle was amazing to me in that their complaints were the equivalent of someone moving onto a boat full time and complaining about being seasick.
What in the world would you say to victim number one who admitted that they studied the full-time lifestyle on the Internet before they bought an RV and then after a year or so of fulltiming is complaining about the lifestyle because they have to MOVE every once in a while. For crying out loud, I thought that was the whole point of living in an RV! How did they miss that little tidbit of information on the Internet. I don't know what their other problems were because after hearing that I turned off their video.
Another video I started watching but couldn't finish was a young fulltimer guy living in a fifth wheel who was saying the worst thing about the full-time lifestyle was... Get this, am not lying, all of the stress. THE STRESS !
Apparently this guy bought an older bottom dollar fifth wheel and had no concept of how any of the systems worked and no idea how to fix anything if the least little thing went wrong. if a light wouldn't turn on and the bulb was good he takes it to a dealer. And according to him not knowing if things in the RV will work tomorrow is the major cause of his stress... Him I felt sorry for.
Even though I felt a modicum of compassion for this late 20s looking guy I don't know how you become an adult without finding out that if you buy an old raggedy car, an old raggedy house, an old raggedy boat, or an old raggedy RV you're going to have to fix a lot of problems.
I've said it before in my blog and I'll repeat it here. You'll be far happier living in an RV if you can at least do some of the maintenance and repairs yourself, and the more you can do, the happier you will be. Things are going to break in an RV, things break in your house why should an RV be any different? And if you pulled your house down bumpy roads at 60 miles an hour it would break even more, so it is for an RV.
Back in the old primordial days before I became computer literate I carried repair books to be able to fix the things that would go wrong with my RV. I had a general repair book that would tell me a little bit about everything. And I had repair books for each individual system, like the plumbing, AC and DC, heating and air conditioning, and refrigeration. These books and a fairly comprehensive toolbox kept me out of the clutches of evil dealers for long periods of time. And it still works today except Google has replaced the books.
As for the couple who bought an RV and don't like to move, For their edification I would like to suggest that they not buy a boat if they don't like the water, don't buy a house if they don't like property tax, and don't buy an airplane if their afraid of heights. I hope these suggestions will be of help to them in the future.
But for more normal folks that are considering the RV lifestyle.... And you know who you are.... I would say how often you move is based on the RV lifestyle that you choose. If you like to go to new places fairly often then boondocking is a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy that. Whereas if you like a more sedentary lifestyle and want to travel very little if at all, stay in RV parks, it will be boring but it will be safe and you will get used to it.
theboondork... As stress-free as a man can be.