Things I Would NOT Miss About The Fulltime RV Life!

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Things I Would NOT Miss About The Fulltime RV Life!

Does anyone ever discuss the things they would NOT miss about the fulltime RV life? In the past 5 years since we started researching and ultimately living the fulltime lifestyle I’ve noticed there are many singing the praises of the fulltime RV lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, I, too, enjoy the freedom this life provides. (Freedom to move whenever you choose, freedom from responsibility of yard work, freedom to follow the sunshine and avoid the cold, etc., etc.) However, there are some definite things I would NOT miss about the fulltime RV life. So, just in case any of you might be on the fence about whether you want to sell your bricks/sticks house and join the caravan of RV’ers, this article is for you. Here is my list of things I would NOT miss!

image of the N. rim of the grand canyon things I would not miss about fulltime RV life
N. Rim of the Grand Canyon – just one of the many places we’ve seen while living this lifestyle!

Sewer Connections (Mine and Everyone Else’s) Right Next To My Windows! GAG!

The smell of someone else’s sewer connection! Gag me! Because spaces are so close together it’s not uncommon to smell the nasty sewer odor from someone else’s connection. Whether it’s because they are connecting/disconnecting it or dumping their tanks or just because it’s Tuesday. Who knows! But the result is a disgusting smell much like your local sewage treatment plant.

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Who Are You Again?? Sorry, Sally Lived There Yesterday!

Never knowing my neighbors. While The Husband (the extrovert) thrives on the ever revolving door of neighbors, Me? Not so much! Although it wasn’t something I thought initially I would miss, I do miss knowing my neighbors, having the same people in the same community. Really knowing someone is only possible with time, shared experiences and memories. I miss that continuity. While the antics of some of our fellow RV’ers provide a certain level of comedic relief, it isn’t enough to compensate for the comfort found in really knowing your neighborhood and your neighbors.

Fluctuating Temperatures And Design Flaws

The wildly fluctuating temperatures of RV life. Even with the highest rated insulation package, we have found that maintaining a consistent interior temperature in an RV is challenging. They just get colder faster and hotter faster. Just a fact of the construction. Now add hot flashes to that scenario. Thermostat up, thermostat down, A/C on, A/C off. You get the picture.

Some of the design features that I feel aren’t as user friendly as I would like i.e., a raised lip below the refrigerator and stove. It’s part of the slide but a better design would have been to bring the stove, refrigerator and adjoining cupboards flush with the edge of the slide lip. The current design wastes floor space and makes cleanup there less efficient. Designed by someone who has never cleaned an RV? I think so!!

image of interior of RV things I would not miss about fulltime RV life
Basically a good design, but I could suggest a couple changes 🙂

Carpeting under the dining room table? Seriously? Who thought that was a good plan? There is lovely hardwood flooring in the living room, kitchen, entryway and hallway. But they chose to put carpeting under the dining room table, on the stairs and in the bedroom. Of those 3, the only place I appreciate the carpeting is the bedroom.

Again With The Bathtub! I Know I’m Beating A Dead Horse!

The lack of a bathtub!  The bathtub is a luxury (imho) that I’ve written about before.  Are there other people with me on this one? Do you use your bathtub in your home? Or is it just a place to water your indoor plants? I used ours in our sticks/bricks home whenever I needed to relax and decompress for a bit. Even after 3+ years of this lifestyle I still am missing my bathtub!

Who Knew I’d Ever Consider A Laundry Room A Luxury??

A fully functioning laundry room isn’t something I would have classified as a luxury when I lived in a sticks/bricks home. However, after 3 years as a fulltimer? A laundry room is definitely a luxury and it’s a luxury I miss. We do have a washer in our RV so I’m able to wash our clothes in the RV. Drying then either takes place on a portable drying rack inside the RV (because virtually not one of the parks we’ve been in has allowed outdoor drying racks) or it necessitates hauling baskets of laundry to the laundromat (either in the RV park or the nearest town) for drying. The cleanliness standards of public laundromats (whether in town or RV park) vary greatly from quite good to pretty nasty. Having to pay (price per load varies) to dry our laundry in laundromats that don’t even meet minimum cleanliness standards is shall we say. . .aggravating and disgusting??

We Are In The Same Room ALL The Time!

Personal space! As a true blue introvert, I treasure some me space and me time. That is non-existent when living in 420 sq ft (unless you live alone). I definitely give kudos to those parents living in RVs with children. I’ll be the first to admit that I couldn’t do it. I’m even in awe of the RV’ers who travel with their animals. 420 sq ft just doesn’t seem enough (again imho) to be able to live compatibly with animals in addition to people. If you are successfully doing it, my hat is off to you!

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Can you live in 420 sq ft 365 days/yr??

So, there you have it. My list of things I would NOT miss about the RV life.  As I said in the beginning, this is, in no way meant to discourage you or quash your dreams. It’s my experiences that I’m sharing in hopes it will help you make an informed decision before joining the RV fulltime lifestyle. Know both sides of the story. I’d love to hear your experiences and/or your questions. We’re always glad to answer questions and help if possible.

 

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    • michelle staples
    • May 29, 2017
    Reply

    Add to that:
    Lifting propane tanks in and out. I have a 5er, I’m disabled and retired. During this past winter there were times I’d be filling a tank every three days. Those suckers are HEAVY when they’re full! And they always run out at 3am on a cold and rainy night. And I travel alone so there was no one to kick out of bed to take care of it!
    Lack of pots and pans storage. I’ve had drawer bottoms fall out from storing a few pots in them. And food storage is minimal. Don’t people buy more than a day’s worth of groceries at a time??
    Lack of off leash dog exercise areas. My service dog is large and just walking her around parks, especially if they’re not paved, is not enough exercise for her. If you can build a playground for children (screaming rugrats), why not a dog area? Most people seem to travel with pets. I miss my backyard!
    Internet that’s advertised but non-existent. Or, you have to go to the office to use it. Most people use the internet. Why are parks so slow to respond? I work from home so I need consistent and reliable and speedy internet.
    I agree with some of your points. I’m too tall for the typical house bathtub so I wouldn’t miss that; my dog and I don’t get in each other’s way (much), but I totally agree about carpeting under the dining table (which is too tall unless you like to slurp from your bowl, and useless for computers). I was sincerely hoping for some companionship this past winter and got next to nothing. It was cold/rainy/windy all through the southwest; there were activities in most parks that were mostly for the “seasonals” — they were not welcoming. I felt more alone than part of a community. Erratic air/heat — YES!!! I’m very cold intolerant and I shook most of the winter, even with the heat on. As soon as the furnace shut off I could feel the cold air seeping back in. Never opened my windows all winter! On the other hand, I ran the air almost all summer — also a result of poor insulation. I would not miss driving a 3/4T crew cab truck in cities and trying to find a big enough parking spot at stores/malls or on city streets. My last thing I wouldnt miss is the lack of help with broken items under warranty (poor service). Since I was traveling most of the time I needed to make an appt. for a few days hence, drive up and get the problem taken care of. Almost all places required a two week wait, then to keep the trailer for two weeks. Not happening when I’m living in it!!! And that was the case at the places who would actually do warranty work. A lot wouldn’t. I ended up compiling a list and stopping at the dealership where I bought the trailer, parked in their lot, and they fixed the majority of the problems.

      • NoniKay
      • May 29, 2017
      Reply

      Michelle,
      Thanks for your additions to our list. I’m in awe of you traveling on your own with just your service dog. I know I wouldn’t have the guts to live this lifestyle if we weren’t doing it as a team. We solved the propane tanks running out so often by leasing a 100 gallon tank from a local propane company when we plan to be in one location for several months. You are correct that even in the southwest the evenings and nights during the winter get cold and the furnace is a must!! I had forgotten about the table height being wrong but I agree with you on that one also!

      Thanks for your comments. We appreciate them and hope that you will continue to follow us on our travels.
      NoniKay

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