I’ve been back on the Facebook groups for full time RV life. When we moved into our RV, I did research. Lots and lots of research. What could break, what could I fix, what did I need to do at campgrounds and on the road. But it seems now, more than ever, there are people out there who are jumping into full time RV living with both feet, having no idea what they are doing, and expecting everything to be easy. They just don’t get it, it’s not an easy lifestyle every day. It’s not campfires and s’mores and hanging out by the beach. Things can and will go wrong. A lot. And that leads to this post.
We lived in a 1988 Tiffin Allegro. 33 feet long with basement. For two people, it was a decent amount of space. It had no slide outs, but it still fit enough for us to live. Things did not go as planned though. We had breakdowns, we had leaks, we had a clogged toilet. We had a broken toilet, we had no shower. We had a cracked windshield. We had no air conditioner for awhile. It sucked, obviously.
So when people post things, like say, a video of water leaking underneath their trailer after a heavy rain and asking Facebook of all places “Is this normal?” I want to bang my head on the wall. No. Water dripping is not normal. Sewage smelling water dripping onto the pavement parking spot below your trailer is not normal. Who thinks that could possible be normal? Where has common sense gone that the immediate response isn’t “Oh crap, we’ve got a problem?”
Then there is the issue of having high(er) speed internet. People realize after moving into their RV that they need a dedicated hardline internet connection for their job. Something that is almost impossible unless you are stationary. You can have 5g internet with things like T-Mobile and now Verizon home internet, but those things aren’t exactly made for traveling technically. They work, but its a violation of their terms of service to change locations with them all the time.
But somehow, after deciding to sell their home, they neglected to realize that they need internet for their job and are now asking strangers what to do about, well after the fact when it should have been setup.
It seems good on paper
I feel like people think about the traveling, the site-seeing, the wandering, the camping, but forget that this is life. This is now reality, take it for better or worse, but damnit, do some research before moving the jump. Don’t wait until you are up to your knees in black water before realizing, maybe this is harder than I thought. Do some research before buying, before selling your home, before downsizing.
This is a huge change, don’t make it blindly.