Unexpected Quirks of Full-Time RV Living

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During our journey on the road, we have continued to learn the realities of living in an RV.  Here are five facts that you wouldn’t think to ask about but may come in handy on the road.

  1. Bathroom scales won’t work inside:  Although we take care to make sure our fifth wheel is properly-leveled, I discovered that I gain or lose up to 10 pounds depending on which side of the living room I place the scale on.  The solution?  When I am keeping track, I simply carry my scale to the street and weight myself on the pavement in full view of neighbors.  Of course this means, you can’t shed too many layers before you hop on the scale.
  2. You can only use one water source at a time:  If my husband uses the kitchen sink while I am showering, the water flow slows to a drizzle and then shoots cold water on me for a few seconds.  Coordinate shower and kitchen time to avoid this unpleasant experience.  After two years of yelling from the shower, my husband is finally starting to learn this one.
  3. You have to be careful when washing your RV:  When we first moved into our RV, it was a while before we washed it for this first time as many campgrounds prohibit washing because they don’t want to pay the water bills.  We finally found a laid-back campsite where washing was permitted.  About 10 minutes in to the process, our refrigerator shut off and starting beeping.  Turns out water can enter your fridge from outside and doing so will set off an emergency alert that shuts it down.  We were able to fix the fridge with YouTube and a magnet, but we now cover this area when washing.
  4. We have too much storage:  One of biggest concerns about moving into an RV was fitting our clothes, kitchen tools, books, and all of our other stuff into the RV.  After two years on the road, we still have empty cabinets and have to still have to stop ourselves from filling those spaces with more junk.  Full-time RVers with smaller rigs or bigger families may not share this opinion, but we found that down-sizing wasn’t nearly as hard as it was cracked up to be.
  5. Not all RVers are outdoor people: One of the strangest things we’ve noticed about RV parks is that a large portion of people are inside all of the time.  Walking around many RV parks, we are always shocked that 90% of the people are hanging out inside even when the weather is beautiful.  While we tend to avoid the big resort-like family friendly parks because of noise during my work day,  every once in a while its nice to be surrounded by kids running around and enjoying the campground.