The Worst Things About RV Living (2020 Update)
Let’s get one thing straight, RV living is awesome. Exploring the open roads, checking off bucket list items and visiting family are a few of the benefits.
However, there are trade-off for everything.
Today we’re exploring the not-so-fun side of RV living. These six “RV bummers” are important to consider before your next RV trip.
Let’s dive in!
1. Internet Connectivity
Internet connection is essential when you’re road tripping in your RV. Whether you’re doing business or Family, a solid internet connection is a must.
We have multiple devices and multiple providers, but the best tool in our arsenal is the WeBoost cellular booster. It allows us to boost unusable cell signals to strong signals capable of Skype calls and Netflixing!
But, sometimes we’re just stuck without internet.
It took many bad experiences to convince us that cell connectivity is a must for RV living.
2. Nasty Weather
When we lived in a sticks & bricks house, inclement weather was mostly just annoying. Now a strong wind storm is enough to rattle our bones!
We’ve experienced 60 mph winds, torrential down pours and freezing cold nights; all of these conditions are amplified now that we live in a tiny home on wheels.
The up-side: we live on wheels, so we are free to move. But, sometimes the weather will creep up on us pretty quickly.
3. RV Storage Space
Traveling in an RV means you’re going to have to minimize. You can bring a lot with you, but you surely can’t bring it all with you.
After a year & a half on the road, we’re still getting rid of stuff that goes unused. Its amazing how few clothes we wear… but, there’s never enough storage for kitchen items!
We’ve discovered a few RV storage hacks that really help, but nothing compares to the storage space of a home.
4. RV Maintenance
Screws (or in our case rivets) get rattled loose every week!
RV maintenance is an ongoing venture. We overhauled and renovated every system in our RV before hitting the road, but maintenance is never ending. Once we fix a leak the tires need attention, and so on…
We recommend as much preventative maintenance as possible, but it’ll never be enough.
Some huge RVs have washers & dryers… ours is not one of those.
Each week, in every new town, we hunt for a laundromat and hope we have enough quarters. This issue annoyed me much more in the beginning, but lately it’s become a therapeutic chore.
A good rule to live by: always have a least $10 in quarters at any given time!
6. Being Lonely
A life of constant movement can easily turn into a life of solitude. We’ve found that slowing down our travel speed can help create new relationships with the locals.
We also joined a few RV groups (Escapees RV Club is our favorite) to build friendships with fellow nomads. And, lastly, a phone call to the family can always cure the nomad blues.
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