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The Worst Things About RV Living

The Worst Things About RV Living

The Worst Things About RV Living

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.

RV Bad Weather

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.

5. Laundry

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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Joe Sesto

Friday 27th of March 2020

We aren't full timers, but are often out for up to 6 weeks in our truck camper...possibly longer when I retire. Our Chevy 3500 is a wi-fi hot spot and does have 4G OnStar telcomm as long as it has an unblocked southern orientation. Laundry has yet to prove a problem. We learned to use attended fluff and dry services in our 1st trip to Europe. We went out 2 pillow cases full of laundry after being out about 10 days. We got it back in 2 days with a $400 bill. Ten days later we found an attended laundromat...dropped it off, went to lunch, shopped and returned in 3 hours and paid about $50 with a nice tip. We've done that same thing camping in just about the same 10 day cycle. We don't get into many winter situations, but when we have the 30,000 BTU heater in our insulated Bigfoot is more than adequate,..and we have not experienced any interior moisture.

Liz

Sunday 29th of July 2018

Nice article. However, I have a solution for your laundry issue. Add a washer to your camper! My husband and I and our dog our full-time in a 15 foot camper. I have a real washing machine! I think you could add this washing machine to just about any camper or RV. And it does a great job on clothes. like you, I dreaded going to a laundromat, I was always afraid I would come home with bed bugs never mind the expense. You can see which one I added and how I did it here: https://wackypup.blogspot.com/2016/10/how-i-added-laundry-to-my-camper-and.html

As I said, my camper which we live in full time is 7 feet wide and 15 ft long. I even have a dishwasher. I like my modern conveniences :0) https://wackypup.blogspot.com/2017/11/how-to-install-real-working-stainless.html

Let me know what you think!

Dan

Saturday 10th of February 2018

All great things to know here. We both work remote so the internet/phone suggestions are particularly important. I would thought dealing with the black tank and small refrigerator would bother more people. Trying to find a place to dump your tank isn’t a pain? Plus, if your in ‘who knows where’ wilderness where will you store your food? Most campers we see come with the standard dorm frig.

We’re thinking of going full time RV living in April 2018. Class A or C. So much to consider my brain hurts.

Lisa

Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

What do y'all use as a cell booster - I see some are up to 700.00

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