One of the greatest gifts we have in life is experience. Experience gives us the tools necessary to grow, learn and eventually (dare I say) master a process. However, even when we think we have things figured out, we learn something new each and every day, whether or not we realize it.
Every day, as we work at a campground, we have the opportunity to speak to so many people who are weekend warriors and full or part time RVers and in every conversation, we are able to take something new from them to incorporate into our lifestyle. Many times, in fact, we encounter new to camping families who are looking for tips and tricks and we try to pass on our experience.
The bottom line is simple, what works for one may or may not work for another and everyone has an opinion, so it is important to just remain open minded and find your own groove.
Here’s what we have learned as far as some of the basics (and most frequently discussed and argued talking points) of full time living and what works for us.
– Travel no more than 300 miles a day. We don’t need to rush and it’s not like driving a car.
– Have a checklist for set up and tear down and do it the same every time.
– Use Scott’s toilet paper and lots of water. No need for expensive RV or marine TP. We bought an RV with a toilet so we can use it. Don’t be afraid to use water.
– Command strips work for everything. They stick to practically everything and have many different application options.
– Tank gauges can not be relied on. Learn how often you need to dump (it’s not likely as often as you think but does vary based on individual needs). For the two of us, we can generally go 7-10 days before we need to dump.
– Campground cable is generally sufficient. We don’t watch enough TV to invest in satellite or dish systems.
– Don’t rely on campground WiFi. Pay for enough data for your usage. This is the most controversial subject but we feel that if you need WiFi then you need to be responsible for that yourself. Public WiFi is not secure and unreliable.
– Respect the difference between camping and full time living and know that it’s ok.
– Every RV that rides down the road, regardless of size, make or price, shakes, rattles and rolls the same way. Things will probably fall, open and break on travel days.
– Bigger is not always better. Get a rig that is as big as you are comfortable with, particularly if you have never driven or pulled one before.
– Ladies, learn to drive or pull your rig. Hubby may not always be able to and if an emergency comes up you should be comfortable enough to get it to a safe place or move it if necessary. (Lee is still working on this. But she now backs it in to most of our sites and has pulled it for very short distances but will keep practicing.)
None of this is gospel but these are just some things that work for us. The key to making it work is to be flexible and open to new ideas.