10 Harsh Realities of RV LIFE

10 Harsh Realities of RV LIFE


Hello everybody and welcome to another
studio session with Ben and Rebecca, from his and hers vlogs! Today….. We’re going to
share the dark side of RV living with you. It’s actually a follow-up to
last week’s video which was all warm and fuzzy where we shared the good and
amazing things about the RV life. So if you don’t know, Beck and I have spent the
better part of the last two years on the road, exploring a good chunk of North
America. And we’re taking these studio sessions as an opportunity to download
all our experiences to you!…Number 1, You are never going to find the perfect
RV! It’s just a reality. You’re always going to have to make sacrifices and
compromises in order to get into a rig. But…. The way to overcome this is just to
go do it! Except that there will be things that you just don’t love about it
but you can live with them and get out on the road and have a good time anyway!
Number 2…The weather can really suck when you’re on the road full time! Mother
nature is going to catch up to you at some point. It’s a reality! We’ve
encountered random snowstorms, freak wind storms, excessive heat for the time of
year, a lot of stuff!… And in relation to what Beck was just talking about, maybe
when you’re looking for an RV you should take into consideration comfortable
places to hang out! Because there’s gonna be a lot of days where you’re stuck
inside that thing watching the crappy weather outside. And at the end of the
day you want to be able to look at each other and say, gosh! That wasn’t all that
bad!….. Number 3…Things are going to break! We really actually don’t know
anybody who’s been on the road for very long that this hasn’t happened to. It
doesn’t matter if you buy something new or used, at some point it will become
your reality. And I promise you it’s gonna be at the most inopportune moment
possible. In the middle of a snowstorm, on the side of the mountain and….
It might be pouring down rain or there may be nobody around to help you! Way to get
around this one…. Just accept that it’s gonna happen!
Be prepared for it to happen, have a great tool box on board and extras of
anything that your RV might need. If there’s somebody around… Get some help!
And at the end of it, know that you survived it and you’re back on the road!
Number 4…You’re gonna pick up some hitchhikers. Not talking about humans,
talking about rodents. The interesting thing about mice, is they don’t care how
new or expensive your RV is there’s always gonna be a hole where they can
slide their creepy little heads through and freak you out at the worst possible
moment! On your end, all you can do is keep a clean house and
have some mousetraps on board. Because eventually you’re gonna use them! Number 5, Discrimination! I hate to tell you but either your age or the age of your
motorhome is gonna be a problem for one of those RV parks out there.
So first of, age. Under 55, we’ve noticed this in particular in Florida and
Arizona. Not everywhere but parts of it. And…. What we did learn, was even if it’s
in over 55 park, they do have to let you stay for a few days. So as long as you’re
not wanting to spend the whole winter you can negotiate with them. Now then in
terms of your motorhome, if it’s over 10, then they’re going to sometimes want to
see pictures before they let you stay there or they won’t let you stay at all!
Number 6 is the one that really pisses me off and I’m talking about the
reservation system in campgrounds! Now I completely understand the reservation
system is a good thing. If you’re,you know, planning a trip with your family,
you want to know you have a place to go. But on the other side of that coin, when
it’s mismanaged, and places like the state of California put all their state parks
on the reservation system, that’s when it becomes an epic failure! There’s times
when you can pull into a campground and get lucky to get half the site. But you
can’t have it for the following night and you can’t even make a reservation
up until three nights out. So…. Keep that in mind especially during
peak tourist season, that you’re gonna have to work around that
pain-in-the-butt called the reservation system!….Number 7, the perfect campsite
does not exist. Now first off, everybody’s definition of perfect is different. For
some of you it might mean a really fancy RV resort. But…. For some people they’ll
look at the price tag and the fact that they have lots of neighbors and that
doesn’t appeal to them at all! Then you go out into the wilderness for either
free or paid sites. And you have amazing views and you’re across the street from
the beach! But… You might have noisy neighbors or it might not be perfectly
level or you find nails and trash on the ground when you get there! Kind of just
the reality is: “Suck it up buttercup!” Because nothing perfect exists out there!
You have to decide, where you’re gonna compromise and what you really have to
have to make it perfect for you! Number 8, Your definition of dirty
clothes is going to change! Not every RV has a washer and a dryer
built in. And the ones that do, they seem to take forever to completely dry your
clothes! So what that means is everybody has to visit the Laundromat. Which also
leads into, you have to leave your campsite! So then, you’ll start looking
at that shirt like “Gosh! I only wore that for a couple hours last night.” “I haven’t
turned my underwear front to back yet.” You’re gonna make all kinds of excuses
just so you can stay out camping. But remember, Laundry always catches up to
you and I’ll see you at the Laundromat! Number 9…You are going to sleep and
clean yourself in some really strange places!
Let’s take truckstops for example. They’re great for both. They tend to be
very welcoming if you come and park for the night. They also happen to have,
fantastic clean, hot showers! And when you first start Rving you think: “I’m just
gonna stay in the RV.” But the longer you do it, the more navy showers you take,
the more you realize, It’s not so bad to pack your bag and walk across
the street to that really nice hot campground shower that you can leave on
for more than 30 seconds at a time. As far as places to park and sleep, when
you close those curtains, it really doesn’t matter if you’re at a rest stop
or a truck stop or really fancy RV park. You’re home!…. Last but not Least! Number 10, Quartzite is not all it’s cracked up to be!
I’m not talking about the RV community, I’m talking about the dynamic that
happens when you put that many people in clubs and in camps and in cliques
together. It spells out “D-R-A-M-A!”Now don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some amazing
experiences of course, met some awesome people, lifelong friendships have been
built there. But there is that dark side and it just boils down to human nature.
Our first year that we went to Quartzite, we got invited to this secret camp, which
was designed to exclude a couple of people in the RV community. And we caught
wind of this and it was like this just doesn’t seem right! So our moral compass
point us in the right direction there. Second year, we showed up a few days late and it turned out there are a couple people spreading horrible rumors and gossip
about us! It was high school behavior at its worse! Now everybody is probably
gonna make the pilgrimage to Quartzite at one point in their RV life but keep in
mind it’s not all struck up to be and life on the open road in smaller
groups is far better!…. Alright guys! Well now you’ve heard our: “10 harsh realities to RV living.”… You know we always try to look at the bright side but we also
always try to tell you guys the truth. And sometimes it’s just not peaches and
cream every single day out on the road. So by now, we have an entire playlist of
these studio sessions. So if you like what you see, make sure you SUBSCRIBE to
our Channel! And if you liked all that footage that
you’ve seen in this video, make sure you binge watch all our travels!
We’re preparing for the next chapter of our lives as we head overseas for some
overlanding travel. So you want to make sure you subscribe to that one. Thanks
for watching and we’ll see you on the road!…..Bye!

100 thoughts on “10 Harsh Realities of RV LIFE

  1. #1 There is no perfect RV. Overcome it by just doing your research and doing it! Get out and have fun. #2 Weather will catch up to you at some point. Be prepared. #3 Things are going to break. New or used, parts will breakdown, sometimes at the most inconvenient times. Have a toolbox on board. #4 Mice, rodents and insects will be attracted to an RV. They will try to find a hole and get in. Keep a clean house. #5 Discrimination: The age of your RV will be a problem at some RV parks, particularly in FL and AZ. Over 55 in age parks will let you stay for a few days, but others may turn you away if your motorhome/RV is over 10 years old. #6 Reservation systems with campgrounds can be a problem. When they are mismanaged, it can be an epic failure. Some state parks in CA are on the reservation system and require up to 3 days notice. #7 The perfect RV "resort" doesn't exist. Trash, noisy neighbors, etc. Decide what and how you can compromise. #8 Laundromats. Get used to them. #9 You will sleep and clean yourself in really strange places. Truck stops have some fantastic showers. Regarding places to park and sleep, it really doesn't matter where you are – you're home. #10: Quartzite. See video on this matter.

  2. 3:56 – Wait, you mean to tell me that something in California is a complete failure?
    Noooooooo waaaaaay!! Tell me more.

  3. You both talk to us like we are mentally incapable of understanding a normal speed of speech. Maybe this comes from having to deal with the many retarded RVers?

  4. RVs are not built like a car, they're not built with the

    same rigid federal requirements nor have

    the lemon laws protection. Most RVs on

    the road are not built or designed for off-roading- boondocking.
    RV’s can wear out much faster when used off road or

    Boondocking. Campers still like to Stealth/

    Boondocks camp; but I

    don't recommend going off-road very far with an RV. Why? Fluids/filter need to

    be changed more often, nut/bolts come loose, framework starts tweaking/cracking.

    Units can warp and bend out of shape. Elect wire can catch on fire, not

    constructed in conduit, so can rub wires bare and catch on fire.

  5. Seems to me the trend right now is a lot of trailer trash out on the road and they're pissing all of the resorts RV parks off hence all these crazy rules.

  6. We've been "full timing" since 1993…so we're pretty well versed at the pro's & cons of full time RV living. Early on we found California to be pretty RV Friendly, but over the years it has turned around 180*….now to the point that most anyone in an RV is looked down upon as "homeless". For many years their Beach Campgrounds (at least around the San Diego area) were first come, first serve. Now it is nearly impossible to reserve a site…..and areas that "legally" still allow overnight parking on the street will get you a ticket or worse.

  7. Quartzsite….we have RV property outside of Yuma so we typically avoid Quartzsite like the plague during the "Rock / Gem Show" time frames. Way too crowded for us!

  8. #6 IS THE BEST ONE Lol 😎 Especially In Cali ✔ Thanks for this list & this is from a Millineal Couple who been living the life for 4 years now! & now sharing our Journey (NEW) ✔

  9. For mice—keep peppermint essential oil on hand and wipe down your counters and storage areas at least once every two weeks. Mice hate the smell of peppermint oil. Yes, your rig will smell like a candy cane factory, but it's better than smelling of dead mouse or running the risk of contracting hanta virus from mouse droppings, no? Also, buy some electronic mouse traps which will electrocute the mouse–a blinking light will indicate you've got a dead mouse and you just pick up the entire trap and dispose of the mouse, then reset the light and place it back in its spot. I've found in my house that these are THE most effective traps.

  10. Who is going to pay your high cost of housing still climbing in the U.S. and overseas some people are force into RV living van living

  11. What makes you guys think that two years in an RV full-time is a long enough time to speak with authority about the "lifestyle?" People who have done it for years at a time don't make videos like this. I have noted that all sorts of generally youthful "newbies" have lots to say about it. I keep hoping some experienced people will tell it like it is, but so far they have remained mostly silent.

  12. Thank you so much for the video. I have not been able to decide if I want to go on the road or stay in my camper on my land. The more I see, key word see, the more I think about it. It sounds like fun but it looks terrible. So far I'm going to stay where I'm at but will do a lot of traveling instead. I think the most fun would be meeting all the nice people, but having a solid place to stay is best for me. Enjoy your day.

  13. Nice list! We are lucky in one aspect though… we have found loads of perfect campsites! If it’s slightly level and we don’t have to un-hook the trailer we think it’s perfect. We set our bar really low – ha ha! Quartzite sounds like hell to me 🙄

  14. The whole reason to camp is to get AWAY from the crowds and people….I could not Stand to camp in a RV Park Unless it was a Emergency.. I DON'T SEE THE POINT LOL… I get if you're traveling point a to point b or coast to coast but to spend days on end in a RV Park would Depress me .. I don't understand these people spending tens of thousands of dollars to buy some sort of RV that go park in a parking lot/RV Park and think their camping??? Nothing wrong with the nice RVs and campers I have one myself but To just go and be around Masses of people…NO WAY!!!

  15. Your comments are all true . My wife and I are only 4 months into rv life and we have had rodents breakdowns a tire blow out and annoying neighbors and definitely changed our view of dirty laundry thanks for the heads up I watched your video just before we started great help 😁

  16. Hahahaha! You're whining about over 55? I think they've earned the right to be away from this millennial drama!

  17. All this was good except your issue with reservation system, what other suggestion would you have? First come first served? That does not work either and ask me is even worse, at least with reservation system you know if you have a spot. Learn more about boondocking and other options for camping if you have a problem with the reservation system.

  18. Tkx guys!! I'm real glad 2 know that we're not the only adults out there that can't STAND HS childish drama as adults & especially by adults.

  19. CARRY….. Spare fuses (super cheap). Mouse glue traps (sorry yes. They are cruel but they are effective. Just do the dirty work and dispatch them when you catch them. Don't want the little guys to suffer so put them out of their misery quick when they get stuck). A good set of screw drivers including a set of various drive heads like Torx, square drive, and mini drive bits for thins like eyeglasses. A good set of Metrinch tools (will work with both metric and SAE and work WAY better than the spline drive garbage out there). A shovel. A long reach saw (I keep a rechargeable chainsaw even). 2 x 4s. Plastic traction plates you can stuff under tires in snow or mud (tie them to the back before you use them so you can drag them behind you and not have to stop for a while). Bag of kitty litter for traction. Bag of salt to melt ice. A length of outdoor carpet. Umbrella. Ear plugs. Rain poncho. Plunger. Wire crimper / stripper / set of terminals. A butane powered soldering iron (I can't recommend that enough. So many times that has gotten my arse out of a jam) and assorted soldering wires. Bleach. Portable water filter. Portable camping or back packing stove. Potable water isolated from the on board water system. Emergency rations and water packs (available from marine stores). Class D fire extinguicher for lithium and magnesium fires and a Halon extinguisher for electrical fires. And at least three regular ABC fire extinguishers. I am never more than a few feet away from an extinguisher and keep the Halon near my electrical panel and the Class D next to the lithium battery pack. (Can not recommend this enough either. They are very expensive but you can save your rig with the correct fire extinguisher). I can go on and on. Prepare now for a comfortable 'later.'

  20. ants followed by ants followed by more ants , then there are ants and ants, and more ants. Did I say ants? ANTS ?? MORE ANTS , and big ants, red ants, black ants. More ANTS !!

  21. Beautiful you guys tell it just like it really is. Nothing is perfect in life no perfect neighbors.
    Even life in a campground can be a real Biatch

  22. As an over the road trucker. I can identify with these points. I’m always sort of camping in my truck but at truck stops lol and after traveling the country for four year I know the ones to definitely avoid and the hidden gems that are a must stop

  23. Your number 6 is the worst in my opinion (well the #3 “things break” sucks too). I don’t know where I will be tonight, let alone in a week. I HATE reservations. It sucks all the fun out of RVing.

  24. hi good vid,but i;m older than you,i live in new england,and have owned and driven everything so everything you listed as darker side just seems like everyday normal life..sounds like your the ones who had expectatiobs..i shall continue to watch,as i wasnt that naieve at 20,so it will be fun to whitness the inocense i never had..keep havin fun you two

  25. Kinda obvious, people = problems… in some cases. One of the reasons finding a great group of friends to surround yourself with is so important. However I don't think it should discourage you from the RU life. One of the reasons finding a great group of friends to surround yourself with us so important. However I don't think it should discourage you from the RU life if you love it.

  26. 1 Harsh Reality Of Life ~ every 10 seconds a child dies from starvation (3,075,000 in one year), thanks in part to people that are fixated on material trinkets. The most deserved thing for humanity would be the appearance of a life ending virus… just deserts!!!

  27. here is what I learned from this vid, 
    1. His and Hers vlog's rv is horrible. it does not have a shower, it docent have a washer/dryer.
    2.they are not good at finding places to put there camper.
    3…. oh there isn't a #3

  28. Reservation system.??? I don't use it. Because i don't camp with the herd. There are always little gem spots you can if you look. That are free. Not always convenient but that's you have a RV or bus.

  29. The only thing that really bothered me and sounded completely unreasonable was the discrimination factors. I had no idea that certain RV parks were limited to seniors, nor did I know that they would deny you based on the age of your rig.

  30. That secret camp sounds so funny …. I was a member of a robot club that set up a 2nd meeting place on the other side of the Phoenix metroplex just to avoid one guy lol.

  31. I have been watching a lot of these lately. I am a 36 y/o single father of 4 children. 1-4-6-17 and I am so tired of the monotony and unhappiness associated with being stuck in one place and feeling trapped. We are setting out on our full time RV Life journey next spring when my son graduates high school so thank you for the great content!! We are so excited to re start our lives and LIVE again!!

  32. thank you for sharing your RV life with me, I'm not even a neophyte and I don't know quartzsite, to me spending all that money and then spending more to camp and ga$, I like to visit places and travel though

  33. About to get into full time and that has helped A LOT! Plus coast to coast move at that. Thanks for the tips, encouragement amd real talk.

  34. I'm pretty well a lone wolf and I'm looking at buying a 2008 Marathon Prevost diesel pusher coach 64,000 miles which brand new this coach was well over a million $$$ and now today over $700,000 depreciation in 10 rs WOW, better to buy used, and it is as close to perfect and 10x more solid than most brand new coaches out there, I plan to avoid those clubs as you have mentioned and just travel and enjoy my coach and travelling North America, thanks for the tips.

  35. The “only wore the shirt for a couple hours” thing works, but the “underwear inside out” thing is a non-starter. Should I ever run into you, forgive me if I ask wether you’re on day 1 or day 2.

  36. I hope people watching this video will better learn how to treat each other so we can enjoy camping and traveling in the USA again, RV camping isn't as luxurious as assumed but it can be a pleasant experience and lifestyle when people allow.

  37. For Ben and Rebecca – question – one of the "harsh realities" I've heard about with respect to RV living has to do with RV service centers and repairs….I've been hearing and seeing on other forums and facebook pages that often when you call an RV service center to try and get something repaired, many of them will tell you they are booked 3-4 months out! Jeebus. I can handle small repairs and maintenance myself, but if my A/C or fridge goes out, I'm gonna need service….how do you handle situations where you're on the road, something critical in the RV breaks that you can't fix, and there are no RV centers anywhere nearby that can accommodate you for months?

  38. Here's a word of advice for beer drinkers. Beware of the campground beer drinkers that never buy beer… but they'll drink yours…ALL OF IT.🔫🎭🚦

  39. I will have my first RV delivery to me in a week just to travel from florida to our farm in Kansas is a 1800 miles so we want to spend at least one night on the road, I hope I like it< by the way very nice video.

  40. I just realises the MICE and pests situation is a HUGE problem for me for an RV life coz I am terrified of them 😛

  41. Enjoyed your video. I have not heard of Quartzite. Just wondering what kind of Rv do ya'll have? My family and I have had an Class A for around 5 years. One year up at Estes Park Colorado someone pulled into the campsite next to us, left for the day with two dogs that barked all day long. I agree the good out weighs the bad for sure.

  42. RV parks have started turning away older RVs. This means until people push back and Attorneys get involved with law suits this will happen.

  43. Where have you experienced a problem with the age of your rig?  I've mostly only camped in Colorado, but have never seen this?

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