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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13788

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Since our first RV purchase 3 months ago after 5-6 years of racking my brain on various classes, gas versus diesel, length, etc. etc. we have come to the conclusion that we made the best combined decision.

RV'ing has been a pleasurable experience:
- family bonding time, playing corn hole, grilling, roasting marshmallows, etc. etc.
- off the grid, with no facebook, computer, data coverage, etc. etc.
- traveling to see the beautiful sceneries between here and there.
- enjoying nature trails and walks in the wilderness.
- meeting tons of nice people.

There has been some anxiety for me about RV'ing. Each trip I am afraid something will go wrong or I forget to do something. This anxiety made me extremely OCD'ish with check list. This week my wife witnessed an RV'er get underway with his antenna up (hope noting happened).

Hands down this has been the best purchase I have made. I am happy to be apart of this community and looking forward to the future.
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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13789

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I had to chuckle when I read your comment about forgetting to do something or afraid something will go wrong. There is not a person on this forum that has not had that happen to them. Read these and get a chuckle; years ago hubby drove our class A into our barn with the antenna up and yep needed a new one. Another time we were on a trip to Branson as a matter of fact and remembered about 20 miles away from home we left the garbage in the kitchen, yep turned around and went back home and got it, when we were ready to leave the campground our one slide would not come in, now that is a biggie and at some point it will happen. You deal with each thing as it happens and someone is always there to lend a hand or someone working at the campground can lead you to the right place to get it fixed. Okay the rest of you on this forum share some of your oopsies with JCSme2008 and the rest of us.
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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13790

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I use check lists all the time. I use one to get the house locked up when we leave. I have a 3 to 5 day pre-departure list, a day of departure list. I've used one for hooking up the toad, etc. Yes, I am probably OCD.
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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13791

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My confessions.... I drove off from an RV site and the electric was still connected. :whistle: It just pulled the connections loose in the RV. Stripped the wires again and screwed them back - all was fine. I also drove off with the roof-mounted satellite dish still up. I got about 2 miles down the road and saw my RV shadow - with the dish up!! Whew! Glad there was no low overhangs for those few miles.

Now, we have made it a habit for my wife to make a safety walk-around before I move the RV. She did catch us with the door awning still out. Guess those walk arounds help.

There's always something (hopefully only minor) that needs tightened or repaired. But when we had a "sticks and bricks" house, it also always had something that needed repaired.

Enjoy your travels! Don't worry about the small stuff, and everything is small stuff.
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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13793

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I use check lists all the time. I use one to get the house locked up when we leave. I have a 3 to 5 day pre-departure list, a day of departure list. I've used one for hooking up the toad, etc. Yes, I am probably OCD.


floridakamper, good idea, I think I need to spread my pre-departure out across 3 days, because 1 day is wearing me out as the list keeps growing.
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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13794

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First, let me say that I am so happy to see you and yours enjoying your RV! Yes, it IS a great lifestyle.

Second, to sum up what has already been said, no one is immune to forgetfulness, or the RV demons that somehow cause things to go awry when we least expect it (or worse, can afford it!) :S

One way I keep my act together is as we prepare to leave a campground each morning, I try not to talk to anyone, or at least keep conversations to a minimum. Why, you ask? Well on at least three occasions my lack of attention to what I was doing cost me $$$ - the most expensive being I damaged the rear of my MH because I forgot to lock the hitch, and the trailer tongue released and rammed the rear of the MH when I braked for a stop sign. :(

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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13796

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I didn't do this, but my cousin hooked up his 5th wheel and neglected to check it, and when he started to drive off, it came loose and dropped on his new pick up. This was at a family reunion in front of about 100 relatives. It has always made me check to make sure my hitch is locked. I did unload a slide in camper though, but forgot to unplug the electric connection. It just pulled the in bed plug out, and I was able to put it back in with larger screws.
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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13797

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Glad to see you are enjoying the RV life. Try to develop a routine when hooking and unhooking, helps to eliminations some of the oops. If you are towing a car behind the motorhome, seems like everyone has failed to release the park brake. I flat spotted four tires!
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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13798

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Okay JCSme2008 now that you have read some of the comments hope you realize you are just like all of us. My motto is "if you want to play you got to pay" and we all know the RV'ing lifestyle is fun and at times we have to open our wallets pretty wide when something goes wrong. We still live in a home so a checklist is a must as floridakamper mentioned as there is so much to do each time we take off. We each have our responsibilties and I control the list and Lambert lets me know what he has done on the list. The list is on the kitchen counter several days before we take off and it gets modified as things change. I put a check mark in each box to indicate it is done for each trip, probably best to make your own checklist as everyone has a different routine. Good luck and most of all just have FUN!
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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13801

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I have enjoyed reading all the post and watching funny newbie mistake videos on youtube. I have prepared my wallet for worse case scenarios.

We have made a couple of real minor mistakes but nothing yet that caused any $$money$$, like opening the slide outs before leveling and I forgot the generator was on until I was 10 miles down road.

Wifey and I are slowly finalizing a team work routine (her part / my part), which is working out nicely. We double check each other. We have this funny phrase we use, "put it on the check list (chuckling)" for what we need to do the next time.

I agree, when company is around or family. I completely ignore them to ensure my old brain (what's left of it) is focused on everything I need to do. Inexperienced family and friends want to help, but I'd rather they just stand fast until we have completed everything.

For me that last walk around is the most crucial. Sometimes I talk to myself going over things in my head. I also do a slow walk around after every rest stop.

Thanks for all the post.
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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13802

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Here is one more thing you might want to consider. I think most rear camera's have an audio feature. I always traveled with the audio turned down because trucks and motorcycles were noisy. I had an incident where my toad and tow bar became partially disconnected. It did minor damage to the car and MH and destroyed the tow bar. I never knew I had a problem until I stopped at a CG. Now I leave the audio turned up, hoping I'll hear a problem.
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RANDOM THOUGHTS ABOUT RV'ING 5 years 11 months ago #13817

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In 15 years of RVing the only mistake I made was leaving the brakes on in the toad. Thankfully, I was just leaving the campsite and had lots of fellow RVers waving arms and legs for me to stop after they saw the black tire marks on the pavement.

There is one truism in RVing. Sooner or later you will make a mistake. Just hope that it's a cheap one.
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