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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d end up living in an RV but here I am, marking my 6 month anniversary of RV park living… and I love it! This is the most “at home” I have felt probably ever.
But if we are being honest, it isn’t always RV Heaven. Here is the lowdown on the good, the bad, and the ugly of RV park living.
Stationary RV park living can save you a lot of money.
I wrote an article over at the Frugal RVer about this. Living in an RV has changed my family’s financial future. We’ve gone from living paycheck to paycheck to hustling to pay off our debt and live free.
The RV park we live in charges only $425 a month for a full hook-up that includes electricity. It also provides internet and basic cable. You really can’t beat that price, people. We did our research and picked this park based on price, location, and amenities. If you’re thinking of RVing to save money, make sure to do your homework and find the best options for you and your family. That’s what we did and we couldn’t be happier!
You get to know your neighbors really well.
While many RVers come and go each day in the RV park, a big number also stay for lengths of time. There are many “snowbirds” here for the winter that I have gotten to know very well. We have potlucks and game night that are very popular and stir a large crowd.
With a 2 year old, these are amazing social events that make RV park living worth it. I love the interaction she gets with these people and it makes my heart happy she is growing up in such a safe and social environment.
Aside from those organized gatherings, on pleasant days people come outside and spend all day wandering from site to site talking, sometimes ending the night in a bonfire. It is nice to know if I’m feeling bored or lonely, I can just go for a walk and find a friend. This is the best perk of RV park living. I love that I know my neighbors and that I don’t have to worry about bothering them.
RV Living is just plain awesome.
I’ve written a ton of articles on why simply living in an RV is great, but I feel like this article pretty much sums it up.
Showers are no longer relaxing.
Gone are the days when I’d just step out of the shower feeling relaxed, rub lotion on my legs, and spend 25 minutes deciding what to wear that day. (Excuse me while I daydream for a moment, my friend.)
Bathing was one thing I didn’t think too much about before moving into the RV park. I mean, I’m really only 5 feet tall and every shower I stood when shopping for RVs seemed “totally doable.” And while that is still the case, boy, oh boy, an RV shower ain’t like a house shower, let me tell ya.
Our shower is high enough I can easily clean myself and wash my hair. The problem is the pressure. While it’s not a leaky faucet, it just doesn’t have much… oomph. Also, we have an electric water heater (a luxury for a lot of RVers) and while I never run out of hot water for doing dishes, the water gets SO hot it is just about not worth it. Finding the right mix of burn-your-face-off lave and take-the-polar-bear-plunge cold is nearly impossible! So what’s a girl to do?
Mozy on up to the campground shower, of course. Or shower at the gym. Either way, getting a decent shower involves planning and packing.
I’ve gotten a case of wanderlust so bad it hurts.
If you’ve been following along here on the site, you know it is my big picture dream to travel full-time with my family when my husband gets out of the army in 2018. While this dream is very exciting and I’m working hard every day to make it a reality, I put it in the BAD category because I am just about dying to go RIGHT THIS MINUTE.
I daydream about it all the time and I feel like it’s all I want to talk about. It’s like I have verbal diarrhea and I just can’t help myself but bring it up.
“Oh hi, Ed. Welcome home. How was your day? Mmm hmmm. So anyway, here’s what I was thinking I want to go when we finally get moving.”
“Good morning person at the gym. Remember how I live in an RV? Yeah, that’s right. Do you wanna talk about that for the next 10 minutes? No? Okay, see ya later.”
Ya see what I mean? The travel bug has deeply embedded itself in me and I’m not sure how to relax. I’m constantly working on ways to create my own income so I can work from the road when the time comes. I’m up at 430am brainstorming, researching, writing…
Every time a new camper pulls into the park, I have to go say hello and ask about their travels. “Hi, I’m Liz. I’m RV-obsessed. Can I come in?” I’m not even kidding. Ask my husband. I’ve got to relax and take it one day at a time or I’ll burst and you’ll find me one day in a tent in Colorado murmering to myself “I just had to see the mountains for myself. I just had to see…”
Ants, spiders, bugs, and mud
Okay, people. If you’re thinking that RV park living might be for you, you better prepare yourself. No matter how luxurious the RV park looks in the brochure, no matter the hot tub and the pool and the gameroom, you are still living on a campground. And where are campgrounds typically? In the woods. And where are you? In a box on wheels, my dear friends.
Alright, so what’s it like living in the woods in a box? I absolutely love it! But ya gotta think about all the creepy crawlies, okay? We were completely unprepared for them and wow! Day 2 and we had at least a million gazillion ants in our 5th wheel. WHAT.THE.HE… It was very stressful. We couldn’t just go out and buy ant poison, we have a clueless toddler running around.
If you’re gonna live stationary in an RV park, I would highly suggest you winterize your rig. Seal up all the cracks and it will help with bugs trying to get in to keep warm. We did not do this. Don’t be like us or you’ll get this insanity.
This RV renovation keeps getting better and better, folks!
Posted by The Virtual Campground on Monday, January 23, 2017
Low quality video. High quality gross-out.
There are also spiders and while I’m not afraid of them at all, I have gotten bit a few times in my sleep. It’s a catch-22 with them. Do I leave them in the RV so they kill the other bugs or do I take them outside so they don’t bite me in the night? Ahhh… #RVfirstworldproblems, amirite?
Also, let’s just mention mud. It is just gross. It is raining terribly outside right now and I loathe that I have to take the dog out there soon.
Dealing with tanks
Alright, so the Wilcox household has never had any problems with this personally but I need to mention it because it seems a lot of stationary RVers have this problem.
When you’re not moving around in your RV, you might get a little comfortable and forget to pull your tanks. (If you’re reading this and you’re totally clueless, this means your [clears throat] droppings and such are sitting in a holding tank waiting to be dropped into the sewer below.) If you forget, you might start smelling it, get a flooded toilet, sink, or shower. To avoid this, simply
DO NOT FORGET TO PULL YOUR TANKS!!!
I am incredibly blessed that my husband is super paranoid about this possible disgusting disaster and pulls the tanks every few days. Even so, I know one day this is a possibility for us and it only comes with that one piece of advice. So again,
DO NOT FORGET TO PULL YOUR TANKS!!!
I love living in an RV. I love RV park living. The good far outweighs the bad, and even the ugly. If you’re thinking of living stationary, I say do a little homework, find the right RV and park for you, and go for it! We are saving a ton of money and building a lifetime of memories from RV park living.
And if you’re thinking of traveling too, consider checking out this resource that will teach you how to plan your trips, save you money on purchasing a rig, and even teach you how to fix it yourself when things go wrong.