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Old 07-02-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
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I have some fairly pushy in-laws who live about 3 hrs. away. They're OK but after about 24 hours at their place, I'm really ready to leave.

Since we got the motorhome, we've always taken it when we visit them. We stay at an RV park about 15 miles from their home. They always whine and say, why don't you save your fuel money and stay with us? Why do you want to bring that 'big thing' such a short distance. I tell them as nicely as I can, 'It's a motorhome thing. If you have to ask you wouldn't understand.' Frankly, I'd think they would appreciate not having to wash extra towels, sheets, etc.

My personal view is unless it is some emergency or work-related travel that requires that I fly , if I can't take my motorhome, I don't go there. Am I alone in this feeling? My DW thinks we should stay with them occasionally to appease them (it's her sister).

We're going to the in-laws next weekend to help a nephew (great guy..love to visit him) start building a garage. He is letting me park the rig in his driveway...has no problem with it.
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I have some fairly pushy in-laws who live about 3 hrs. away. They're OK but after about 24 hours at their place, I'm really ready to leave.

Since we got the motorhome, we've always taken it when we visit them. We stay at an RV park about 15 miles from their home. They always whine and say, why don't you save your fuel money and stay with us? Why do you want to bring that 'big thing' such a short distance. I tell them as nicely as I can, 'It's a motorhome thing. If you have to ask you wouldn't understand.' Frankly, I'd think they would appreciate not having to wash extra towels, sheets, etc.

My personal view is unless it is some emergency or work-related travel that requires that I fly , if I can't take my motorhome, I don't go there. Am I alone in this feeling? My DW thinks we should stay with them occasionally to appease them (it's her sister).

We're going to the in-laws next weekend to help a nephew (great guy..love to visit him) start building a garage. He is letting me park the rig in his driveway...has no problem with it.
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Old 07-02-2006, 03:10 PM   #3
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If we can't have our MH with us, we don't go!
sense we started traveling in our rig, we have made it clear to all that this is where we stay, we like our own place. Everyone who is able, lets us park in the drive, if not we find a convienent cg. They have all learned not to expect or hope for any other arrangement.
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The same with us, we had used our RV's for years when visiting my brother in Tenn. and I believe they don't expect anything else.

We stay at a COE CG called Cages Bend, great place.

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We just explain it this way... "We prefer our own bed, Fridge, etc. at the end of the day." If they don't understand then it's on them.

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I agree with Skip Ferguson.
I can't think of anyone, I've known over the years, who dosen't enjoy getting back to thier home and bed after traveling. We have the ability of taking it with us.
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I too agree with you, and the others. When we visit relatives or friends we take the RV. Those who have had an RV understand.
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Gary, I agree with Skip Ferguson as well....

I also agree with your "it's a motor home thing" explanation...

Since it is Julia's sister, you might just offer a brief explanation IRT having the comfort of sleeping in your own bed and such....

Post 9/11 I've flown twice if that'll help you....taken the coach every other time.
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Bob:

Julia has made the same point, especially with our new memory foam mattress. Also, Bear likes his mobile 'house.'

As far as the in-laws, I don't plan to say much other than, 'if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.' In fact, I think that would make a good bumper sticker for MH owners.
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I'm with most of the others on this --- I remember what my dear grandmother used to say:

"Fish and company get old in three days"

With our motor home, we, for example, visit our eldest son and his family and stay for a week or two in a park about 10 minutes away--- don't necessarily see them every day, and sometimes they come visit us. We enjoy things more with our own bed, kitchen, bath, etc., and they get to keep their routine . . . win/win!
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We prefer to take the motorhome also. Our relatives that live out of the area have a very busy lifestyle and we have a freedom to come and go as we please.
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We do as much as we can. right now my wifes Aunt from California is staying in it with her kids. House guests are like fish they stink after a few days. The MH keeps the smell down
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Bob,
I would say it's an rver thing not "it's a motor home thing" .
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You're absolutely right Lynn....I had "tailored" my comments toward Gary's owning a MH, but it is truly an RV thing...
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