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Old 08-24-2016, 09:27 AM   #1
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Practical Day-to-Day Living in RV

We are planning on becoming full time RVers in a couple of years so at this time we are educating ourselves on everything we can find about RVs. What I haven't seen so far is just the practical tips for everyday living INSIDE the RV. Things like: taking showers, how often to empty trashes and where, where do you put dirty clothes, doggie cleanup, minimum kitchen items to bring, etc. There will be the two of us and our teenage granddaughter and two pooches. Thank you for your insights.

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Old 08-24-2016, 09:42 AM   #2
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I've been Full-Time RVing for over 14+ years.

I take showers everyday in MY shower.

I empty the trash when it becomes full in the designated place chosen by the place I happen to be staying at or when traveling I empty the trash at truck stops, Walmart parking lot trash containers or rest area trash containers. Dirty clothes go into a mesh clothes hamper. Dog poop goes into small black dog poop bags and left outside until disposed of.

Kitchen items will be up to you. Bring as many or as little that you will need to live daily everyday.

The most important aspect of choosing my Full-Time coach to live in for so long was the amount of storage both inside the coach and outside plus the floor-plan.

My 2002 Monaco Windsor PBT triple slide has fit those requirements for over 14+ years. We just recently purchased a beach house in Florida where we are planning to spend winters enjoying the extra space and then use the coach for the summers to escape the extreme heat and humidity during the summer months.

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Old 08-24-2016, 12:04 PM   #3
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I would also add there are tons of blogs, vlogs and YouTube videos on the web that should prove very useful to you.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:27 PM   #4
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

We are not fulltimers, yet, but I think Richard pretty much summed it up!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:38 PM   #5
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I put my dirty clothes in the washing machine and washed them as needed.

I always used my shower and my bathroom, never one in a RV park.
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Old 08-24-2016, 12:45 PM   #6
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What do you do in your S&B house....no different in the RV except for smaller living space/less privacy

There is nothing 'magical' about RVs.
They have bedroom/bathroom/kitchen/living room.
All used the same except for size

Don't overthink it and make it complicated ----it isn't
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Oh I love all smart Alecs here :-)

We too use a net hamper for gathering laundry, sometimes pillow cases if there's too much. If your unit doesn't have a washer/dryer, laundromats and probably a bit of hand washing are in your future.

We usually use our own bathroom and shower. Our current rig has small tanks and we are often without full hookups, so I do some fast showers and stop water running until rinse.

Good luck with your future plans!
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If you have not used an RV, I would strongly suggest, you rent one and take it out for a week to see how you do and to see you likes and dislikes.

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Pretty much as above. We do dishes daily as we opted out of the dishwasher, wash clothes when there is a load and shower with the same frequency as the S&B.

Big difference is the coach takes about an hour to clean from one end to the other as opposed to several hours for the S&B.
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Sounds like you may no yet have an RV. After you get one "camp" in the driveway for a week or so no trips allowed into the house other than potty and maybe shower. Nothing else allowed. You will learn all you need to know quickly. We did exactly that, then full timed 3 years. I also strongly suggest you rent an RV prior to buying one. You will learn more in a weekend about what floor plan and features are important to you than you can ever learn any other way.

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Someone mentioned this and it is something newbies don 't understand when it comes to living in an RV. You have very little. When you pull into a park, you have at least a dozen pairs of eyes on your every move. From set up to breakdown, someone is always watching. Keep S+B for when you need a break from all the fun!

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Peoples can watch me all they want, they may or may not learn something from me, who knows?
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Old 08-24-2016, 03:26 PM   #13
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I don't mind anyone or everyone watching me either. I ignore them and if someone offers to help me back into a site I politely tell them that my wife and I have a very good system down for backing in and setting up and I would prefer if they just stay out of the way while we do so. If they watch they might possibly get a laugh or two, but doubtful. LOL
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:29 PM   #14
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I have put together a variety of thoughts on starting out for Full-Time on my blog. No one source will have all the answers, and there have been many good ideas here -- especially living in your own driveway to shake down what you need. But here's the link:
Preparing for RV Life | Judith & Mark’s Travels

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