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Old 11-15-2013, 08:32 AM   #1
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What do you say to those who don't understand the RV lifestyle?

Is there a favorite thing you say to explain to friends or family who don't understand the RV lifestyle?
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Sorry, If I have to explain, you will never understand. This lifestyle is not for everyone.
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As I explain my plans to travel throughout the western U.S., Alaska, etc. and show pics of my new (to me) motorhome, everyone thinks this is awesome and are envious. When we talk about fulltiming, they look a little doubtfull, but I explain that fulltiming might be for 1 year or 10 years, and if I decide I don't like it I will just sell the motorhome and rent a nice apartment. That plan seems to make it less crazy to them.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:04 AM   #4
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If I lived up north, I'd say," See you in the spring."
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As I explain my plans to travel throughout the western U.S., Alaska, etc. and show pics of my new (to me) motorhome, everyone thinks this is awesome and are envious. When we talk about fulltiming, they look a little doubtfull, but I explain that fulltiming might be for 1 year or 10 years, and if I decide I don't like it I will just sell the motorhome and rent a nice apartment. That plan seems to make it less crazy to them.
A variation of this response is what I most often use.

Friends and family still looked at me like I was somewhere between crazy, insane, and irresponsible. Most just don't, and never will, get it.

Too many years of building conservative roots... not the political kind.

Many just can't understand how an adult can throw caution to the wind, sell everything, and hit the road.

IMHO, it is having the exit strategy well thought out which makes my friends wrong about the crazy/insane/irresponsible thing. For us, we were planning to downsize our stick house after retirement anyway so going full time while figuring out where we wanted our next stick house worked out great.

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Old 11-15-2013, 09:17 AM   #6
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My "condo", or "summer home" has wheels and headlughts. I intend to use them. Life is too short to stay put in one place, now that i am retired.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:27 AM   #7
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There were doubters. I did not try to explain to them as it would have fallen on deaf ears.
After relating our adventures, the only ones that do not understand are the ones that never leave home.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:31 AM   #8
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Tell them you feel sorry for them because of their static lifestyle.

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If you haven't tried it don't knock it.
Actually , most of our friends are envious because we are able to RV.
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Generally we are not asked! We left the "American Dream" in 2002 living aboard our 45 ft. Sailboat touring the Caribbean. They all knew we were gypsy's at heart, so when our age retired us from the sea the natural transition was to a land yacht!
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The elevator response (no more than 30 seconds) is easy. I've been around the USA more time than I can count. Taken the kids and grandkids around the lower 48 states before they went/go to college. Built more memories than is possible to explain.

However, if the person has some time, then the answer can get more detailed. I find out what they like to do and elaborate my travels that match what they like to do.
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There is no sufficient amount of explaining you can do to someone who doesn't understand. Most don't understand because they haven't done it. Some people are just content to see the same yard, the same view, look out the same bay window to the same road in front of the house, watching the same cars drive by day after day. We like to see new sights and experience new things, and we'll probably always be like that. There is a limit to what you can see outside the windows of a house. When you get tired of it, you can just easily lift it and move.
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A friend commented on how much we spend to be somewhere warm all winter. I told him a house on the ocean where we go would be millions so the thousands we spend to be there with no bill for utilities and no taxes (yes I know it is part of the CG fee) is no comparison. If we get tired of the view we can drive to a different one. And like others have said I know who slept in the bed last night.
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Is there a favorite thing you say to explain to friends or family who don't understand the RV lifestyle?
So, after all of the samplings...
What will you say? :-)
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