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Old 11-19-2017, 12:38 PM   #1
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Considering quitting

I lost my husband of 42 years in March and since then, I've tried to do things on my own including the RV. I'm considering throwing in the towel because I can't seem to do simple things like winterizing, figuring out my satellite TV, what to do with my tire pressure system, etc. I've never been very good at mechanical things...and these things just stump me. I've been in tears trying to do them.

I'm going to think about it this winter...and decide in the spring but has anyone else encountered this?

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Old 11-19-2017, 12:59 PM   #2
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Susan, we are so sorry for the loss of your husband! I can't begin to imagine what you are going through right now.

I would suggest that you don't make any big decisions right now. Just have a friend in the area do those things for you and take at least a few months, maybe even a year, to learn to cope with life without him. You will be much better prepared to make good decisions at that time.

Praying for you!

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Old 11-19-2017, 01:10 PM   #3
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Sorry for your loss. You are not alone in that this activity is not for everyone, new technologies get the best of many seniors, and there is a lot of tweaking/maintenance that has to be done on RV’s. Don’t feel bad if at the end of the day, you decide it’s not something you can do by yourself.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:20 PM   #4
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You can also check with the Thor owners or solo RVers clubs to see if any members are close enough to you to come help with the winterizing and make sure everything is in good shape to get the RV safely through the winter.
Now, the tough questions about the future. Do you enjoy traveling in the RV enough that you want to continue by yourself? Do you enjoy the traveling but might now start to think about going on group tours instead of by yourself? Was your husband the traveler and you just went along to be with him? You'll have several months to consider these things. Do you have friends or relatives nearby you can discuss these things with?
I've lost both parents and been divorced but have never lost a spouse, so I can't really say I know exactly how you feel. If anything I have said aggravates or hurts you, I'm sorry, it wasn't intended that way. You have some big decisions to work out now. Good luck.
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Old 11-20-2017, 12:02 AM   #5
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Hello Susan. Actually there are lots and lots of singles and couples traveling in RVs who would say they're not "very good at mechanical things." And I'm one of them. I'm in awe of those who can tear apart stuff and rebuild it. In the last few years, I have visited Youtube countless times and reviewed many videos on all the questions you mentioned in your post. A gas MH is a collection of little systems that any of us can understand in terms of maintenance and many repairs. I slowly studied and watch videos of those systems to include winterizing and TPMS. Sometimes, I have to consult with friends about something or call the RV factory. And sometimes, I just give up for awhile and then start again. Each success has helped us feel more confident and capable.

I'd suggest that if your RV provides you enjoyment and comfort, then look at your RV as the next project you plan to master ... just like maintaining your home, finances, family matters, and all the other necessary living skills. Finally, best of luck in your decision.
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Old 11-20-2017, 08:36 PM   #6
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Sorry for your loss Susan. The woman I bought my MH from also lost her husband this past year. Like you the maintenance and upkeep on their MH was overwhelming for her. But she wanted to keep traveling. So after the sale she bought herself a small class B(sprinter chassis)

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