Originally Posted by dmay
My husband has developed health issues that do not allow him to drive or do heavy set up activities. We have a 27 ft Aspect MH. We have to either stop using the MH or make changes that would make it easier for me to do the set up such as utilitie hookups, tv (we have mobile antenna), stabilizers, etc. I wonder if others have faced the same situation and what changes they made to accomodate it.
So very sorry to hear that your "Mr." is having health issues. Best wishes to the both of you and a very BIG "Hats Off!" for being willing to find a way to continue to travel and enjoy your MH. I honestly believe you CAN do it.
Here is what I would do if faced with your situation:
I would decide that the relatively small amout of coach movement experienced without stabalizers (jacks) is an acceptable trade-off for not being able to deploy them. In time, I know that I would not be awakened to the point-of-no-return if the wind gently rocked the coach ...in fact, I would probably be "rocked to sleep" by that.
I would understand that I am going to have to be more meticulous, methodical and maniacal about PLANNING, PREPARING, PRE-TRIP INSPECTING, and being FLEXIBILE than I have ever before been.
I would inquire about relatively level campsites when I made my reservations, understanding that leveling can often be managed with simple, light-weight leveling pads. (You simply drive the wheels on the low side up on them.)
I would look for devices to aid me with any particularly troublesome connections. There are lots of "quick-connect" products which make it easier to attach the various utility services. (like big handles on the 50-amp electric connector)
I would understand I could live without TV in exchange for the sights and sounds of the evening if I could not find a way to manage a "mobile antenna" (satellite dish?). DVD's would entertain me if I really had to watch something on the tube ...there is usually a DVD rental at the camp store. A radio could bring me the daily news... it's usually more than I want to know, anyway.
I would adjust the route, the speed, the length of time I would spend behind the wheel to my level of comfort and ability ...and I would constantly be re-adjusting those parameters based upon the changing dynamics of the situation.
I would understand that I am at extra risk if the weather turns bad. I would have a Weather-Alert radio monitoring that situation. CONSTANTLY.
I would know everything I could find out in advance about my route. There is no shortage of information about narrow roads/bridges/tunnels available from any number of sources, including "real-time" advisories from the State Highway Department in every state.
...And if you simply asked about a given route on this forum ...your computer would start humming with helpful information PDQ! (Pretty Doggone Quickly)
I would make sure that I had a "Road Service" plan to handle break-downs and flats. If available and affordable, I would obtain a "Bumper-to-Bumper" extended warranty on my rig. (Do lots of research and "due dilligence" before buying one of these.)
I would set aside a sum of "Emergency Money", to see my spouse and I safely and comfortably home, by air, rental car or whatever is best if the situation warranted ...and to provide for storing or transporting the RV back home.
I would have a support network of family or friends with whom I check in at regular intervals. (ET phone home.) They would be people who would know my "baseline" level of normal function (just how crazy I am on a normal day) ...and who would recognize the level of stress in my voice and intervene if I slipped into an insiduous delusional state. Seriously.
And the most important thing I am going to suggest to you, my dear, is something that I have come to firmly believe about this wonderful community of RVers:
If you are ever faced with difficulty doing anything related to your RV... chances are very good you will be politely approached by one or more of your camp ground neighbors offering to assist. (If perhaps only so they can get some peace and quiet!!)
I know that is not absolutely "bankable" ...but it is so much the norm that it is dependable enough to consistently see you through routine set-up procedures.
The key to it is to get to your campsite early enough (daylight) so that you will be seen scratching your head in consternation, tapping your foot with impatience, frowning with dissappointment, scowling (careful with that one as you don't want to appear dangerous to approach!) ...or generally struggling with a problem.
Note: The camp ground usually will have someone escorting arrivals and you MAY be able to request assistance from him/her. Don't assume that.
Hypothetical worst case situation: Say, ...you can't get the electric service hooked up one night... Well... you may have to spend a night without AC. Unless that is a critical health and safety issue for your husband or you... you can use a 12-volt fan to get you through the night without killing your "house" batteries.
'Not going to be comfortable... don't like it ...but it would not be a "deal-breaker" for me if was just a matter of "comfort" and not a medical risk. ...It is ultimately your decision, based on the medical situation and your level of tolerance for perspiration and mosquitos.
The whole intent of my epistle here is to tell you that you CAN find a way to keep going... It may not be as good, as easy, as convenient as it was when you were blessed with good health ...but in the absence of a true medical risk if everything is not "perfect"... you can "accomodate, improvise and overcome" just about anything related to RV traveling.
Please DO find a SAFE, PRACTICAL and REASONABLE way to "Keep On Keeping On" as long as you can. I believe the health benefits of staying as active as you can ...doing something you both love, will be significant for the both of you.
Best Wishes and Blessings to you,