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Old 05-03-2021, 07:12 AM   #1
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Things I'm learning about RVing from forums and Youtube

1. Don't watch people back in.
2. Watch people back in, it's great fun.
3. Don't talk to people when they are backing in.
4. Be neighborly. But leave people alone.
5. Don't run lights, your AC, or your generator at night.
6. You can drive with your propane on.
7. Don't drive with your propane on.
8. You can drive with your generator on.
9. Don't sleep at rest areas. They are for truck drivers only.
10. No they aren't. Yes they are. No they aren't.
11. Have a checklist or you're going to drive down the road with hoses flapping, awnings flying, and your family dog tied to the bumper.
12. RV Internet is super easy to figure out, you just need a flux capacitor from T-mobileAttSprint, 7 yards of coax cable, and a wine rack on your roof. But have two other systems as back up just in case.
13. You think RV Internet is confusing, let's talk solar setups!
14. Batteries. Probably going to need more no matter what you do. Let's see how many golf cart batteries we can fit in the basement.
15. Insulate the wall behind your fridge. Add seven fans to your fridge. Probably still not going to be enough and you're going to lose your food several times before you figure it out.
16. Don't bring your dog in your RV. Or your kids. Or anything that makes noise.
17. Dogs, kids, and summer fun-noise are essential to RVing! Bring them all!
18. If your RV is over ten years old, you go to the back of the park, next to the swamp, watch out for those rusty barrels marked TOXIC that are right on the edge of your site.
20. Get walkie talkies. You need them for backing in.
21. Get a surge protector. Your RV will fry without it, and if you don't lock it up, it will get stolen.
22. Get an RV GPS. If you don't, you'll probably end up dead under a low hanging underpass. Whatever GPS you get, it's probably going to still try to kill you when you aren't paying attention.
23. 300 miles a day or you will be sorry.
24. 800 miles a day or you are a lazy meatsack!
25. Harvest Hosts are awesome! Unless you are an alcoholic because 95% of them are wineries.
26. Plan ahead! All the good spots are taken.
27. Don't plan ahead, enjoy the mysteries and freedom of RV life! Stay where you want!
28. Walmart parking lots are great.
29. Can't stay at some Walmart parking lots. Other Walmart parking lots, you're probably going to wake up in your bathtub missing your kidneys.
30. Cracker Barrel is the place to stay now! Except they only have 4 RV spots and now everyone knows about Cracker Barrel so head up to the Rest area on the freeway, but wait, don't stay there because truckers...ugh.
31. Whatever you think you're going to tow, you can't! It weighs too much because that number you thought was important isn't the right number to be looking at. You need a Ford F950 to pull that corolla!
32. Horse Hockey! I can pull a train engine with my Class C! Watch me!
33. Full Timers ruin it for everyone.
34. Casual RVers ruin it for everyone.
35. RV Renters ruin it for everyone.
36. Millenial Rvers ruin it for everyone.
37. Boomer RVers ruin it for everyone.
38. Boondockers ruin it for everyone.
39. Stay at RV parks. Leave the Boondocking for people that need to boondock.
40. Boondock. You haven't lived until you've boondocked in the desert with coyotes curled up at your feet while you play the wooden flute and drink home made tequila while it's 110 degrees inside your non-AC travel trailer.
41. Coach-Net is the best. Good Sam sucks donkey butt. FMCA is great too.
42. FMCA? What the heck is that? Never heard of it.
43. Good Sam saved our lives! Coach Net is for snobs in new Diesel pushers that get to park up front at the park.
44. They all suck. Just use the one that comes with your insurance, stupid noob!
45. Cable TV at a park. What's that? Cable? People still have cable?
46. Free Wi Fi at a campground is apparently the newest circle of hell.
47. KOA is the greatest place on earth. Except when it's the worst.
48. If you don't go to Destin, you are nobody.
49. Florida is full. It's booked up through 2032.
50. You're going to screw up your black water tank/dumping procedure and get covered head to toe in poop. it's inevitable. Just accept that it will happen.

I say all this in the spirit of humorous learning and excitement at the adventures ahead of me, and as a thank you to all the folks teaching me so much that will hopefully keep me from many of the mistakes mentioned above.
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:32 AM   #2
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OMG! I am laughing so hard right now that tears are streaming down my face! As the proud ONE WEEK owner of a new TT - NOW I know why Iím so confused! I have been spending hours browsing the Internet to learn how to ďdo it rightĒ and your list is exactly the reason Iím going loony tunes!

I consider myself pretty smart and learn new things easily. I upgraded from a tent because I wanted to plug and play! After spending the past 7 days reading everything I could find about my new RV - Iím afraid to leave my driveway!

Thanks for giving me a good laugh and letting me know itís not me!

I guess Iíll just cautiously inch down my driveway and creep to my local Walmartís and give it a try. If Iíve forgotten anything in the long list that Iíve laminated and framed Iíll just run inside to pick up what I need, as long as my kidneys are still in place. If I make it til morning I might upgrade to a Cracker Barrel - if I can find one that has space.
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:37 AM   #3
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I've been into this RV gig now for 8 years, I think you managed to summarize my entire 8 years worth of experience (hard won, I might add!) in one short memorandum!
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Old 05-03-2021, 07:40 AM   #4
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Boondock? I think you meant dry camp. :-)

Great list! And true.

Iíll add two more:

- California is great with amazing natural wonders
- California is terrible with $200 campsites and $40 gal for diesel.
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Old 05-03-2021, 08:35 AM   #5
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51. Don't start a fire. Wood smoke is the devil.
52. Wood smoke is part of camping! Propane fire pits are the devil.
53. DON'T WALK THROUGH OTHER PEOPLE'S SITES!!!
54. You need an e-bike. No, don't ask why, just get one.
55. When you gas up, make sure to stand at the pump when finished, check your rig, have a coffee, fill up your tires, even those hard to get ones that make you do the monkey dance. Never, ever move out of the pump lane for these things.
56. Do #55 and people will be completely justified to murder you.
57. You need a Non-CDL for your rig. But it's still a Commercial non-CDL.
58. In regards to #57, um, whut?
59. Tents are just obstacles meant to be driven over when parking your much more important rig. Why do they even let those peons stay where I'm staying?
60. Invest as much money as you can in a great RV so you can enjoy the great outdoors. Stay inside your air conditioned RV and watch TV. Outdoors is overrated.
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61. Follow the tire pressure charts the tire manufacturers publish. If you deviate from that your tires will explode.
62. Add 5 or 10 pounds of tire pressure or some arbitrary percentage to be safe(r).
63. Replace your tires according to when the tire companies say they are too old and not safe.
64. You can recoup some of the expense of new tires by selling your out of date unsafe tires to somebody else.
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#0. Every higher number is someone attempting to justify their thinking or stating actual facts by linking proof of such.
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61. Follow the tire pressure charts the tire manufacturers publish. If you deviate from that your tires will explode.
62. Add 5 or 10 pounds of tire pressure or some arbitrary percentage to be safe(r).
63. Replace your tires according to when the tire companies say they are too old and not safe.
64. You can recoup some of the expense of new tires by selling your out of date unsafe tires to somebody else.
Right? I didn't even really start to get in to the tire stuff! Let's talk TPMS!
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did you List that RVing is Terribly Expensive
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Old 05-03-2021, 09:48 AM   #10
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Great post and all true!
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65. All that extra money you had when you decided to get in to RVing? Well, put half of it in a repair fund. Then put the other half in the repair fund.
66. Diesel Class A full timers: People with a lot of money, fancy rigs, and extra time chasing the weather and enjoying life. Pretty cool.
67. Gas Class A Full timers: Maybe retired, cruising the land, loving life. Pretty cool.
68. Class C full timers: Awww, a family living the free nomad life, learning from all that this land has to offer. Pretty cool.
69. Fifth Wheel full timers: Yeah man, that's a nice rig. About as tall as a single engine Cessna cruises at! Lots of room. Pretty cool.
70. Travel Trailer full timers: Boondockers probably, definately a youtube family, enjoying life, pretty cool.
71. Class B full timers: Hmm...ok, a little strange, tiny little RVs, still, they're easy to drive, easy to park, enjoying life. Pretty cool.
72. Schoolie (Skoolie?") conversion bus full timers: Yeah, no. I know your rig cost a quarter mil to convert and is pretty nice, but you're probably hippies. Don't let them in the camp ground!
73: Truck campers full timers: NOPE NOPE NOPE! Those aren't even campers! Probably Doomsday Preppers on their way out to the mountains to hole up in their bunkers! Don't let them in the camp ground!
74: Van Life full timers: HECK NO! They're just homeless people living in a van down by the rio! Don't let them kid you! They'll probably poop on your lawn. Don't let them in the camp ground!
75: Youtubing RVers are the worst! But also, can I interview you for my channel?
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76. I sold my 4 year old unit for way more then I paid for it
77. Why are new units so expensive
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You've been a busy boy, learning all that stuff!
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You've been a busy boy, learning all that stuff!
My wife got me a fancy new video camera for our upcoming trip. Has like a gimbal and tracks your face and all kinds of weird stuff. I took one look at it and said "Nope, my brain is full of all this RV stuff, I don't have the capacity to learn this too."
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