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Old 05-07-2014, 11:58 AM   #1
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How easy/difficult transitioning from S&B to MH?

For all you full timers, I have a question. Transitioning from long showers, washing dishes, and all the things we take for granted in a home, how easy or difficult is it to change these things to conserve water etc.? I have never camped or spent much time in an RV and jumping into living in a MH will take some getting used to. Any ideas or suggestions?
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Hi Scarlett, just jump and tell yourself that it is soooo much fun. Read all the Escapees mags that you can find.
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:38 PM   #3
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Do like we have; parked the motorhome next to the house and stayed in it for several weeks while getting the S&B ready. Gave us time to sort out what we really,needed and what goes,where based on how often we use it.


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Katy, you just have to start camping. You'd soon get the hang of it.

Conserving water gets to be a game and challenge for us... How long can we go on a tank of water without dumping our tanks? There are so many clever ways to conserve. It makes you realize how wasteful home owners have become - thinking water appears magically and is unlimited.

As for washing dishes, think of it as therapy. Two people really don't have to generate a lot of dishes so it goes fast. Long showers are a thing of the past for us, even if we're hooked up to water. We are so used to conserving (wet down quickly, turn off the water, soap up, rinse quickly) that we don't think of it anymore.

It's just a whole new lifestyle and learning process but it becomes secondhand after a while.
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It doesn't have to be that much different. It just depends on what you want to do and where you want to go.

We went from the big house to full timing, but we never did any boon docking, so, with hookups we really didn't notice any real difference in how long we could shower, etc.

The real key is to make sure you are best friends with whomever you are sharing the lifestyle with. One can only stay in the shower for so long and the floorspace is a bit limited compared to a stick house.

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Requirements for living full-time in an RV:
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3. Be flexible

One other thing DW and I did was to commit to a minimum period for full-timing. In our case it was 2 years. That way, no matter how much one of us complained, the other didn't feel threatened that the adventure would end prematurely before it had a chance to get off the ground. We have now been full-timing for almost 8 years.
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For me fulltiming is the best thing I have ever done. The transition has been very smooth, in part thanks to IRV2 and all of the excellent advice you can and will receive on this forum. I am workkamping and love it. Meeting lots of very interesting people and having time to explore the great smokey mtn area. Washing dishes, showers etc minor challenges as compared to the opportunity to see our beautiful country. Hope to do this for as long as I can drive.
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Thanks, all. Just what I wanted to hear. Fortunately (I guess), I'm flying solo and don't need to worry about sharing space except with my T Rex - 11 year old chihuahua. Living in a house does tend to make people wasteful, and I don't have that mindset, so I guess I'm going in the right direction.
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For all you full timers, I have a question. Transitioning from long showers, washing dishes, and all the things we take for granted in a home, how easy or difficult is it to change these things to conserve water etc.? I have never camped or spent much time in an RV and jumping into living in a MH will take some getting used to. Any ideas or suggestions?

I liken motorhome living to a JPEG photo. All the important stuff is there but the excess space is deleted. You will learn with practice how to operate in various situations. If you are boondocking/dry camping then your water/tank space/electric conservation mind set operates. If you are hooked up then not much difference from sticks/bricks. Long showers are fine. Washing dishes for two is no big deal at all.

When you go inside for the evening and the door closes behind you, you are in your own space. When the sun rises on a new day and you open the door, you could be anywhere since you live in a magic carpet.


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I am in the middle of the transition right now. The difficulty for me is all of the work I have to do to get rid of stuff from the house and get it ready to sell. However, simplifying my life is fantastic. The collection of "stuff" and the unnecessary complications we add to our lives can take over. I can't wait to get on with the fulltiming lifestyle.
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Well said Steve. Love the reference to the magic carpet. Richard, my son and I moved from CA to Tx last September and we got rid of LOT of stuff, but still managed to keep a LOT of stuff. Thankfully, most of it is his now. I have weeded out most of my things over the years and now have mostly small stuff which I may or may not store. My goal is to get out there by September of this year, but we shall see. Safe travels to everyone, and Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's out there whether our kids are two legged or four legged.
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