You may not believe me when I say this, but there are a few downsides to living full-time in a 38 foot camper with four people. So just for fun, I thought I’d let you in on the truth!
1. THE BATHROOM – I will just start with the worst. And yes, I have subtitles on how many issues I have with it.
- While I am grateful that we have everything we need (toilet, shower, sink) Personally, I do not enjoy hurrying to take take a shower in something that feels like the size of a tanning bed with 1/2 the water pressure of a normal shower before the water turns to ice. And let’s not even talk about what it’s like to add shaving your legs into the mix. I dislike it so much so that if there is a decent bath house around, my daughter and I opt for that instead. My husband doesn’t agree…but he’s a guy and has never tried shaving his legs in a tanning bed space.
- While sharing one bathroom is an adjustment, it isn’t terrible. What is a little odd however is laying in bed at night and my daughter telling us stories while sitting on the toilet 4 feet away.
But hey! The plus side is, in the morning I just slide out of bed right onto the toilet!….no walking required!
- It is genuinely not enjoyable to be blowdrying your hair and it stop mid cycle and shut down everything else in the camper because it flipped a breaker. (however that shouldn’t normally happen – only thanks to the current campground we are at.)
2. Microwave – A camper microwave takes about twice as long as a normal one to heat things up. I also have to either turn the air conditioner off when I use the microwave or just cross my fingers that it doesn’t flip a breaker.
3. Water Usage & How much we poop – You never really think about how much water you use during a normal day…. until you move into a camper in which how often you have to move the entire camper to empty the tanks depends on how fast they fill up. Suddenly, leaving water running for any reason and for any length of time has become a serious offense that my kids just don’t understand! And us much as I loath using public bathrooms, if we’re out and we have to really “go”, let’s just say we don’t wait until we’re home. Don’t judge – we have tank space to save!
**we already tried to pull along tank unloader….my husband is 6’3 and it about does his back in to pull it to the dump site once it’s full. And if it isn’t full he has to make several trips to get it all. It’s just a huge pain so we’ve opted to move the entire camper to dump about every 2 days.
4. Moving – Moving the camper from one location to the next is one thing. But having to put all lose items, decor. and such away and run in all the slides every two days so you can move your entire home to dump the tanks, isn’t my favorite thing to do right before dinner in the evening.
I sort of feel like the maid on “Mary Poppins” When she cries “POST EVERYONE!” just before the cannon blasts go off and everything in the house starts falling off the walls!
5. Shaking – No matter what they tell you and all you can possibly do to minimize it, everything shakes pretty easily in a camper, even with good stabilizers. Need I say more?
6. Laundry – I’m not even sure it’s fair to list this here because my issues with laundry go WAY back, no matter what size space we live in. We’ve learned that we go through one full load of dirty laundry a day. So every day that goes by that I don’t go somewhere to wash, is another load that collects. So when we wear a change of clothes, if they aren’t truly dirty at the end of the day – we put them back away! So far I’ve been washing every other day so the dirty laundry doesn’t pile up….and so I don’t spend all day washing. But then again, not having a washer and dryer in our living space is an adjustment. Loading laundry in and out of the car and driving a few miles to get it done isn’t convenient, but hey! the clothes get cleaned. A little inconvenience never killed anyone.
7. Making beds – Making beds in a camper should be considered an olympic sport. It requires all manners of stretching, jumping and vocal sounds to accomplish. I am positive I burn at least 200 calories and get a full stretching routine in a day making beds.
BONUS: S’mores – I have literally had one s’more every. single. day. since we pulled out for full time RV life. Some would say that’s a good thing, my skinny jeans probably wouldn’t agree. 😉
After three weeks on the road these are truly the only down sides I have found….so far. I know there will be many more to come in the future BUT I will also have to say that most of these issues will be resolved when we are in a campground in which the people are honest with us up front when we make our reservations and TELL US that they don’t have any full hook-up sites available and we will be put on a wait list. (sigh)
The up side is, we are here for a very short time left (only 2 or 3 more weeks) so it isn’t a huge deal. Still, a sewage hookup when you are living for six weeks in one spot…is sort of a big deal.
The thing is, we knew that life would be different and there would inevitably be little things that we would lose that we were used to having. We had weighed the cost before we ever pulled out. But I can truthfully say that the little things we’ve lost pale in comparison to all of the innumerable freedoms we have gained.
*this list was compiled after only 3 weeks full-time on the road. For informational purposes for others I will continue to add to it as we discover new things! 😉Feel free to comment any questions, tips and tricks below!