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10 Harsh Realities of RV LIFE

10 Harsh Realities of RV LIFE

Hello everybody and welcome to another
studio session with Ben and Rebecca, from his and hers vlogs! Today….. We’re going to
share the dark side of RV living with you. It’s actually a follow-up to
last week’s video which was all warm and fuzzy where we shared the good and
amazing things about the RV life. So if you don’t know, Beck and I have spent the
better part of the last two years on the road, exploring a good chunk of North
America. And we’re taking these studio sessions as an opportunity to download
all our experiences to you!…Number 1, You are never going to find the perfect
RV! It’s just a reality. You’re always going to have to make sacrifices and
compromises in order to get into a rig. But…. The way to overcome this is just to
go do it! Except that there will be things that you just don’t love about it
but you can live with them and get out on the road and have a good time anyway!
Number 2…The weather can really suck when you’re on the road full time! Mother
nature is going to catch up to you at some point. It’s a reality! We’ve
encountered random snowstorms, freak wind storms, excessive heat for the time of
year, a lot of stuff!… And in relation to what Beck was just talking about, maybe
when you’re looking for an RV you should take into consideration comfortable
places to hang out! Because there’s gonna be a lot of days where you’re stuck
inside that thing watching the crappy weather outside. And at the end of the
day you want to be able to look at each other and say, gosh! That wasn’t all that
bad!….. Number 3…Things are going to break! We really actually don’t know
anybody who’s been on the road for very long that this hasn’t happened to. It
doesn’t matter if you buy something new or used, at some point it will become
your reality. And I promise you it’s gonna be at the most inopportune moment
possible. In the middle of a snowstorm, on the side of the mountain and….
It might be pouring down rain or there may be nobody around to help you! Way to get
around this one…. Just accept that it’s gonna happen!
Be prepared for it to happen, have a great tool box on board and extras of
anything that your RV might need. If there’s somebody around… Get some help!
And at the end of it, know that you survived it and you’re back on the road!
Number 4…You’re gonna pick up some hitchhikers. Not talking about humans,
talking about rodents. The interesting thing about mice, is they don’t care how
new or expensive your RV is there’s always gonna be a hole where they can
slide their creepy little heads through and freak you out at the worst possible
moment! On your end, all you can do is keep a clean house and
have some mousetraps on board. Because eventually you’re gonna use them! Number 5, Discrimination! I hate to tell you but either your age or the age of your
motorhome is gonna be a problem for one of those RV parks out there.
So first of, age. Under 55, we’ve noticed this in particular in Florida and
Arizona. Not everywhere but parts of it. And…. What we did learn, was even if it’s
in over 55 park, they do have to let you stay for a few days. So as long as you’re
not wanting to spend the whole winter you can negotiate with them. Now then in
terms of your motorhome, if it’s over 10, then they’re going to sometimes want to
see pictures before they let you stay there or they won’t let you stay at all!
Number 6 is the one that really pisses me off and I’m talking about the
reservation system in campgrounds! Now I completely understand the reservation
system is a good thing. If you’re,you know, planning a trip with your family,
you want to know you have a place to go. But on the other side of that coin, when
it’s mismanaged, and places like the state of California put all their state parks
on the reservation system, that’s when it becomes an epic failure! There’s times
when you can pull into a campground and get lucky to get half the site. But you
can’t have it for the following night and you can’t even make a reservation
up until three nights out. So…. Keep that in mind especially during
peak tourist season, that you’re gonna have to work around that
pain-in-the-butt called the reservation system!….Number 7, the perfect campsite
does not exist. Now first off, everybody’s definition of perfect is different. For
some of you it might mean a really fancy RV resort. But…. For some people they’ll
look at the price tag and the fact that they have lots of neighbors and that
doesn’t appeal to them at all! Then you go out into the wilderness for either
free or paid sites. And you have amazing views and you’re across the street from
the beach! But… You might have noisy neighbors or it might not be perfectly
level or you find nails and trash on the ground when you get there! Kind of just
the reality is: “Suck it up buttercup!” Because nothing perfect exists out there!
You have to decide, where you’re gonna compromise and what you really have to
have to make it perfect for you! Number 8, Your definition of dirty
clothes is going to change! Not every RV has a washer and a dryer
built in. And the ones that do, they seem to take forever to completely dry your
clothes! So what that means is everybody has to visit the Laundromat. Which also
leads into, you have to leave your campsite! So then, you’ll start looking
at that shirt like “Gosh! I only wore that for a couple hours last night.” “I haven’t
turned my underwear front to back yet.” You’re gonna make all kinds of excuses
just so you can stay out camping. But remember, Laundry always catches up to
you and I’ll see you at the Laundromat! Number 9…You are going to sleep and
clean yourself in some really strange places!
Let’s take truckstops for example. They’re great for both. They tend to be
very welcoming if you come and park for the night. They also happen to have,
fantastic clean, hot showers! And when you first start Rving you think: “I’m just
gonna stay in the RV.” But the longer you do it, the more navy showers you take,
the more you realize, It’s not so bad to pack your bag and walk across
the street to that really nice hot campground shower that you can leave on
for more than 30 seconds at a time. As far as places to park and sleep, when
you close those curtains, it really doesn’t matter if you’re at a rest stop
or a truck stop or really fancy RV park. You’re home!…. Last but not Least! Number 10, Quartzite is not all it’s cracked up to be!
I’m not talking about the RV community, I’m talking about the dynamic that
happens when you put that many people in clubs and in camps and in cliques
together. It spells out “D-R-A-M-A!”Now don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some amazing
experiences of course, met some awesome people, lifelong friendships have been
built there. But there is that dark side and it just boils down to human nature.
Our first year that we went to Quartzite, we got invited to this secret camp, which
was designed to exclude a couple of people in the RV community. And we caught
wind of this and it was like this just doesn’t seem right! So our moral compass
point us in the right direction there. Second year, we showed up a few days late and it turned out there are a couple people spreading horrible rumors and gossip
about us! It was high school behavior at its worse! Now everybody is probably
gonna make the pilgrimage to Quartzite at one point in their RV life but keep in
mind it’s not all struck up to be and life on the open road in smaller
groups is far better!…. Alright guys! Well now you’ve heard our: “10 harsh realities to RV living.”… You know we always try to look at the bright side but we also
always try to tell you guys the truth. And sometimes it’s just not peaches and
cream every single day out on the road. So by now, we have an entire playlist of
these studio sessions. So if you like what you see, make sure you SUBSCRIBE to
our Channel! And if you liked all that footage that
you’ve seen in this video, make sure you binge watch all our travels!
We’re preparing for the next chapter of our lives as we head overseas for some
overlanding travel. So you want to make sure you subscribe to that one. Thanks
for watching and we’ll see you on the road!…..Bye!

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100 thoughts on “10 Harsh Realities of RV LIFE

  1. Hello and thank you for watching our HARSH Realities video. Many of you are asking about the sunglasses, it was part of the video and spinning off of our previous video about the GOOD Realities. As mentioned in the video we are now traveling in our 4×4 expedition vehicle and look forward to you riding along with us.

  2. Regarding Quartzsite, I can only imagine… It doesn't surprise me in the least to hear you describe the cliques that form there. It's a small town that, for two months out of the year, is filled with 100k people converging upon the place. I've seen some TERRIBLE human behavior from people in Full Time RV groups on Facebook so it wouldn't surprise me in the least to hear that this gathering is chock full of d'bags and self-appointed primadonas as well. The more that technology and the internet move us forward, making it possible for people to connect with others online, the more and more desensitized many become to the feelings and needs of others. There are two YouTube channels that I use to be a subscriber of that I've since distanced myself from after seeing their truer natures expressed on video at Quartzsite. Safe travels you two… Good video.

  3. I've been RVing for over 25 years
    1- Re: Repairs always have a stash of spare parts, incluidng Water Heater & Fridge Circuit Board, and A/C Capacitators and assorted screws, nuts & bolts. Make sure you're an Amazon Prime Member, that 1 day Shipping is a lifesaver.
    2- Weather, the heated Fresh Water Hose is a Must-Have as well as insulated Window coverings. My kids & I have camped in sub ) to in excess of 100 Temps.
    3- Make sure you check weather & Road condictions, DO NOT chance snow/ice and high winds. Find a Flying J/Pilot and wait it out.
    4- Agreed on Campsite Rezservations, I stopped using them years ago, unless I absolutely have to. I favor Casino RV Parks, they are almost always cheap and have access to cheap food.
    5- I lived in AZ for 30 years, I NEVER do Quartzsite. Its da Hood for RVers.
    6- One of the best places to camp, for the Night Sky is Rachel, NV, YES, that Rachel, NV, home of Area 51 & "Aliens, but the Lil AlienInn has a few RV spaces and there are great surrounding boondicking and the night sky is like heaven and you may just see something out of this world.
    7- Be very cautious of "Mobile RV" Repairmen, I had one try to "molest" me with a simple switch repair and admitted he was making calls to 3 others on the same trip and charging each the same $250 Service Call. Translation, almost all repairs can be fixed by you as long as you do NOT freal out, stay calm, fire up the hotspot and ask google & youtube if you are a novice.
    I only got lucky 7

  4. Just stumbled across your channel today. Excellent video.
    Being handy with tools and able to fix minor issues while traveling is a huge plus. A lot of people go out and buy a new RV and expect it to be to problem free. WRONG. Stuff breaks, systems stop working, etc. You cannot rely on RV dealers to get you rig in for service when traveling… they always seem to be booked out for service weeks in advance.

    I totally agree on the "there's no such thing as a perfect RV". I Perfect example of this is the truck camper I own, which I've made a lot of videos about in my channel. It's not fun staying in it when the weather turns bad, because there's no place to comfortably sit for long periods of time.

  5. DRAMA – I've heard about it, there seems to be a lot of it with certain groups / cliques that hang out at Quartzsite, and then they even make videos about the drama and post them on their channel!! Total high school behavior.

  6. Life is the art of compromise. "Perfection" does not exist. Concepts that the average Joe/Jane seem to forget when thinking and talking about "traveling the world/country." Nice dose of reality therapy.

  7. when my wife and I went RVing we had a camp book with campsites all over the country.. It had prices maps and phone numbers and what the camps had… I also had a cd called tripmaker and it had all the information plus it also had information on things to see…. so when it got around 3pm I would stop and see where the neartest campsite was and get in… around 6 pm at camp after supper we would check to see what sites to see you could pick out the mileage to a wider and wider circle…. plan your next day and relaxed//// plenty of times we slept at truck stops, store lots, or just off the side of the road. never used our shower always used camp shower or truckstop shower. Went camping with an other couple once.. that was an experience I would not do again…… and never stayed at the same campsite twice. Went across country 3 times coast to coast.. leave in april and come back in oct. This was in the late 90s . Never had discrimination from camp sites but since we had a older RV (class C 1984) the ones with the newer class As some times gave us the look…. other wise we kept to ourselfs … we said hi to people as we walked by but just minded our own business since we had to set up camp and make supper and relax.., be we did get greeted by some interesting people and some assholes…

  8. Thank you very much… You helped us decide… Life's too short. No RVs for us but thank you again for your invaluable info!!! ❤

  9. We never have a problem running out of hot water………We utilize our shower in the rv daily…….hate going to a public shower…..what a hassle

  10. Other great places to stay: casinos , Cabellas, Pro Bass. I drove an 18 wheeler and those were great places!
    It also helps free up spaces for big trucks!

  11. As a trucker remember if you go to a truck stop DONT put your slide outs out. There’s just no room and truckers need that space to get rest. Remember they can’t go to a camp site and when truck stops are full they have a hard time finding other safe places to park. So give them a break ok thanks

  12. Stay out of truck parking! There is far too little of it in those guys are doing a job and need their rest. They don't need to be looking around for a place to park when RVs are taking up their spots.

  13. That's like that everywhere you go people are sick and I'll talk about you and it's nothing you did it's nothing you didn't do they may not even really know you and yes I've seen you and I'll see all kinds of crazy crazy things that aren't even true that's because they're sick sick people they're busy Bodies they have nothing better in life to do their very very unhappy with their life they're very very unhappy with their self so they have to stir up the drama and dramatics I myself I live in my SUV just me my seats go all the way down to two beds but it's just me so it's all good and I've got a good air conditioner and a good heater and a six-cylinder engine and I don't have too many problems I park in parking lots normally there are some different ones that are acceptable but you got a pretty much be out of sight out of mind you got to keep your vehicle clean you got to keep your body clean keep your clothes clean so you don't get looked at twice or three times if you look presentable and your car looks presentable then you'll pretty much be left alone out of sight out of mind most a sign of the times I have a membership at a gym that's 24 hours a day 7 days a week which most of them are now if you can get in any hour of the day or night you can go in and get a shower I noticed some people like correctional officers and so on and others they just use it to go over there and then they take a shower and change in their civilian clothes and then take all their stuff out their uniform and all that out to their vehicle and drive away they don't work out at all lot of people use those gyms just for a shower and they're very hot they're very nice the one I go to you go into the bathroom shut the door lock it when you're all alone the showers in there just like an Amish hours in there the sink and toilet in there and didn't you do your deal and nobody's around to see you do anything it is handling your business it's all good 👍 again the laundromats and then cleaning the car every week I cleaned all my clothes at the laundromat every week I also take my car in and hand wash it and car wash every week every day or every other day I take a shower at the gym the gym that I am a member of is all over the freakin place but there is a couple of them that are all over 24 hour fitness is all over the place planet fitness is all over the place anytime fitness is all over the place those three gyms have showers and they're open and it's all good enter cheat planet fitness is like 999 a monthso my opinion is as taking care of your body loving yourself to keep yourself clean keeping your vehicle clean whatever you're living in and of course you're close and I'll make sure your clothes are off clean then pretty much she'll be all in in the grooming grooming you know shave and shower and yeah where you look presentable you know your your hair's ground you know you're you know your ear looking presentable then nobody really will even do a double look at you no matter where you go you'll be looked at once then after your seats go all the way down like mine they won't even know what's going on because you'll be lying there in your vehicle but it won't be any trace of you unless I actually go up to the window and always keep your doors locked once you go in your vehicle when you get in that vehicle and you shut the door locked it I push a button and it locks all my doors all five doors I have one button lock small that way nobody absolutely nobody can open my doorand that is it that's how I roll in it's been working very very fine very good

  14. Anywhere you go anything you do there's peaks and valleys all human beings will have good days and bad days when you know you're having a bad day what I do is I try to make it a good day I try to do things to still make myself happy for that day even though but I'm 58 years old and I'm going on 59 real soon and I don't drink or drug I don't do drugs or smoke cigarettes nothing and that helps a lot cuz if you doing that you're living in your vehicle all kinds of bad things can take place but if you're clean and sober pretty much you're always sound mind nine times out of 10 you're not going to have much of any problems at all

  15. I think I'd rather have a small helicopter that I can fly out to the middle of the desert and put up a tent and just be out there by myself for a while.

  16. DAng, you mean I might have to pony up and extra $25 a night and go to a private RV park? Oh, man forget it! LOL : )

  17. Cant us RVers and TRUCKERS get along while we both traveling around the country and at the trucker-rv-stops to park overnight and shower and eats im a retired truckdriver that travels in my RV and hell im parking my retired but at any truckstops I damn well have my right to do so just like the other guy does my RV is now my RIG as im retired truckdriver with all do respects to all my fellow truckdrivers and RVERS you all drive safe now yea hear lol

  18. Thanks for a great video… I came across a couple of woman who were freaking out about some little problems that were nothing. Gezz, you can't be a whinebaby and a camper too ! Thanks for the reality check ! ! !

  19. The ReserveCalifornia and ReserveAmerica systems are so broken and over run with booking bots it's a joke trying to get a site at most of the Krazyfornia state campgrounds.

  20. As much as I am soooo happy someone is telling the truth about the realities of RV'ing. This makes staying in a nice cushy hotel much more appealing. This does not sound relaxing or fun at all. But I do appreciate your honesty! Thanks so much for shedding some light on the reality of RV living.❤️

  21. It does matter truckstop r for trucker federal mandatory rest breaks we r not allowed in rv parks…nothing make me mad at 3am morning and 20 parking spot taken up by rv s .iam not on vacation iam at work

  22. So informative. So true about drama!! We are just barely over 55 and we hate high school drama.
    Thank you for this vlog.

  23. The dark side of rv life is your negative attitude. Things broke more in my house then they did my trailer.

  24. Ok. I am not Joe Handyman, Joe Plumber, or Joe Electrician. Should I even consider this lifestyle or am I in over my head? Your videos are the most realistic I've ever watched.

  25. Wow, I'm really glad I watched this video. And yes, the whole reservation system for camp sites is horrible here in California. As a matter of fact, although, I live in Southern California, I actually HATE it here. I hate most of the state of California. I think that the entire state of California is completely gentrified. It's overpopulated, the freeways are murder with gazillions of automobiles and semi-tractor trailers and lot's and LOTS of $#!++y drivers. I have lived in California for close to thirty-six years and I have to admit, it's fifteen years too long. And yes, it's time to get the hell out.

    As a fifty-seven-year-old who is married to a sixty-year-old lady… I can admit that both me and my wife are not too interested in camping near younger folks with noisy, obnoxious, kids… and although, we both like dogs, even dogs can be irritating with folks who have dogs that bark incessantly. That's why we really prefer NOT to camp in reservation "camp?" grounds, but prefer to find a public access road somewhere (Arizona) where we can display our bullshit Back Country Pass (if and when we actually need it, since in the twenty-five years that we've been camping in the back country, we've literally NEVER encountered any so-called "authorities") and hide out literally in the boondocks where we RARELY ever encounter ANYONE else. Personally? I love it! You definitely want a vehicle though that can take on 4×4 access roads… or, I should probably refer to them as tracks.

    Still, getting discriminated against is also bullshit. I suspect that younger RVers are assumed to have children, thus the discrimination. See, elderly people often just don't want to be around that kind of energy, that kind of noise. We did the kid thing, and now we just want some peace and quiet. You two don't appear to have any children, so that's like being discriminated against double. THAT sucks!

    Yes, and Quartzsite, Arizona has morphed into… well… maybe I shouldn't even go there. I avoid Quartzsite like the plague. Like I said, finding a public access road (if you have the right vehicle for doing that) is really what you want to be doing. Staying away from all those other RVers is choice. Peace and quiet… good. We experienced Pismo Beach, California a few years ago, and it was literally the WORST experience my wife and adult daughter ever had. Never again! We literally didn't get ANY sleep because of all the off-roaders with their Razors and motorcycles and quad runners… it was just an absolutely horrible experience. I don't even know what I was thinking when a friend of mine invited me and my family to join him and his family at Pismo Beach. They love "camping?" there, but for us, it was hell.

  26. Ohh chist your in an RV how hard can life be. try living in a tent & out of you car.. RV's cost a ton of $$ & suck gas like there is no tomorrow…. You have it better then you realise. >snivel snivel<

  27. #1 There is no perfect RV. Overcome it by just doing your research and doing it! Get out and have fun. #2 Weather will catch up to you at some point. Be prepared. #3 Things are going to break. New or used, parts will breakdown, sometimes at the most inconvenient times. Have a toolbox on board. #4 Mice, rodents and insects will be attracted to an RV. They will try to find a hole and get in. Keep a clean house. #5 Discrimination: The age of your RV will be a problem at some RV parks, particularly in FL and AZ. Over 55 in age parks will let you stay for a few days, but others may turn you away if your motorhome/RV is over 10 years old. #6 Reservation systems with campgrounds can be a problem. When they are mismanaged, it can be an epic failure. Some state parks in CA are on the reservation system and require up to 3 days notice. #7 The perfect RV "resort" doesn't exist. Trash, noisy neighbors, etc. Decide what and how you can compromise. #8 Laundromats. Get used to them. #9 You will sleep and clean yourself in really strange places. Truck stops have some fantastic showers. Regarding places to park and sleep, it really doesn't matter where you are – you're home. #10: Quartzite. See video on this matter.

  28. 3:56 – Wait, you mean to tell me that something in California is a complete failure?
    Noooooooo waaaaaay!! Tell me more.

  29. You both talk to us like we are mentally incapable of understanding a normal speed of speech. Maybe this comes from having to deal with the many retarded RVers?

  30. RVs are not built like a car, they're not built with the

    same rigid federal requirements nor have

    the lemon laws protection. Most RVs on

    the road are not built or designed for off-roading- boondocking.
    RV’s can wear out much faster when used off road or

    Boondocking. Campers still like to Stealth/

    Boondocks camp; but I

    don't recommend going off-road very far with an RV. Why? Fluids/filter need to

    be changed more often, nut/bolts come loose, framework starts tweaking/cracking.

    Units can warp and bend out of shape. Elect wire can catch on fire, not

    constructed in conduit, so can rub wires bare and catch on fire.

  31. Seems to me the trend right now is a lot of trailer trash out on the road and they're pissing all of the resorts RV parks off hence all these crazy rules.

  32. We've been "full timing" since 1993…so we're pretty well versed at the pro's & cons of full time RV living. Early on we found California to be pretty RV Friendly, but over the years it has turned around 180*….now to the point that most anyone in an RV is looked down upon as "homeless". For many years their Beach Campgrounds (at least around the San Diego area) were first come, first serve. Now it is nearly impossible to reserve a site…..and areas that "legally" still allow overnight parking on the street will get you a ticket or worse.

  33. Quartzsite….we have RV property outside of Yuma so we typically avoid Quartzsite like the plague during the "Rock / Gem Show" time frames. Way too crowded for us!

  34. #6 IS THE BEST ONE Lol 😎 Especially In Cali ✔ Thanks for this list & this is from a Millineal Couple who been living the life for 4 years now! & now sharing our Journey (NEW) ✔

  35. For mice—keep peppermint essential oil on hand and wipe down your counters and storage areas at least once every two weeks. Mice hate the smell of peppermint oil. Yes, your rig will smell like a candy cane factory, but it's better than smelling of dead mouse or running the risk of contracting hanta virus from mouse droppings, no? Also, buy some electronic mouse traps which will electrocute the mouse–a blinking light will indicate you've got a dead mouse and you just pick up the entire trap and dispose of the mouse, then reset the light and place it back in its spot. I've found in my house that these are THE most effective traps.

  36. Who is going to pay your high cost of housing still climbing in the U.S. and overseas some people are force into RV living van living

  37. What makes you guys think that two years in an RV full-time is a long enough time to speak with authority about the "lifestyle?" People who have done it for years at a time don't make videos like this. I have noted that all sorts of generally youthful "newbies" have lots to say about it. I keep hoping some experienced people will tell it like it is, but so far they have remained mostly silent.

  38. Thank you so much for the video. I have not been able to decide if I want to go on the road or stay in my camper on my land. The more I see, key word see, the more I think about it. It sounds like fun but it looks terrible. So far I'm going to stay where I'm at but will do a lot of traveling instead. I think the most fun would be meeting all the nice people, but having a solid place to stay is best for me. Enjoy your day.

  39. Nice list! We are lucky in one aspect though… we have found loads of perfect campsites! If it’s slightly level and we don’t have to un-hook the trailer we think it’s perfect. We set our bar really low – ha ha! Quartzite sounds like hell to me 🙄

  40. The whole reason to camp is to get AWAY from the crowds and people….I could not Stand to camp in a RV Park Unless it was a Emergency.. I DON'T SEE THE POINT LOL… I get if you're traveling point a to point b or coast to coast but to spend days on end in a RV Park would Depress me .. I don't understand these people spending tens of thousands of dollars to buy some sort of RV that go park in a parking lot/RV Park and think their camping??? Nothing wrong with the nice RVs and campers I have one myself but To just go and be around Masses of people…NO WAY!!!

  41. Your comments are all true . My wife and I are only 4 months into rv life and we have had rodents breakdowns a tire blow out and annoying neighbors and definitely changed our view of dirty laundry thanks for the heads up I watched your video just before we started great help 😁

  42. Hahahaha! You're whining about over 55? I think they've earned the right to be away from this millennial drama!

  43. All this was good except your issue with reservation system, what other suggestion would you have? First come first served? That does not work either and ask me is even worse, at least with reservation system you know if you have a spot. Learn more about boondocking and other options for camping if you have a problem with the reservation system.

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