It’s been about three months since we started our new adventure on the road. Looking back at all the “what ifs” and “unknowns” of making this huge change, I laugh to myself. Fear of the unknown can is so powerful! It amazes me at how powerful the stories we tell ourselves can be. And where do these stories come from? Well, I guess it doesn’t matter where they come from, the important thing is that they are just stories. Start telling yourself some new stories! Ok, enough of that for now.
Surprisingly, we haven’t had too many mishaps, but we have learned so much.
- RV refrigerators hate to be unlevel. Long story short, the night before we were about to take off on our first big trip to Chicago, we had our RV parked in our driveway (which is very steep). Elsy noticed that our fridge was still warm. “Oh know ” I thought. We bought a brand new RV and the fridge is already broken. Well, just a few minutes on youtube and the problem was fixed. If your RV is on a very unlevel ground, your fridge will not work.
- Flat Tire. Well, not a flat tire, just a huge bolt stuck in the tire. After a small tantrum in my head, we googled some tire repair shops and $50 and a couple of hours later, we were back on the road.
3. Electrical System. Just like living in an old house or apartment. The RV electrical system can only handle so much. Just know where your fuse box is and buy some extra fuses (they are cheap). We have it down now. If we try to run the microwave while our electric space heater is one, “pop goes the fuse”. No big deal. Just unplug the heater and reset the fuse box. Keep in mind that there is a master fuse box outside (if you are using the RV parks electrical) and depending on what model RV you get, there is usually one master outlet (ours is in the bathroom) that has a reset button.
4. Invest and upgrade your black water hose. AKA – your sewage hose.
$24.00 on Amazon. Camco 39761 RhinoFLEX 15′ Sewer Hose Kit with Swivel Fitting.
5. When staying cold climates, invest in a heated water line. Nothing sucks more than having to mess around with a leak in the middle of the night when it’s 14 degrees. Enough said.
6. RV GPS. The first half of our big Chicago journey, we just used my iPhone and Google Maps. Thanks to Amazon Prime, we had an RV GPS shipped to us while we stayed at an RV park. We got the Garmin RV GPS. It’s pricey, but the cool thing is that once you enter your RV height and length, the GPS will create routes that will keep your from crossing under bridges and older highways that are too low for your RV.
7. Good Sunglasses for the driver. Nothing is scarier that driving a school bus in traffic and getting blinded by the sun. Invest in a good pair of polarized sunglasses. Maui Jim works for me. An added plus on long 8 hours drives is that a good pair of sunglasses makes the drive less taxing on the drivers eyes.
I will add to this as we think of more. If you have questions, please comment and I will try and answer.
The Good Life
Waking up every morning and breathing fresh air from new places is amazing. Going to sleep knowing that we are not on vacation, knowing that we don’t have to go “back to work” on Monday is so wonderful. I don’t know what the future holds, but in taking this chance, and moving one step closer toward my dream, I have stumbled upon true happiness.