Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Full-time RV-ing Tips: First Week Lessons

Wavin' atchya, D. D. Scott-ville Peeps!!!

The DH (Darling Husband) and I are one week into our Full-time RV-ing adventure and are we ever having a ball...plus...we've already learned a bunch too!

Here are a few of the things we've learned during our first week...



1. Plan on it taking the afternoon you pull into your resort park as well as a good portion of the following day to get set-up (especially, if you're newbies).

***And by set-up, I mean checking off the following To Do's: Hooking-up to electric, water and sewer, Leveling, Stabilizing, Getting your awning out and your patio all set-up, Getting groceries in, Setting-up your computers and satellite system, Unpacking all of your breakables, Getting out your appliances, etc.

2. Make sure you are arriving at your resort park no later than mid-afternoon.

***We've seen huge rigs pull in at night, and it's beyond tough to see well enough with just headlights and flashlights to drive into your spot and hook-up. It tends to create a ton of cussing and costly bang-ups.

3. Do NOT plug your fresh water hook-up into your black water tank.

***Our first night, the poor guy next to us did this by accident and flooded his rig not just once, but twice, because it took 'em two cycles to figure out why all the water was gushing out of their toilet and flooding their RV. They opened the door and water just poured out of their rig...OOPS!!!

4. Don't be too hard on yourself if you: (a) forget to put down your antenna, (b) forget to pull in your awning, or (c) hit something in the park with your RV and/or toad.

***It appears, most RVers will tell you...been there...done that. OOPS!!!

5. Expect that things will work one day or part of the day and all at once, they won't! And to fix them, it appears to cost in increments of $300 or $1,000.

***So far: one out of two of our air conditioners isn't working, our microwave quit working (but we adjusted the plug-in prongs and now it's fine), our Tailgater satellite system (brand new, just out of the box) was a lemon and the replacement should arrive tomorrow, some of our electric outlets need to be checked because they need to be reset a bunch (which is just weird).

6. Speaking of the Tailgater Satellite Bundle...

a. Have a couple of bottles of wine available before you begin the initial set-up.

b. If you do NOT have a DISH system at your brick-and-mortar home and can do the initial set-up there, you will have to take your brand new receiver to a local DISH dealer for programming (which is around a $100...but DISH will credit your first bill, if you get very direct with them that this is total bullshit) - the local dealers, even with a work order from DISH, will not do it at no charge to you up front because they have a hard time getting paid by DISH...nice, right?

c. Many of the Tailgater satellites themselves are defective (that's coming straight from the tech guys I spent over 8 hours with on the phone over the course of 3 days). BUT...if you got the bundle from Amazon, do NOT send the satellite back to Tailgater at your cost of $35 like the techs tell you to do...just have Amazon send you a new one, and return the lemon to them (at no cost to you). Plus, Amazon did it in two days, whereas Tailgater said to plan on 10+ days.

7. A Convection Oven is the absolute best purchase you can make!!!

***We're doing everything from toast in there to our dinners. Haven't even turned the regular oven or microwave on yet (course, the microwave wasn't working for awhile...but yeah...you get the picture...LOL!

8. The steps to get in and out of your RV operate on a magnet system and a fuse, the latter of which makes sure that when your start your engine, the steps will NOT come out while you're driving. If your magnets are not placed correctly, and your fuse is bad...your steps WILL come out while you're driving...which costs about $1,000 (to replace the steps that were just mangled by a curb)...just sayin'... :-)

9. Plan on going to the grocery about every 4 days.

***That's how much food we can fit in the frig/freezer.

10. Learn from your fellow RVers...both what to do and what not to do.

***Bonus Tip: Nothin' beats that first night when you can sit back in your new comfy patio chairs, look at the moon and stars, and listen to the night songs of all Mother Nature's creatures.





Okay, Peeps...those are the lessons we've learned during our first seven days as Full-time RVers.

What kinds of things can y'all add to our list?

The Best of RVing Wishes --- D. D. Scott





18 comments:

  1. We adopted what we like to call the 247 rule. (We got this from a fellow RVer) With the 247 rule you either - Drive 247 miles - OR - Arrive by 2:47 in the afternoon. If you can't meet either of those - you fudge it - cause chocolates always good!

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    1. The 247 Rule --- Luv it, Kimberly!!! Sooo smart, my friend!!! And thanks bunches for sharing!!!

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  2. When driving West we always try to start(and finish)the driving day as early as possible to avoid the sun glaring in on the driver. When heading East we try to start a little later to avoid driving with limited visibility due to the Sun's glare.

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    1. How superfab smart is that?! I'd have never thought of that, Keith!!! What a fantastic tip!!! Thanks sooo much for sharing!!!

      We did notice that it does get mighty hot from the sun in the driving area of a Class A. With those huge windows, you get quite the warm spell from the heat of the day bouncing off the road.

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  3. Your patio rug ( we had one like yours) if it is going to be out side oh say for more than a few months at a time you might want to start shopping for a new one now...ours, when we went to pick it up to move to the next place it crumbled in our hands.

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    1. Oh boy...good to know, Jamie! Thanks bunches for the heads-up! Ugh!!! And here it's supposed to be "weather-proof"...instead, it's in the weather and "poof" it's gone! LOL!!!

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  4. That cute little Tailgater is also prone to theft. We have Direct TV. We started with Direct, changed to Dish because of poor customer service, then back to Direct because of even poorer service. We have an HD dish on a heavy duty tripod. Takes about 5 minutes to setup and aim, after a month's practice.
    When you do get one that works, you will find out that the rain will come just when you want to watch a particular show. At least it will come back after the rain stops.

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    1. Ugh, John and Kathy! I'm tellin' ya if I didn't have a nice stash of wine, I'd have been really, really hurtin' while messin' with that blasted DISH system!!! And here the box says something like "be watching TV in 15 minutes"...my *ss!!! LOL!!!

      Well, now I'm laughing...I haven't been the last few days...well not about the satellite at least. Plenty of laughter otherwise, so no worries there.

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    2. I saw someone who had a big chain connected to their Tailgater in a loop. When they were setting up, they laid the loop out in front of a tire and drove over it. A nice fast way to secure it.

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    3. Another great tip, D. Robert!!! Thanks bunches!!!

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  6. Honey, this is the DH. I'll add #11: Watch the weather forecast. This may prevent you from having to retract the awning in the wind...and rain...at 3:00 AM. Not that we know anything about this...

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    1. Right on, Sweet Man!!! (The DH couldn't log in as himself for some reason...so he had to use my id to post his comment...LOL!) I totally forgot to mention that little OOPS! We were fast asleep until we heard a mighty wind gust and the rain started doing its dance on our rooftop. But I will say, for never putting in the awning, we handled it, in the dark, like pros!!! WooHooo!!!

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  7. BTW, I notice your toad is a Jeep. Be on the lookout for places you can go off-roading. My wife always finds one place per vacation we can take the Jeep. The joy is we end up places that not too many people get to go. Last year we had a fabulous excursion in Arches NP to an arch that is only accessible by 4WD. This year we spent 3 days on a deserted beach at Assateague Island. They have miles of beach only accessible via 4WD.

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    1. Wow!!! How cool, D. Robert!!! Thanks bunches for the scoop!!!

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  8. Great list! To expand on #11 I would suggest a weather radio (battery powered because let's be honest, if the weather is bad you may not have power and don't rely on cell phone weather apps 100% because they don't work when you don't have cell phone coverage...weird huh?) and #12 Be SURE to update you weather station when you move...nothing worse than having the alarm go off at 3am with reports of an eminent tornado in Wichita, Kansas and you're down in Florida.

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    1. Excellent tip, Lynn!!! We do have a NOAA radio, but we would have forgotten to change the frequency without your reminder. U rock!!! Thanks sooo much!!!

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