5 Surprising Things No One Tells You About RV Living
Anyone who has spent a short amount of time in an RV can probably attest to these revelations I’ve made in the last couple of months, but I thought it would be fun to break some of the typical stigmas surrounding RV life.
You can actually have glassware.
This has probably been the biggest surprise to me so far during our time on the road. When downsizing, I ditched most of our glassware. I only kept a handful of breakable items I assumed we’d be replacing with plastic, which caused me not to be overly cautious when storing them. The photo above is how our glasses hang out in the cup drawer, with no special padding or dividers. This cavalier attitude has led to the discovery that these items aren’t as fragile as I once thought. So far in our 1300 miles, we haven’t run into one problem. In fact, the only broken glass we’ve had was due to my clumsiness when I knocked my favorite mug on the floor.
You can have decorations/plants.
When we first started on our full-time journey, I knew this wouldn’t be something I’d compromise on. Our home on wheels would have plants, no matter what. It’s been surprisingly easy to work them around traveling. When it’s time to pack up, I just put them someplace safe. This could be on the bed, in the sink, etc. Once we arrive where we’re going, I simply put them back in their spots. The various decor that sits around on surfaces also follows a similar routine. I have a few soft bins where everything goes during travel. If you don’t intend on moving things, Museum Putty works really well to keep items in place!
You can make wonderful meals in your RV kitchen.
I am continuously surprised when I hear people say they’ve never used their oven, even in years of traveling in their RV. I’m happy to report that once I got over my nervousness of using propane for the first time, I’ve continued to use “the little kitchen that could” even more than my previous giant kitchen! We cook 2-3 meals a day on our little stove. I am so excited to start sharing RV recipes and tips for cooking in smaller spaces in the near future.
Going to the bathroom isn’t weird.
You flush with your foot? Before living in our fifth wheel, I had the funny thought that we would probably do most of our business at the public campground toilets. WRONG. Surprisingly, we go to the bathroom the same way we did in our old home. (Aren’t you thankful for that visual?) The fact that you keep all of your waste in a small tank beneath you isn’t really that weird either. We don’t even have to buy special toilet paper; we use Seventh Generation, which you can pick up at most big box stores!
Your RV doesn’t have to look like an RV!
While this isn’t news to us, I’ve found it’s not the norm with many RVers. I knew from the beginning, when we remodeled our fifth wheel, I wanted it to feel like home. For us that meant painting over every single surface and putting in furnishings found in a traditional house. Don’t let your space on wheels intimidate you! Be bold and put your mark on it! Anytime someone tells us our fifth wheel doesn’t look like an RV, we take it as a huge compliment.
And most of all, the biggest surprise about RV living is how much it has taught me. I’ve learned so much about myself. It’s changed my habits, changed my way of thinking, and changed how I view life in general. I’m looking forward to writing an in-depth post on the positive, life-changing effects full-time RV living has had on me.
Fellow RVers, what has surprised you? If you’ve never RVed, do you have any assumptions or burning questions about life on wheels?