One of our readers, Joanna, asked for my thoughts on RV-ing, and it’s a topic my sweetie and I’ve been discussing a lot lately. Here goes…
(+) First thought: We love the freedom to visit favorite places and explore new ones. We prefer our RV over a hotel: I always have all of my ‘stuff’ with me; I know who slept in my bed before me, and we don’t have to dine-out every meal.
(-) On the other hand, our freedom to roam has become limited in the past two years. We have been faced with “no room at the inn” more than once because of a festival or holiday, peak season, a hurricane, and Snowbirds. As the sale of RVs continues to rise, competition for space has risen. Many of the nicer RV parks in popular areas are full during peak season, unless you book months, or even a year, in advance.
RVs of all shapes and sizes have become an affordable alternative to homes, and not just in “trailer parks,” but in the nice resorts. Our favorite home-base in Austin is at least 40% full-time residents. It’s not uncommon to see Mom, Dad, 2-3 kids, and a dog living in an RV.
While it makes sense for the park to have steady income, it results in less available spaces for travelers. With the rise in RV numbers, a new concept called “dynamic pricing,” has gone into effect, and since there are only so many good parks… rates have risen dramatically. The best rate is to stay for a month, the most expensive is to only stay a few days.
(+) We have met some really interesting, knowledgeable people that we wouldn’t have met otherwise and become friends with a few. RVers always share info about “must-dos” in each town, about other great parks in the area. The men share info about the mechanical workings of their rigs.
In fact, I’ve noticed that the men generally connect first since they’re outside setting-up, while women generally manage the interior after a relocation.
(-) There are things we both miss about a having a house since we live/travel in our coach: We miss an office with with reliable wi-fi. He misses a large shower-stall, our King bed, and closet space. Since his clothes are twice the size of mine, I can empathize. And I miss quality girlfriend time, and a private place (with scheduled hours) to write.
(+) Because of our frequent lack of wi-fi and cable, we have talked to each other more than ever. We are outside more. We listen to new music and have learned to dance together in our kitchen/living/dining area (check out Pink Martini on Pandora!). He taught me to play backgammon, and I now win regularly. He maintains that, “he’s tickled to death that he did such a good job that I can beat him.”
But it doesn’t stop him from grumbling when I do…