Ok- I’m in NYC- back at my usual writing spot- and working on a post with an idea that is probably a month old…Let’s see if I remember at all what I wanted to write about…On a side note, I was playing tennis yesterday and I gripped the racket wrong and I hurt what I think are the tendons along my index finger reaching to the thumb.  My typing is subpar with no injuries, so here’s hoping I get something out…

RV’s.  Motorhomes.  Last month (year, decade- I don’t remember anymore) a friend was talking about dreaming of retiring in an RV.  Let’s start with this being something I had never even thought about for a second.  I immediately thought- Wow- there is no way I could ever retire to an RV.  I like long, hot showers too much…

But then, as things go, I began seeing things for RV’s everywhere.  OK- not everywhere.  I’ve never seen an RV in Manhattan…but I began reading things about RV life.  I follow a blog that is exclusively about a couple traveling the county in their RV- and I admit it’s fascinating.  They go and see all these cool places and things.  Ok- one very big point for RV life.  I love to travel the country- this would actually be perfect. And really- RV life is actually huge.

And apparently, it’s also a growing trend.  There are now “millionaire” RV parks, where the very wealthy go to put down non permanent roots- they’re exclusive…you need to apply and pass a committee vote. (I own a co op on Manhattan- you have no idea the questions these boards will ask…)

And there are all sorts of motor homes and rv’s!  I passed a MH/RV museum on the road.  There are ones you hitch to your car, there are ones where parts of walls pop out, and there are full out luxurious ones.  For the record- I sort of like the full out luxurious ones with the big bed that doesn’t have to be climbed into or pulled from a wall.  The bed situation would be very important to me- I’m too klutzy to sleep in a bed suspended above the ground, or for that matter, a bed that is right on the floor- it would take me an hour to get up from a bed that is on the floor directly…

Another practical aspect- you have to really like the people you are sharing an RV with.  I mean- you will literally be with them all the time- there is no place to catch a break from them- you drive around all day with them, and then you share a fairly tiny space with them.  If it’s raining out, you’re trapped.  If you are mad there are no doors to slam or get behind because the sight of them makes you see red- it’s one big room.  You have to really like your cohabitants.  Does anyone like anyone else that much?

But now we have the larger question- my friend mentions something and then I see 5 million Buzzfeed articles about life on the RV trail.  I pass 10 million RV on the road. Am I noticing it more because I’m now thinking about it?  Or are there just a growing number of people choosing to live this lifestyle, so therefore there is more out there about it? I know- I’ve come back from vacation with a vengeance- I’ve started out on a Monday with a chicken/egg scenario…my brain is on full thinking throttle….and I’m expecting you all to come along for the ride…

So here’s the Monday morning situation:

  1. My hand is killing me from typing and I now have to soak it
  2. What do we think about retiring to an RV?
  3. Do you notice things more when someone has brought something to your attention?
  4. And…I’m back……….

 

91 thoughts on “A Different Thought

      1. I find it easier to park my car or truck if I do it in reverse, as in backwards into the parking space.
        Doing it forwards leads to some “nice park job, a$$hole” park jobs from me🤨
        Go figure😆🤔

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      2. My husband is the absolute worst at pulling into a space front first….I’ll let you think about his thought process to wonder how it effects other things…

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  1. RVs annoy the hell out of me. I was driving back from my parents’, 200 miles away, a week or so and thanks to a lane of the interstate being closed off and the multitude of RVs, traffic slowed to 15mph. In a 75mph zone. This is not the first time this has happened. By far. They slow freeway traffic down (sometimes dangerously so), and they’re hard to pass on back highways.

    I am definitely not a fan of RVs. They’re a menace.

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    1. Thanks for the perspective. I don’t know if they’re more of a thing out west than in the east. I’d never really thought about them till my friend mentioned it

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  2. Glad you’re back at the official blogging desk, but perhaps you should stick to shorter posts until the hand feels better…?
    I absolutely believe that once a new “thing” has been introduced and talked/read about or somehow imprinted in your brain you just notice that thing all the time. It is illogical to believe that suddenly a bazillion RV’s have taken up space on the road, you just didn’t care before… I liken it to an ear worm with that one pesky song that won’t stop the auto play rotation in your head.
    I think I would rather retire to a cozy beach cabin than an RV. I love the idea of living and traveling but the reality of all those cons you mentioned makes me remember that a week would be fun, longer… not so much!

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  3. We have a motorhome (as we tend to call them in the UK). Had it a couple of years. It’s 9m long and we’ve just bought a run-around car to tow behind, so we take up a lot of space on the road. Sorry! In fairness, we wave people past us whenever we can. They often make rude gestures as they overtake, but we’re chilled. I drive it on motorways only. Caravan and motorhome ownership is on the increase in the UK – fact. We see loads en route. Don’t love a large lump of plastic, but love what we can do – take off whenever time permits, make up our own routes, follow our own timetable and….take the dog. Couldn’t leave her behind. We leave stuff on so don’t have to pack everything, every time. Don’t have a problem sharing small space with other half and dog (most of the time) but couldn’t cope with anyone else on board and yes – we have a fixed island bed as there is no way I am making up beds from scratch every day. If you’re interested – suggest hiring. That was my idea but partner doesn’t do pause and reflect – only fast forward!

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  4. Ok, I miss my small pull behind USA Tiger Moth camper that totaled this Spring. For me and traveling in the US it was perfect! It was a bit of a challenge with the hubby as I had my way of doing things and it was very small.

    Now that I don’t have it I did think it was a hassle not having all my stuff in one place, the storage unit cost, etc.

    I would never own a huge RV as I find them environmentally irresponsible! The fuel they consume and the amount of materials that are plastic in them.

    That is the reason we purchased an older used camper here in the Netherlands. Same issues here, storage costs, seasonal camping or finding a camping in the busy summer months always a hassle, B&B is much better and more relaxing!

    We want a cabin in the woods as our retirement home and are currently working on it… seems like a blog story….

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    1. A lot of campers don’t use any gas-tow behind a truck. They do use elec. and sewage is dumped into parks septic tank. How is that an eco-sin?Whats bad is house/apt rents sky high.

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  5. I think you notice more RV’s on the open road than in a big city. I would not like to retire to an RV – too confined. Can you share the name or link to the blog you follow about traveling in an RV? I’d understand if you’d prefer not to of course.

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    1. I’m horrible at blog names but I think it’s Tim an Joanna’s rv adventures or something like that. It was a really interesting read but somewhere in my mind I think they’re finished…will try to find it

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  6. I live in an RV park. Now we live in a mobile home. Started in a cab over camper. Moved up to a camper& now in m.h. I’mrolli g my eyes at the rich wanna bes. Please go back to your penthouses. Iwould never go anywhere I have to be voted in. Co-ops sound down right crazy to me. “Please can I get the dishwasher I want”Ridiculous.KMA. A lot of wives made the old man keep the house. They like home/friends. Winter can get COLD in a camper. You got to winterize them. We staed carpet remnents to bedroom walls to keep chill out. There are people on retirement status and there are the poor. Last thing the poor need is a bunch of fancy pants driving cost of living even higher. Rich people=gentrification.
    P.S. beds do not swing or what ever cockamamy idea you got. They are attached to wall/floor. There is enough space to walk around the bed.
    My husband &I are going to go back to a camper. We’ll be on a limited income and figure if one of us dies the other will have an affordable home. We’ve never owned a home.

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      1. There is plenty of privacy. Its the lonliness that gets me. When we first got here the trees all around reminded me of prison fences. (I’m from calif. Give me a desert anyday. Not so hemmed in).Autum eves people have fires and tell tales. Priceless

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      2. Therexis a couple here with a camper,fenced yard,wooden(nice)tool shed,plants,dogs,2 cars and…are you ready for it?A truck/cab over combo. They brought home with them!

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  7. You notice things more once they are on your mind. I just bought a Subaru Crosstrek and now I see them everywhere.
    We own a small trailer we use for vacations. Much cheaper than hotels plus we save money on food and eat healthier. And I like being out in nature vs urban vacations. I don’t think I could live in one full time though, even alone. It is certainly something you would want to try out before committing to. Maybe you get an RV and travel a month or two at a time working your way up to longer trips. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. And finding a storage space shouldn’t be that hard, even in NY.

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    1. For me this was more hypothetical….I’d never thought about this till my friend mentioned it… I started to ponder the pros and cons…

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  8. A motorhome doesn’t appeal but then the UK has tooo many cars on the road, personally I’d prefer to own a cottage by the sea and rent it out when I’m no there. A question! If you lived on the road with hubby, how long before one bumps off the other? 😀

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  9. I think you are noticing more because it is in your mind, just like when you are looking to buy or have just gotten a new car, suddenly you see them all over the road. Our retirement plan at one time was to get an RV and travel the country. I wanted to see all the Major League baseball stadiums plus Cooperstown and my husband wanted to golf in every state. Since then he has had a back injury and while not incapacitating, long drives and cramped spaces are challenging for him. We would never have given up our house as some people have. Now we are looking into train travel since hubs could get up and move around, plus, he wouldn’t be driving so no chance of road rage!

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    1. I’ve always wanted to do that train across Canada. Just seems awesome. I have a few friends who have the baseball stadium bucket list….they love it!!one of them did Colorado this year….

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  10. My parents RV ‘d after they sold the home and a small business for several years before settling in on the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama. They visited Apache Junction, Northern California, Nova Scotia. I think my mom liked it but I read some of her journal and sometimes she really missed being in one place. I believe they did this for 2 years.

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  11. A partner and I rented an RV decades ago for a week and toured around Vermont–we lived in a different part of Vermont. It pretty much broke up the relationship, and was like driving around inside a tv. There were lovely sights, and yet seeing them through the giant glass screen was just like a tedious tv show, and we didn’t get out as much as we should have. This was even before the internet and we were fit hikers, and it still added that ‘in a box while life goes by’ feel to it all.

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  12. We were just at a party where one of the couples had spent the day looking at RVs. Now they are younger and plan to go on trips with their kids. But I was thinking, how bold! I don’t think we would do that, though. The idea of picking up and going to see all kinds of places definitely has an appeal, but I think I want to be on a more solid foundation!

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  13. I want to join the Airstream caravan! My daughter spoke to some of this group yesterday in Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. They were from Louisiana. We met at least twenty of them on the highway this morning (they were heading to Cape Breton!). I’ve always dreamed of renovating an Airstream, and I think a club to travel around with would be fun !

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    1. I totally admit I have a fixation with airstreams….they’re so retro and cool. But I don’t know if that would be the right reason to get one!!

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      1. I’d really like to try it for a vacation… but i like my creature comforts too much to make it a permanent situation .lol… plus I think my husband might leave me if i put him in one for too long!

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  14. I think we notice things more that are brought to our attention. I notice cars more on the road that look like the ones we own. We thought about getting an RV for awhile, but now we have an RV on water…a sailboat. Glad to hear that you and your family made it back safely!

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  15. I also think that your friend mentioning RV’s made you see more of them. I have that with every car I’m planning to buy. All of the sudden I see them everywhere 😉
    Not sure if I would want to live in one. Or on the boat… I know some people who do this too.
    Traveling side of it is definitely tempting though ☺️

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  16. Yes, absolutely will notice certain things once they have come to the forefront of your awareness.

    RV life on the road seems to suit some people. We have a camper we pull behind a pickup, but don’t use it a lot and only for short trips. I prefer the freedom of a car and alternating between tent camping and nice hotel rooms (or staying with a friend).

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      1. I haven’t really done the research, but I think it has to do with creating a search image in your mind. It’s like when I’m birding with someone who knows a species that I am not familiar with. Once they point it out me, I can see it and continue seeing it.
        I read once that the Native Americans didn’t see Columbus’s ships, because they didn’t have a search image for such a thing.

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  17. I think it is all connected to the living tiny craze, which I truly believe is insane, but that being said I know a couple (not young, but not retired) living in a small rv during his last Army posting. They are living in a rv park. I worked with her to get things to help with organization (closets etc) and she was pleased, but even she admitted that if they were to do it again they would go for something bigger. I could not handle it. I would not mind a smaller house but living tiny is not a long term solution.

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    1. I live in a really small apartment, so I’m good with small (oddly, one of my friends asked why I was obsessed with living in small places) it I think it’s really the shower for me. How crazy is it that I like a larger shower?!? But those tiny house shows kill me….my favorite is when they say they want 200 square feet and then complain there no space for their brewing equipment….

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      1. Some people don’t think things through, like unless you park your tiny house in Aruba there is going to be bad weather and no where to get away when life, bad moods, bad smells and the fact that you can’t walk into your bedroom upright.

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  18. How funny that you should write about this very subject and – yes – there is some rule about increased awareness causing this particular phenomena.

    Himself is a keen camper (I am not) but has recently decided that the way to convert me is to have a van (motorhome, caravan, RV depending on where you’re from). Ideally he’d like an old converted military vehicle, but so far our financial resources have not stretched to his doing more than just dream and/or plan. Luckily we can bear to spend all our time in close quarters together, but I’m less sure about the cramped space as neither of us is exactly svelte and both have cronky backs. For now I’m safe, but once he retires, I worry that the pressure may grow …

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  19. I really hope to travel more when my husband retires (I don’t have a full-time job), but I have no intention of doing it in an RV. I know people who just love them, and that’s great. But I can’t imagine trying to drive through a major city during rush hour with one, much less find a place to park it. And I honestly think I’d find the close quarters inside unappealing. Then again, I’ve never vacationed in one, so it’s possible that the actual experience is much better than I believe!

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  20. Sorry about the hand. We had thought about doing California in an RV but changed our minds, decided a nice rental car and cute B&B’s along the pacific coast highway would be easier. But I can see the attraction in some ways, but don’t think in reality it would be for us. Interesting idea though! And I agree, once someone mentions somethings like that, you see it everywhere!

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