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After living in an RV for a number of years now, I would probably agree with this advice. Let’s face it. Most full-time RVers tend to operate in a life without the rigid schedules, formal deadlines, and typical routines that make up most people’s lives. Accordingly, most full-time RVers must develop the resources, the discipline, and the creativity to live in a world that is far less structured than most.

El Monte RV/Cooley's RV Sales
(800) 337-3418
22307 Diesel Dr
Mc Calla, AL
 
Olinger Homes
(423) 698-7100
Gault Ave. South
Fort Payne, AL
 
Madison RV Center
(256) 837-3881
9311 Madison Blvd
Madison, AL
 
York Military Rentals
(251) 408-3216
4140 Higgins Road
Mobile, AL
 
Home Sweet Home,LLC.
(800) 345-6536
3807 Pepperell PKWY
Opelika, AL
 
Bankston Motor Homes, Inc.
(866) 766-3181
3008 Florence Blvd
Florence, AL
 
Cruise America/MD Sales & Rentals, Inc.
(800) 327-7799
700 Decatur Hwy
Gardendale, AL
 
South's Finest Homes Inc.
(866) 964-2700
1008 Co. Rd 68
Loxley, AL
 
Blue Skies Camping Center, Inc.
(877) 719-1203
2377 Joe Bruer Rd
Daleville, AL
 
Jasper Dream Homes, Inc.
(877) 876-7775
2407 Hwy 78 West
Jasper, AL
 

RVing with Humans

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RVing with Humans


By Julee Meltzer

When we first looked into the possibility of full-time RVing, we read every book we could find on the subject. After all, why learn everything the hard way? While there wasn’t a lot of written material available at the time, we did notice that virtually all books on the subject stressed the need for a “good working relationship” with family members. Apparently, if you haven’t worked out most of the bugs in your relationship with fellow travelers, your dreams of life on the open road will turn into a slow motion nightmare that gets worse with every mile.

After living in an RV for a number of years now, I would probably agree with this advice. Let’s face it. Most full-time RVers tend to operate in a life without the rigid schedules, formal deadlines, and typical routines that make up most people’s lives. Accordingly, most full-time RVers must develop the resources, the discipline, and the creativity to live in a world that is far less structured than most. Furthermore, RVs are normally much smaller than conventional homes or apartments. Consequently, many full-time RVers find that the cramped lifestyle is simply too hard to adapt to – especially if they aren’t getting along with each other.

Fortunately, these same books include a number of helpful tips for families that are planning to live in an RV. While the list is somewhat long, they all tend to fall into one of the following four suggestions.

1. Find ways to give each other a little breathing room.
2. Keep a sense of humor.
3. Remain courteous and considerate.
4. Maintain an honest and open relationship with everyone.

But what happens when your traveling companions don’t care about these social niceties? Take our two dogs for instance. We’ve been RVing with two German Shepherd dogs for over four years now and on any given day – one or both deliberately violates each one of these suggestions. Let me give you some examples.

Some nights, we like to just kick back and watch a little TV. The idea entails grabbing a few soft pillows and cozying up on the sofa for a couple of hours of mindless enjoyment. But instead, we are faced with a more immediate problem. Our male German Shepherd is sound asleep on the sofa. At 135 pounds, you can’t simply pick him up and place him on the floor. We could use a board to pry him loose, but we don’t have one sturdy enough for the job. We try using bribes and incentives like crackers and cheese but that only seems to work with my husband.

But then, I suddenly remember suggestion #1 (Find ways to give each other a little breathing room). Now, whenever we want to relax and watch some TV, we simply sit in the bedroom with a 12-inch black-and-white television set we found at a yard sale. It only gets two channels but we don’t have to deal with the sofa issue anymore. Now, if we can only find some way to get the other dog off the bed – we may even be able to stretch out from time to time. T...

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