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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.

Sage Mobile Home Sales
(219) 962-1183
534 E 37th Ave
Hobart, IN
 
Cruise America/Julie's Auto Sales
(800) 327-7799
612 Indianapolis Blvd
Schererville, IN
 
KTM Midwest Motor Sports, Inc.
(219) 531-4770
207 Nickel Plate Ave.
Valparaiso, IN
Manufacturers
KTM

Heinold And Fuller Tire Co Inc.
(219) 462-5191
1707 E Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN
Manufacturers
Vento

Buck's Powersports
(219) 477-4700
393 E US Highway 30
Valparaiso, IN
 
South Lake Homes
(219) 947-9444
4150 E Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN
 
S & H RV Superstore
(219) 872-1023
625 E US Highway 20
Michigan City, IN
 
A & M Farm Ctr Inc
(219) 464-8640
300 S State Road 49
Valparaiso, IN
 
Buck's Powersports
(219) 477-4700
393 East US Highway #30
Valparaiso, IN
Manufacturers
Kymco, Suzuki

B & E Honda
(219) 531-9608
1006 Morthland Dr
Valparaiso, IN
 

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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