Our Top Ten Rules for Getting Along in a Motorhome

Our Top Ten Rules for Getting Along in a Motorhome

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Consider this a survival guide born from trial and a lot of error on my part during our travels in our Roadtrek RS-Adventurous motorhome.

The precipitating incident that got me thinking about this occurred when Jennifer and I were doing some stuff and, well… I forgot we were in a 22 foot long motorhome:

The video explains, and offers up our top ten tips to surviving in the closer quarters.

But the biggest thing we have learned and can share is this:  If you don’t get along at home, don’t expect to get along in a motorhome. Two people can share space in a motorhome, but without mutual respect there will be major issues when the inevitable little conflicts arise. It should go without saying that you need to really like each other to live on-the-road.

You may have your own suggestions about other rules, or offer some additional insight. Please post under comments below.

For those of you trying to watch video on balky Wi-Fi at campgrounds, here’s the Top 10 in text form:

Rule #1. if you don’t get along at home, don’t expect to get along in a motorhome. Two people can share space here, but the most important rule is mutual respect and don’t try to do two different things in the same space.

Rule #2. Don’t overpack. You don’t need more than a two-or-three days worth of clothes or food. Laundry can be done in most campgrounds, groceries can be obtained in the towns you visit.. Besides, you can get fresh, locally grown produce from the locales you visit…and that means food will be at its freshest.

Rule #3. Everything a place, and a place for everything. Agree beforehand where you will store things and, when done using, return them to that place and no where else.

Rule #4: If you travel with pets, they need a place, too. Assign them their spot in the motorhome and train them to sleep there. Not in front of the bathroom door where you’ll trip on them in the middle of the night.

Rule #5. As best as you can, plan your meals ahead of time. Grill outside as much as possible. And if you dirty a dish or glass, clean it and put it away right after eating. Clutter is the motorhome’s greatest enemy.

Rule #6. Don’t overdrive. 350-400 miles a day should be the longest you go in a single day. Remember, you’re motorhoming because it’s fun. Driving too far ad too long makes everyone cranky.

Rule #7. Stay fit. Eat right and Exercise. Traveling is no excuse to pack on the pounds. Take long walks. Bring a bike. Find and visit health clubs along the way. Too much sitting, like too much driving, is not good for anyone.

Rule #8. Explore. Use your GPS or Google the towns you’re in for the unique places. Learn the town’s history. Visit its museum. Try to eat at locally owned restaurants, instead of fast food places. Don’t be in such a hurry all the time.

Rule #9. Be careful buying souvenirs. Your motorhome only has so much space. Ship the must have things home instead of jamming every available storage spot with things that aren’t essential for being on the road.

Rule #10. This is the big one. See, conflict will be inevitable. Apologize when you’re wrong and don’t hesitate to forgive when you’ve been wronged..


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  • Karon M

    Technology helps simplify life on the road. My Kindle has replaced the crate of books we used to haul down the road and the iPod allows us to relax to our favorite music. Recipes are scanned or tracked down online. And, of course, the digital camera is always at hand so we can share our adventures with those we’ve left at home.

  • http://runningliner.blogspot.ca/ Alex

    Super !
    This is real “10 Gold rules” Last , one of the best !

  • Charles Catron

    Good job. When Snowbirding or long term camping. A couple times a week take a break away from each other. Let your partner have sometime alone.

  • http://bobandellen.wordpress.com Ellen

    Any chance you can post this Top 10 list outside of the video? We’re on the road (all the time — we’re full-time RVers) and have limited wifi, so we don’t “do” online videos… bandwidth never seems adequate for a good stream in the RV parks and campgrounds, regardless of how good they say their connection is!
    Thanks!

  • Mike

    Sure. I’ve added it to this post. I know what you mean about lousy wi-fi in campgrounds. I’ve yet to find one that delivers a speedy and reliable connection.

  • http://bobandellen.wordpress.com Ellen

    Thanks, Mike! Appreciate your posting the text version and now that I can read it, I’ll add my enthusiastic thumbs-up to your Top Ten! We’ve been on the road full-time for more than three years now (newbies compared to many of the great people we’ve met on the road) and though we’ve seen and experienced the most amazing things in this time, we’ve also been through some wild curve balls too. Having a great relationship trumps it all. If a couple doesn’t have mutual respect nor a sense of humor, you might as well stay at home.

  • http://rvingtoadless.blogspot.com JJ (RVing Toadless)

    Also, a Type A and Type B may have issues. Although I’m mostly solo, I once traveled with a Type B (I’m Type A). That created “tension” because the Type B person didn’t operate on the same “plane” that I did. I don’t push myself when I travel, I try to relax, but I found that the Type B person was way more “relaxed” than I was, and caused some “tension” in the “what time do we leave” issue.