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..