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Things I Never Thought About Until I Started Full Timing

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I never thought about the floor only being level if I level it.

 

I never thought about only having cold water unless I turn the water heater on and wait for it to heat up.

 

I never realized that a dead battery means my propane won't work due to the sensor needing power from the batteries.

 

I never realized how poorly put together RV's actually are. Most of the cupboards were put together with STAPLES.

 

I never realized that while dry docking, I have to dispose of my sewage!

 

I never realized that unless I've leveled the RV, my baked goods will come out thick on one side and thin on the other.

 

I never thought that my entire home would be carpeted, including the bathroom and the ceiling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will add to the list when more things come to mind. Any one else want to join in on the list?


Edited by trekkingirl - 6/24/12 at 7:39pm
post #2 of 13

Not full timing it but things that hit me when we were in it for 4 months a while ago. Checking ceiling when closing windows in the rain. 

Needing to look when hitting a light switch in fear of bringing slide out in, when child is sleeping on said slide out. 

How much I really use the washer and dryer  never hit me till I was in the laundry mat.

post #3 of 13

LOL... that is funny.!  I have lived in our rv for about 4years now.  I love it. My husband, myself and toddler are full time rv people.  My husband did lots of redoing to make it ours... all floors are 'tile' , full size fridge (house fridge), full size sink (house sink), took out all but one bunk and made our bed to a full size king bed (not rv king size).    built extra closet space and made a HUGE two drawer dresser for me, which when I had our son he eventually took out and now is our sons toddler bed.   we live in a 30ft. bumper pull rv, 1bedroom kitchen/living room all one area...   Large animals do not make good rv pets nono.gif  ... we have a cat (which I call my traveling cat) and a dog that was a stray (small).

 

As many negatives there are about rv-ing there are just as many positives....  Laundry would be one of the negatives. You learn if you want to save money you do not sort your clothes...! 

 

for those who have children that are young and learning or already know how to open those doors, they sell chimes that go off when the door opens...GREAT INVESTMENT!!!!

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

I wish we could make upgrades to our RV. That would be great! All extra money goes towards the house down payment as that is the ultimate goal for our full timing adventure. 

post #5 of 13

Ooh I never thought about the baked goods either haha! How about pools of water in the shower because they can't all get to the drain if you aren't perfectly level!

post #6 of 13

excellent tip about the chimes! Any other babyproofing advice? I have an almost mobile 6 month old!

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

we used a baby chair that hooked to the kitchen table instead of a high chair. You know, now that we have a group............you can start a thread about baby proofing the RV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

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post #8 of 13

we took our little table out of our rv to make more room for his crib. and never replaced it. My  husband and I have folding coffee tables that we use and I bought a small little tykes table & chair for our son to eat at. but before that, we used the portable chair w/tray. It was small and we could use it when we traveled with out our rv (to visit family).  Other things we have done to protect our child from dangers in an rv... since our rv is old and used, we put the babylatches on all drawers and doors so he couldn't get in them.  Made sure he had his own area where all his toys were kept, so he was not tempted (which didn't always work) to get into harmful items (under the sink).  Now that he's a toddler I make sure any cleaning products ALWAYS have the safety nozel turned on.. Ya know how you can't spray nothing if the tip of the nozel is on "lock".  he hasn't figured that one out yet.  all meds are in a highest cupboard (outof reach)... Other than "normal" safety house tips, that's about it... and in an rv.. they ALWAYS find dirt to eat. I dont care how often you clean that floor.  babyf.gif  

 

for those who have heartattacks about turning their back from their child for a few seconds when outside... a helpful tip... buy little or big bells... tie a couple to your child's shoes. that way he's always jingling, to help find him/her while playing outside.  They also sell shoes that squeek everytime they take a step.  Not sure where to buy them, I heard the kid at a park w/them.. for me ... I would shredd those shoes after the first 5mins. Annoying. rather hear bells. 

 

 

to help keep the heat out.  You can buy things to go in your windows to reflect the light, or you can use reynolds wrap, works just as good!

post #9 of 13
Definitely the water heater! And I have finally (ok almost) gotten use to the fact that I can't use the microwave or shop vac if the air and water heater are both on.
post #10 of 13

Our daughter always finds dog hair NO MATTER how many times a day I vacuum. It's really starting to gross me out. Anyone want a dog? redface.gif

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by trekkingirl View Post

I never thought about the floor only being level if I level it.

 

I never thought about only having cold water unless I turn the water heater on and wait for it to heat up.

 

I never realized that a dead battery means my propane won't work due to the sensor needing power from the batteries.

 

I never realized how poorly put together RV's actually are. Most of the cupboards were put together with STAPLES.

 

I never realized that while dry docking, I have to dispose of my sewage!

 

I never realized that unless I've leveled the RV, my baked goods will come out thick on one side and thin on the other.

 

I never thought that my entire home would be carpeted, including the bathroom and the ceiling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will add to the list when more things come to mind. Any one else want to join in on the list?

 



So I'm not an RV'er yet. But I've stalked the tribe for years now;)

The baked goods comment made me laugh, I never thought about that one before!

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by bmdatx View Post

Ooh I never thought about the baked goods either haha! How about pools of water in the shower because they can't all get to the drain if you aren't perfectly level!


Squeegie! How the heck do you spell squeegey? I had an apartment that wasn't level I guess and using a squeegie was the only way to get it all down the drain.

post #13 of 13

So when I nudged an extra cookie sheet under the baking pan rather than relevel the unit, this was a lazy thing, no? lol. Funny how even when it seems the bubbles are all lined up, leveling is a HUGE PITA. I would totally get into a self-leveling unit. for sure! What a drag!

 

We use the squeegy trick too. But if the leveling is left a bit off, the freezer will get mighty frosty...so it's thing that needs to be done. sigh.

 

I learned all about the cheap construction on our first trip out. I'd overloaded one of the cabinets, and my sewing machine, a bunch of books, etc., all went crashing through the secured doors and collapsed all over. Then, I reinstalled the cabinetry, and spent time, it seems like every week, fixing some piece of laminate that had come loose or a staple that came loose, or, or. The problem is that we have an ultralight, so any building materials need to be as chinsie (sp?) as the originals. bah!

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