Pitfalls

Pitfalls

by A. Bennigsohn
(Rochester N.Y.)

My wife and I are selling the house and contents and going "full time". What are some of the wrong turns people made in doing this? And what should we do when we "just start out"?

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Aug 09, 2013
Things to consider - full time RV'ing.
by: Kim In Az

Congratulations on your upcoming new full-time rv'ing adventure! Here is a list of things to consider. I apologize for anything you already know.

1. Weather: Be ready for weather conditions through all the seasons. To hot, to cold, damp, it all matters.
2. Pets: If you have pets, make sure your pets are cozy and safe in all seasons. If the electric goes out and you are not home, what can you do to keep your pets safe.
3. Security: You can go to Lowe's to buy an alarm for your door that can be set to a home setting so when you are home you can hear at night if anyone ever entered while you are sleeping. Secure all windows. Put security stickers on your doors and perhaps a couple windows. Order from Ebay.
4. Pack Rats: People at my RV Resort put night lights under their trucks, cars and RV's so the pack rats don't enter their vehicles and eat wires etc.
5. Water filter: What will you do about water? We use an R/O system, but lots of water is wasted down the grey water tank until we figure out what is best to use.
6. Electrical Surges & Water: Be sure to buy power surge protection device for both low and high surges, and also protect your water pressure by getting a water pressure valve. Make sure to put a filter on the outside to your RV water, so you don't get a load of sand dumped into your system in a storm. Check out all these subjects on Youtube, so you buy exactly what is best.
7. Seal/Storm Damage: Be sure to seal all windows, etc. outside of your entire RV so it never leaks and do regular checks and keep your roof in tip top shape.
8. Misc.: Be ready for an occasional toilet clog! Buy lamps, as the ceiling lights usually get to hot.
9.You could consider buying light weight leather furniture for your Full Time Rv'ing life. It wears great, is pet friendly!
10.Give yourself time. It took us an entire year to straighten everything out to be comfortable and understand how to best live this way. We are still learning. You will both love it, and at times notice you don't have a house. But, it's SO worth everything about it. :-)
11. If you haven't bought your RV yet, get one with lots of big windows! It helps and if you park in the right spot with the right view, you will love it.
12. Safety: Don't use candles! Try a real looking candle that is ran by batteries, with a light flicking wick. It's by Luminara. I bought mine on QVC and enjoy mine (3) every night. Amazing and safe! We also use Christmas lights inside the RV for some pretty lighting and it's soft and nice Hardly uses electric.

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