"What did so much traveling do to our lives? We grew wide. We were not scared of being unknown, alien, curious, side-by-side in any shape of elsewhere. Sometimes it was rocky, but wouldn't it have been rocky at home too? We quickly collected new words, town names, useful distances, tucking shops and cafes we might need later into our brains...We were used to the vivid sensation of being just-arrived."
We're coming up on a full year that we've owned Maude, and a few months shy of a year of full-time RV living. It's been quite a road of ups and downs, ins and outs, and savoring my trusty set of ear plugs. It's true, we've learned a sh*t ton from living on the road full-time, along with RV life. Instead of getting all crazy in-depth about what we've learned (since we tend to ramble every so often in a lengthy blog post) we've decided to make a quick list of tips and tricks for RV living. If you feel like setting this to some music, you can pretend we're giving these tips like that Baz Lurmann Sunscreen song. So without further adieu....
1. Wear sunscreen. Haha no, seriously. Buy a good one, too. Don't skimp. Your traveling body will thank you.
2. Earplugs are crucial, especially if you boondock. Make sure they are comfy for your ears, and you won't lose them.
3. Caulk, caulk, and caulk some more. Everything that can be caulked, do it. And do it right.
4. The science of air flow: turn your bathroom fan on and open your bunk window, the flow will create this vortex of wind to keep you cool all night.
5. Mold grows. Crack a window when you shower, if you don't have a fan.
6. Keep a lot of superglue on hand. Things break, snap off, crack. Superglue has worked wonders as a quick fix.
7. THINGS SHIFT IN TRANSIT. Open cabinets slowly after you've been moving.
8. If you give everything you own a place in your RV, you'll be stress-free and never lose sh*t.
9. Keep $20 cash handy. In a secret spot perhaps. Because hitting unexpected tolls and bridges can be garbage.
10. If you want things to look pretty on a counter top, Velcro that sh*t down. It'll look great and stay safe.
11. Don't mask smells with chemicals. Essential oils with distilled water work wonders as an all-natural air freshener.
12. Find things you love to pass the time. Sometimes you'll get caught in the rain, and have zero WiFi, limited battery power, and tons of time. Puzzles and books do the trick for us.
13. There are always, ALWAYS free things to do in a new city. There is no need to go broke in a day on a new exploration.
14. Invest in a hand vac. We vacuum every damn day. It takes less than 3 minutes.
15. Keep vents clean and clear, and under control. Heat flows from the vents underneath so if you have crap or hair or rogue Q-tips (thanks, Vanessa), it may block air flow or just add a bunch of dust and crap to the air you breath.
16. Water filter, yassssss. Some RV parks, or even county spigots taste gross and who knows, might kill you. A filter will help all that.
17. Groupon, damnit. Any time we get to a new city, we Groupon the hell out of it. We've been introduced to some of our favorite city restaurants and activities through the wonder that is Groupon.
18. Keep a roll of quarters at all times. In case you're bitten randomly by the laundry bug or you stumble upon a pinball machine.
19. If ever your black tank sensors stop working....try dumping a bag of ice down the gullet of the tank, and drive around. Let things knock around. It just may do the trick.
20. WD-40 is a friend and confidant. For stairs, creaky doors, a noisy dinette table. Spray liberally and revel in wonder that is commercial lubrication.
So there you have it...some of the tips and tricks we've learned throughout our life of RV living. I'm sure there is much, much more to learn. So stayed tuned for various volumes of these helpful tidbits as we venture on.
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