It's impossible to answer them all. I'd never be able to do anything else all day, let alone travel. If it's a question that can be handled fast, I try to write a short response. But we do appreciate each email. We learn from them and also find topics to write about.
I am not a mechanic or big DIY guy. Technical questions I pass on to others or refer the writer to an RV dealer or manufacturer, or, more often, the manual. So many of us just don't read manuals. But reports are about the RV lifestyle, that's what most of the questions are about, not the mechanical. So from time to time, I lump them all together and do a group answer.
Here's the five most frequently asked RV questions I've been getting recently:
How can two people get along in such a cramped space?
Actually, up until his a year ago, it was Jennifer and me and our 65-pound Norwegian Elkhound, Tai. Now we travel with Bo, who, at 8 months old, already weighs 50 pounds. Not only do we get along just fine, we love the togetherness. That said, traveling for extended periods in a small motorhome does require some flexibility. Early on in our RVing days, we put together this post and video on how to get along while traveling. Here's the video:
Where do you put everything? How can you possible carry enough things with you in such a small motorhome?
This question is a very common one. And the answer is always evolving. We always overpack. Always. We don't carry nearly as much as we used to but still, we carry too much. You do not need that much. Two or three days of clothing. You can wear most things more than one day, you know. Plan out your meals and pack them ahead of time for the freezer, supplement them with fresh produce you buy on the road. Use eBooks, you can take a whole library on your smartphome. Each time we go out, we take less “stuff.”
A couple of years ago, I did a story on Ray Dwyer, then the owner of Van City RV in St. Louis, and considered the dean of the RV business. I remember him telling me about how many owners of Big Class A and Class C RVs were downsizing to Class B coaches.
The first lesson Class A owners need to learn is “they don’t need all the stuff they thought they did,” he said.
Dwyer told me about a couple who showed up with their Class A to unload their possessions into their new Roadtrek. “They started hauling stuff out and it literally filled our parking lot,” he says.”They were amazed at all the stuff they were carrying around that they never needed or used. They had to go get a big U-Haul trailer to take it all back home where they probably sold it on a garage sale.”
How do you set up the bed and where do you keep all the bedding?
Some small motorhome owners prefer to set their beds up as singles and leave they like that all the time. We prefer sleeping with the beds configured as a king. And we use the rear of the coach in the sofa configuration during the day. Here's a post and video we did that shows our bedding solution.
We sleep in the RV Superbag. We like it so much we bought both a king and two singles, so that we can sleep either way. Here's a video on it:
How do you find places to go and place to stay?
First, other than the general direction and eventual destination, you need to know that we don't do a lot of pre-planning. We have a general idea of our route and the big things we want to see and do on the way there, but free and easy is our style. We leave a lot to serendipity. Here's a post I did about about our RV traveling style. It has a lot of background on how we started this blog, my background and the things we like to do. Serendipity means a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise,” something fun and useful and enjoyable that was discovered by happenstance along the way. That’s a perfect description of what we find every day in this wandering life in a small motorhome. While we have a different Roadtrek now, the information on our RV wandering style is still valid.
We do a lot of off-the-grid boondocking camping. Here's a guide we did on some of the apps we use to find great boondocking places to camp in an RV.
I'm thinking of buying a small motorhome. What do I need to know to be a smart shopper?
Buying an RV is perhaps the second biggest purchase most of us will make next to our house. In some cases, with kids grown and newly retired from our jobs, it becomes our house as more and more people embrace the fulltiming style of a life on wheels.
And these days, Type B RVs seem to be at the top of the motorhome popularity chart. Many who bought larger Type A or C motorhomes are downsizing, or “rightsizing,” as some call it, for the more mobile and maneuverable Type B RV style campervan motorhome.
I have a great post about choosing a Class B motorhome to send you to. I asked our readers that very question and they compiled a great list of questions you need to ask.