Don't get me wrong. We love the RV Lifestyle. In fact, we've published this blog post about the benefits of RV Travel!
But the RV Lifestyle is a huge commitment, whether you are a part-timer or a fulltimer or anything in between.
To read some bloggers, you'd think no one ever has a bad experience.
So for those considering an RV and embarking on this lifestyle, let me offer a reality check. And possibly you need to read this one too – 7 Things RVers Wish They Had Known Before Becoming RVers!
Our Top Five RV Frustrations:
RV Frustrations #1: Deplorable campground conditions
This, we believe, is one of the biggest scandals of the RV world. There are many campgrounds that could more accurately be described as overcrowded slums.
What amazes me is that they have good reviews in the big publications, which tells me that either the reviews are phony, the publication doesn't physically inspect the campgrounds or they are so out of date they are worthless.
We've stayed in campgrounds where the sewers are clogged, the bathroom toilets are clogged, the sites are dirty, the restrooms have bugs and broken windows, the water hookups leak, electric pedestals are dangerously loose and shorting out and the help is surly and indifferent.
We need to put pressure on campground associations, reviewing sources, and sometimes local health departments. Filthy, ill-kempt campgrounds really do damage to the entire RV industry and need to be exposed, run out of business, or forced to clean up.
RV Frustrations #2: Unscrupulous RV dealers
Yes, there are some of them, too.
I hear a lot from readers about RV dealers who do shoddy service, bill for work or parts they didn't install, price gouge, and promise a certain delivery to get a sale but then keep backing off the date after purchase.
Another complaint I've heard more than once is about salesmen who badmouth certain models (which they sell) only so they can move out inventory on models they haven't been able to sell.
I recommend that new buyers get at least two quotes from competing dealers and get everything in very detailed writing before buying.
RV Frustrations #3: RV Class Discrimination
There are too many RV parks and resorts that refuse to allow Class B or C motorhomes to stay there.
This often comes from communities that want upscale RVers but don't want pop-ups and tents and so they make zoning laws or regulations prohibiting overnight camping by units under a certain length.
So even though a Class B or Class C motorhome may have cost as much as the Class A behemoths, they are not allowed entry.
Others also ban RVs over a certain age, no matter how well they are maintained.
Personally, these places are not where I want to stay.
If we wanted a subdivision, we'd have bought a vacation home instead of an RV. But a lot of folks have written me over the past two years who resent being excluded from RV resorts and I see their point: Such RV class discrimination is just wrong.
RV Frustrations #4: People who burn trash in their campfire ring
Burning your RV garbage in the campsite firepit is hazardous to your health and the health of those who are nearby and have to breathe it.
The typical household trash generated by RVers contains a lot of plastics and paper treated with chemicals, coatings, and inks.
Besides the smoke, the ashes that remain contain concentrated amounts of these toxic materials that can blow away or seep into the soil and groundwater.
Please, stop burning garbage!
RV Frustrations #5: Inconsiderate neighbors
We did a YouTube video that touches on this:
This a broad class and includes people who don't pick up after their pets, cigar smokers who stink up entire campgrounds, campers who insist on watching TV outside with the volume turned loud, those who arrive late at night after most people are asleep and proceed to shout directions and back up instructions as they set up camp, dogs left alone to bark and bark and bark, neighboring campers who use profanity in every other sentence and people who leave campground restrooms and showers filthy.
The simple way for us to avoid most of these frustrations has been to spend more and more time boondocking or alone by ourselves or with a few friends in state and national forests. That has been when we've most enjoyed RVing.
The more we RV, the more we are finding that big campgrounds are just not our thing.
How about you? What are your biggest RV frustrations and how do you get around them?
We have had conversations with lots of RVers about their top RV Lifestyle frustrations. CLICK HERE for many of their comments on this that we featured on one of our podcasts.
And to show you how these frustrations affect others, read this story about why so many RVers are calling it quits.
Again, don't get me wrong.
Jennifer and I have no plans to come in off the road. The benefits to the RV Lifestyle far outweigh the frustrations. We just want newcomers to know what they are getting into.
How about you? Use the comments below to post your RV Lifestyle frustrations and, more importantly, how you deal with them.
New ebook from Mike and Jennifer Wendland – the Natchez Trace
The Natchez Trace Parkway will capture your imagination, soothe your jangled travel nerves, open your mind and inspire you with the history that unfolded along its 444 miles.
Each of the 7 Days of the ebook has:
- Suggested Mileposts to explore
- Places to Eat in each area of the 7 sections
- Campground descriptions and links
- Links to all the special places and information
- Links to videos that show more in detail
- and a lot of highlighted information for each section
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a printed, hard copy guide.
Whether you want to follow the footsteps of explorers, discover natural beauty, or visit historic sites, the Trace has something to grab your attention and leave you eager to see what’s at the next milepost.
You can see why this is one of our favorite US routes to explore. We’ve traveled it a half dozen times!