10 Harsh Realities of RV LIFE
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10 Harsh Realities of RV LIFE


Hello everybody and welcome to another
studio session with Ben and Rebecca, from his and hers vlogs! Today….. We’re going to
share the dark side of RV living with you. It’s actually a follow-up to
last week’s video which was all warm and fuzzy where we shared the good and
amazing things about the RV life. So if you don’t know, Beck and I have spent the
better part of the last two years on the road, exploring a good chunk of North
America. And we’re taking these studio sessions as an opportunity to download
all our experiences to you!…Number 1, You are never going to find the perfect
RV! It’s just a reality. You’re always going to have to make sacrifices and
compromises in order to get into a rig. But…. The way to overcome this is just to
go do it! Except that there will be things that you just don’t love about it
but you can live with them and get out on the road and have a good time anyway!
Number 2…The weather can really suck when you’re on the road full time! Mother
nature is going to catch up to you at some point. It’s a reality! We’ve
encountered random snowstorms, freak wind storms, excessive heat for the time of
year, a lot of stuff!… And in relation to what Beck was just talking about, maybe
when you’re looking for an RV you should take into consideration comfortable
places to hang out! Because there’s gonna be a lot of days where you’re stuck
inside that thing watching the crappy weather outside. And at the end of the
day you want to be able to look at each other and say, gosh! That wasn’t all that
bad!….. Number 3…Things are going to break! We really actually don’t know
anybody who’s been on the road for very long that this hasn’t happened to. It
doesn’t matter if you buy something new or used, at some point it will become
your reality. And I promise you it’s gonna be at the most inopportune moment
possible. In the middle of a snowstorm, on the side of the mountain and….
It might be pouring down rain or there may be nobody around to help you! Way to get
around this one…. Just accept that it’s gonna happen!
Be prepared for it to happen, have a great tool box on board and extras of
anything that your RV might need. If there’s somebody around… Get some help!
And at the end of it, know that you survived it and you’re back on the road!
Number 4…You’re gonna pick up some hitchhikers. Not talking about humans,
talking about rodents. The interesting thing about mice, is they don’t care how
new or expensive your RV is there’s always gonna be a hole where they can
slide their creepy little heads through and freak you out at the worst possible
moment! On your end, all you can do is keep a clean house and
have some mousetraps on board. Because eventually you’re gonna use them! Number 5, Discrimination! I hate to tell you but either your age or the age of your
motorhome is gonna be a problem for one of those RV parks out there.
So first of, age. Under 55, we’ve noticed this in particular in Florida and
Arizona. Not everywhere but parts of it. And…. What we did learn, was even if it’s
in over 55 park, they do have to let you stay for a few days. So as long as you’re
not wanting to spend the whole winter you can negotiate with them. Now then in
terms of your motorhome, if it’s over 10, then they’re going to sometimes want to
see pictures before they let you stay there or they won’t let you stay at all!
Number 6 is the one that really pisses me off and I’m talking about the
reservation system in campgrounds! Now I completely understand the reservation
system is a good thing. If you’re,you know, planning a trip with your family,
you want to know you have a place to go. But on the other side of that coin, when
it’s mismanaged, and places like the state of California put all their state parks
on the reservation system, that’s when it becomes an epic failure! There’s times
when you can pull into a campground and get lucky to get half the site. But you
can’t have it for the following night and you can’t even make a reservation
up until three nights out. So…. Keep that in mind especially during
peak tourist season, that you’re gonna have to work around that
pain-in-the-butt called the reservation system!….Number 7, the perfect campsite
does not exist. Now first off, everybody’s definition of perfect is different. For
some of you it might mean a really fancy RV resort. But…. For some people they’ll
look at the price tag and the fact that they have lots of neighbors and that
doesn’t appeal to them at all! Then you go out into the wilderness for either
free or paid sites. And you have amazing views and you’re across the street from
the beach! But… You might have noisy neighbors or it might not be perfectly
level or you find nails and trash on the ground when you get there! Kind of just
the reality is: “Suck it up buttercup!” Because nothing perfect exists out there!
You have to decide, where you’re gonna compromise and what you really have to
have to make it perfect for you! Number 8, Your definition of dirty
clothes is going to change! Not every RV has a washer and a dryer
built in. And the ones that do, they seem to take forever to completely dry your
clothes! So what that means is everybody has to visit the Laundromat. Which also
leads into, you have to leave your campsite! So then, you’ll start looking
at that shirt like “Gosh! I only wore that for a couple hours last night.” “I haven’t
turned my underwear front to back yet.” You’re gonna make all kinds of excuses
just so you can stay out camping. But remember, Laundry always catches up to
you and I’ll see you at the Laundromat! Number 9…You are going to sleep and
clean yourself in some really strange places!
Let’s take truckstops for example. They’re great for both. They tend to be
very welcoming if you come and park for the night. They also happen to have,
fantastic clean, hot showers! And when you first start Rving you think: “I’m just
gonna stay in the RV.” But the longer you do it, the more navy showers you take,
the more you realize, It’s not so bad to pack your bag and walk across
the street to that really nice hot campground shower that you can leave on
for more than 30 seconds at a time. As far as places to park and sleep, when
you close those curtains, it really doesn’t matter if you’re at a rest stop
or a truck stop or really fancy RV park. You’re home!…. Last but not Least! Number 10, Quartzite is not all it’s cracked up to be!
I’m not talking about the RV community, I’m talking about the dynamic that
happens when you put that many people in clubs and in camps and in cliques
together. It spells out “D-R-A-M-A!”Now don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some amazing
experiences of course, met some awesome people, lifelong friendships have been
built there. But there is that dark side and it just boils down to human nature.
Our first year that we went to Quartzite, we got invited to this secret camp, which
was designed to exclude a couple of people in the RV community. And we caught
wind of this and it was like this just doesn’t seem right! So our moral compass
point us in the right direction there. Second year, we showed up a few days late and it turned out there are a couple people spreading horrible rumors and gossip
about us! It was high school behavior at its worse! Now everybody is probably
gonna make the pilgrimage to Quartzite at one point in their RV life but keep in
mind it’s not all struck up to be and life on the open road in smaller
groups is far better!…. Alright guys! Well now you’ve heard our: “10 harsh realities to RV living.”… You know we always try to look at the bright side but we also
always try to tell you guys the truth. And sometimes it’s just not peaches and
cream every single day out on the road. So by now, we have an entire playlist of
these studio sessions. So if you like what you see, make sure you SUBSCRIBE to
our Channel! And if you liked all that footage that
you’ve seen in this video, make sure you binge watch all our travels!
We’re preparing for the next chapter of our lives as we head overseas for some
overlanding travel. So you want to make sure you subscribe to that one. Thanks
for watching and we’ll see you on the road!…..Bye!

100 Comments

  • His and Hers VLOGS

    Hello and thank you for watching our HARSH Realities video. Many of you are asking about the sunglasses, it was part of the video and spinning off of our previous video about the GOOD Realities. https://youtu.be/RcN7dd6KTRk As mentioned in the video we are now traveling in our 4×4 expedition vehicle and look forward to you riding along with us. https://youtu.be/wZdggSivOw4

  • Michael Melling

    I think I'd rather have a small helicopter that I can fly out to the middle of the desert and put up a tent and just be out there by myself for a while.

  • QRFMBR

    DAng, you mean I might have to pony up and extra $25 a night and go to a private RV park? Oh, man forget it! LOL : )

  • Randolph Jones

    Cant us RVers and TRUCKERS get along while we both traveling around the country and at the trucker-rv-stops to park overnight and shower and eats im a retired truckdriver that travels in my RV and hell im parking my retired but at any truckstops I damn well have my right to do so just like the other guy does my RV is now my RIG as im retired truckdriver with all do respects to all my fellow truckdrivers and RVERS you all drive safe now yea hear lol

  • Zymondo

    Thanks for a great video… I came across a couple of woman who were freaking out about some little problems that were nothing. Gezz, you can't be a whinebaby and a camper too ! Thanks for the reality check ! ! !

  • John Nunya

    The ReserveCalifornia and ReserveAmerica systems are so broken and over run with booking bots it's a joke trying to get a site at most of the Krazyfornia state campgrounds.

  • Debbie Lee

    As much as I am soooo happy someone is telling the truth about the realities of RV'ing. This makes staying in a nice cushy hotel much more appealing. This does not sound relaxing or fun at all. But I do appreciate your honesty! Thanks so much for shedding some light on the reality of RV living.❤️

  • Mitchell Barnhill

    It does matter truckstop r for trucker federal mandatory rest breaks we r not allowed in rv parks…nothing make me mad at 3am morning and 20 parking spot taken up by rv s .iam not on vacation iam at work

  • Traci Askew

    So informative. So true about drama!! We are just barely over 55 and we hate high school drama.
    Thank you for this vlog.

  • Stephen Pruszenski

    Ok. I am not Joe Handyman, Joe Plumber, or Joe Electrician. Should I even consider this lifestyle or am I in over my head? Your videos are the most realistic I've ever watched.

  • lowerastral

    Wow, I'm really glad I watched this video. And yes, the whole reservation system for camp sites is horrible here in California. As a matter of fact, although, I live in Southern California, I actually HATE it here. I hate most of the state of California. I think that the entire state of California is completely gentrified. It's overpopulated, the freeways are murder with gazillions of automobiles and semi-tractor trailers and lot's and LOTS of $#!++y drivers. I have lived in California for close to thirty-six years and I have to admit, it's fifteen years too long. And yes, it's time to get the hell out.

    As a fifty-seven-year-old who is married to a sixty-year-old lady… I can admit that both me and my wife are not too interested in camping near younger folks with noisy, obnoxious, kids… and although, we both like dogs, even dogs can be irritating with folks who have dogs that bark incessantly. That's why we really prefer NOT to camp in reservation "camp?" grounds, but prefer to find a public access road somewhere (Arizona) where we can display our bullshit Back Country Pass (if and when we actually need it, since in the twenty-five years that we've been camping in the back country, we've literally NEVER encountered any so-called "authorities") and hide out literally in the boondocks where we RARELY ever encounter ANYONE else. Personally? I love it! You definitely want a vehicle though that can take on 4×4 access roads… or, I should probably refer to them as tracks.

    Still, getting discriminated against is also bullshit. I suspect that younger RVers are assumed to have children, thus the discrimination. See, elderly people often just don't want to be around that kind of energy, that kind of noise. We did the kid thing, and now we just want some peace and quiet. You two don't appear to have any children, so that's like being discriminated against double. THAT sucks!

    Yes, and Quartzsite, Arizona has morphed into… well… maybe I shouldn't even go there. I avoid Quartzsite like the plague. Like I said, finding a public access road (if you have the right vehicle for doing that) is really what you want to be doing. Staying away from all those other RVers is choice. Peace and quiet… good. We experienced Pismo Beach, California a few years ago, and it was literally the WORST experience my wife and adult daughter ever had. Never again! We literally didn't get ANY sleep because of all the off-roaders with their Razors and motorcycles and quad runners… it was just an absolutely horrible experience. I don't even know what I was thinking when a friend of mine invited me and my family to join him and his family at Pismo Beach. They love "camping?" there, but for us, it was hell.

  • Tinkers Menality

    Ohh chist your in an RV how hard can life be. try living in a tent & out of you car.. RV's cost a ton of $$ & suck gas like there is no tomorrow…. You have it better then you realise. >snivel snivel<

  • Chris D

    #1 There is no perfect RV. Overcome it by just doing your research and doing it! Get out and have fun. #2 Weather will catch up to you at some point. Be prepared. #3 Things are going to break. New or used, parts will breakdown, sometimes at the most inconvenient times. Have a toolbox on board. #4 Mice, rodents and insects will be attracted to an RV. They will try to find a hole and get in. Keep a clean house. #5 Discrimination: The age of your RV will be a problem at some RV parks, particularly in FL and AZ. Over 55 in age parks will let you stay for a few days, but others may turn you away if your motorhome/RV is over 10 years old. #6 Reservation systems with campgrounds can be a problem. When they are mismanaged, it can be an epic failure. Some state parks in CA are on the reservation system and require up to 3 days notice. #7 The perfect RV "resort" doesn't exist. Trash, noisy neighbors, etc. Decide what and how you can compromise. #8 Laundromats. Get used to them. #9 You will sleep and clean yourself in really strange places. Truck stops have some fantastic showers. Regarding places to park and sleep, it really doesn't matter where you are – you're home. #10: Quartzite. See video on this matter.

  • Vlad The Impaler Țepeș III

    3:56 – Wait, you mean to tell me that something in California is a complete failure?
    Noooooooo waaaaaay!! Tell me more.

  • Vlad The Impaler Țepeș III

    You both talk to us like we are mentally incapable of understanding a normal speed of speech. Maybe this comes from having to deal with the many retarded RVers?

  • Ger Ger

    RVs are not built like a car, they're not built with the

    same rigid federal requirements nor have

    the lemon laws protection. Most RVs on

    the road are not built or designed for off-roading- boondocking.
    RV’s can wear out much faster when used off road or

    Boondocking. Campers still like to Stealth/

    Boondocks camp; but I

    don't recommend going off-road very far with an RV. Why? Fluids/filter need to

    be changed more often, nut/bolts come loose, framework starts tweaking/cracking.

    Units can warp and bend out of shape. Elect wire can catch on fire, not

    constructed in conduit, so can rub wires bare and catch on fire.

  • commanderdavey

    Seems to me the trend right now is a lot of trailer trash out on the road and they're pissing all of the resorts RV parks off hence all these crazy rules.

  • dsbmwhacker

    We've been "full timing" since 1993…so we're pretty well versed at the pro's & cons of full time RV living. Early on we found California to be pretty RV Friendly, but over the years it has turned around 180*….now to the point that most anyone in an RV is looked down upon as "homeless". For many years their Beach Campgrounds (at least around the San Diego area) were first come, first serve. Now it is nearly impossible to reserve a site…..and areas that "legally" still allow overnight parking on the street will get you a ticket or worse.

  • dsbmwhacker

    Quartzsite….we have RV property outside of Yuma so we typically avoid Quartzsite like the plague during the "Rock / Gem Show" time frames. Way too crowded for us!

  • Life Of Enomiell Vlogs

    #6 IS THE BEST ONE Lol 😎 Especially In Cali ✔ Thanks for this list & this is from a Millineal Couple who been living the life for 4 years now! & now sharing our Journey (NEW) ✔

  • Kendahke M

    For mice—keep peppermint essential oil on hand and wipe down your counters and storage areas at least once every two weeks. Mice hate the smell of peppermint oil. Yes, your rig will smell like a candy cane factory, but it's better than smelling of dead mouse or running the risk of contracting hanta virus from mouse droppings, no? Also, buy some electronic mouse traps which will electrocute the mouse–a blinking light will indicate you've got a dead mouse and you just pick up the entire trap and dispose of the mouse, then reset the light and place it back in its spot. I've found in my house that these are THE most effective traps.

  • Edgard Agosto

    Who is going to pay your high cost of housing still climbing in the U.S. and overseas some people are force into RV living van living

  • Jake McClintock

    What makes you guys think that two years in an RV full-time is a long enough time to speak with authority about the "lifestyle?" People who have done it for years at a time don't make videos like this. I have noted that all sorts of generally youthful "newbies" have lots to say about it. I keep hoping some experienced people will tell it like it is, but so far they have remained mostly silent.

  • William Sr. Donaldson

    Thank you so much for the video. I have not been able to decide if I want to go on the road or stay in my camper on my land. The more I see, key word see, the more I think about it. It sounds like fun but it looks terrible. So far I'm going to stay where I'm at but will do a lot of traveling instead. I think the most fun would be meeting all the nice people, but having a solid place to stay is best for me. Enjoy your day.

  • Travel Small Live Big

    Nice list! We are lucky in one aspect though… we have found loads of perfect campsites! If it’s slightly level and we don’t have to un-hook the trailer we think it’s perfect. We set our bar really low – ha ha! Quartzite sounds like hell to me 🙄

  • Matooley O'Brien

    The whole reason to camp is to get AWAY from the crowds and people….I could not Stand to camp in a RV Park Unless it was a Emergency.. I DON'T SEE THE POINT LOL… I get if you're traveling point a to point b or coast to coast but to spend days on end in a RV Park would Depress me .. I don't understand these people spending tens of thousands of dollars to buy some sort of RV that go park in a parking lot/RV Park and think their camping??? Nothing wrong with the nice RVs and campers I have one myself but To just go and be around Masses of people…NO WAY!!!

  • Kelvin Sorensen

    Your comments are all true . My wife and I are only 4 months into rv life and we have had rodents breakdowns a tire blow out and annoying neighbors and definitely changed our view of dirty laundry thanks for the heads up I watched your video just before we started great help 😁

  • stratos175 Escape

    All this was good except your issue with reservation system, what other suggestion would you have? First come first served? That does not work either and ask me is even worse, at least with reservation system you know if you have a spot. Learn more about boondocking and other options for camping if you have a problem with the reservation system.

  • Lex Starr

    Tkx guys!! I'm real glad 2 know that we're not the only adults out there that can't STAND HS childish drama as adults & especially by adults.

  • Jumbo Palumbo

    CARRY….. Spare fuses (super cheap). Mouse glue traps (sorry yes. They are cruel but they are effective. Just do the dirty work and dispatch them when you catch them. Don't want the little guys to suffer so put them out of their misery quick when they get stuck). A good set of screw drivers including a set of various drive heads like Torx, square drive, and mini drive bits for thins like eyeglasses. A good set of Metrinch tools (will work with both metric and SAE and work WAY better than the spline drive garbage out there). A shovel. A long reach saw (I keep a rechargeable chainsaw even). 2 x 4s. Plastic traction plates you can stuff under tires in snow or mud (tie them to the back before you use them so you can drag them behind you and not have to stop for a while). Bag of kitty litter for traction. Bag of salt to melt ice. A length of outdoor carpet. Umbrella. Ear plugs. Rain poncho. Plunger. Wire crimper / stripper / set of terminals. A butane powered soldering iron (I can't recommend that enough. So many times that has gotten my arse out of a jam) and assorted soldering wires. Bleach. Portable water filter. Portable camping or back packing stove. Potable water isolated from the on board water system. Emergency rations and water packs (available from marine stores). Class D fire extinguicher for lithium and magnesium fires and a Halon extinguisher for electrical fires. And at least three regular ABC fire extinguishers. I am never more than a few feet away from an extinguisher and keep the Halon near my electrical panel and the Class D next to the lithium battery pack. (Can not recommend this enough either. They are very expensive but you can save your rig with the correct fire extinguisher). I can go on and on. Prepare now for a comfortable 'later.'

  • virgilio1956

    ants followed by ants followed by more ants , then there are ants and ants, and more ants. Did I say ants? ANTS ?? MORE ANTS , and big ants, red ants, black ants. More ANTS !!

  • KEITH KUHN

    Beautiful you guys tell it just like it really is. Nothing is perfect in life no perfect neighbors.
    Even life in a campground can be a real Biatch

  • Kyle Rider

    As an over the road trucker. I can identify with these points. I’m always sort of camping in my truck but at truck stops lol and after traveling the country for four year I know the ones to definitely avoid and the hidden gems that are a must stop

  • laronis

    Your number 6 is the worst in my opinion (well the #3 “things break” sucks too). I don’t know where I will be tonight, let alone in a week. I HATE reservations. It sucks all the fun out of RVing.

  • skull's favorites

    hi good vid,but i;m older than you,i live in new england,and have owned and driven everything so everything you listed as darker side just seems like everyday normal life..sounds like your the ones who had expectatiobs..i shall continue to watch,as i wasnt that naieve at 20,so it will be fun to whitness the inocense i never had..keep havin fun you two

  • Billy Sexton

    Kinda obvious, people = problems… in some cases. One of the reasons finding a great group of friends to surround yourself with is so important. However I don't think it should discourage you from the RU life. One of the reasons finding a great group of friends to surround yourself with us so important. However I don't think it should discourage you from the RU life if you love it.

  • Barry Barry

    1 Harsh Reality Of Life ~ every 10 seconds a child dies from starvation (3,075,000 in one year), thanks in part to people that are fixated on material trinkets. The most deserved thing for humanity would be the appearance of a life ending virus… just deserts!!!

  • shon mccarthy

    here is what I learned from this vid, 
    1. His and Hers vlog's rv is horrible. it does not have a shower, it docent have a washer/dryer.
    2.they are not good at finding places to put there camper.
    3…. oh there isn't a #3

  • wazza davies

    Reservation system.??? I don't use it. Because i don't camp with the herd. There are always little gem spots you can if you look. That are free. Not always convenient but that's you have a RV or bus.

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