Dear RV Shrink:
I have a weight problem. My husband says my embroidery machine is too heavy to carry with us in the 5th wheel. I was fine with that until he bought a small air compressor to haul around with us. His argument was that we needed it to check our tire pressure and add air when necessary. The thing weighs more than my embroidery machine. I told him every gas station in America has an air hose. For those with a charge I would gladly pay with the money I make using my embroidery machine. I love the RV lifestyle as much as my husband, but if I can’t do what I enjoy, I’ll stay home and embroider and he can go blow air up his tires. Can you find us some common ground? —Tired and under pressure in Peoria
You should not have a blowout in your relationship over cargo space. You should both be able to find equipment that fits the bill of lading for an RV. With today’s technology I have seen both items in a smaller size and capable of doing what you both want to do.
I agree with your argument. Most stations do have available air. Sometimes it’s not convenient to reach, but often a long air hose will reach all around even a large rig. But I can see having a small compressor would make it convenient to check your tires and add air anywhere.
If I were you I would compromise and take both. If, after several months, one gets little use – lose it! I think that is good advice for any items you haul. It is a matter of learning what to carry and what to leave behind. Everything should be an option.
With so much storage space available in newer rigs people have a tendency to haul equipment they will never use. It takes some sorting out. Be open minded and you will soon lose more weight than you ever imagined.—Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink
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