Friday, December 8, 2023



The top ten harsh realities of RV life

A millennial couple, with two years of RVing under their belts, explain their top ten harsh realities of traveling with an RV. They do a great job explaining some of the “bad” that goes with the “good.” If you’re about to buy an RV and begin RVing, this will be an eye opener, for better or worse. If you are a veteran RVer, we suspect you’ll conclude the couple’s points are right on or darn close.

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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bill (@guest_32409)
5 years ago

Boy, what a bunch of negative old fogeys commenting on this. Didn’t your mama teach you “If you can’t say something nice…”

By the way, I’m a boomer and enjoy being around people who are older (not so many left) and younger (enthusiastic about the future.)

Sandra (@guest_32347)
5 years ago

Out of curiosity, I found this couples YouTube homepage and watched several videos, as I have free Wi-Fi at current location (unusual).

Several comments:
1. Distracted Driving. Stop vlogging while you are driving!!! Vlog when you are not driving!!!!!!

2. This couple comes across as very arrogant and egotistical. After 3 vlogs I could stand no more. Tone it down and have some humility! Sheesh!

3. Many minutes of nothing but music and watching scenery from the RV windshield before any real content? Have they considered RVers limitations on bandwidth at all?

4. I had quite enough of them. No more – PLEASE!

Allen (@guest_32340)
5 years ago

Let me guess about the “rumors” that preceded this couple to Quartzite.

Was it that they are self important smug egotists lording it over other people? Know it alls? I can’t imagine how such a “rumor” could start.

marty chambers (@guest_32279)
5 years ago

I thought that this video was well done and the topic well covered.

People that watch it have to keep in mind that this is their opinion, just because you wish to ignore the negatives does not mean that those people who talk about them are negative people, they seek the truth, the facts, something America seems to have forgotten exists anymore.

Thanks for the video, I agree 100% with you and years of reading blogs from RVer’s support your reasoning.

John (@guest_32241)
5 years ago

The “dark side of RV life” are these people.

Karen (@guest_32115)
5 years ago

I’m a fulltime RV Boomer, but certainly won’t belittle someone because they’re a Millennial. However, I too would prefer the message in writing for many reasons, internet too slow, limited data, etc. I may be wrong, but I’d guess it’s mostly Boomers reading this article.

Booneyrat (@guest_32092)
5 years ago

Back in the early 1990’s we first started full timing and were belittled by old folks then…the infamous WWII generation who thought boomers were all hippies and dopers. Well..guess what..they found out different that there are a few rednecks around who actually worked for a living..instead of sitting on computers like they do now and claim to be working. At any rate..those old folks moved on to old age homes and us boomers were free to roam the highways.So…don’t belittle all people…people…we ALL get a turn sooner or meet the make the best of it while you can.

sdw (@guest_32082)
5 years ago

When I saw it was from Millenials I knew it would be a waste
of time. They have no common sense. Everything they mentioned most people already know. And yes there used to be perfect camp spots. Until millennials came along and started telling everybody in the world where they were on youtube. Now they’re filling up. I call rving Millennials “grasshoppers”. They quit their jobs to have fun now. Remember the old “Ant and the Grasshopper” story. When they reach their 50s and 60s and they haven’t got any money for old age like social security because you have to pay into it to receive it they’ll found out.

Darrel (@guest_32233)
5 years ago
Reply to  sdw

Agree. Young egotists with only 2 years on the road

Alex (@guest_32281)
5 years ago
Reply to  sdw

Wow. Ya’ll gotta learn to age gracefully. One day, while your age appropriate friends are at the pool enjoying the weather, you might take a tumble and won’t be able to get up. “Millennials” might the only ones around to help you up or to call 911. Many of our RV pals are having strokes (NOT on the golf course), broken hips and other health issues with which their cohorts are unwilling to deal with; reminds them of their own mortality or interferes with their “enjoyment” of life. We’re in our 70’s and find friendship and respect among all ages, ethnicities and lifestyles. Try it, you might sleep better..

Bobmunky (@guest_32078)
5 years ago

They have to use video because they are Millennials, narcissists who have to see themselves. Text is easier than video, but you can’t be a YouTube star without video.

Kelly R (@guest_32126)
5 years ago
Reply to  Bobmunky

Narcissists. I like that description of the video millennials. But we must have screwed up somewhere in their upbringing. One, we evidently didn’t teach them to communicate – reading or writing. Shame on us.

Darrel (@guest_32237)
5 years ago
Reply to  Bobmunky

They seem to neither know nor care about bandwidth. Can’t write an article, but love to admire themselves in video as they tell the world how RVing is (with only 2 years experience at that).

Joseph P Hastings (@guest_32077)
5 years ago

I can read much faster than watch a video, so I don’t bother with videos. If you want to communicate something to me, allow me to read it otherwise the content will be ignored.

Don O. Treply (@guest_32428)
5 years ago

There’s a reason the old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” has endured.

Elaine Jordan (@guest_32061)
5 years ago

Good grief…..totally agree with other comments….not sure what the video says, but one of the harsh realities of RV life is limited data plans or spotty internet?

Doug (@guest_31928)
5 years ago

Bandwidth restrictions is one of the realities. 10 minute videos simply don’t work out for many RVers. If one wants to share a point of view, text is the best method to reach RVers.

Liz (@guest_31929)
5 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Agee. Be wise and never promote or upload a video for RVers without following it with a transcript or text giving the video content. Most videos burn through a lot of monthly wireless allotments or face limited signal strength conveying content far more effectively and respectful of wireless limits supplied as concise, enumerated text. Video, vlogging, Youtubing and all the fat-streaming is an unfortunate fad and ego trip — fine for home-based or wired users — but inappropriate for a traveling/boondocking RV audience seeking your information but locked out when the signal is weak, drops, is nonexistent, won’t support video streaming, or other limitations.
When 5G wireless is widely rolled out nationwide (2030?) this will no longer be an issue.

Don O. Treply (@guest_32429)
5 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Who’s forcing you to watch 10 minute videos that your bandwidth can’t handle? Vent on them, not on the vloggers producing videos that others are enjoying!

Mike Sokol
5 years ago
Reply to  Don O. Treply

So as many of you know, I’m an adjunct professor one day a week at a major conservatory teaching highly technical classes. Now, by the time these 20-something students get to me they’re already super qualified. First, their parents have the money to send them to a private conservatory. Second, they’ve already passed all kinds of juries and are extremely proficient in at least one, and sometimes several instruments. And last, they’re very intelligent and highly motivated to learn. Now, from years of doing this I’ve learned that some students are auditory learners, and do best when they hear me speak about a topic. But others need to read and study the articles I hand out to them. And yet another group does very well when I assign videos for them to watch. It all depends on each student’s learning style, and I work really hard to adjust this on a per-student basis. Now, it’s manageable for me as this is a private conservatory with maybe 6 to 8 students per class.

My point is that everyone learns differently, and that doesn’t make them stupid or ignorant or lazy. I myself have some learning deficiencies that drove my teachers nuts until I figured out how to ask for what I really needed in order to learn. And I’ve learned a lot over the years once I understood how my brain worked. Yes, I hacked my own brain…

And the need of videos (or other visual aids) is not limited to millennials. For the best examples of that, look at any of the WWII training VIDEOS on every topic imaginable. These were well-produced films (videos?) that trained a lot of undereducated soldiers how to perform at a very high level of proficiency.

My personal learning style leans more towards written textbooks for a lot of things, and videos are a big help sometimes. But to really hammer home concepts I like to design and run my own experiments. They’re essentially DIY videos right on my desk in front of my eyes, which I find is the ultimate way to learn something.

Of course, your mileage will vary with each learning technique. But however you do it, NEVER stop learning.

Professor Mike Sokol (really!)

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