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AFTER YOU BUY: 9 Things Nobody Tells You About RV Life

-by Valerie + Jessi Smith


We often talk about all the many joys of living on the road. From the beautiful scenery, to the feeling of freedom, but there are still many ups and downs living on the road.  We focus mostly on the positive because 90% of the time it’s been wonderful. However, there are bad things about this lifestyle too. Today, we’ll keep it real and share with you the 9 things nobody tells you about RV life.

1. BOON-DOCKING CAN BE SCARY

A free nights stay seems like a really great deal, right? Well, it is, mostly.  But one night we had a terrible time in New Jersey.  After a long day’s drive, we finally arrived at our selected Walmart.As we walked back to the car after grabbing supplies in the store, we see three cars: lined up next to each other near the back of the parking lot with their lights on, blaring the creepy whistle song from American Horror Story.  So we pile into our camper, and shut the doors and windows, a little creeped out. Then a man outside starts screaming, top of his lungs, as if he’s being kidnapped or tortured.  Suddenly we realize we are in middle of no where, trapped in a camper, with no ability to see what is going on. Naturally we ran out, jumped in the car, and sped away as fast as we could while also calling the police.

It could have been a “prank,” but holy hell it was one of the scariest nights of our lives.

2. LIFE AND DEATH STILL HAPPENS

In the last 6 months, we’ve lost three grandparents. Friends have also had babies, bought houses, and moved cities. If you’re planning to hit the road and expecting the rest of the world to stop, you will be greatly disappointed. This is life and life can be messy, disorganized, chaotic, and you can loose the ones you love. But the good thing about being mobile, is we were able to change a few pla