Living full time in our motor home allows us to be Ready To Go. . .on to the next adventure!

Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco Skyline as seen from the Marin Headlands - California

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Full Time RV Living and Maintenance - On the Go

Travel day is a glorious phrase when you live full time in your Recreational Vehicle, but what about all the stuff?

This was the question we were asked by a young couple visiting us last week. We have lamps, and knick knacks, collectibles, and electronics out all over our rig. We decided from the very beginning that this was going to be our home, and it was going to be lived in, and decorated as a home.

All the goodies are very securely fastened down. We only move a couple of things, one being the coffeepot, which we sit on the floor. It's too big to fasten down, plus, it needs to be cleaned under on a regular basis. Being forced to move it to a safe place allows us to take care of that little cleaning chore. We also move the three glass canisters sitting beside the coffee pot which hold our sweetner, creamer, and coffee beans. They ride in the sink, along with one decorative plant.

That's about it. All the rest of it is either velcroed, glued or screwed down. A few judiciously placed bungee cords keep the TV from bouncing, and keep a couple of cabinet doors closed. Not sure what their problem is, I guess all the bouncing and flexing just jolts them loose, so over time, we've learned to fasten them. Those little kiddie protectors work great for that chore also.

One other chore that I have learned to do the night before is to take the sewer hose loose, and store it. I also disconnect the water, and store the water hose. We just use our fresh water tank for the few things we might need water for. The reason I started taking care of those two items the night before is that my hubby is an early bird. He gets up ready to roll. Taking care of a few things the night before allows me to sleep in an extra half hour.

All I need to do to be ready to roll is to fix a quick breakfast, clean up, and pull in the slides while he loads up the satellite dish, and the lawn chairs. We work together on the rest of the outside stuff, getting the trailer ready to hook up to the truck, taking care of the jacks, steps, whatever miscellaneous other things need to be done.

Having a routine, taking care of a few things the night before, and sharing responsibilities allows us to be ready to roll within thirty minutes.

If we can get it all together, and be on the road to our next destination by 10 a.m., we are happy campers.

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