I anticipated to be duped by the RV at some point during our travels, but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. And I really mean “duped”. Like, the problems we were encountering had such simple solutions that I’m almost embarrassed to share them. But here I go, sharing them. Because maybe it’s a little funny, and maybe some other RVer out there is struggling just like us. So let’s get into it 🙂
No, not between Gina and I. We know our places in the relationship haha! Anyway, before we even moved into the RV fully, we had an issue with the power. None of the lights would turn on, none of the appliances would work, and none of the outlets had a current. At that point, we weren’t hooked up to an external power source, but we knew that we should at least be getting interior lights from the back up battery. Initially, we thought that maybe the battery had died. It seemed like a no-brainer, but we felt that was unlikely seeing as we had JUST bought the RV and had hardly used the battery. So, before we went and bought a new battery, we checked if there was an easier solution. We consulted the Owner’s Manual, but I must say, it wasn’t helpful at all in any of our situations. NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT. Every solution had been us stumbling upon it ourselves or Google (Thank God for other RV Bloggers!) For more than one day (I refuse to say how many) we searched around the RV for a solution to our power problem. We thought maybe there was some super-secret button we had to push to get everything going. What we were discovering during our search were a lot of super-secret buttons, valves, and switches hidden all over the RV that we had no idea what they went to. Finally, Gina called me while I was at work one day and told me excitedly, yet slightly ashamed, that she had found the super-secret button…It was right in front of our faces, right by the front door, the whole time.
So yay! Interior Lights! Now, fast forward to when we were trying to get all cozy in our new home as squatters on my “second parents’” land. For the first time, we hooked the RV up to an external power source (their back garage). We were under the assumption that the RV would light up like Christmas. I fantasized about using the microwave and my hair blowing back from the air conditioning…And, naturally, Gina was excited to plug in her iPhone because they are battery suckers (go Android!). We plugged the RV in and…nothing. The air was still hot and stale, none of the outlets would work, and I wasn’t eating anything that needed to be heated up in the microwave anytime soon. Ugh! What now!? Again, DAYS went by while we tried to understand why we couldn’t get any power. We surfed the internet for solutions, but it was like typing your medical symptoms into WebMD…the RV went from a “cough” to full blown cancer! We finally took advantage of our Priority RV membership and called to speak with an associate to help us trouble shoot. Unfortunately, I was at work when Gina made this call, but I wish more than a lot of things that I could have been there to see her face when another obvious solution was found yet again. Gina was directed by the representative to re-check all of the connections. He told her it would also be wise to make sure the source outlet was operating properly. Gina went to the garage outlet, and he told her to try the reset button…Well, of course, NOW the RV lit up like Christmas. Yeah, that’s right. We spent DAYS stumped by this.
All right! Kick ass! We have power, we move in, we start living that legit RV Life…and we love it! The dogs love the immediate access to a large yard just outside of our front door, the cats love the large picture windshield of the RV, and things were going great…until we wanted to take a hot shower. I’ll save you the time (and ourselves some embarrassment) by skimming over how long it took us to get the heater working, but essentially, the light by the power buttons didn’t light up when the switch was flipped. So, naturally, we thought “no light, no work”. Well, we EVENTUALLY discovered that THE LIGHT SHOULDN’T ACTUALLY LIGHT UP. If the light were to turn on, that would mean there was actually a problem with the heater igniting. See, now that wasn’t fair. Lights typically come on when something is operating!
If you haven’t totally lost faith in our ability to survive RV Life yet, I’ve got one more for you. By the way, thanks for keeping the faith! So, we’ve got power, we’ve got air, and we’ve got hot water…well, almost. We were both so excited to be able to take a hot shower in our RV and not have to go to my mom’s house every time we were feeling a little grotesque. I turned on the water heater, I let it cycle for a good half an hour, and I hopped in the shower. The water was warm, and so was my heart…until about ten seconds later when it went back to freezing ass cold. Yep, you guessed it… several more days went by before we found EVEN MORE super-secret hidden switches. One little valve…just one… needed to be turned a mere 90 degrees in order to get the damn hot water to flow to the proper places. In my defense, “Where are the hot water heater valves located in my RV?” was a VERY popular question to ask Google.
Other Than Being NOOBS, How Has RV Life Been?
Okay. Overall, how has RV Life actually been these first few weeks? Well, we’re now in our third week of living in the RV, and it’s fantastic. Everything is FINALLY operational, I now feel comfortable driving the RV alone, the dogs love getting to run around every day in a huge yard, and there is so much less to clean! I’d say deciding to move into the RV for about a month before our departure was a very smart choice. We’ve gained some knowledge to pass on to other new and clueless RVers like ourselves, and, most importantly, we allowed ourselves and our animals to get comfortable with our new shape- shifting home before it starts, you know, moving and scaring the hell out of them.
My final paragraph was going to be this sad sappy buzz kill about how one of our cats, Temple, escaped from the RV, and we hadn’t seen him for over a week. To our amazement, he finally returned home just the other night! I couldn’t be happier or more in awe. I thought for sure he had been gobbled up by the coyotes. Now that our little fur family is complete again, we cannot wait for our fast approaching departure date, tentatively planned for AUGUST 20TH! Check back often or subscribe to my blog to keep up to date with our adventures! I can’t wait to share our journey with you!
Oh, yeah, really quickly…a treat for those who made it through this entire post…Here’s some goofy videos of us emptying the shitter for the very first time. ENJOY! 😀