It takes a little relearning when you move from your spacious home to living in an RV full-time. Suddenly you are never out of earshot of each other and sometimes get in each other’s way. We’ve seen many couples live this lifestyle with great success and love to hear of their adventures. A few tips they’ve shared with us are mentioned below.
Put Things Back in Their Proper Place
It doesn’t take much to mess up an RV. Just a few items out on the counter, in the sink, or on the shower floor and you have a problem. Most RVers are very good about putting things away as soon as they are done using them. You may stay in a different city, state, and campground each week but your home will be the same place every time and the scissors should always be in the drawer assigned to them.
Weight In – Weight Out
It’s something you didn’t have to really think about when you were living in your family home but now it is a real consideration. It won’t take long to build up if you visit too many flea markets and bring in lots of bargains without getting rid of an equal number of items from your RV. Most couples help keep each other accountable for collecting only things they really value and being willing to give up things that have outlived their usefulness.
My Jobs – Your Jobs
In order to avoid bumping into each other, you can assign duties and then perform them at optimal times. If one person tidies up the inside while the other cleans up outside you’ll be good as gold. If one person is trying to clean the bathroom while the other is collecting laundry and making the bed, chances are you’ll get into a traffic jam. You’ll get your work done faster with some elbow room so work from different ends or at different times.
Morning and Evening Schedules
We all have our routines and RVs are not likely to accommodate two people in the bathroom. You will probably find that you settle down to a schedule of who showers first or brushes their teeth at night and this will save the relationship – so we are told.
Think ahead and buy only what you need. You don’t have a lot of storage space so buying large packages of anything will just make less room for things you need now. You can shop smaller and more often to save space and reduce waste from anything that didn’t get eaten.
Most people figure it out rather quickly and some decide that RVing may be best for them only on a once-in-awhile basis. You really should take a trial run or two before you jump in with both feet. You’ll get a good idea if the lifestyle will work for you as a couple or not.