I wrote this out for a young single woman who e-mailed me asking for some advice on full-timing last week, and decided this part was applicable to a large enough audience that it should be shared. The fact that I got called in to work today on my day off and had no time to write another blog post has nothing to do with it, really.
- Learn at least some about your RV (reading the owners manual is a good start) so that you don’t feel completely overwhelmed when you finally get on the road with it. When you pick it up, have the previous owner or the dealership show you how to use everything on it – and take notes or video when they do so you can refer back to it, because you’ll probably forget 90% before you leave their parking lot just due to excitement and nerves.
- RVs are complicated, and you won’t have time to learn everything about them before you hit the road. So make friends (online is easiest) with people who know more than you, so you have someone to turn to when you get stuck. Bonus: they’ll also root you on when you’re feeling lost or frustrated with preparations.
- Don’t sweat the little things. You can worry about the perfect way to arrange your storage cabinets, picking out the best RV wax, and which RV clubs to join after the fact. Focus on the big things, and the little things will fall into place along the way.
- It’s okay to be scared out of your wits sometimes, we all were at some point. Just keep making progress, little by little, and you’ll get where you want to be in time. Don’t worry too much about not having a man to help hitch up the trailer, back the RV into the site, or fix things that go wrong – you’ll gain confidence as you learn you’re perfectly capable of handling these situations on your own.
- Enjoy the process. Take an evening off that has nothing to do with RVing every so often to keep your sanity. Stop now and then and instead of worrying about what all still needs to be done, think of everything you’ve already accomplished. Celebrate the small victories, revel in the changes you’ve wrought, and lean into the challenge. You’re going to be great, really.
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Tomorrow is a moving day! Circle 10 is going to be shut down soon since it’s getting colder at night and the little employee cabins don’t have heat and the water pipes aren’t insulated. I spent most of yesterday thoroughly cleaning Cas and putting up everything that got spread out from being in one place for four months. I’m going to be moving down to the Badlands Inn just outside the southern park boundary. It’s near the campground where I stayed the first five weeks I was working at the Lodge, but behind the Inn I’ll have full hookups even if the view isn’t as nice. Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for a high of 97 with strong afternoon thunderstorms so it could be interesting. I’m hoping to have time to wash Cas’ exterior in the morning before I pull out since I won’t really have a chance to again until after Amazon is over.
And speaking of things coming up down the road, progress is being made on lining up a gig for after Amazon. I have one good looking prospect that I should know yay or nay within a few days, and another one as a potential backup if the first falls through. Both look to be fun and interesting options, so I’m excited to see how it turns out. That’s all I’m going to share until I learn more, insert cliff hanger here!
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