You wouldn’t know it by the title, but we love living in an RV. But just like a house, there are a few things about living in an RV that make us crazy. That being said, the things we don’t like about living in an RV are nowhere near enough annoying to make us quit this lifestyle. The benefit outweighs the negatives…by far.
If you’ve been reading our blog for awhile and thought, “I wouldn’t mind living in an RV,” here are a few things you may want to prepare yourself for. These are six reasons why living in an RV sucks.
Counter space in the kitchen is limited. Like extremely limited. When we first bought the RV, Adam had indicated he would want to buy a little table to set up in the kitchen for when he made something big like perogies. We never did buy that table. Adam also sadly has not made perogies since we started living in the RV. What you see below is how it looks when we do dishes, and how much room you have when you are using the stovetop.
Thankfully, we do have sink covers that give you a little more room but it’s still not much. The cupboards that you see are also the only cupboards in the kitchen. You learn to deal with it and be creative. Plus, we do have the kitchen table to prepare food as well. There is a small pantry we use for dry food and we turned the area that used to be used for DVD storage into our pots and pans area.
The best way to overcome the lack of counter/kitchen space is to just eat out, which we do plenty of here in Tofino. Tacofino has taken over our lives.
RV’s Are Cheaply Made
RV’s can be pricey but sometimes you wonder why. The materials in an RV are built with weight in mind meaning the materials are often light and very fragile. It doesn’t take much time of living in an RV to notice how the construction is sort of poor. Certain things in an RV break easily. We have learned to be very gentle in our RV, even when it comes to closing the RV door.
When we were travelling across Canada and the slides were in, I tried to shimmy between the wall and our kitchen table and my butt literally broke the table stands. That cost us $20 to replace. The outdoor kitchen plastic range cover also broke. The heat vents in the floor are plastic & Adam stood on one and broke it. The blinds, which are kind of neat because there is daytime and nighttime blinds, well… they break easily, too. Fixing those blinds is like trying to figure out how to open a Chinese puzzle box. You start sweating and swearing and want to cry. Ok, maybe not cry, but they are frustrating to fix.
When we first moved to Tofino, it was raining non-stop. Adam went mad trying to figure out how to stop the condensation in the RV. This is a major problem in RV’s even when you don’t live in a temperate rainforest. Mold grows easily and quickly. That mold can easily destroy your RV and your health.
Thankfully, like that pesky neighbour who comes over and eats all of your food, we figured out how to kick condensation out of our RV.
Storage Bay Locks
If you have an RV, do me a quick favour and go get your trailer keys. Now, look at the keys for your storage bays. Let me guess, the key is engraved with CH751. Guess what? Our keys are as well. Over 60% of trailers have the same storage bay locks. Crazy, right? What a concept, “Let’s make all the keys the same so that no one has secure storage.”
Because of this, we keep toilet paper, paper towels, some tennis balls, and a lounge chair in our basement. Basically, nothing of value goes in our storage bays, which sucks because we have limited storage space to begin with while living in an RV.
You can buy different locks and install them but it’s surprisingly pricey. We will probably do this in the near future but in the meantime, if you are desperate enough to steal our toilet paper – you likely need it more than us anyways.
Adam bumps his head
Adam is 6’2. He’s actually only 6’1 ¾ according to a doctor but he gets sensitive about not being 6’2 so for this story, we’ll stick to that.
Because of his height, I have witnessed Adam bump his head about 32 times weekly since we started living in an RV. The slide out rooms are only 5’8. Fortunately, I am 5’7, so I have no worries at all but Adam is always banging his head on the wooden frame. Our bedroom is over the hitch area of the 5th wheel and when Adam uses the sink by our bed, his head just clears the ceiling at 6’3. If he takes a step up to the bed, it’s back to 5’8. I see a lot of similarities to Adam in the RV and Gandalf walking through the homes of the Shire.
A lot of the newer models of 5th wheels are built taller with more head room throughout them, even in the bedroom areas. Whenever we purchase our next 5th wheel we’ll be looking for one that should reduce the risk of concussions for Adam.
If the trailer is a-rockin’…
Adam will kill me for writing this, but it is TRUE. The trailer rocks and shakes a lot and not just during the night when we are doing Irish jigs.
The RV also wiggles or rocks when Adam is working as he shakes his legs or rocks back and forth. At times I wonder if I’m experiencing an earthquake or whether it is just Adam working. There are also times when Paris jumps off the bunk room couch and you can feel the trailer shake and she only weighs 7lbs.
The stabilizers and jacks that come with the trailer don’t do much to stabilize the trailer. There are stabilizers you can buy and install to help the issue. We’ve started to get used to the trailer shaking and barely notice it anymore. We’ll still likely look into installing extra stabilizers down the line which should help with the Irish jigging.
Whether you live in an apartment, a house or you’re living in an RV, there is always going to be good and bad things about each. Everything we’ve listed above is not even close to annoying enough to have us ditch this amazing lifestyle. It’s just little things we gripe about now and then. There are so many positives to living in a 5th wheel and we’ll go over that with you next week.
What do you dislike most about living in an RV, house, or apartment?