We read quite a few other blogs, mostly written by other RV'ers. It's very apparent that in most ways we are not normal RV'ers. In fact, we're not normal in a lot of ways outside of RV'ing!
We don't have a television.
This has got to be the number one thing that makes us not normal. What? No TV? Nope. Not having a TV means that we don't have to pay the fees for access to satellite. And even more important, we don't have to spend hours trying set up the satellite dish to access the signal. Seems that a lot of RV'ers spend more time setting up the dish than they do watching TV. Also don't have to carry the damn thing around. And, didn't have to buy it in the first place. However, we do watch movies on the laptop!
We don't have a microwave.
Nope. Because we are rarely plugged in to electricity, we hardly ever used it anyhow. Besides we like cooking with our gas oven and stove. And, it was heavy and made for a lot of cupboard space when we got rid of it.
Hot water heater?
Yep, we have one. Can't remember the last time we turned it on though. We heat up hot water for coffee and tea in a pot on the stove. And we have a solar hot water bag that we set out in the morning that gives us hot water to wash the dishes with in the afternoon. Any time we need a little hot water otherwise, we put a pot on the stove. The only time we turn the hot water heater on is if we are not close to shower facilities and we need a shower REALLY bad. And then it's a pain because we have to clean out our storage bin...which is the shower stall!
We don't eat in restaurants.
Okay, we do occasionally, if there is exceptional value in what we're spending. We find most restaurant food overrated and overpriced. But it seems to me that most RV'ers eat out A LOT! We like our own cooking. Ruth does most of the cooking, and she is a great cook. And when I take over once or twice a week it seems to turn out pretty good too! And, it is a lot cheaper to make your own food. We win all the way around! Even when we go out for the day, we try and pack a lunch, or at least some snacks.
We don't tow a vehicle.
It's expensive to tow a vehicle. The tow setup alone can cost well over $2,500. Then there's the wear and tear on the vehicle itself. And a little extra gas for the motorhome. And reduced maneuverability for the motorhome. It just doesn't seem worth the effort, especially in Mexico where public transportation is so cheap and readily available. Are there things we've missed along the way? Of course, but our regular readers would vouch for the fact that we do a lot of extracurricular activities despite the fact that we don't have a tow vehicle.
Occasionally. But where is it written that an RV has to stay in an RV Park? We like our space. Most RV Parks have you crammed in like sardines. To us, there is nothing worse than opening your blind in the morning to stare at another RV parked 8 feet away. And then you're sitting on your patio having a beer, with your neighbours sewer hose only two feet away. Nope. Not for us.
But, we know that everybody is different and people are happy doing their own thing. That's what makes the world go 'round. Besides, if everybody did things our way, we would have a tough time finding somewhere to park for the night!