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Old 05-05-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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Bad start to RV'ing (Venting)

I love our 2004 Georgetown. I love camping. I love taking my coffee out to my little chair and listening to the waves, birds, quiet and smelling the fresh air. I love living in 35' of knowing where everything is and saying goodbye to my house. Problem is.......after just 4 short jaunts (5 day max on one trip), Hubby has decided he doesn't like the lifestyle. HELP!!!!!
Might have something to do with the fact every time we have loaded up and 'started out', something has gone wrong. Might be that the insurance we bought (thank God) has already had to pay out almost 4 grand for the damage from a windstorm...(broken windshield; ripped canopy and broken pole; TV fell out and crashed; ripped off TV antenna)...All turn signals quit working...expensive hitch for 2000 VW tow car broke second day...batteries all had to be replaced....bought a satellite dish and the day it was installed the flat screen gave up, bought a new TV....$$$$$ adding up. Bed is too narrow and short for him....yada yada yada....
To top it off, it hasn't quit raining long enough to really do 'anything' fun.
I'm the one who wanted this giant thing in our driveway, and now wondering if we made a bad move at our age (I'm 69 and he is 71). Maybe we are just set in our ways and should have started this years ago.

Sorry if all this is boring, but wonder if anyone on this forum has gone through this just to find out that RV life isn't your cup of tea.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:01 PM   #2
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We got into Class A RVing when I was 69+ and DW three years younger. We've enjoyed what little we've been able to do in the 4 seasons we've had it (a tad over 5,000 miles). Most of our problems haven't been with the rig, but with medical issues and costs.

We're thinking of hanging it up this year.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:08 PM   #3
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My DW and I are 65 and we purchased our Georgetown in April 2012 after having 5th wheels. We now have 2 years in our Georgetown and we are not full timers.
I just rolled over 23,000 miles on mine and plan another 10,000 miles in the next 4 months. We all had issues with our motorhomes so lets say you are finished with any more surprises. Hit the road and "Enjoy the Country we love and defend!
We are heading out to the Canadian maritime area in a few weeks and won't get home until early September.

You really need to hookup with a group locally and have fun with other Forest River Owners Group. (FROG)

Have fun and hope you don't sell.
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:25 PM   #4
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That's a lot to get over, but give it some time and a few good trips under your belt, you'll be better prepped to decide whether to quit or not. And think about it, you've got several stories in the bag that takes most of us years to experience!
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Old 05-05-2014, 06:30 PM   #5
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We bought our 2004 Georgetown a year ago and have not had any expensive problems,,,,,,, yet. Some of your issues, like the wind damage are probably unavoidable. Better luck on future trips. You and he will enjoy it.

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Old 05-05-2014, 06:33 PM   #6
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You could always talk him into going to Goshen! Then he could partake in the beer tasting event and forget about the bad experiences, make new friends and have something to look forward to next year..
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:12 PM   #7
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OK...you all are great. Thank you. Guess I just might have to pull the hide-a-bed out and sleep on it.... 2 dogs and a cat and 2 large humans on a bed that 'all' are used to a King..hmm, maybe a few beers 'would' smooth the edges, but closer than Goshen, ha ha
PS...hubby says we are 35' not 32'.

How do you hook up with FROG's ??
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My Grandparents RV'ed until they were 88 when Grandpa said he could no longer setup and tear down. They are 94 now, but grandpa and grandma still like to come up to the lake and hang out and go fishing!!
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Old 05-05-2014, 07:31 PM   #9
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I love our 2004 Georgetown. I love camping. I love taking my coffee out to my little chair and listening to the waves, birds, quiet and smelling the fresh air. I love living in 35' of knowing where everything is and saying goodbye to my house. Problem is.......after just 4 short jaunts (5 day max on one trip), Hubby has decided he doesn't like the lifestyle. HELP!!!!!
Might have something to do with the fact every time we have loaded up and 'started out', something has gone wrong. Might be that the insurance we bought (thank God) has already had to pay out almost 4 grand for the damage from a windstorm...(broken windshield; ripped canopy and broken pole; TV fell out and crashed; ripped off TV antenna)...All turn signals quit working...expensive hitch for 2000 VW tow car broke second day...batteries all had to be replaced....bought a satellite dish and the day it was installed the flat screen gave up, bought a new TV....$$$$$ adding up. Bed is too narrow and short for him....yada yada yada....
To top it off, it hasn't quit raining long enough to really do 'anything' fun.
I'm the one who wanted this giant thing in our driveway, and now wondering if we made a bad move at our age (I'm 69 and he is 71). Maybe we are just set in our ways and should have started this years ago.

Sorry if all this is boring, but wonder if anyone on this forum has gone through this just to find out that RV life isn't your cup of tea.
Hang in there seems like the devil is messing with him. Tell him to take a deep breath and roll with it. Looking forward to the day I can go fulltime.

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Old 05-05-2014, 08:58 PM   #10
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I don't know of anyone who could weather that kind of start and not think, "holy crapola on to cracker, what did we do?!"

I wish the best for ya. We've all had our moments- yours seem to be hitting all at once.
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