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Old 10-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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RV'ing, its good for the self-esteem

NO- this isn't a "people of Walmart kind of thread".

Before I RV'd, my father-in-law literally took care of anything mechanical in my house and cars and- well, anything else there might be. When we got the campers, I realized, we would be out and about without him and there would be times that he couldn't come swoop in to my rescue. I had to learn to be a little more self-sufficient.

So far I've dealt with failures of the lock assembly on our pop-up, binding my JT's when I retracted my landing gear without loosening them and have even dealt with a water leak in the camper here at home. Heck, many of y'all remember the drama that was me changing camper tires.

I was reminded of the random good that has come from me RVing yesterday when I was able to deal with a simple low tire pressure indicator on my wife's car. Sounds dumb- but this is something that I previously wouldn't have been able to do (not being sure of myself nor having the equipment to do it).

What has RVing meant for you?
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:08 PM   #2
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Agreed, you can learn a lot from camping. Coming from a graduate of tents and broken pop-ups. Lucky for me though, I learned how to do most everything by watching and helping my Dad, who pretty much knows how to do everything, including breaking stuff while trying.

We even camped one hot summer in a tent, brought an AC unit from home and with a little cardboard and a dryer vent tube, the tent was nice and cool. Those days are long gone though.

One year, me and three kids, ages 3, 4 and 5, on the way home from camping blew a transmission. I was pulling a Pop-up with a Chevy Van. Pull over get them out of the van, sit on the side of the Mass Pike for an hour waiting for a tow. My Doughter and her two 20 something year old friends still talk about it.
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:37 PM   #3
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I grew up with parents who had the theory that if you didn't fix it yourself, it normally didn't get fixed, mainly because we were a lower income family. I look at is as a huge blessing as my Dad and I spent countless hours working on our vehicles and stuff around the house.

I've always told people that while my folks taught me a lot of skills the biggest thing I learned from them was to just be willing to try.
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:41 PM   #4
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Good stuff ... it forces you to be a mister fix it even if you are not
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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Not sure about self esteem, but Rving in the good outdoors has certainly improved my sex life.
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:23 PM   #6
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:49 PM   #7
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Mostly RVing has meant an opportunity to be with family and take them to do something I always wanted to do as a kid. I was already able to fix most thing (since I usually broke them).

I will admit that what gives me a little swagger is towing. I have now driven nearly everything I ever wanted.
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Old 10-22-2013, 02:57 PM   #8
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Rving has made me do things that I did not think I was capable of. Live with out internet, tv, phone, family over a lot of the time, babysitting grandkids. But taught me to empty the gray water (sure is stinky), black water ( changed diapers, not much difference). But I love it and want to never stop.
Just haven't gotten up the courage to tow the trailer, but I did the popup and took the oldest granddaughter on a weeks trip just the two of us.
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