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Arctic_fox

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6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« on: April 15, 2016, 12:03:29 AM »
So I officially hit my 6 month mark as a full timer in the wonderful state of north dakota a couple days ago and figured I would share what I have learned for anyone else considering full timing when totally new to R.Vs, New as in never even seen one up close before starting to shop for one AND considering spending the winter in a cold (understatement) place, For both educational and humorous purposes of course.

First a little background on my trailer, Said trailer is an 18 foot echo bandit that has been gutted and totally customised front to back before I even bought it by a very handy family friend, It has a full size fridge and freezer as well as a washer/dryer combo in it ontop of the r.v fridge and a new bed and small desk installed, It had a hole drilled under the bed for a 10,000 btu heater pulled from a class a moterhome and ducted under the r.v custom, it also has custom made and fitted Kevlar skirts, Now that the required details are out of the way I'll start to share.

First thing I learned is no matter how many guides you read online NOTHING prepares you for owning your own R.V, it will ALWAYS have a unique problem you must figure out on your own.

Second thing I learned is when attaching a water hose the knob on the trailer does not need to be as tight as can be, If you over tighten this odds are apparently quite good you will break the pipe behind the wall and flood your trailer and get to figure out how to take apart your bathroom to fix it.


Third thing I learned is that it is a very bad idea to lean a shoulder against the R.V when jacking it up, they seem to like to fall sideways off said jacks and blow all 4 tires when they hit the ground.

Fourth thing I learned is rabbits can and do enjoy chewing through Kevlar and plywood to get at the apparently tasty propane hoses and wireing under the trailer, they also like to chew through wire mesh to get into the heater duct

Fifth thing I learned is that it is a very unpleasant thing to clean an electrocuted and burned rabbit out of wireing so you can fix said wireing and minor fire damage resulting from the chewed propane hose and sparks.

Sixth thing I learned is when its -50 and blowing hard outside even cracking a roof vent so you can shower results in said roof vent cracking in a way that was entirely unplanned.

Seventh thing I learned is that a heated water hose even one in insulation may keep the water in the hose fluid but it will still freeze up at both the heated park pipe where it connects AND at the point where it goes into the r.v, it will then detect this and automatically shut off apparently while you go to Walmart for a blow dryer and freeze solid.

Eighth thing I learned is 20 hand warmers stuffed into the water line insulation work better to thaw it then a blow dryer ever will even if your neighbors are falling over laughing at you.

Ninth thing I learned is if your going to get a large propane tank for your trailer that needs to be filled twice a month make sure you can lift it on your own EASILY, trying to wrestle a 100 pound tanks in and out of a pickup in the middle of a snowstorm standing on ice when it's -50 is not very fun.

Tenth thing I learned is if you go on vacation without your trailer for any reason but live in it full time make sure to clean out your fridge before you go, the smell of rotting vegetables when you open the fridge takes months to go away

Last thing I learned is full time r.ving is worth every headache that comes with it and it's going to be very hard for me to ever change lifestyles and that I'm lucky to have figured it out as young as I did, and that I'm doubly lucky my dad made sure I'm handy with tools.

Hope you guys enjoyed my experience so far with being a full timer new to the concept and got a good laugh out of it.

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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2016, 01:36:32 AM »
I think it's time to full time somewhere warmer.

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Arctic_fox

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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2016, 02:06:06 AM »
Probly a wise idea but I like it here :p besides have a good job driving a dump truck and aside from water line issues and rabbits it's not that bad.

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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2016, 07:38:30 AM »
Third thing I learned is that it is a very bad idea to lean a shoulder against the R.V when jacking it up, they seem to like to fall sideways off said jacks and blow all 4 tires when they hit the ground.

How high was the trailer for all four tires to blow?
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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2016, 08:33:26 AM »
Good that you have a sense of humor to help you through the many trials and tribulations!
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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2016, 09:37:44 AM »
Thanks I needed a laugh. Would like to see an few pictures of this trailer. It sounds nice

Cant wait for the next 10 things you learn. 

Thanks and take care.

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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2016, 09:45:21 AM »
wow!

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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2016, 10:09:41 AM »
Your 10 learned lessons have just reinforced my thought that the most important thing about owning and living in an RV is a good attitude.  Sounds like you are at the top of the list.
Thanks for  a well written story.
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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2016, 01:54:34 PM »
I bet you didn't learn your sense of humor since you started RVing; it has probably been with you for a while. Great story.
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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2016, 03:56:40 PM »
Your 10 learned lessons have just reinforced my thought that the most important thing about owning and living in an RV is a good attitude.  Sounds like you are at the top of the list.
Thanks for  a well written story.

Beat me to it, my thought exactly.  Enjoyed your story, especially since we are planning to full time, though not anywhere near where it is as cold.
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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2016, 04:35:25 PM »
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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2016, 08:14:47 PM »
Thank you for some good laughs!  I had to read it to my husband when he heard me laughing about the rabbit.  No one ever said RVing was easy, but it sure helps to have a sense of humor.  Well written and I too will wait for the next 10 things you learn.  ::) ;)

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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2016, 11:52:12 PM »
Thank you for sharing

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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2016, 09:29:53 AM »
Well written - thanks for the good-natured spin on your "adventures" thus far!
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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2016, 09:46:54 AM »
How high was the trailer for all four tires to blow?
Considering the amount of snow they get probably pretty high.  First time I was there, fortunately in the summer, I asked why they had those gates going across the on ramps.  :-\ The answer was that they have to shut down the highways because of the snow and drifting. Brrrrrr.

Nice write-up. 
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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2016, 09:48:09 AM »
Number Eleven: The time to Visit ND, as we do annually,  is between May and September. ;)

Fun post!

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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2016, 02:07:10 PM »
"You've got to learn from the mistakes of others... GOD knows you don't have enough time to make them all yourself!"

The above statement is part of my signature here on the forum...  8)  The 11 humorus (to those of us who read them) mistakes are very informative. And true to the statement I've learned that rabbits chew through wire and like propane, something I didn't know.  :-[

One thing though, I'm pretty sure I learned early on was when it's -50... it's time to find a warmer clime!  ::)

Funny story thanx for sharing!  and stay warm...  ;D

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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2016, 09:09:41 AM »
Good that you have a sense of humor to help you through the many trials and tribulations!
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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2016, 08:01:33 PM »
Post 12 to post 13 went from April to August. Older thread but good stuff.

I just happened to stumble in to this thread and will join the rest that are appreciative of the insight.

As to the height of the trailer - what was the pressure in the tires?

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Arctic_fox

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Re: 6 months full timing and 10 things I learned
« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2016, 04:18:53 PM »
Post 12 to post 13 went from April to August. Older thread but good stuff.

I just happened to stumble in to this thread and will join the rest that are appreciative of the insight.

As to the height of the trailer - what was the pressure in the tires?

Gahh sorry for the late reply ive been so busy lately i had entirely forgotten about this thread, That said the trailer was about a foot off the ground problem is that the parking spot was rutted so there was a 2 foot hole in the ground under the tires so it fell from knee height im lucky it didnt damage anything, live and learn also pressure was 80ish i think i  As for why i didnt move i work in the oilfield so my choices were TT in winter or $3000 a month for a studio split with 2 other guys....the 3k being my share of the 9k rent, not quite that bad but close.

as for those of you asking let me get some pictures up real quick.
http://imgur.com/a/CWf7o
and yes those are a full size fridge freezer and washer/dryer combo with an oversized secondary heater and espar bunk heater under the bed, its also ducted custom :D

so another 11 things i have learned while im here.

When installing a waterpump is it a good idea to actully read the instructions, while having water spray out the side of your trailer because you installed the hoses wrong is halarious the guys next door likely wont apprecate a good drenching, Especally when he is in the middle of grilling.

Metal paint roller trays when cut and JB welded then duct taped down make decent emergancy fixes for the roof vents after a wind storm.

Ecigs can apparently set off a propane leak when you are smoking them inspite of lack of open flame, And propane likes to pool under the trailer when leaking after a skunk eats the lines.

Eyebrows and beards from a propane explosion take a very long time to grow back.

Skunks apparently like to live under nice warm TT skirts so when you pull them off peek under them first before just ripping them down.

Outdoor TT showers are a good place to try and wash skunk spray off your face if you dont want the smell inside said trailer.

Ghost pepper juice and flakes are apparently a VERY good way to keep critters out from under your trailer and from eating your lines.

When hooking your trailer to a vehicle for the first time it is a good idea to make sure you have the right plugs and right size ball BEFORE you lower it into place (i bought my trailer at the park so only moved it for the first time recently) and to make sure of both of them are correct at the same time when your a 4 hour drive from the nearest place with the correct parts.

G.O.A.L is not just for semi trucks, Parents dont apprecate you running over both trash cans blind corner or not when backing up and WILL make you clean up the mess rain and wind or no, Also mirror extenders on a half ton are a must.

Also its halarious to watch all the people where my parents live get pissed off because i have power, AC, running water and a working stove when the power goes out  as it tends to do all the time in utah.

And lastly TTs are tougher then they look and can apparently survive being sideswiped by a semi on the freeway, It is also a good idea to always carry duct tape.....lots and lots of it, duct tape can patch anything, duct tape is magical.

http://m.imgur.com/a/eyS5l

And as always full timing is not for everyone if it can go wrong not only WILL it go wrong full timing does not come with instructions so you get to figure it out on your own.
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