I’m not sure how it happens, but it does. We can arrive at a campground and Miss Terry can back me into our RV site on the first try and it goes smooth as silk… if nobody is there to see it. But let there be half a dozen people standing around watching, and it will take me half a dozen attempts before I get parked, usually at an angle to the site, and only after running over the power pedestal, water bib, and at least one slow moving poodle. Okay, it’s really not that bad. All I did was scrape the power pedestal, and the poodle got safely out of the way. But you get my drift.
There are only two kinds of RVers – those who have done something dumb, and those who WILL do something dumb. So just relax, it’s all part of the lifestyle. We all make mistakes. The secret is to try not to make the same one over and over again. Throw something new into the mix, just to keep things fresh.
A couple of weeks into our fulltiming adventure I managed to ding up the side of our motorhome, and the only excuse I can claim is, Nick happens. We were parked at the fairgrounds in Torrington, Wyoming, and we were the only RV there. Pulling out of our parking slot, I turned the wheel too soon and swung the back end of the RV into one of the concrete barrier posts, breaking off a chunk of molding. The damage was fairly minor, but I felt terrible. I have to give Miss Terry credit, I know she wanted to cry, or beat me over the head with the handiest rock, but she just smiled (feebly) and said “accidents happen” as she surveyed the damage.
I was still beating myself over the head about the incident a few days later when we arrived in Moscow, Idaho for Life on Wheels. That was the first time I met Dick Reed, founder of the RV Driving School, who would become a dear friend over the years. Seeing my distress, Dick took me for a walk in the instructor’s parking lot. “Do you see that scrape there on the motorhome? That’s Charlie Minshall’s. I think she did that on a light pole. This here is Bill Farlow’s truck. He got that ding last week. And this one here is…..” By the time our little tour was over, I began to feel like the occasional boo-boo is a badge of honor among serious RVers.
Of course, that wasn’t my last mistake. I once pulled out of a campground somewhere in California with all of our small window awnings still extended. I commented to Terry that everybody there sure seemed friendly, the way they were all waving and pointing at us as we passed by. It wasn’t until I got out to the main road and glanced in my side mirrors that I realized what I had done. And by then there was no way I was stopping. The wind really messed up Terry’s long hair while she hung out the windows unhooking those awning straps!
But even on my worst day, I don’t think I’ve ever come close to the stunt the RVer in this video pulled. It’s a little over eight minutes long but trust me, it’s worth the time to watch it all. Once you do, no matter what you kind of mistake you make, you won’t feel so bad about yourself.
Have you entered this week’s Free Drawing yet? This week’s prize is an audiobook of Mountain Angel, the first book in my friend Suzie O’Connell’s excellent Northstar Angels romance series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
On the topic of making mistakes, I just finished a good book called Homeowner With a Gun, about a couple of gangbangers who made the ultimate mistake when they broke into the wrong house, and the far reaching effects of that mistake. Check it out and leave a review when you finish reading it.
Thought For The Day – You know who thinks everyone else is an idiot? An idiot.