People are funny animals. It always seems like no matter how much they have, a lot of people expect even more and are disappointed when they find out that things don’t always work that way.
Yesterday somebody in the Living the RV Dream Facebook group wanted to know why they make RVs with washers and dryers, and air-conditioners, and microwave ovens that only have 30 amp power cords and asked “What good is that if you can’t use them all at once?”
I replied that it was the same reason they make cars that will do 120 MPH even though the speed limit may only be 65 MPH. Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should attempt it.
This goes hand-in-hand with the folks with 50 amp rigs who freak out when they have to be on 30 amp, or even less, at an RV rally or a campground with limited power. Just because you have two or three air-conditioners, and all kinds of other power-hungry electronics in your RV doesn’t mean you should use them all at once. As Clint Eastwood, playing detective Dirty Harry Callahan, said in the movie Magnum Force, a man’s got to know his limitations.
It’s not that big of a deal. Many times when driveway camping at a friend or relative’s, or while at an RV rally, we have gotten by just fine for a week or two or even longer on a standard 20 amp home electrical outlet. Yes, it can be done, and no, you’re not going to burn up your coach doing so.
We are currently in a 50 amp RV site, but come the end of the month we have to move to a 30 amp site because a seasonal is coming in and has this one reserved. No problem, we just have to adjust our power consumption. Which means that when Terry makes her coffee in the morning, we will shut the air conditioner down for a few minutes. Or that she’ll do the laundry when it’s cooler and we don’t have to have the AC running.
Now, I appreciate my creature comforts as much as the next guy. I’m an RVer, not a camper. My idea of roughing it is black and white TV. And I know that we would all like to have plenty of power, fast Internet, a level RV site, and to be miles away from railroad tracks and neighbors with barking dogs and smoky campfires.
But that’s not real life. In real life we make do, we compromise, and we keep in mind that we have wheels under our house and that no matter where we are or what we may consider to be difficulties, it’s only temporary and we can always go on down the road to someplace else.
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Thought For The Day – Sometimes it takes me all day long to get nothing done.