After almost 10,000 miles of traveling around the United States in our first five months on the road as full timers, we noticed certain things that we call RV "Truisms". Things that affect or are a part of life, living and traveling in a recreational vehicle. Here's our list, destined to grow as we travel more and more.
The size of the bug splat is directly proportional to how clean your windshield is.
A bug splat will always be at your eye level.
The cheapest fuel will be at the station you just passed.
You will always have a headwind, no matter what direction you are traveling.
A rare tailwind will always start one mile from your destination.
Your destination/route change will always be on the crease in the map.
The 30 mile long, single lane construction zone will not have any workers actually present.
The rest area you've been waiting to get to for the last 50 miles will be closed for renovations when you get there.
At a rest area, no matter how far away you park in an empty lot, a truck will always park along side you and leave its engine running.
Likewise, at a campground with 100 empty sites, a camper will always pull into the site right next to yours.
Cars entering the freeway rarely yield like they are supposed to.
It didn't look that far on the map.
The 18 wheeler that just passed you will slow down once it gets in front of you.
The higher the cost of tolls, the worse condition the road will be.
Gas pumps rarely have receipt paper.
You never win arguing with your GPS.
Cell phone coverage is lost right when you need to make that important phone call.
When there is a vehicle in the breakdown lane, there will always be a car to your left so you can't pull over to give it more space.
A narrow bridge will always have a speeding truck coming the other way.
When your exit comes up, you are always in the wrong lane.
The car in front of you brakes for no apparent reason.
Texting drivers are worse than drunk drivers (because there are lots more of them).
At rest areas, the truck/RV parking spaces always smell like a urinal (without the cookie).
The restaurant you want to stop at won't have any place large enough to park your RV.
The predicted 10% chance of rain pours on you all day long.
Family events will be scheduled at the same times in opposite areas of the country.
The bird always poops on the door handle.
And lastly, the car that just passed you makes an immediate right turn in front of you.
Here's looking forward to learning more RV "Truisms" in the next 10,000 miles. :c)
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