I have never stepped foot in an RV. But for many years I've wanted an AirStream. Probably since I've seen the movie "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
I am now 44 years old trying to envision life after 50. I think I'm a full-time RV person at heart. I already know I will never buy a non-mobile residence again. It will take us 5-10 years to clear our debt and buy a trailer+tow vehicle.
Wifey...she's not so sure about all this. She likes the IDEA, but she's much more nesty. So as a practice-run, we are renting this Thor
for a 1-week tour of New Mexico - a state neither of us has seen.
Albuquerque - White Sands (Oliver Lee State Park) - Cloudcroft area (slide group Federal campground) - Carlsbad (KOA) - Roswell (Boondocking BLM) - Santa Fe (Los Suenos RV park) - Albuquerque (Urban boondocking).
You can see I'm trying to get a feel for a variety of overnight options. If anyone is willing to provide some input, I'm game:
I have never touched an RV, don't know how to connect different lines to it. Will 2 people need to worry about filling/emptying tanks for just a 1-week trip? How often (assuming we aren't shower hogs)?
Boondocking - I like scary, and this is fitting the bill. Because I have a BLM map but envision accidentally parking somewhere I'm not supposed to, and getting run off at gunpoint. I imagine saying "Well, this looks like it's in the BLM zone" and just dropping anchor on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. Is this far off? I'm not a huge drinker, but what do you do if you've had a few glasses of wine and a cop says you have to move your rig? That would seem to suck. This is newbie paranoia, fer shur.
Campground etiquette - we're as ignorant as can be. I'm great at "common courtesy," etc. but if there are particulars I don't know them. Chain smokers and rowdy neighbors at 1am are going to be a problem for me - I can deal with that. Have you ever had to address campgrounder lack of consideration? How often do you grit your teeth and repeat to yourself "It's only for 1 night, and then we're outta here?"
I'm sure answers will generate questions. Anyway I am very thankful for this forum, which I've been lurking for years. There is a lot of good stuff here. If/when we get an Airstream I know I'll be active here.
Love and Peace Out, hippies.