Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
My wife and I have spent most of the winter in a fourteen foot travel trailer with two dogs. We just wanted to see if we would enjoy this RV lifestyle. We do not. I think it is because we started the experiment with a camper that is too small. I could kick myself. It was my idea not to spend a lot of money on a bigger rig until we knew if we were going to like traveling this way or not. Now I think we would love it if we had more room. My wife is just plain fed up with the whole experience. I can’t convince her that most of our problems and discomfort have developed because of our cramped quarters. We thought we were going to arrive in the sunny south to paradise and the temperature would be perfect everyday. We discovered that it can often be cold and we end up trapped in our little box. I jokingly call it “two dog days” but my wife fails to see the humor in it. Any suggestions on how to proceed in my attempt to convince her it could be a totally enjoyable adventure if we just had a bigger rig?
--Cramped in Las Cruces
First, tell her she is your main squeeze. See if that breaks the ice or your jaw. To proceed from there I would go for a long walk around the campground. If the small space is truly the only problem, you and your wife should be able to look around any campground and observe how others are coping. The choice of RV floor-plan's is endless. You should be able to find one that would fit your personal needs. Some people need more space than others. Walking the campground and studying RV options is a hobby for many new RVer’s. It is a great way to compare what particular things you dislike about your setup and what you may need to solve them. Once you get a 14 ft. trailer started down the road, it won’t cost much more to roll a 24 ft. That extra ten feet can give you a bigger kitchen, bigger bath, bigger sleeping quarters, bigger living space all around depending on the floor plan you choose.
You can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. If your wife finds other issues with this lifestyle other than cramped quarters, a rock star bus won’t solve your problems. You need to have a heart to heart talk, discover the real issues and tackle them one at a time.
If you can get out of the dog house, you both might find this is the perfect lifestyle.
--Keep Smilin’, Dr. R.V. Shrink