Dear R.V. Shrink:
We are now living full-time in our motorhome. To convince me this was a good idea my husband argued that we would not have all the house maintenance chores that used to eat up so much of our time. As it turns out, he is still constantly working on our motorhome and tow car. He has just become a slave to a new possession. I'm not sure if we own the motorhome or it owns us.
There always seems to be something he has to tighten up, button down, add, drain or clean. Is this normal? I sometimes think he is obsessed with working on our new home on wheels.
--Worn out from watching in Wenatchee
It's called precautionary maintenance. It is a necessary evil whether you own a home, a boat, or an RV.
Part of the problem with full-time RV living is not having a convenient place to work on some projects that need to be done. Most parks do not allow mechanical work to be performed on site. Many won't even allow you to wash your rig.
Keeping things lubed, cleaned, tightened and in good working order, will save you time and money in the long run.
Everyone has a different skill level when it comes to keeping their RV in tiptop shape. But regardless, these things have to be done sooner or later.
It sounds to me like your husband is on top of things. You should be grateful he is so diligent about it.
We have a home base. We make a pit stop once a year and do all the major maintenance that is harder to do on the road with fewer tools and less opportunity to find an allowable space to work on projects.
Most precautionary maintenance chores take little time if you stay on top of them.
Your husband probably enjoys this work and has some pride in ownership. Those are great traits.
--Keep Smilin', Dr. R.V. Shrink