Originally Posted by David Tilston
The secret to happiness is low expectations. I have four trailers that have an RM211, (2.1 cf?) and two with an RM36. The RM36 seems huge to me. I suspect that this is kinda another version of two-footitis. You put in a 5 cf fridge and you will then be looking longingly at the double door fridges. Just say'n.
I so agree; having low expectations is, philosophically, a lot easier position to live up to!
We are working very hard to develop properly low expectations of our amerigo
We expect any water lines we have in it will leak. So: no water lines inside the trailer.
We expect any gas lines to leak, and any gas burners to leak, causing asphyxiation and huge flame flares. So: no gas lines or gas appliances in the trailer.
We expect the trailer to bounce like a kangaroo on acid when travelling, so we plan to use a billion bungees as well as latches, locks, clips, clamps--to try to keep the blizzard of possessions somewhat in roughly the same place where we set them before heading down the road.
We expect our beds to be too small, too hard, too soft, too cold, too hot...so we plan to suffer with language as creative as we can make it, in case we cannot sleep, we can at least be entertained.
We expect to be bored out of our minds. So we are taking crosswords, word searches, books, small projects, the dogs, and both a wooden and metal xylophone, so at least our fellow campers' comments will waken our wandering attention.
We expect to eat badly, and dislike much of it. So we'll be eating picnic style...if we want to cook something that comes out perfectly, is healthful, and tastes good, , we'll stay and home and eat well.
We expect there to be bugs. All kinds of bugs. So we'll take bug spray, and see if we can manage a screen door, and bring calamine lotion, and develop the ability to point at our bug bites as if they were honorable war wounds.
We expect the termperature will never be quite right. We feel confidant the two space heaters and fantastic fan we have will fail us. Again with the creative language.
We expect gas mileage to be low, irritation factors to be high, fellow campers to run their generators all night, other rigs to be far better than ours, envy to set in, money to run out, reservations to be lost, US to be lost, maps to be wrong, our GPS Magellan to be inoperable...
We expect our solar panel
to be inadequate even for a few LED lights
and a small microwave
. We expect our TV (YTBP--yet to be purchased) to break early and often. We expect our batteries to quit putting out a charge, and to leak battery
acid all over the place.
We expect wildlife to be elusive, unfriendly, and possibly dangerous.
We expect flora to be poisonous, intrusive, and heavy.
We expect the weather to be inclement in every direction known to humankind, including cold, hot, windy, rainy, twisters, earthquakes, spontaneous earthen combustion...
In fact, our expectations of camping in our amerigo
are so low, I'm beginning to think we could manage to be plenty miserable by just staying home and doing nothing!
THEREFORE: we feel we will totally live up to our low expectations, and so we should be COMPLETLY happy!
Wishing you all the very BEST!