Wally & Eileen bought a new RV. We only met Wally & Eileen last week. But they were so excited about their new RV that they had to return this weekend to try her out and show her off. Isn’t that just the way it is with RV’ers!
Last evening we were sitting outside in our holding chairs — accessible to campers who don’t know where their site might be but not a bother for those who know the routine. When they arrived, Eileen was driving their car, and Wally the new-to-them Mirada. Eileen — ahead of Wally — slowed down with the window open and shouted out, “Peter & Peggy — it’s us!” And we looked up and there they were.
One aspect of RV’ing that I never tire of, and that never ceases to amaze me is the warmth and openness of RV’ers. Before we sold our house we’d lived in numerous places and we never had bad neighbors but we never in our entire previous life had neighbors who were as cheery and happy as most of the people we’ve met whilst RV’ing. We can sit at a camper’s campsite and learn all manner of interesting things about their past lives, their loves, and their passions.
This sort of gig — where we’re hanging out in the same place for an extended time — means that a lot of these campers we’ll see again — several times throughout the summer. Minnesotans (Twin Cities Residents mostly) use this as one of many parks close enough for weekend getaways. A few people make their reservations as soon as the reservation window opens and return throughout the summer. Some of them return with friends, but mostly they show up as couples or singles to enjoy the forest setting and whomever might turn out to be neighbors.
What amazes me is that people are so open with friends of such short duration. It’s much easier to see how Winter Snowbirds would get to be friendly with the couple in the RV next to them all winter. But to see and participate in such rapid friendships in such short time is quite a treat. Back in the day when we were young we did a vacation in Palm Springs at one of the clothing optional hotels there. We were struck by the way the people who are not wearing indicators of success were open to whomever they came across. That wasn’t entirely true because there were a few baubles and items of jewelry that gave away the financial status of the guests but in general these were nothing more than people meeting people. It’s not something you often find in society; we all carry our symbols of affluence on us as we go through life: the cut of our suit, the brand shoes, even the manufacturer of our eye glass frames. We shout to other people how well we’re doing.
But RV’ing is a bit of a odd-duck situation. Oh, there are the folks who shout out their success in their RV — you’ll always have people who want others to envy them. But last week’s visit by the Tear Drop trailers was another reminder that RV’ing can be about all sorts of things. For many of last weekend’s teardroppers — their RV experience was about demonstrating their skill and expertise in making their own trailer. There were a couple teardrops that were visually economy models but I have to say that there were also several that spared no expense in putting those teardrops together and they were all about sharing ideas and creativity.
I often say that there’s “No right way to RV”. And you know by now that I mean that we RV’ers with different talents, likes, and bankrolls bring that same diversity to our RV’ing. Whatever works for you, works for you and there’s no one to say that you’re doing it wrong. I almost wonder, however, if there is one common trait, which is the willingness to be open to new experience and ideas. From my blog you’ll know that you can never count on what’s going to happen — RV’s do breakdown and things do go awry. But beyond the negative surprises there are also a lot of positive surprises that deserve similar attention. For ever delay in getting to a reserved campground I bet there are half a dozen new friends that we’ve met (maybe a lot more). For every malfunction there are new experiences that thrill us. I wonder if along the way I have scared a few folks off from RV’ing because they read about the mishaps and think they could never handle them. But the reality is that unless a person pays not attention to their equipment the mishaps don’t happen that often and the joys are pretty regular occurrences.
Later today I’m sure Eileen & Wally will want to show us their new RV. And we’ll be happy to take a look. There’s an old saying about Joys shared are multiplied and sorrows shared are divided. People LIKE to share with others. And being willing to enter into their joy not only makes US feel better, it makes them feel better too.
Thanks for stopping by. Let’s talk again tomorrow!