Light has a huge impact on how a person feels at any given moment. There are even health conditions that are triggered by the amount of sunlight one gets, or one’s exposure to artificial light.
The one thing you cannot do in an RV is to randomly add additional windows to your RV the way you might do in a house with a dark room. Nor can you easily increase the size of a window — they way they show in a lot of home remodeling projects. With an RV it’s usually what-you-see-is-what-you-get.
One of the lessons we learned with our first RV — that 2003 Winnebago Journey DL — was that once we had it, we found it was not nearly as “light” and “airy” as we thought it would be. We had toured the RV in nice weather — sunny weather — and being new to the RV game it never occurred to us to wonder what it would look like on an overcast day — or on a day with overcast sky and heavy rain, as we have right now.
I say we didn’t think about it but we did tour RV’s in both good weather and bad — so some of the potential RV’s we had seen in more typical weather — just not the one we first purchased. When we bought Serendipity we were, by then, aware of the affect of light and dark and we did make sure that our new home would be brighter inside than the old one. Still, on a particularly dark day it’s still a little bit dark without turning on a lot of lights.
I’m one of those guys who doesn’t like lots of artificial lights burning. It’s not an economy thing. I just prefer natural light. I’ll turn on the lights when I need, but if I can have a nice naturally light home I’m happiest. I don’t know how to compensate for good, natural light.
Interior light is something to which I’m particularly sensitive. You have already heard me say that I don’t like some of the newer coach lighting systems. The move to recessed canisters seems unstoppable, but it’s not my thing.
A simple little detail we never thought about in our first coach was the presence or absence of windows on the SIDE of the slides. Our first coach had only 2 slides. The rear slide had zero windows in it. The lounge slide had wall windows but not side windows. Our newer coach has 4 slides. Once again we have a bedroom slide with no windows. But the second bedroom slide has 2 windows — on on each side face. The Lounge slide has front and back sides windows. But the kitchen slide has none. Still this RV has always seemed brighter than the old. And that is with both RV’s utilizing similar Honey Oak Interiors.
I have never heard anyone say that the best time to check out possible RV purchases is in overcast weather, but if we ever went RV shopping again I think I’d give the weather a serious thought!
Most of the time Serendipity is quite homey. We are happy with our coach. But in the interest of full disclosure I have to admit that on really cloudy, rainy days it can get a little dark inside — especially when we are rimmed in by trees on every side with just the width of the camp road as open space around us. I don’t know how other couples would react to the same light values. Friends of our suffer from Seasonal Affected Disorder and I have often wondered if they could be happy in an RV — seeing as they have talked about retiring the same way we do.
Thanks for stopping. I’ll be here again tomorrow. Why not stop and say hello?