I’ve noticed a disturbing trend lately among the RV community on Facebook. I don’t necessarily see it as much in the RV parks and resorts we’ve visited in person, but on line it’s another story. We’re members of several social media groups made of up all types of RVers–newbies, experienced, full-time, weekenders, women only, etc., and the problems below seem to be prevalent in almost all of them.
For the most part, people are congenial and willing to help when someone poses a question. I did say, “For the most part,” because when a newbie asks a question about a sewer hose, all bets are off. Mean and nasty people cannot let the questions go without a sarcastic comment that implies the novice RVer does not have a brain. Those commenters are rude, unwelcoming, and immature, and there are lots of them out there. They obviously forget what it was like to be new to the business end of a sewer hose. Maybe they were born knowing it all–except how to be an adult and ignore the question if they don’t want to answer it from practical standpoint. Other hot topics that bring out the ugly are questions about guns, politics, dog poop, toilet paper, vegetarians, and golf carts.
The comments getting under my skin lately are the ones criticizing what rigs others have chosen to call home as they full-time RV. There are actually Class A, B, and C haters. Some of the comments I’ve seen are: “Loud diesel pushers; Spoiled old people; Can’t get that behemoth in most parks.”
Fifth wheels get their fair share of criticism, too: “They’re playing ‘whose is bigger’; They take up too much space; You have to buy a semi cab to drive the darned thing.”
Travel trailers aren’t exempt: “The tiny little thing is just adorable; A wind would blow it off the road; Five kids sleep in there?”
There is the same nastiness with vans: “Freeloaders; They gotta poop in a bucket.”
I won’t even start with Airstreams.
There are put-downs for school buses converted into RVs. Little rig owners complain about big rig owners and the large carbon footprint. There are snobby comments from big rigs looking down at the little rigs with their solar panel exteriors and composting toilets.
If someone has a larger rig, it’s obviously because they’ve made wise financial decisions over the years. If not–it’s their debt and their monthly payment–and it’s none of my business.
As for the smaller rigs, it’s obviously because they’ve made a smart financial decision to invest in an affordable RV that can be accommodated almost anywhere.
Those busses with the beautiful makeovers? They’ve obviously made a wise financial decision because they have an outlet for their creativity and mechanical engineering.
Who cares if a van dweller poops in a bucket? They’ve obviously made a smart financial decision with their low profile allowing free parking virtually anywhere.
And the Airstreams? Well. I just won’t go there.
Does it really affect day-to-day life if a 20-foot travel tailer is parked next to the 45-foot Prevost tag axel? What about the pop-up that’s in the camping site on the other side? Does it make a difference if the bus three sites down is painted in tie dye colors with a big peace sign on back? Unless there’s a strong contact high wafting in through the air conditioning system, I don’t think there’s a valid reason to complain.
It’s a stark reminder that we still hold values of a financial pecking order by what type of RV sits on the rolling wheels. It’s also sadly reminiscent of a homeowner’s association with the complaints of what rig is sitting next to us in a campground site. After all, everyone pays the same fee.
Why is there prejudice among this community? Didn’t we leave the societal norm to redefine freedom that isn’t tied to material possessions? Isn’t this just a symptom of societal snobbery bleeding over into our nomadic pursuits?
We have to stop berating one another for the mode of travel we choose or what questions we have. It’s a lifestyle we can all enjoy in our own unique style, based on our personal family needs, and in a way that makes our travel dreams a reality.
Let’s spend less time on the snobbery and more time around the campfire bonding over our mutual wanderlust and sense of adventure.
About those Airstreams, though…
(It’s all tongue-in-cheek, so go easy on me!)
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