How often & how bad are winters in your area? Is there any chance at all that you could sit them down and explain how winter camping is not a lot of fun? How a trailer that is going to be fit for all year camping is going to be rather expensive? How truly small they actually are? How little storage/closet space there is? How they have only one true bed - another has to be made up every night? How fragile TT systems are - how easily things go wrong? Are campgrounds open all year in your area? I'm sure you can find more things to bring up. If all else fails, then find a location as far as possible from you, find the most expensive TT and be ready w/explanations why any others are not an option. I DO understand your situation, believe me!!!
Winters vary here, last winter, very mild, really, didn't have a winter. 2 years ago, we had almost 20 some inches of snow, and another 8-9 later, on top of the 2 here, 3 there... it truly does vary year to year here.
AS for how small, I'm not kidding when I say my Keystone 31bhpr has more SQFT room than her apartment does. It is a tiny 1 bdrm, so I can't argue that point
BUt you did bring up some other good points, I'm writing all this down (the points everyone is giving me
As a full-timer, I have a LOT of suggestions about how to discourage this! Stuff that is not insurmountable, but a PITA if you used to being in a S&B.
Dont forget to introduce them to the "navy shower" concept so they dont run out of hot water. That might kill it right there!
Also how expensive it is to maintain an RV that isnt being moved periodically. (tires, bearings, batteries, etc)
I'd mention the "lack of privacy" but if they have been living in an apartment complex, they are used to having neighbors on top of them.
Cable and internet- do either of them require that? Depending on where they are, the cable/satellite companies may not give them equipment for the rv, due to a lack of address/their mobility. (I might emphasize that if it's a requirement)
Let's not forget about laundry either. Back to the laundromat it is unless they get a larger unit and an RV w/d!
Electric bill on top of site fee, the need to run and maintain the generator (if so equipped)
Let's not forget the dumping of the tanks! A requirement regardless of weather! Whether it is 110deg and 99% humidity, or 15 deg and snowing, the tanks still must be dumped in a timely fashion.
When you DO get significant amounts of snow, the need to go on top of the RV to clean it off to prevent damage. (you remember this from 2010)
Tow vehicle or Toad upkeep/maintenance.
Finally, the financial aspect- It was a couple hundred dollars a month cheaper to live in an apartment than it is to live in an RV (at least for me) And I'm just counting the RV payment and the lot rental, not counting the TV payment (I would have had a large truck regardless)
If they still wont listen, make them rent an RV for a week and make them do it by themselves. (use the reason of "I wont always be around to help you)
Spent my entire life in Maryland before going fulltime...I would NEVER live fulltime in any RV thru a Maryland winter...EVER! Except maybe a Mobile Suite...can they afford one of those?
It takes lots of preparation to live in an RV in the cold...heating the belly, tanks water lines etc....and there is still no guarantee it won't freeze. I can assure before the first winter is half over you'll have house guests...LOL!
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