RV LIFE: The NOT so FUN side of FULL-TIME RV Living!

  • Published: 12 August 2019
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  • Keep Your Daydream
    Keep Your Daydream   6 months back

    **It's important to mention that we found Lazy Days to be professional and courteous on both occasions. There is only so much a dealer can do if the fridge is bad and the vendor won't approve swapping a new unit in a timely manner. If we didn't have a schedule to keep, this would be resolved by now. We still think Lazy Days is a good dealer and will go back... and we have zero affiliation.

    • Deb Metheral
      Deb Metheral  3 weeks back

      Marie Lange I

    • gunslingr45
      gunslingr45  2 months back

      How old is your rig? It needs a new fridge already? And tell the missus the truck drivers were paying a compliment. Not all of us need maced. LOL P.S. New to the channel.

    • Scott Johnson
      Scott Johnson  3 months back

      @Marie Lange I had one of the best experiences I've ever had purchasing an RV from Lazy Days. Low pressure sales, and the service technician was very good. So far no complaints. However, I haven't had my RV in for any type of service so I'm not sure how they'll be then.

    • Dee and Ginger's instcart and Doordash vlog Smith
      Dee and Ginger's instcart and Doordash vlog Smith  5 months back

      I live in Ohio I went to Lazy Days site they don't have 1 in my State or even closes to me 😣😫

    • slinginlead1
      slinginlead1  6 months back

      You're a better man than me. I personally have been to that Lazy Days and was not impressed. They should definitely have addressed your other concerns while waiting on the refrigerator. It is not your fault that the technician misdiagnosed the problem. They should have swapped out your whole refrigerator with one from their inventory. I have seen that particular dealer do such a thing in the recent past. We purchased our 5th wheel (Open Range 2502RE) from a smaller dealership intentionally because we have found that they are more concerned with customer satisfaction. Always demand to speak to a manager near where the new deals are done and don't be afraid to get a little loud. The manager won't want to lose business.

  • Benjamin Bidlack
    Benjamin Bidlack  3 days back

    Btw best couple ever. Love this video and all of your trials and tribulations! LOL Seriously, thanks for this great view into the realities of RVing!

  • Brave ManPerson
    Brave ManPerson  4 days back


    "Don't get me started"

    There's hope. Zoomers rise up

    • Solo Off Grid Living
      Solo Off Grid Living  1 weeks back

      lol...... yep I know the one. Pack up the night before so we can, first thing in the morning "Get The Heck Out Of Here" :) :) :)

      • william trojnor
        william trojnor  2 weeks back

        After having a couple Fifth Wheel Diesel Pusher small Class C next RV will be a skoolie conversion I agree with the other poster get a compressor fridge. I bought a snowmaster for overlanding it cools down immediately and uses very little power

        • Keto - Walk - Get Fit
          Keto - Walk - Get Fit  2 weeks back

          How much did you spend to come out the same way you went in and it's a new unit....naw..id be pist

          • Eric Goltze
            Eric Goltze  3 weeks back

            You two are totally called together. What a great couple.

            • tiny MAC
              tiny MAC  3 weeks back

              so the only problem is regular upkeep? cool. good to know. considering not buying a house and spending that money on a year round lux camper to live from.

              • Darren Thomas
                Darren Thomas  4 weeks back

                Does FORD work on repairs on weekend ? I have to take a day off for repairs here in Canada Nova Scotia because you could be stuck for two or more days too.

                • rolland rue
                  rolland rue  4 weeks back

                  Patience is a must with this lifestyle and you both are blessed with plenty. If you ever travel near Corpus Christi look into Wilderness Lakes RV Resort Mathis TX. Keep up the great videos.

                  • Richard Dunn
                    Richard Dunn  4 weeks back

                    You folks are so mellow, so laid back, you are amazing.

                    • Where the Jones
                      Where the Jones  4 weeks back

                      Great info, thank you for letting us know what happened

                      • kalm dwn
                        kalm dwn  4 weeks back


                        • Ryan Meador
                          Ryan Meador  1 months back

                          your youngest son cracks me up, Im sure he loves giving you hell. lol

                          • Michael Broughton
                            Michael Broughton  1 months back

                            When you pull into the lot at Lazydays Knoxville to have warranty work or repairs done you immediately KNOW it's gonna take awhile and you may as well be resigned to that fact! They ARE overwhelmed with work and are just a tad short of employees. Good people tho!! And you guys (in this video) are a good example of how patience is exhibited and temper is restrained. Good job!!!

                            • Chuck Tryba
                              Chuck Tryba  1 months back

                              Sometimes the ammonia gets a minor clog in the tubes.
                              If your refrigerator doesn't work, tap on the cooling unit and it will usually start working again.
                              Never just assume that the unit needs replacement.
                              Sometimes just driving down the road will free it up and start it working again.

                              • HERKON ENKI
                                HERKON ENKI  1 months back

                                Can somebody tell me the name of this RV Camper?? And how much it cost to get one please?.

                                • AngryCanadian
                                  AngryCanadian  2 months back

                                  Been there ,done that,fridge quit on my gfs 2018 sunseeker,we got told two months to service it,it was still under warranty ,we troutrouble shot it ,then waited a month for parts,then repaired it ourslves,got nothing in return ,not even apology ,lol,on 100 k rig,spent summer using coolers

                                  • Mitch Mills
                                    Mitch Mills  2 months back

                                    Also heard a lot of horror stories about lazy days especially their sales techniques. More disturbing is how many things on a brand new very expensive high end rig can be defective. Rvs come off the line and don’t even get safety inspected or quality inspected. Too bad quality of materials and workmanship is so poor these days. Kudos to you guys for your attitude. We have a 1996 with original propane fridge and every latch is original and still working properly. Good luck with your grand design. I’m sure glad I do my own work.

                                    • Don Baxley
                                      Don Baxley  2 months back

                                      I own one of these things! Unless you are going to use it regularly, have the time, have the money DON'T buy one! And I mean have the time and money!

                                      • Dan King
                                        Dan King  2 months back

                                        Man ive been an rv tech for quite a few years and Ive changed 1 cooling unit, and it happened to be the same fridge as the one you have lol. Sucked, and shouldnt be done. Mine worked tho haha, im just here to say out of the 100's of fridges ive replaced every single one that had a bad cooling unit, you just have to buy the whole fridge its way better that way. The cooling unit on the fridge is more than half the amount of the fridge. At that point you may as well buck up and buy a whole new fridge and everything will be brand new again. (not to say yours was not). Norcold is honestly the worst fridges out there Norcold Nevercold. These videos are pretty cool tho lol

                                        • Mike Sampont
                                          Mike Sampont  2 months back

                                          Oh man...I love you guys! Everything your going through, would be what my wife and I would go through.

                                          • philmace81
                                            philmace81  2 months back

                                            You guys look sooo tired in this video. Hotel life must be wearing you out!

                                            • Corbett Watson
                                              Corbett Watson  2 months back

                                              We have a 5ht we bought last November and we love it. We just bought an f450 to pull it with and boy what a difference. If you are ever in central Fl we are the Watson and would love to go camping with your family.

                                              • Jerry Harper
                                                Jerry Harper  2 months back

                                                You guys are hilarious, and so down to Earth. I'm planning to retire next June and start full-time RV living for at least a couple of years (until I decide where I want to "settle down"). Your videos are truly helping me learn to learn the essentials of RV living... and to expect the unexpected. Who knows, I may even run into you sometime on the road. I would feel truly blessed. Safe travels!

                                                • postersm 71
                                                  postersm 71  2 months back

                                                  It doesn’t matter how much you spend on these rigs. They’re all put together like crap unfortunately. And just because you think you have a warranty, you’re at the mercy of the manufacture. It’s total bullshit

                                                  • Stephen Clay
                                                    Stephen Clay  3 months back

                                                    Consider yourself lucky. We waited 4 months to get LG to fix our residential fridge.

                                                    • Jerry Lifsey
                                                      Jerry Lifsey  3 months back

                                                      15:26 How do they spend days "fixing: it, tell you it's fixed, and then it not be fixed and expect you to be OK with that?

                                                      • Jace Ski
                                                        Jace Ski  3 months back

                                                        Do yall realized how stupid yall sound?

                                                        • Jace Ski
                                                          Jace Ski  3 months back

                                                          Rich annoying people problems, id rather watch commercials.

                                                          • Hey Your Lens Cap's On!
                                                            Hey Your Lens Cap's On!  3 months back

                                                            Needed this today. Thanks for highlighting everyday troubles and keeping a good attitude.

                                                            • Abel Casanova
                                                              Abel Casanova  3 months back

                                                              What’s your opinion on me getting a similar RV? How’s the 3 axles like?

                                                              I found a Momentum 399THG previenes for around $59,000.

                                                              • Keep Your Daydream
                                                                Keep Your Daydream   3 months back

                                                                Just depends if you really need a garage. We think a toy hauler is best with toys. I don't mind the size, but it's always on my mind when towing. 'Dealing' with the RV takes more time than a smaller RV, which can be a downside unless you really need the garage.

                                                            • STEPHEN CHRISTIAN
                                                              STEPHEN CHRISTIAN  3 months back

                                                              DAMN I MUST BE A REAL REAL HOPELESS ROMANTIC.. GOT RID OF THE BOAT BOUGHT AN ADVENTURER 50th aniv, & I'm THINKING THESE THINGS WILL NOT HAPPEN, ..I guess that human spirit is what keeps us all going in this crazy world

                                                              • MEMYSELF ANDI
                                                                MEMYSELF ANDI  3 months back

                                                                This is a good lesson for potential full timers on a shoestring budget. Things like this WILL happen and if you can't afford the extra expense of hotel stays, etc then you will really have a hard time not losing your sh!t. Trust me, I speak from experience. It's a LOT easier to roll with things like this if you don't have to worry about money.

                                                                • Greg Coverdale
                                                                  Greg Coverdale  3 months back

                                                                  Never heard the term backflip. Usually called a tonneau cover. yes?

                                                                  • mike kolesar
                                                                    mike kolesar  3 months back

                                                                    Sooo do you guys have an endless supply of green orrrr

                                                                    • Bryan Doan
                                                                      Bryan Doan  3 months back

                                                                      So nothing got fixed and Grand Design didn't really help either. For those latches to break within a year, that's not very good. This is making me wonder about buying a new RV in the future. They do seem to be built rather cheaply.......

                                                                      • L T
                                                                        L T  4 months back

                                                                        Just went through this. Fridge went out in July in our 2019 Grand Design Reflection 312. Dometic did everything they could to not replace the fridge, finally in September they sent new fridge which when opened was broke. Finally in October bought residential and paid out of pocket for it and the install. Made 3 payments on trailer while sitting over a fridge. Grand Design and Dometic were not much help, very disappointed.

                                                                        • James Holliday
                                                                          James Holliday  4 months back

                                                                          Love the amount of information you guys give on your video's. Your patience is astounding.

                                                                          • R j
                                                                            R j  4 months back

                                                                            What a headache u guys went through sorry about that 🙄😏

                                                                            • Hebard's Travels
                                                                              Hebard's Travels  4 months back

                                                                              Being out of the rig for months is not fun, our first round of warranty work was 2.5 months out of the rig. As fulltimers that was not fun. We’re now in our second round of repairs, but the factory has a much better repair process now. We take the rig in, in the morning, we get it back at night. We featured this in a series a couple years ago. We just made the best of the hotel rooms with the dogs. La Quinta allows dogs so that’s who we always stay with.

                                                                              • camping as you go
                                                                                camping as you go  4 months back

                                                                                We are getting ready to start our road trip and was curious. What do I need to do for when it gets cold. Should I wrap my pipes?

                                                                                • bobberguy1
                                                                                  bobberguy1  4 months back

                                                                                  100k headache? NOPE.

                                                                                  • Lew Scagnetti
                                                                                    Lew Scagnetti  4 months back

                                                                                    PLEASE READ THIS : My NEW Harley Davidson (9500 miles) broke down on a Run to the West Coast, i was put up in nice hotel room, HD came and flat bedded the bike to a service dealership 150 miles away and paid for everything during the down time 3 days later when my Bike was returned to me. Why this company did not financially step-up and provide financial assistance during this break down for you & your family is piss-poor customer service, that much I know !! Maybe I missed something here but their product breaks down & hotel rooms, gas, food etc should not be the consumer's responsibility, especially "on the road break downs" with a Brand New RV 10 days old that just left you stranded in the middle of Nowhere !..... Sorry, but that's totally unexpectable ! You handle situations a lot calmer then I would have, cause I'd be beyond upset !! Someone in the chain of this RV sale (manufacturer, warranty company, sales lot, service center ) needs to sign a nice big FAT Check for all these unexpected break down bills that occured to you and your family plus all damages, I would not accept anything less, YET you describe the people involved in this situation as "Amazing" ? Wow !!!... I just don't get the positive attitude here cause there's nothing positive about the situation on what's happened or happening ?? Accordingly, I would be demanding a New RV Replacement as well and not just allowing them to try to instal ANOTHER Fridge AGAIN, OMG !! With that said, Your kindness and unflinching demeanour is doing yourself no favors here my friend !! Good Luck !!

                                                                                    • Phillip Raymo
                                                                                      Phillip Raymo  4 months back

                                                                                      I have to say your son in the red Shirt is Hilarious I love his sense of humor....!!!!!!!🇺🇸

                                                                                      • Kaivon mortazavi
                                                                                        Kaivon mortazavi  4 months back

                                                                                        Not sure if this long list of issues developed since the TT was purchased or was there from day 1. If from the very start, then shame on GD and shame on the quality dept. at LD. When I purchased my TT my dealer encouraged me to spend a night and day on their pad with electricity and to test everything. They gave us their checklist with check marks but wanted us to double check everything. We tested the DVD player, the TV, boiled water in the micro, showered, baked cookies, closed every hatch, locker etc. ran ac, ran heater, you name it - everything and discovered one bad reading light. The next day we gave the punch list to their service dept. and they replaced the light. We left with no issues and never needed any work under warranty. We got lucky but you need to test everything 100% yourself before you sign and pull off the dealer lot...or get ready to get in line.

                                                                                        • Ugf Ugf
                                                                                          Ugf Ugf  4 months back

                                                                                          Just think if you would have taken my advice and NOT bring a dog with you would have been easier to find a hotel. 2) Never just let your rig set somewhere without PHYSICALLY checking on it at least twice a day. Keep updated and make sure the service provider knows you are there.

                                                                                          • Logical Guy
                                                                                            Logical Guy  4 months back

                                                                                            With all those things going wrong on a new 5th wheel I would think it was poorly made. Maybe a lemon.