My husband is a bit of a Male Chauvinist Pig. I want to be the total RV woman and he won’t let me dump the septic. He says it wouldn’t look right and that it’s too complicated and messy for me. Can you help me convince him that I am perfectly capable of handling a crappy job like this. It would make me feel whole if I could just add this to my RV resume’. Thanks in advance. —Down in the Dumps in Davenport
Most people write me because someone is giving them a bunch of crap. You are the first one asking for it. I totally agree with you. He’s a pig and hogging all the slop. I think I should actually be treating your husband. I long-distance hike a lot and my wife travels alone in an RV for days and months at a time looking for me (not too hard). She loves to do the dump, and I love to watch her. She wants me to do it once in awhile but I tell her, “It just wouldn’t look right!”
I am guessing that many couples share this duty. It looks right, it feels right — it just smells bad. It’s not that complicated. If you do something wrong, it’s jump or swim. When traveling in an RV, everyone should share all the duties, even the dirty swirly. Thousands of women traveling alone have mastered this movement. Remember, Ginger Rogers used to do everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards and in high heels. Stop dancing around this issue. Take the bull by the horns and show him you can pull the plunger just as fluidly as he can. —Keep Smilin’, RV Shrink
The RV Shrink is not really a psychologist (or professional RV technician). But he does know a lot.