Finding alone time when full-time RVing with spouse

Dear RV Shrink:rvshrink
Like most couples, my wife and I have occasional disagreements. At home we can go to different parts of the house to calm down, but it’s more difficult in our trailer. When we get into a heated argument, she storms off to the bathroom and stays there for an hour or so. She has a little electronic game in there and plays draw poker. I can hear it beeping, which drives me nuts. On a nice day, I just leave the RV and take a walk, but when it’s cold or rainy I have nowhere to go. Do you think this is a good way for her to let off steam? Am I overreacting? —Jim

Dear Jim:
I guess it depends on the size of your rig. If you travel with a Casita there could be a problem trying to take a time out in your separate corners. In a bigger rig it could be more convenient.

Everyone needs a little time alone. I’m a long distance backpacker. My wife said to me last year, “There are things I love about you that you never do anymore.” I said, “Like what?” She said, “Like being gone.”

Living long term in a small space can challenge the best of relationships. Having your own space can be a bonus many people do not think of when deciding on rig size. Having separate interests can be a good thing.

Arguments are not uncommon. Everyone handles them differently. If this is your spouse’s way of cooling off, get a pair of earphones or plugs and wait it out. A 25-pound backpack works pretty well, too. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink

Editor: Here’s a video from RVtravel.com and long-time, full-time RVers Joe and Vicki Kieva, on “Finding alone time while full-time RVing.”

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4 Thoughts to “Finding alone time when full-time RVing with spouse”

  1. Sam North

    Consider a screen room. They’re inexpensive and don’t take too long to set up or take down, and they don’t take much room to store.

  2. rvgrandma

    We have lived in our MH for 14 years now. Going outside is an option, but I often go into the bedroom since my husband won’t. Or I will sit at my computer with headphones on. I can watch programs or listen to music while researching, reading, playing games, etc.

    1. Rhalne DeGraff

      Same here

  3. Jerry X Shea

    We have heard many “we almost killed each other” stories. From day 1 we set parameters for living 24/7 in a small space. Yes, the bathroom is a great “alone time” spot. So is the great outdoors and walking the dog. On a rainy or stuck inside day we give each other “mental space.”
    After breakfast we have “do not talk to me time” till lunch. Same for a few hours in the afternoon. We sit 3′ from each other while writing or on the laptop, cell phone, reading a book whatever we are doing and save “comments” on what we found, read or thought for dinnertime conversations. A TV headset allows one to watch/listen to TV while the other can read a book with no TV sound. With 12 years of fulltiming we have not killed each other yet.

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