An RV park can be a fascinating place. If you stay in very many of them over the years, you’ll likely run across many different people from diverse walks of life. Every devotee of the RV lifestyle is unique, of course, but since we human beings are so pattern-oriented, you may discover that you occasionally run into people who fit certain profiles. Keeping in mind that these are very general descriptions, see if you have run into anyone who falls into one of these categories. We bet you have, and if you haven’t yet, don’t worry: You will.
Friendly Frank and Smiley Sarah
These folks are the real deal. They tend to be late middle-aged to elderly, but you’ll find them at all stages of life. These are people who are constant optimists, and they’re constantly spreading their positive outlook on life to others (but not in that irritating, self-righteous way that some people have.) Both their, “Beautiful morning, isn’t it?” on the sunshiny days and their cheerful, “Gonna be a wet one!” on the dreary ones are always accompanied by a smile. There’s no bringing these folks down: Since you can’t beat ’em, you may as well join ’em and remember that hey, life really is pretty darn sweet. We should all aspire to be like these fine folks.
Awkward Adam and Alice
This couple can take you by surprise — and not in a good way. They can be amiable enough, and they may even seem like a like a Friendly Frank and Smiley Sarah at first. Heck, they may never stop being friendly to you, but if you’re around them long enough, you’ll discover something about them: Awkward Adam and Alice have apparently been living in close quarters together for far too long, because they seem to despise one other.
A seemingly innocuous comment by one (We say “seemingly” because it could just be a passive-aggressive stab) sets the other off, and before you know it, you find yourself in the very awkward position of being stuck in the middle of a full-blown argument between two people you barely know. If you’re lucky, you’re able to extricate yourself from the situation without too much trouble, but what happens if you’ve accepted a dinner invitation from this couple? You may find yourself in for a loooooong night.
This guy is always extra-prepared: extra food, extra supplies, extra everything. He can also repair anything and has helpful tips on pretty much any topic you can think of. If he has a downside, it’s that he can occasionally come across as a bit on the condescending side. If you can remember he doesn’t mean to and truly, honestly wants to be as helpful as possible, you’ll get along fine with him. And you may as well, because at some point in your RVing days — and mark my word on this — you’re going to need this guy’s help. Count yourself lucky if you run into him and throw an extra burger on the grill for him. If you don’t have one to spare, borrow one from him; he’s sure to have one.
What personality profiles have you run into while following the RV lifestyle?
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