We lived in the Washington, DC area and after retirement in Dec 2012 started an 8 month road-trip across the US, and then a 14 month round-the-world trip. We both worked for nonprofit organizations and our style is to live and travel simply.
To clarify: we asked for burned out light bulbs to be replaced (which his partner admitted were not working and he hadn't had time to replace); we asked for sharp knives and a can opener for the kitchen; and instructions for the TV. Demanding? Shouldn't these be included in the rental?