I have had several e-mail and online discussions with folks recently about what is the best RV for their needs. I do a 90 minute seminar at RV shows and rallies called How To Be A Smart RV Shopper. It’s never enough time to cover all of the things that a lot of buyers never think of, but one thing I try to emphasize is that there is no one perfect RV. An option or floor plan that works for one RVing couple may not be a good fit for the next couple.
Until you actually do spend some time living in an RV it’s hard to know what will work for you, and what you thought you would want that later proves completely different. For example, Terry really liked the idea of a tub/shower combination, which we did not have in our first motorhome. But now, after actually having one, she has found that she has used the tub three or four times in 5 years. But she still appreciates having the opportunity of choice.
For my part, we started with a gas powered Class A motorhome and I had absolutely no interest in a diesel pusher. My only experience with diesel vehicles had been stinky Army trucks and I did not want to mess with the noise or the smell. Then we built a bus conversion and I discovered all of the benefits of a diesel engine. The Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome we have now is a diesel pusher and I’d never have a gas rig again.
And things can change. When we built our bus conversion we did a lot of dry camping and outfitted it with 540 watts of solar panels and a big battery bank. These days we appreciate our creature comforts and may dry camp two or three nights a year while on the way someplace. So our Winnebago does not have solar. We have had friends who had motorhomes and would never consider a fifth wheel, but then got into riding ATVs or motorcycles and now have toy haulers. That’s why John Huggins of Living The RV Dream always advises to try to buy your third RV first.
Speaking of toy haulers, we spent some time yesterday visiting with our friends Wil and Cyndy Olsen in their Voltage toy hauler. I’m a motorhome guy but that sure is a nice rig! I got my puppy fix with their two dogs, Spike and Turbo, and we were having such a good time visiting that we all decided to head for The Great Wall to continue the conversation over a nice Chinese dinner. By the time we all waddled out the door, we had made plans for dinner together again on Sunday, grilled salmon at their rig. Sounds yummy!
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing and I know this week’s prize is going to be a hit, as it’s an autographed copy of Miss Terry’s Kitchen. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – We are all here because we aren’t all there.