I went through various stages as well, though not in a logical order. First was a tent – OK when you’re young and no kids. A few years later and one small child, I bought a 16” travel trailer. I was posted in an isolated place (Masset QCI now Haida Quay?) and we went onto deserted beaches and occasionally a ferry ride to the mainland and down south (BC and Washington State). Good times.
Sold the TT when posted across Canada to Gander NF. Used the in-laws mobile home summer place on the coast for a get-away.
Posted to Kingston ON and bought a 23’ TT to live in with two young kids until military housing was available. Traded the TT in on pop up tent trailer (what was I thinking
) Used to come home from a couple of weeks in the field (in a tent etc) and the DW would want to go camping for the weekend (hot, humid)! Lots of time in upstate NY campgrounds.
Posted back to Gander and sold the pop-up there and used the in-laws mobile home again.
Jump forward a few years, posted back to ON and missed camping. Started looking at Class C’s but they seemed awful small but within budget.
Retired from the army and then became an independent contractor with some good years – went through three Class A’s in two years (a 2000 gas Bounder 36’, traded up to 99 DSDP 38’ and couldn’t turn down a deal on a 2003 DSDP 4005, paid cash for all). Was planning retire to but got offered a term position with a steady salary and took it, now they want to make it permanent so I’ll probably take it to help out my military pension for at least for a few years (I’ll be 65 in 4 years).
I get six weeks’ vacation and I also work a compressed week with every 2nd Friday off. We make a lot of short trips to upstate NY (we’re 30 min from the border) and try to plan a two-three week trip each year but life gets in the way ( 1st grandchild coming soon in NF).
Now, will I get my money’s worth out of my current 2003 MH? Yep, already have as far as I’m concerned
Guess what I’m saying in my long-winded way is that if you enjoy being outdoors, seeing new places, meeting new people, a Class A is one of the best (and economical) ways of doing it. Your return on your investment is not in dollars – it’s in enjoying life!