Yup, I agree, especially with where you are thinking of going. As far as renting, would be willing to bet you could find a home to rent for what you would get an RV for?
We still have our RV, but because real estate pricing was (is?) so attractive, and the fact we fell in love with this area, we bought a place. Just finishing up our first year here.
Not a big fan of congestion, we looked for a place with more of an "out in the country" feel, that is still close enough in where commute times to the airport, groceries, big box stores wouldn't be too inconvenient. We ended up north of Tampa, in Citrus county. You might want to check it out.
1997 37' HR Endeavor, 275hp Cat, Freightliner
03 CR-V Blue Ox, Ready Brake