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Old 03-06-2009, 09:04 AM   #1
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Lifestyle Change versus Trading up

This is not meant in any way to single anyone out, except me.

We went from a 5er to a MH and when I was in conversation with other campers, a few times I refereed to having "traded up."

My DW, being the wise one that she is but I will never admit it, took me aside after such a conversation and told me I should not use the term "traded up." It gives a sense of being better than someone who for whatever reason cannot have what you have. She is a wise one (sometimes)

Then I started thinking about camping in my '72 chevy sportvan 20 equipped by Travco for several years. The top popped up, slept 4 (two adults, two children) had a sink, two burner range, pull out porta-potty, and a gas furnace. Over the years I camped in tents and 5er's. Now I'm in a Winni Destination.

So one of my sayings is; "It doesn't matter what you camp in, you will have just as much fun."

So now when I mention my trade-in I refer to it as a lifestyle change.
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You seem wise beyond your years . . .
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Wayne,

Thank your wife for helping me keep my foot out of my mouth.
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Up implies there is a down...it is great that you have a plethora of options but many people who could afford a class A diesel pusher choose otherwise.
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Your reference to trading up only means you felt you improved your camping style. Next time you trade up it might be to a '72 chevy sportvan 20. It's all relative.
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In this PC world that we live in, some times we forget that that up and down should be relative to what we are trying to accomplish, not compared to someone else. We "downsized" and went from 1/3 of an acre lot to 1.25 acres. I view trading "up" to be anything the gets me closer to my own ultimate goal.
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LOL, in the world of Trading-Up, I will always happily be at the bottom .
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