Shared ownership RV clubs
Is anyone a part of an RV shared ownership group or club? I am in the market for our family's first RV. We have plans to go full-time in about 2 years. In the meantime we are looking for MH for a handfull of weekend trips and 2 or 3 week-long vacations per year. Realistically, I see us using it between 30-40 days per year. For something that will be used around 9% of the year, I find it hard to justify an outright purchase, even for a used rig. For some of our trips to national parks we would like to be in a short class C, while other adventures would be more comfortable in a nice Class A. I also find the rental market's offerings to be fairly expensive for what you get.
Is there anything in between ownership and rentals? Shared ownership clubs have gained much popularity in the boating and aviation arena, but from my research this trend has not carried over to the RV world. I am wondering why? As with boats and airplanes, RVs are HIGH cost, LOW use vehicles for primarily recreational purposes. I have never been a member of one, but I am familiar with aviation clubs: instead of buying a $400k airplane (or even $200k with a partner), you buy into the club for $40k (a portion of which you get back if you leave the club later) then pay the cost of use for each hour you fly the plane. And the club has several aircraft, each with a different mission. For example, a pilot may take a smaller, cheaper plane for local sight-seeing, a fast, yet efficient bird to a business meeting several hundred miles away, and the next weekend take the wife, kids, and dog in a large twin engine for a long weekend getaway. It seems to me that this flexibility and more efficient asset utilization would be a slam dunk for RVers. I would love to have access to numerous types of RVs, of higher quality and comporable or lower cost than the average rental unit, all without having to store or personally maintain the unit. Does anyone know of such a group? Why don't we see more of them?