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Old 04-21-2015, 09:37 PM   #1
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Thinking about RVing full time

I'm looking at the ACE 29.3 but after reading the info in this forum I'm really getting cold feet about being able to maintain an RV. Are they much more involved than maintaining a home?
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:46 PM   #2
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I'd say it's more like they are different than more involved. Skills you have from home maintenance are relevant, but they are more like a foundation on which to build the skills you need to maintain an RV. It also depends on how much you want to do yourself vs hire out.
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:02 PM   #3
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:04 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum. Nothing wrong with feeling apprehensive about buying a rig and doing it full time. I would look at full timers blogs that are out there. Theres a lot of super info about the full time experience and maintaining your rig. There are always going to be maintenance issues with any engine. Keep in mind you can buy an extended warranty which helps in the case of an unforeseen breakdown. Take your time and after getting as much info as you can find make an informed decision. Good luck with whatever decision you make.
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As stated earlier, you will have maintenance to do .... just like you would your house.. but add drive train in the mix .... If you have a coach that has been well cared for, annual maintenance done as required, and if you continue with that maintenance, your should be able to enjoy your home for a long time ....
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Our house, which we rent out, and our motorhome are both about 10 years old. DH does most of the maintenance and upkeep on the MH. We have had to pay others for maintainance and repairs to the house and have paid out more on the house. We put back money each month in case we need to make repairs on both. The benefits of the MH, is being able to relocate whenever the mood strikes us, no grass to mow, meeting new people, visiting people we otherwise wouldn't get to if we were living in the house, seeing the country, and I could go on and on.
I would advise making a list of the pros and cons, estimates of cost of home and cost of MH. We could not have retired if we had to maintain the house. Hope this helps.
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We don't full time, but do travel significantly. Things can and will go wrong - in our case it's been a lot of Murphy's Law thrown in for excitement as well. When we were looking at coaches to buy, we picked a Tiffin mostly because they are still in business. Having them as a resource has come in handy more than once. There are, of course, other considerations but that for us was a big one.

In any event, you only live once so you should definitely go for it full time if your life situation allows. The benefits of traveling outweigh the hassle of issues/maintenance by a long shot.
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It sounds like your have not owned an RV before.

I would recommend NOT leaping into full-time RVing in a new and very costly rig before you find out if you even like the lifestyle. Rent an RV for a month, and see if living in such a small space for weeks on end is something you enjoy. Some people do, others don't, but do yourself a favor and don't find out you dislike it while watching the depreciation on a new rig kick in.
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