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Old 02-24-2010, 08:46 PM   #1
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When you look at new RVs, are you...?

When you look at new RVs, are you
1. ready to write a check because they are so cool?
2. interested?
3. more happy with what you have now?

We looked at some new coaches today, and we agreed that we fit with #3. It seems the designers are running wild with less regard to utility in our opinion. We looked at all types and price ranges and studied the features and how we would live with them. Maybe it is a matter of adapting and we are too comfortable with our own rig now. But some of the ideas seem rather odd.

Here is one common example. A 32" cab-over LCD TV with another larger LCD in the same living area and equally visible. Someone who has a setup like this needs to educate me how multiple TV's that can be seen from the same seats work for them. We hardly find enough good programming for one TV.

Maybe we are over the hill as our grandchildren already know. I can assert that no RV manufacturers have contacted me regarding design consulting.

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Old 02-24-2010, 09:44 PM   #2
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I'm a number 3. We go to the shows and come away thinking how lucky we are having what we have. It also saves all the effort of having to getting a new coach and all the work entailed to make it work correctly. You buy a big box on wheels and it's up to you to get all the pieces to work so it becomes a Motorhome.

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Old 02-24-2010, 10:05 PM   #3
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I like # 3 especially if I have to pay for #1.
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:00 PM   #4
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number 3 paid for, runs great, all bugs removed, and looking for 10 ore years of great fun and many more miles.
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Old 02-25-2010, 02:30 AM   #5
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Fortunately, I am working on them. I haven't had any trouble from mine; so why would I want to trade?
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:06 AM   #6
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:27 AM   #7
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Number 2. I would like more room, so I have been looking. I can say the '10 and '11's do not do it for me so far. I have seen some '08 or '09's that are still "new" that I may want, if the price is right. That is just the box, the drive train is a differant story. I will stay away from '10 and up emissions engines, so in a few months I will not even look at new coaches.
As for the second TV in living room, after you close up the slides only the overhead can be seen. If yours is like my DW, she likes to watch while we travel and relax on the couch.

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Old 02-25-2010, 05:43 AM   #8
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I need category 2A - interested, but can't afford it. Guess that forces me into category 3.
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:21 AM   #10
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I would have to say "D" or "4", none of the above. I get strangely aroused, I like the smell and the lack of clutter in a new RV. It doesn't stay that way long!
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:06 AM   #11
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Funny you start this thread! I just went through the idea of "up trading" my Bus. But like you I don't get this "bling" thing. What's wrong with understated elegance? Do we want fake fireplaces, LED lighting that changes color, glossy wood, 2 TV's in the front quarters etc. So, yes I # 3 as well.
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:22 AM   #12
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I think that we all are in a category of today's reality. I know that even though I have not personally suffered in todays new economy, it has changed my perspective. Being from the "Me" generation, I had trouble telling the difference between my wants and needs. We took a "never ending" economy for granted. Maybe as I have gotten older, it's just a matter of degree, I still have my wants but temper them with some thought about my true needs.

This phenomena has affected most people and especially those of my generation. We're older, have less time left and seem to be more concerned about quality of life as our quantity is starting to diminish. I now ask, do I really need the new bling to feel good or get the rush? In years past, if I had the means, I fulfilled the want. For me, it's a battle that I am not used to, but it's starting to feel pretty good. Now, I like getting a good deal and that by itself seems to provide the required rush!
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#3. There's nothing wrong with the one we have now, and I certainly wouldn't pay the asking price for a new one just to go through the debugging process that seems to be part and parcel of any new RV.

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I'm a 2.5 - interested in some aspects of the new ones but mostly satisfied with what we have (which we have remodeled to suit our wants and needs). Since the checkbook is mostly empty these days, #1 doesn't apply anyway.

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