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Old 09-20-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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Do Boats Count as an RV?

So my wife and I have been trailer sailors for sometime now....
See website: 1999 MacGregor 26 X PowerSailor* --* New Bern, NC
Kinda like RVing... just no tires.

We decided to venture into the land of RV's... we kinda tested the "waters" by renting an RV for a week, headed down to Florida to visit brother and mother in law, and then went to Disney world's Fort Wilderness and had fun learning how to RV (and how not to).

Learned that a refigerator that uses propane does not work on an incline... and the fastest way to get the kids and wife out of the RV quickly is to leave the value open on the sewer hookup (there's no P trap on the toilet??? ... oops)

So we decided to pull the trigger after doing more research... Got a 1989 Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite... found it first on ebay, then found out it was local and went and checked it out....
1989 Alum Lite Motorhome

We are looking forward to what I call a "learning" adventure and modifying this RV to make it our own. Love this forum... it's just like the one I use with the boat... great attitudes and helpful members... already have a manual for our RV heading our way from a member on this board.

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Erik & Jean

PS: Are we supposed to name our RV like the boat? Our daughter came up with the name "On Shore" (see boat reference)
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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Hi Eric, welcome to the forum. There should be many similarities your land based and water based RVs. No, there is no P trap in the toliet. It's a close cousin to an outhouse. Sounds to me like your daughter has a winner on name for the coach.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:24 PM   #3
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Used to have a Contessa 26, now a 24' TT. You will find lots of similarities, especially in the "stuff" department. RV stores are just as tempting and dangerous to walk into as marine stores!
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:04 PM   #4
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So what is the West Marine of the RV world?
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:09 PM   #5
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Camping world. Welcome aboard lots of fun and a much or as little companionship as you want. Kinda fun learning. Jeffp fiver with a dodge trk.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:11 PM   #6
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Welcome Eric & Jean!

Sounds like you're gonna fit right in here And, at least now you know how to get some privacy in the RV if you ever need it

Best of luck on your land travels and keep us updated.
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:23 PM   #7
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Wow, you have ecletic tastes! The powersailer is very rare and the Alumalite is a thing to behold!

I have never heard anyone call their boat an RV, but you can if you want.

You kept your boat didn't you?

I did. Besides our Outlaw, we have a Wellcraft Excel 260SE! Love them both!
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Hi Erik & Jean! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad to have you with us! You have found the best RV site on the web! Lots of good folks eager to share their knowledge & experience with you, and great moderators who are always fair and respectful! Hope you enjoy the RV lifestyle! Good luck & God bless!
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Howdy and welcome aboard. I'm sure you'll enjoy the site and all the great people here. Enjoy our travels and hope to see you down the road.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:20 AM   #10
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Sure you can name you Rv, boats and RV are very similar you pour money into both of them.
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We lived aboard our sailboat for 5 years. We always thought of the lifestyles being very much alike.

I like the name as well.
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One is a hole in the water you throw money into, the other a box on the pavement you throw money into. Same idea

We had a 26' cabin cruiser but moved to the lake so we sold it and bought a 23' Wellcraft Nova. Have a couple of Sea Doos on a hoist and a 14' Zodiac in the basement of the RV. The Zodiac takes up a lot of room but it sure is nice to have a boat where we camp for the winter. The 30hp outboard takes up a bunch too but beats rowing.

Seems like if it sucks down fossil fuel we have to have one or two.

I think you will find RVs about the same as boats just like you said, only with wheels. Hope you enjoy land yachts as much as boating.
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I have actually seen two different couples that use their trailer-able boat used as an RV. Both did the six month on/off bit.

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I have actually seen two different couples that use their trailer-able boat used as an RV. Both did the six month on/off bit.

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Yup, I've run across a few also.
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