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Old 08-05-2016, 04:31 PM   #1
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Smile Wannabe newbie

I've been stalking this sight for 2 years gathering info, stories, etc. Finally getting ready to start seriously looking for a TT. I still have lots of questions as it seems like for every post I read that answers one question another arises.
Why wait two years. It's not the money, or the lifestyle. Wife and kids (4) all like the experience. We've stayed a RV parks and rented cabins and always admired the "rigs".
Issue has been justifying, rationalizing the expense. Just about accepted I can't do that. It's all about the experiences along the way. Can't cost justify many vacations, boats, motorcycles, 4 wheelers, etc either.
Realistically I see us using it for 2 long trips a year 8-12 days each and several shorter 2-3 day trips.
Tow vehicle is a 2014 Chevy Suburban with HD towing package.
TT will be what falls in our weight limits.
I am a pretty experienced traveler. Not close to some here I am sure. But I've been to 45 of our states and criss-crossed a lot of the country. A lot for fun some for work. Now I want my family to see and be where I have been and create new memories and experiences.
Lots of towing experience but with a 21 foot boat not a travel trailer. I know there is a big, huge, difference. But I can handle a trailer (reversing, tight spots etc.) I have well over 200,000 miles trailering boats all over the country yet admit I have a healthy nervousness about stepping up to a TT.
I'm the furthest thing from a "know it all" newbie because I read a book and read this and that online. I am a knowledge junkie and try to absorb all that people have to offer. Looking to make a lot of the "right" decisions the first time and have a good understanding before I buy. Yet we all had to learn from our mistakes and I am sure to still make plenty.
Everyone here seems to have such great info and experiences. Still lots of opposing opinions too. I guess that is healthy.
Tomorrow is day one of shopping!!!!!

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Old 08-05-2016, 05:08 PM   #2
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Old 08-05-2016, 05:12 PM   #3
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Hi Spike,

Purchasing an RV, TT, or MH is a personal choice or sometime the choice of a family. Unless you live in your RV full time you will never use it enough to justify the cost with just money as the justifier.

The justification comes from the experiences and memories you develop with your family or yourself while using your RV. Camping is wonderful and a great way to bond a family at it's deepest heart. Some people camp in their own driveway just for fun.

This is an expensive hobby. You buy an RV, insure it, use it occasionally, and store it when not being used, but it is always there to be used. You can rent, but it is not yours. When you go out as a family, it is wonderful, amazing, what you can do together and the fun you can have.

There is a lot of info here. Lot of people willing to help. A lot of us bought our first RV in younger years and many in older years, all for different and sometimes the same reason. You are spending your money so you need no justification, it is totally your choice. Buy used to reduce that money pain. But go have fun with your family and just enjoy it and make some great memories.

People here will answer any question you have. We are always willing to answer questions or laugh with you. I don't believe you will regret purchasing an RV once you spend time with the family in it. The smiles will be worth the cost and inconvenience.

We love our rig. Bought it used 15 months ago and have several trips planned. It's the best purchase we have made in the last 15 years.

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Old 08-05-2016, 08:15 PM   #4
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Welcome. I wholeheartedly agree with Lynne above. We absolutely love ours and have no regrets in our purchase. We started small and inexpensive to see if we would use it and like it before we made the bigger/better purchase. One of the best things we ever did. Love the freedom it gives us to just take off and go someplace when you want.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect TT for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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