I have been looking at trying the RV lifestyle for about 6 months now. Fueled by youtube videos and the various blogs that promote it, and a growing wanderlust to see this fabulous country I spent 25 years 'defending.' After extensive research and pricing, I have decided that purchasing a new unit from an RV dealer is insane
, especially at any reasonable price point. As I ain't no millionaire, and the very fancy ones require serious maintenance budgets as well. I love the information that is available here on irv2 and other forums, it is outstanding and I've used various bulletin boards most of my adult life.
The depreciation loss, inflationary MSRP markup (I pay a VLT tax in AZ
) and shoddy business practices of the majority of the RV dealers and even manufacturers (and the domination of major parts of the industry) is ridiculous. I looked at several of the European class B and C models that I would buy in a heartbeat, outstanding layouts, better materials, better warranties, etc. But I can't get them here in the US and the DOT regulations prohibit shipping one over. But the lack of information and used car sales tactics of the sales folks that I have encountered is ridiculous; unfortunately since most people seem to be buying RV's on impulse, they are taken advantage of, and that is why it continues.
It seems like there is no real competition anymore, and that is a double edged sword, as once a dominate player takes over an industry, it decimates it, and that is exactly what has (and will) happen. But then again, maybe if more people were informed, engaged and thought critically, we wouldn't have either of the two caricatures that are running for our current top governmental position, or what is even worse, the lack of competition in our local
government positions due to gerrymandering. I voted the entire time I served in the Military, but usually not for the popular options, as I well understood the "Giant Sucking sounds" being generated, as well the reason why the auto industry needed actual competition and safety requirements, but I digress as a political rant is not what I intend with this post.
I feel that my only option to enjoy the RV lifestyle is to buy a gently used (the bugs have been worked out) unit that I can maintain myself, and stay away from the (St)dealers altogether. Or design and build one myself, but that gets expensive because I lack the purchasing power of a large corporation. The very corporations (and their CEO's) that seem to have taken over my beloved country.