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Old 04-05-2010, 05:18 AM   #29
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Nothing is wrong with old. I go to car shows and pull something older than me (not just my wife!) with something new. I'm having fun and not worrying about what others think.

A friend has a travel trailer that's older than me. I enjoy camping with him in the site next to me.

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Old 04-05-2010, 09:30 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by 69RoadRunner View Post
. I enjoy camping with him in the site next to me.
Better let hm know you're coming cuz when wifey reads your post......

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Old 04-05-2010, 11:21 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by RVee'r View Post
Better let hm know you're coming cuz when wifey reads your post......
Why? She knows she's older than me.

In fact, for another few weeks, she's a decade older than me. I'm still in my 30s and she's in her 40s.

Now at the end of the month, we'll be the same age for about a month.
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:04 AM   #32
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I too agree with what many have said here. If older rigs are what you like, who gives a darn what anyone else thinks. I travel back and forth from RI to OH in my 87 TurtleTop Terravan and have a heck of a good time doing so. It's not the fanciest thing in the world but it has what I need in it and is comfortable for me. On my last trip coming home from OH, I was at a rest stop and someone actually complemented me on the old rig and said they preferred the older ones as well.

I look at things this way... If something is in good shape, does the job, and you're happy with it, why waste the money on stuff you don't need!

I've never owned a brand new vehicle and probably never will. In fact all of my vehicles that I currently own are over 20 years old and suit me just fine. The best part about all of them is as others have said... They're all paid for and they're mine!

If I ever decide to replace my rig, it will be with a smaller vintage TT that I can tow with my 52 Buick!

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Old 04-07-2010, 06:22 AM   #33
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Nothing wrong with the old, heck like they say they dont make things like they used to , is very true , I have a 1974 TT and its pretty solid and even better with all the repairs I made to it and almost done, I like the New to me stuff, thats old, I am leary about how things are made today with the cheap products and quailty that cost a ton more htan it used to

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Hi All,

So what is wrong with old?

I have a 1985 18' Wilderness TT. I got her for $1K. She was WELL loved and taken care of and I am slowing updating and upgrading her. I am not in debt.

I was pulling her with my V6 van, which did great on the flats but here in the PNW we have a LOT of grades and my poor V6 would be worked to go up them.

After our last winter, when we had back-to-back snow storms, I decided that it was time to get a 4x4. For lots of reasons, that I won't bore you with here, I decided to get a V8 Grand Cherokee Limited.

I found a WELL loved and taken care of 1996 V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (factory tow and all the bells and whistles) with 91K. I am not in debt.

A few years ago (before I bought my TT) I wanted a scooter to tool around with when I was traveling places. I got a 1982 Honda Express with just 1K km on her. Just needed a tune up and new battery to make her perfect. I am not in debt.

You may be noticing a theme here I am more than okay with getting well maintained 'older' items. One of the big reasons is that if I am not making a 'payment' on stuff, then I have more money freed up to enjoy them.

However, how my 'older' stuff is viewed by the general public is interesting and unexpected.

When friends saw my 'new' Jeep, they looked at me askance and said "Itís old!" I could see in their minds that I should have spent $30K+ for a new Jeep and couldn't figure out why I was so excited/enamored with my 13-year old Jeep and 24-year old TT.

Yes, by having older items, I am missing out on the latest and greatest bells & whistles, but I canít think of a thing I would need to add to my Jeep and on my TT, I am slowly adding/updating what I want.

Even so, I might be spending $2K more on my TT. I have added an A/C, cover for the propane bottles, assist handle, TT cover, wheel covers, spare cover, microwave, LCD TV, MAXXII vent covers, vent insullators, 2nd deep cell, etc. This spring I will be adding an awning, painting inside and adding wood floors. Total spent on TT & additons, around $3.25K.

My boss told me that I am not doing my part to stimulate the economy that I should be helping the Auto and the RV manufacturers by purchasing new.

My response is that by my purchasing the older items, allows those THAT WANT TO BUY NEW, to have the funds toward that.

I even see it at the dog shows. Admittedly, my TT is the smallest RV there and it does look like the baby of the mammoth diesel pushers next to her. But I've had folks come by and look down on her with comments like "I couldn't have anything that old; I'll bet you can't wait to 'trade-up". They think they are being nice until I tell them that I spent over a year looking for her and she is perfect to me and she is my 'trade-up'. All with a smile, of course.

So tell me, what is wrong with old? Why is it that those of us, with our vintage items- that are WELL loved & maintained, are looked down upon and pitied? Like we are the poor red-headed cousins in bare feet and hand-me-down clothes?

Ultimately, what it boils down to is that they make ME happy and I enjoy them VERY much and having them has opened a whole new world for me to explore.

I wish the same for you and your "old" stuff!!! LOL!!


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Old 04-07-2010, 06:48 AM   #34
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I agree with everything the original poster said and adhere to the same policy......I just don't waste my money on new stuff.......

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