Originally Posted by jestal
Definitely rent and try first or buy something older and cheap to learn and experience the RV "lifestyle" of overpriced coaches, poor quality and the difficulty in obtaining a camping space when and where you want to go. Just being realistic. Lots of warts in the RV experience. If you have the money, the time and the patience you might love it. Better be handy at fixing things as no matter what coach you buy it will require constant repairs or one type or another. if you are not handy then even more patience and money is required. If you have to pay to have everything fixed you will become frustrated fast waiting for repairs either from a mobile tech or a dealership.
Not to be a "thread killer" but honesty is my style. Misery loves company so most people with an RV will rarely share the true experience and cost of owning and operating. If they did there would be far fewer RV's sold IMHO.
I have to believe most rv'rs are honest people and willing to offer remedy and help to eachother. If I were stranded on the road- that's who I would trust and welcome at my side.
RVing has never been thought of as a cheap holiday. Stationwagon filled with tents and kids. Yup cheap vayk. And what I thought worse was the camperette on our half ton plus same 3 kids. Super well behaved kids mind you but they still are present to make the body count to 5 ppl.!
I am entering with eyes open. I know there will always be maintenance and repairs on any rv. Some of my past interests have been owning foreign cars drag racing horses and breeding purebred dogs showing equipment training boarding vet bills on your little herd. No wonder you see cowboys eating canned beans around a fire!
I consider myself fairly capable in some areas of rv ownership. Bodywork detailing interior cosmetic repairs new floor tiling building in custom what have you. Troubleshooting and having to fix a screwed motor? Nope. Open the moneypit I'm dumping some in.
So it's a balancing act. My best advice is trust your instincts and the moment you are aware of a problem- fix it asap -don't use it until you fix it.