You are correct. I've never owned an RV before myself. Just a wannabe at this point in time.
Had some experience driving a Class A Winnebago around back in the fall of 1983 on a quick cross-country triangle trip while I relocated between military bases. So, not so much an ownership. It was an experience with some definite lessons learned. Fortunately, I didn't prang anything.
I've ridden in a Class C our family bought on a trip from Texas to Alaska back in the early 70's for my father's military re-assignment.
DW and I are going back and forth on what type of Class A we should get to get started. Neither of us are fans of cold weather, although we've both lived in northern states and Alaska (and the middle east where it's not so cold).
It's only money and I can't take it with me. My post-retirement income will be such that starting over from scratch shouldn't be a problem if full-timing isn't for us. But...sitting around an S&B in a fixed location doesn't appeal to me either. I'm willing to pay for a nice hotel on wheels and just take it with me wherever we go and pay rent on a little piece of whatever paradise we decide upon along the way. Or not because of our wonderful (not) neighbors.
I'm prepared to start slow and OJT as I go, given some initial instruction from a qualified Class A driving instructor. And the Spartan Factory course. And OJT from the good folks on the EC Forum...etc.
I appreciate your sincerity and offer for a little personal counseling, but unless something catastrophic happens between now and then, I'm pretty convinced that full-timing in one of the best handling, quietest riding coaches on the market today...period, is the way to go.
I'm thinking new, eat the depreciation on something that has a two-year warranty and is our to break-in as we see fit, is the way to go. DW asked last night as we were watching the NIRVC 2017 Cornerstone video with Anthem46's coach (by Angie) if we should consider used, so I'll let everyone know what the final solution is when we engage in the fall of 2020. Maybe when Anthem46 upgrades his 2020 CS45B to a 2021
, he'll be willing to sell directly to us for a starter coach with a year warranty left on it.
Thank you for your post and best wishes going forward.