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Old 11-19-2020, 12:52 PM   #1
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Red face What is your “why”?

I get asked about this in a lot of threads as I learn- Why are you looking at expensive Rigs? Why are you looking at RVs at all at your age (45)? A lot of ‘WHY’? Fair question.

I flew darn near for a living for several years. Now, I hate airports in general. Don’t like flying either. Plus I’m really too big to fly- we circumfrentially challenged aren’t exactly welcomed on planes.

My wife is on oxygen and quite honestly the hassle of flying with oxygen is a pain in the six as they say.

I also LOVE driving. I originally wanted to be a truck driver, but medicine called louder to me. If what I do ever stops working out I’ll switch to it in a heartbeat- good honest work with a real ability to mark something “done” at the end of the day. That’s a luxury I don’t get now.

I like people generally. Especially quirky, bootstrappy, self-made people. I love learning from them even when I don’t like the message sometimes. These people inundate the Class A RV category from what I can see. These are my people.

RVs just are cool. Being in control of that much machine, having that much control over your life, and being independent is awesome. With that said I have all the mechanical skill of a gym sock, so I have a lot to learn. I know there’s a lot to know after the warranty ends, but I’d like a warranty as my training wheels.

Adventures don’t happen in tour groups or on main highways. I don’t want to do the same thing everyone did. I want to have an adventure with a flush toilet. I want to be able to say “screw it, this is perfect” and just park somewhere beautiful for awhile. No schedules, no check out, no flight changes, just me and my bride figuring it out as we go.

Every part of my life is regimented. Every hour is accounted for and billable. When I want to take a vacation I want to be underway in a couple hours and take whatever I can. An RV means freedom to me and I cannot wait...
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Old 11-19-2020, 01:39 PM   #2
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Why not!! Would be my reply to the inquirers.

Go for it.

Oh and by the way...turn off your cellphone when you leave town, makes life more enjoyable with no calls and no texts.
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:18 PM   #3
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Old 11-19-2020, 03:35 PM   #4
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There is only one correct answer! BECAUSE!!!
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Good for you both! If you choose the correct RV to fit both of you, the rest of your days will be an adventure.
As to after the factory warranty runs out, investigate purchasing an extended service contract to help pay for repairs(broken items) to the RV. These do not cover normal wear and tear items that need to be replaced, like shocks, tires- worn-out items.
Do the groundwork before making a decision or spending money. When you both find an RV you like, spend a few hours inside as if you are living in it already, doing what each of you normally do during 24 hrs.
Why? You will be happier in the end.
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Old 11-19-2020, 04:45 PM   #7
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"Because I want to" is all the answer you need. It's your life and your choice.
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Old 11-19-2020, 05:31 PM   #8
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Great post!

Echoes many of my thoughts
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Old 11-19-2020, 06:01 PM   #9
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Some people sit on the couch and wonder why?
Some people do very little and get the same results and wonder why?
We choose to do what we like and at our age "we should"
Why? because we like it!
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I camped when I was younger. When I got a little older I would camp with nothing but a small tent that could be carried on a motorcycle. Years on I kind of had the urge to go again but DW had differing early experiences. She was not enthused but allowed it might be doable if she had her own bathroom along with. About that time a friend inherited a small camper trailer he didn't want. Minimal, but technically it had a bathroom. It went over well. Even better when kids and grandkids came with. But it didn't suit me so much.

One day I saw a big old class A on the road with a for sale sign. I liked the looks and idea of it and figured I could make one of those happen. That one got away but the hunt was on. Son in law knew a guy who knew a guy and I got hooked up. DW had a very low opinion of it as she seemed to only see the faults in it but told me to do what I wanted. Later she said I was in "runaway train" mode so she knew it was inevitable.

After about a month of me sprucing the RV up she came in and asked what size the bed was. For the covers she wanted to buy. Not long after that she had some of her friends over and was showing it off like she had personally picked it out. After a couple of good trips and a night with TV and AC when the whole neighborhood's power was out she's firmly on board with it.

It's a big old gawky thing. Rather faded from what it used to be but still very nice. I'm having great fun fixing it up and lots of fun camping with it. So "for fun" I guess is my short answer.
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To the question about your age (meaning the assumption that RV's are only for retirement aged folks), consider that your friends wouldn't blink if you said you were going to buy a boat to enjoy adventures and downtime. I hade a boat, but I was limited to just the waters and shores within a reasonable cruising distance. My land yacht allows me to roam much more freely.

My late wife had oxygen tanks and concentrator that made travel, even by car to hotels, a real pain. The RV gave us freedom to be spontaneous without the logistical nightmare of hauling all her attachments in and out of hotels.

Go for it! Life is too short to sit around and just wonder "if".
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Old 11-20-2020, 05:14 AM   #12
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Good post and the reason is:
Because I can!
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It takes me 2 days to pack for a trip
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Old 11-20-2020, 05:40 AM   #14
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Age means nothing, it is a number... Regardless of size or prices of an RV.. WHY, it is not really becasue "you can" or "a freedom" to me..
It is more becasue I am able and I want to do it....

I am a planner ,, not anal but close to it. Like to be early and or ontime .. Well thought plan, figure probable possibilities... BUT never at the expense of keeping it fun....becasue it this is not enjoyed then what is the point of it all...

I have been pretty much a free spirit but knew boundaries of right and wrong and consiquence and respect. If I wanted to go for a 3 or 4 hours ride at 6pm to the beach or gig just becasue it seemed like I could, so be it. I was always back by 8am for work or school if it was scheduled.. never a regret just some great stories to sit and tell by the campfire LOL
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