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Old 08-07-2020, 07:51 AM   #41
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On a brand new RV, it takes me so long to fix all the factory flaws and customize it for my use, I'm keeping it for a long time.
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Old 08-07-2020, 08:03 AM   #42
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Choose carefully any organizations you join. Some will use your money to support causes that you do not.

I say this only because someone mentioned a specific organization. I wonít comment further.
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Old 08-07-2020, 08:41 AM   #43
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Yes. It is a requirement. Just like getting your AARP card. But you are allowed some substitutions. You may get a motorcycle or other new toy that is suitable for only 1-2 people.
You folks are the best. My wife is going to love this excuse!!!
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Old 08-07-2020, 09:55 AM   #44
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Talking Why a different RV every few years?

Started with a 19' TT and found out Murphy Bed is too much work after one season. Now with 2020 25' TT with separated bedroom for few months, we are starting to research class C or B+. I guess it takes a while to find the right RV. At least for my case.
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Old 08-07-2020, 12:36 PM   #45
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Well my motorcycle is a 1977 Kawasaki KZ 1000 I bought off of the original owner about 14 years ago with 3200 miles on it for $1900. It now has 7300 miles on it and no reason to move on from it.
My car is a 2017, paid for after keeping the previous driver for 11 years. Plan on driving it until either the car or I fail, whichever comes first. My wifes car that we tow, a 2014 Kia Sportage only has 42K miles on it. That is one reason why we stay with a tow dolly instead of getting something to tow 4 down but would potentially have car payments again, don't think so.
Our 2014 Sportscoach only has 19,500 miles on it so as it stands today, this may be our last motorhome. I just retired at the end of July and although the we have payments, we have probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 50% equity in it, it will only be a couple of years we should be clear of them and essentially debt free, except for the tax man of course!
Since all three of our motorhomes were bought used, a 2000 in 2006, a 2011 in 2012, and finally our 2014 bought in 2019, we made the move to upgrade by model, amenitites, power( finally going diesel), and interior wear and tear. Our previous rigs looked brand new outside and were sold by the dealer before we even swapped out the old rig to pick up the newer model. Both of us are really happy with our currant set-up and look forward to enjoying it a heck of a lot more now that both of us are retired.
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Old 08-07-2020, 12:56 PM   #46
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I read something when I purchased my RV "make your 1st RV your last" Pay a little more and get what you want and that is how you save on the purchase. We got lucky and that has been the case ..... so far
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Old 08-07-2020, 01:51 PM   #47
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I read something when I purchased my RV "make your 1st RV your last" Pay a little more and get what you want and that is how you save on the purchase. We got lucky and that has been the case ..... so far
This is what I said to my wife. She wanted to go with a smaller, lower cost one, but after pointing out a few things that will come in handy once the chicks leave the nest, she agreed, go for it.
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Old 08-07-2020, 09:46 PM   #48
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Sometimes life and health have an effect on what you have for RV. First camper had to account for kids, second camper picked up new hobby and needed toy hauler, third camper needed the adjustable bed in the garage area. When I retire we will probably switch to class c or a.

Just like cars. When young have sporty vehicles, have kids need minivan, kids graduate get nicer car, hit 50 get sports car.
Same here: First one for just the two of us. The second one because we got custody of four grandkids. Third one because grandkids grew up. And this one because we moved up.
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Old 08-11-2020, 02:46 PM   #50
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We have had 4 campers over the past 30 years. We sell because the circumstances we bought them for no longer apply.

Our first pop-up was one my parents sold us because they no longer used it. Used it until we moved to Juneau, AK. Took it to Juneau, but learned that getting a ferry reservation to get both car and camper out of land-locked Juneau on a trip was just not practical or affordable. Sold the camper and became tent campers.

In California, camping at Lake Tahoe in a tent, bear made an early morning appearance at the campsite. DW and I decided we were suddenly too old to sleep on the ground any more, so we bought another pop-up. After 7 years, we left California for Colorado, and sold out to make the move, including the pop-up. Resumed tent camping.

In 2014, DW spotted a used A-frame at a car dealer, and thought they were neat. Ended up buying an A122 (smallest model) because that was the only one that would fit in our garage. Kids - then in college out of state - said we would never use it. Proved them wrong.

4 years later, DW had side effects from chemo but still wanted to camp. In the meantime, we had moved to a house (our ranch home until we can't live on our own anymore) with bigger garage. So we sold the A122 and bought a bigger A-frame that had a toilet that didn't take up the center aisle like the porta-potty in the A122. Bought the present T21TBHW A-frame and that suits us fine at present. Fits in the garage and tows with a minivan.

DW would like a TT, but when I point out we would have to have a bigger SUV or pickup tow vehicle and store it at a lot somewhere, she says what we have is good. Convinced DW last month to dry camp at a Forest Service campground with vault toilets; she loved it. Doing without running water and flush toilets opens up a lot of beautiful campsites in Colorado.

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Old 08-11-2020, 03:09 PM   #51
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We have had 4 campers over the past 30 years. We sell because the circumstances we bought them for no longer apply.
Same with us except it's been 4 over the past 20 years. We started with a tent but that didn't last long.

Our first pop-up we got around 2000-ish. Kids were little and it worked great for us.

Somewhere around 2007 or 2008 we got a newer, bigger pop-up with more features like a working sink and heat/air conditioning.

Around 2012 we moved to a 33' TT and went seasonal due to my job being 2-hours away and me getting no PTO and the kids getting older.

Then in 2015 we got our current 42' fifth wheel and haven't found anything we like better since. At this point we plan on keeping it until it falls apart around us. Hopefully another 15 or 20 years.


As far as cars go, for a long time I had a bad habit of totaling them before we could sell them. Deer or other cars jumping out in front of me... Hail damage...

Although in the last few years we've sold a couple of Chevy Suburbans because the repairs were just nickel and dime'ing us to death. Our last 2 vehicles we sold to our daughters and we are still paying on our current one.

I'm really hoping and trying to get to a point where we can go at least a few years without a car payment.
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Maybe just maybe some people like to keep their units at the dealer / factory having repairs done or spending time fixing stuff the inspector missed...
would I like a new model yap, but I can enjoy ours now that stuff is fixed.
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I have a former classmate in college who bought their first RV couple of months ago. A 25ft Coachmen Prism. After couple of road trips, he started telling me he was not happy with the size and quality of interior. He traded it in few days ago for a 29ft Sunseeker. Happy camper now.
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Old 08-15-2020, 06:03 PM   #54
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I have a former classmate in college who bought their first RV couple of months ago. A 25ft Coachmen Prism. After couple of road trips, he started telling me he was not happy with the size and quality of interior. He traded it in few days ago for a 29ft Sunseeker. Happy camper FOR now.
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Old 08-15-2020, 07:01 PM   #55
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LOL on that FOR now part.

We had an 18ft Milan Travel Trailer for 2 years. Sold it. Then bought a new 2015 Forest River Forester 2861DS. Still happy with the unit. Served as very well. But each time I see a DX3 Super C on the road and at campgrounds, I canít help but stare and wonder (what the payment is like). I want one.

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