Hello again, from the mid section of Texas.
A few of us old timers, sitting around enjoying the beautiful evenings we have had these last few days ,talking RV shop and about the wimmin folk. But we are going to omit the wimmin folk talk and get right down to a very important subject... Who should actually OWN an RV?
Technically anyone who wants one can Own an RV,, But there should be an application form of some sorts. Now don't get me wrong,,, The RV life whether it be part time, full time, etc.. is a great thing.
But there has to be some basic guidelines. The full timers,(myself included), know the routine,, the good times and bad times,, the pro's and cons,, the maintenance etc. What I am getting to is,, some people should not own an RV.. seriously... never ever, ever never ever.
An RV is an investment,,($$$$$$).. Some people have more money to burn then others. We all talked about the Vanity RV'er. This type will buy the biggest, prettiest, most costliest RV they build.. I call these McMansions. The Vanity RV'er will buy this because his neighbor across the street bought one, and its the I have to keep up with the Jones attitude.. They will take this Mcmansion out for maybe a month the 1st time around,,, then maybe 2 weeks the next time,,, and then maybe a weekend,, and then it sits in a storage facility or along side their garage. So now that Hunert bazziliion dollar investment, is now a drive way ornament. The next class of people who should NOT own an RV,, is the spur of the moment, lets sell everything and travel the country side . Wronggggg. The dream sounds good, but after a week or so, reality sets in. The spur of the moment RV'er, has had NO prior time spent in an RV. They watch a You tube video,, or see an RV show on TV,, and they think, I want to do that. Well,, it all sounds fine and dandy,, But, the best route is to 1st,,, rent an RV, and spend a week in it, down at a local camp ground. You will learn real quick, that your living quarters are not the same as your 11,000 square foot house,, and your kitchen doesn't have the top of the line L/G appliances,, and does not have a dishwasher.. I have personally come across young folks, who decided to go Full time with out looking into the life changes. The young couple soon realized that when an argument arises, one cannot just go storming off to the other end of the house and sulk in their bedroom.. It usually results in them sitting across from each other eye balling each other. If one expects ALONE time,,, this IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.... unless one of them goes outside .Another subject in that area is Bathroom privacy.. You can giggle now or wait a couple lines. Imagine a 3:00 a/m potty call... Trust me,, no matter how quiet you try to be,,, everything can be heard,, from the casual tinkle to the initial flush.. So if your bashfull,, find a campground with a bathroom close by. If you had chili dogs and asparagus for dinner, and that gas builds up,,, there is no silence in an RV,, You learn to just chuckle and roll with the punches or it just aint going to work.
Another type of RV'er, is the one who says, I can drive anything.
Picture this,, The same guy who has a hard enough time keeping his 2,000 lb car on the road, expects to handle 12 K to 20K on that same narrow road. Or the same guy who has to be important and always have the cell phone to his ear or in his hand texting anything and everything. The same guy who expects his 30 ft, 18,000 motorhome to do zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds,, and handle turns like a Porche.
So to make this story shorter and to the point,,,
Some people can and should own RV's,, some shouldn't. Just like, Not everyone can be a fire fighter.
So before you decide to sell everything, lock stock and barrel, and just jump into an RV, whether it be a motorhome, truck and trailer, or a cab over, ,Think it out clearly,, the pro's and cons, And don't just jump in with both feet without checking the waters first. Buy an older rig,, re-do it, personalize it,, take it on weekend excursions,, get the feel of the LIFE,, and if it feels right,, gradually step into it,, and if its something you like and want to continue,, it can be a beautiful thing.. But if it doesn't fit your type of life style,, stick with the vacations and short excursions,, and still have your home stead to spoil your grand kids.
I love and enjoy the Full time RV life,,, I can hook up and go anywhere I want and take my comforts of home with me wherever I go.
And with any type of vacation to get away from the daily grind,, Don't forget to savor the time spent with loved ones,, meeting interesting people and making memories that can be passed down from generation to generation.. You only live once,, you don't get second chances,, so get out there, and enjoy life,,, Be safe and most of all,, Have some fun.