Conversations through the years with folks who are planning to purchase an recreational vehicle cheer us with their excitement as they dream about travels on the open road.
Warning: If they choose the right style and size, they’ll be off and come back with wonderful memories. If they don’t, and buy one that’s too big – their RV or travel trailer will sit at home never to be used. We’ve witnessed this so many times.
The secret is to realize that they are not buying a HOUSE but one in which they CAMP out of. Of course, if they plan to be full-timers for months or even years, then they must seek as long an RV they can pull behind their truck or Class A, one in which can they feel comfortable and safe as they drive down the road towing a car.
One journey of ours was in a 21′ vintage Class A purchased for on-site guest lodging, but we went off with it soon on a long journey from Spokane, WA., to Texas. In Snowbirds, a memoir, I tell about that harrowing trip with fond memories.
She was traded when rain came through her fragile walls and roof; a 27′ Winnebago Class A came into our lives, but it struck by a Canadian drunk driver on a highway going through a busy town. The Winnebago shot down the highway along a slope and ran into a building
It was totaled. Then, we found a 34′ South Wind diesel Class A we drove along the torturous Apache Trail in the Superstition Mountain area of Arizona. We were going to Burnt Corral park from where we would paddle up river in a two-person kayak and walk two miles into our mine site to search for lost Spanish gold. Those adventures turned up in a book called, “Cries in the Desert.”
Finally, back to the forests and mountains of WA State, we too, no longer needed a HOUSE but a vehicle in which to camp out of and chose Sally, the 20′ Pleasure Way Van pictured above. That trip was six-weeks in Utah viewing Pueblo ruins.. It’s easy to clean and keep looking good because of the quality of interior and exterior materials used in construction.
It’s too bad so many potential owners don’t often choose the perfect fit. If they do, they’ll relinquish their desire to camp or to travel the many scenic highways and byways in the U.S. and Canada. Buying an rv can be as difficult as finding the perfect mate.
Just like we authors, who write and write, until finally we tell a better story, the purchase of an RV might take a few failures until the perfect one is found and it becomes a beloved vehicle, not one that’s left behind never to be used.