What you’re supposed to do…
1. Rent an RV for 3 or 4 days. Just gather up your 2-legged and 4-legged clan, pack some tasty food and beverages, and hit the road. You’ve got to experience the whole lifestyle before you buy into it.
2. Go to RV shows and RV dealers and look around. This is the best way to narrow down what you do and don’t like in an RV.
3. Research on line. Get more detailed info about the models you like. Also, find out what other owners are saying about their rigs. There are some great RV discussion forums on line.
4. Go back to the RV shows and/or RV dealers and look again!
5. If you’re getting close to deciding on a model, see if you can rent that exact model, or at least, something similar.
6. Educate yourself on the care and feeding of the model you’re interested in. If your dream is to travel and live off the grid for weeks at a time, but your rig only has 30 gallon holding tanks and no solar power, this probably ‘aint gonna happen.
7. When you’re pretty sure you’ve decided what you want, go back to the dealer. Hang out in the rig for a few hours, without the salesperson. Pretend you’re actually camping. Pay attention to the space, the layout, the storage, sleeping arrangements, cooking facilities, and generally, just what it’s like to be inside the rig for an extended period of time. Close all of the doors, and close the privacy curtains/shades to experience what it will be like in there at night.
Now, contrast this with what we did…
1. We did NOT do anything I mentioned above, except for an occasional visit to an RV show over the years.
2. We were sucked in by the shininess and beauty of Fiona
3. We bought Fiona
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG???!!!
Aha!!! That story is for my next post….