Why The Heck Would We Buy an RV??!!!

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Recently, I’ve had a few people ask me WHY we bought our RV. So, I figured a short little post to explain would be in order. Here goes…

1. We love road trips! Some of our favorite vacations, have been big road trips.

2. We want to road trip without constantly having to check in and out of hotels, without having to sleep in the front seat of our little car when we can’t get into a hotel, and without having to look for food and bathrooms while on the road!

3. We want to take our dogs on vacation with us. This has been awesome for all of us!

4. We want to see more of America than just major freeways and airports.

5. We wanted a new adventure and challenge. Definitely got that one right!

You can see, our reasons were actually quite simple. I could elaborate on each of them, but I don’t think I need to. You get the picture.

And so, we jumped right into it and bought our Airstream. And we’re so glad we did it. It is everything we thought it’d be, plus some. There’s good, and there’s bad not so good, but the good always outweighs the not so good stuff.

We’re having amazing adventures…big and small adventures, but they’re all adventures that we’ll be talking about for a lifetime!

7 Important Tips For Buying Your First RV…or NOT!!!

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….

WTF Have We Gone And Done?!

One fine day in November of 2013, after 10 years of thinking about doing it, and 10 years of saying “WTF? Are we crazy?” we just did it. We bought a shiny new Airstream motorhome.

We named our new rv FIONA. It stands for Fun In Our New Airstream. She’s an Airstream Interstate Ext model.
FIONA is 24.4″ long, and just wide enough to keep us constantly bumping into each other in the center aisle. She’s just wide enough for 2 dogs to come running up the aisle together when we call them for dinner. She’s just wide enough for all of our adventures…no more, no less. She’s just perfect!