Why did you buy a USRV ?

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  1. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    The signature form a member who owns an RV ..

    Having owned one for five years I know why we purchased one .. we needed the space and payload for full time... Now that episode has ended so too did our need for a large RV and we have sold it. I personally wouldn't have bought it otherwise.

    So, imagine you are a salesman in an RV dealership .. now sell one to Mr and Mrs Sceptical who think it is too big and too expensive to run.

    Or is it really as Bob says in his signature.. inexplicable ?
     
  2. Snowbird

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    I only know why I bought my first RV,I think people buy them for completly different reasons,mine was.
    The first RV was a Rockwood Beachwood 33ft with the Cummins 5.9 diesel,I bought it for mainly 2 reasons,firstly becouse I neaded the space and payload for long term travel,as that was what I was doing at the time...trips lasting at least 6 months,then home for a month and then another 6 month trip. Secondly,it was the reliability of the Cummins engine.
    I ran this RV for 5 years and then sold it without losing to much.
    I then bought the one I have now wich is the Tiffin Allegro,same running gear as the Rockwood,but with a better layout for me,I didnt like the dinette in the Rockwood,and still dont like dinettes,I think they take up to much living space,but thats only my opinion.
    I continued to long term travel in my Tiffin which is 2 foot shorter than the Rockwood,I know that doesnt sound much,butit means I can use most campsites and can book ferries at 8 metres:Wink:.
    My cercumstances have changed a little over the last couple of years,so I have complemented the RV with a Euro sized van which I use for touring and short stays.I realy like the flexability of the Euro van,being able to park anywhere and it just comes in at 5 metres so can book ferries as a car.
    I did think of selling the RV butthen thought for what I would get for it now am as well keeping it just for the odd long trip and to take the grandchildren away for the odd week.It dosnt owe me anything now,as its been well used by me,and I think that I would have now lost about £10000 over the last 11 years RVing all over Europe and North Africa,so in real terms its cost less than £20 per week pluss running costs,cheep hollidays.:thumb:
    IMO unless you have the time to spend in them as I have done for almost 11 years,retiring young,they are a waste of money,stay with a Euro van untill you retire,then go the whole hog and fulltime...But as I said before...Thats only my opinion.
    My RVs have cost no more to run than Euro vans as both have happily run on biofuels costing much less than fossil fuel.If I had to run them on diesel at UK prices,I would never have bought one in the first place.
     
  3. Larrynwin

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    Having hired RVs for holidays in the US and at that time having a 33ft twin screw cruiser on the broads we wanted to widen our travel horizons.
    We compared space facilities and costs of RVs and euro mhomes and for us there was no comparison. Although more expensive to run the RV offered home from home comforts, at our age we really didn't wan't to rough it and climbing into overcabs and over each other or making the bed every night was not an attraction.
    We recently reviewed our situation and compared RVs again with the likes of Carthago etc before downsizing our RV and still considered they did not compare favourably with the value for money package of space, comfort and facilities offered by the american RVs.
    Fuel economy must be considered but with the lpg conversion our RV returns the equivalent of 24mpg. The capital cost of the conversion I consider to be part of the initial purchase as would be so when paying extra to buy a diesel powered car for its extra economy.
    I consider the RV plus points to be:- Extra living space with slideouts. Substantial fresh, grey and black holding tanks. Large fridge freezer . On board genny. Walk round bed. Quality individual paint finish. Quality heating and aircon. Rear wheel drive for traction. Stacks of storage space. Solid quality standard of build.
    :thumb::thumb:
     
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    We bought our first RV to use for scuba diving and to tow the boat. It was a 20 year old Chevy and we used and abused it to the max!!

    After many hours of looking at Euroboxes and then finding out they didnt have the power to pull the skin off a rice pudding never mind carry anything heavier than a toilet roll I came across the old Chevy for £5k. Have over a tonne of payload (just about enough for the diving gear and compressor!!!) and pulled the boat like it wasnt there.

    The perfect vehicle for our needs, it was a bit rough round the edges and the inside was dated but over the 5 years we had it we totally refitted the inside, fitted solar panels, an LPG conversion, bigger water tanks (the shower was great after a days diving in the North Sea!!) and had it painted. Sold it after 5 years and make £3k on top of what we bought it for.

    I still miss the old girl and have had several newer RVs since but they were almost new and we were frightened of breaking or scratching something so never felt as much "At Home" as we did in the old Chevy that we just used!!

    Ive looked at lots of Euroboxes over the years and wouldnt consider buying one, they are underpowered, too small, have a crap payload and built to a weight limit of the base vehicle. I found our B+ Coachmen Concord to be the best compromise but would buy the 2 slide 27` model next time as the kitchen was a bit restricted on the 30` 3 slide model we had.
     
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    Having lived in the US and always had american cars I guess buying a RV was inevitable.

    My wife dosn't really like motor homes (finds them claustrophobic) so I needed slide outs and if I am honest I prefer space, it also gave me the load, towing capacity and power I wanted, as for the running costs, I will cover possibly 5,000 miles a year 12-15mpg, you are only here once so enjoy it while you can, there may come a time through health or other reasons I may not be able to renew my HGV licence, so then a re-think, for now though I am going to enjoy it, we use and intend to continue using it long weekends about twice a month.

    Another reason for buying it, I am a workaholic and it was the only way I was going to get out of the office.

    All the best Rick.
     
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    My reasons are the simplest of all
    Pammy TOLD me too:Eek!:
     
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    I thought I had already posted this but here we go again:Smile:Am I dreaming did it disappear?


     
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    If I had more free time today I would volunteer to take the part of the sceptical’s. I can understand having an RV if you are a travailing celeb sports person or may be full timer but to use it for standard motor home duties makes it a bit of a Ridicules Vehicle in my mind a bit ott:Smile:
     
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    lets hope you find some free time Mr Sceptical :BigGrin:
     
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    not dreaming .. it did disappear,,:Eeek:
     
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    Im afraid your argument is seriously flawed you seem to own a VW:Eeek: whats wrong with a bongo sized Van it does exactly the same as your grossly oversized (at least twice) Vehicle:Doh:
    Let thee without sin throw the first stone:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    I had a v4 bike and a V6 car.. I just had to keep going :Rofl1:
     
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    Mr & Mrs Skeptical are now leaving the showroom :Doh:

    :Laughing:
     
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    We jumped into this game with the old Dodge on a complete whim, no research and no planning and totally fell in love with motorhoming in general and the old Dodge and therefore RVs.

    Motorhoming in general, well we find all types interesting irrespective of size or country of origin, from the smallest Romahome to the HUGE yank coaches, though it's unlikely we'd own either as neither appeal, we like a bit of space. We had a distinct idea of what we wanted after Dodge and discovering the 28RC (28ft) Winne Brave it became a must have, pure indulgance as there's just me, the wife and our little Westie, but it's the toy factor I think with us. Some people buy with thier head, some thier heart and most somewhere sencibly between, we're daft and go more with heart and a little bit of head:Rofl1:

    That said our 'life plans' have been changing recently which will likely see the practical side of Winne come into her own. That said, our recent golly to Wales we winged it, ie no plan and just headed out, OK found some narrow bits but tootled about all over the Gower and a bit beyond having a great time and finding places to park and wander just like what small mhs do:Rofl1: :thumb:Mind you we did get the odd funny look:Eeek: As usuall our only problems on the road, two in fact, were with other drivers with know idea how to place thier vehicle or ability to judge the width of thier vehicle but hey, we made it:Eeek:

    Winne suits us, she's a complete indulgance for the two of us but we wouldn't change her for now and likely as not we'll stick with RVs, be it MH or 5ver though I do fancy a little PVC as well as a day van/daft weekends away:thumb:
     
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    Yup, forgot that part of your question, and frankley I don't think I could come up with an argument for, I think it one of thse you either like them or not, so maybe Bob's got a point?

    Waffling on, our Winne isn't your average RV in that she is a little narrower than some and a little lower and 28ft tip to toe and one consistent comment we get from Euro owners is she's a nice size, not to big but with the Yank space, that and don't let the wife/husband in there she'll/he'll want one:Rofl1:
     
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    Took me a minute:Doh:


    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    And just in case PVC equalling Panel Van Conversion
     
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    If I had to explain you would not understand

    As my signature says... if I had to explain you would not understand:BigGrin:... that is so true I even have it on the passenger side of the RV down low on the locker.. but that in a way sums it up.

    We started with a Merc Glendale C class.. great had a real good time in a very slow, plastic box on wheels... We went from that to 30' RV ..Dodge Titan by Champion with a V8 .. boy could that eat fuel. But sold it, biggest mistake I have ever made.. still regret it even all these years on. Could not afford to run it then.

    Had various yanks like cars and Day Vans and when it came time to buy the current RV it never even crossed my mind to buy a eurobox.

    We had the money to buy almost any size as long as it was under the 7.5 tons. The budget was £30k and some for doing the work.. oh hell alright the budget was £40k.

    Size really decided the Winnebago Aspect..(23'9") being able to park it on the drive and plug in to our own 240 volts.. to be able to open the door and leave it secure on the drive or as today fit the new mirror just outside the front door. But said that we looked for 18 months. Over the 29' we would have had to pay storage.

    Would I have purchased it now? no I would have gone for the 27' or even up to 29' (the largest I can get on the drive) but instead of one slide out I would have gone for two or three if I could have got it in the budget. I am so glad we went for the slide out, makes a lot of differance to room.

    I stole this RV at £28k and despite spending £14k on all the goodies I still have much more than any eurobox can offer for the money. The yanks know how to load a vehicle and I druel more than Ezzie does over the parts book.:Wink:

    But I have a home away from home, all the mod cons.. I am talking real tv sets at 26" being able to run an air con in the hot weather in France. To use a real 1700 watt microwave.. A real toilet and shower,,, the water tanks and black and grey tanks.. Being well built people .. I said well built not large... plus having a large (yes large) dog the Winnibago is just the job for us.

    Who ever gets my baby one day will have the ideal rig.. small enough to get on to all the pitches yet big enough to know they have arrived. Owning a yank is that..arriving at the best of all worlds... sorry euroboxes.. have a look in some RV's at shows or come and see ours or Ricks and his Holiday Rambler .. yes it is very nice Rick..want one, or Bryans Trail lite or any of the other owners ..including the 5th wheelers like Bill's (landy Lover) You will soon see why we say.. If we had to explain you would not understand.

    Seeing it will explain I am sure.

    Bob:thumb:
     
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    Ahhh,
    [​IMG] not this kind then:Wink:
     
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    I must confess that I have pangs of guilt but then I see one of these monsters blocking the sun from the camper’s solar panels and stopping the wind turbines from rotating and I feel morally cleansed of all guilt. :Smile:
     

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