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Old 05-25-2014, 05:14 PM   #15
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Having a home on wheels, a home that is mine to stay in and sleep in, is what RV ownership means to me. If it was about economics I wouldn't rent an RV, I I would stay in Hotels and order room service, and I wouldn't travel with leisure in mind, but only out of obligation.
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Old 05-25-2014, 05:16 PM   #16
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The lots and want ads are full of 1 year and newer trailers and MOHOs. I think the majority of those are offered from first time buyers that had no clue what they were getting in to. These folks would have been better off renting or leasing for a couple of trips. This can be an expensive lesson. In the early 70s my Dad retired from the Army. The first thing he and my Mother did was by a large name brand MOHO. It was their dream. They were going to travel the country and be full time tourist. They made one trip to the west coast. Parked it at a dealership lot in Los Angeles and flew home. Apparently their trip was more like The Long, Long Trailer or RV than their dream of paradise. They lost their butts on that trailer and never mentioned it again. There is a lesson learned there I believe. I lived Down Island on my sailboat for 10 years after my first retirement and saw the same thing happen time after time with first time boat buyers. I made good money ferrying these boats from the Islands back up to the States for boat brokers.
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:52 PM   #19
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:00 PM   #20
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There is never any economic sense to buying anything more than the absolute essentials. With everything. Those of us who are getting on in years and who have been lucky enough to travel the world know that happiness is never gained by our possessions, but by attitude, by having a clear conscience, and by revelling in the beauty of our planet.
I bought the Interstate to explore this beautiful country of ours; for what I paid, I could have bought a used Prevost - and was weak enough to almost go down that route. But with the Interstate, we can do more, see more, and if my wife needs to use our car, then it's not a major issue to get out the Interstate just to run an errand.
And if I ever need to sell the Interstate, just check out RV sales on eBay: Class Bs sell quickly, the rest don't!
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Here's why I bought the Airstream Interstate: My car (2007 BMW M6) that I drove to work 30 miles each way to work got 12 mpg on the freeway during rush hour. My AI got over 14 mpg on that same commute (I'm retired now). Diesel is cheaper than premium gas (3.99 vs 4.29 in So Cal as of this writing), and insurance on the AI turned out to be half that of the M6. I sold the M6 because I ended up using the AI as a daily driver - even for milk runs. It's so nice to have your own bed, bathroom, and cold drinks everywhere you go - any time you want - which is why I don't rent. And with the price of a replacement M6 being $126K (more than what I ended up paying for my 2013 AI Ext), I tell my friends that I've gone "Green". So how's that for economics
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Surprised a mod hasn't deleted the post by now.
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They haven't deleted it because the OP was owned from every direction...
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Your medical costs alone from what you can catch from a rental would deter me. Jim
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If we looked at costs on everything, why would we get married???? Rentals are cheaper.
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Interesting range of responses, but most can be boiled down to "it doesn't make financial sense, but we wanted it". From the financial perspective, I find it hard to live with this much expense on a depreciating and relatively little used asset when there are obvious alternatives. If you are familiar with fractional ownership (a la Netjets), that makes a lot more financial sense to me: pay for what you use and nothing more (Warren Buffet uses Netjets even though he could obviously afford a dedicated aircraft). The privilege and convenience of owning comes with it expense which means tradeoffs versus other uses for the money. I thinking that people who had the sense to buy a relatively modest-size and economical to operate rig would have run some numbers before signing up to buy one. I did like comparison to a bass boat!

I will retire in a community which does have a complimentary RV park. I plan on approaching neighbors about a shared RV which could used on a cost-sharing basis. In fact, the house I have there now is also a vacation rental when I am not using it - defrays my expenses to the tune of $30,000/yr or so and ensures the house is cleaned and maintained on a regular schedule.

Thanks for the constructive responses!
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You're idea of an RV share is interesting and creative.

However...I'd give it almost no chance to succeed. I can see the fights now about who did what or didn't do what to the RV. Who didn't empty the tanks, who broke something on their trip and didn't tell anyone, who threw what down the toilet that's now caused a big clog, who ran down the batteries on their trip, who broke the seat swivels, who left it a mess after their trip, who gets it when...and on and on.

Sorry, I'm not one to be so negative, but an RV is NOT something I'd share or loan out or rent out.
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