Originally Posted by benjisgal
... In other words, I think I'm throwing away $$$ for this insatiable urge to own an A/S, simply to see the West, Canada and Alaska in the style that I had always wanted to see it. I'm confused...
we all live in a state of confusion,
many are simply UNaware of their address or the pile of junk mail waiting.
occasionally we have ITCHES that can only be satiated by scratching.
in particular the "urge to own" something is often only resolved AFTER the purchase.
sometimes the results of buying STUFF are as expected and other times not so much.
but IF an inner voice is whispering "u r throwing away money"
it might be WISE to listen 2 that voice...
then decide if the "throwing" matters or not in the grand scheme.
or as the cowboy song goes...
"i spent most of my money on beer and women, and the rest was wasted"
there is a LOT of "go 4 it" in this thread,
going for it is a common PROJECTED dream or advice offered to others...
but go for what exactly?
-if the goal is to "see the west" take a car/truck/van and simply go...
unless u'd rather walk or paddle.
sleep in motels/hotels and eat whatever and where ever...
why waste ANY time on setup, maintaining an rv, or the endless list of issues.
-if the goal is to wander around in an rv, get a motorhome of some sort.
these fully contained things are a LOT easier...
to handle, travel, park and deal with than the typical tv/hitch/trailer/generator/solar/package.
especially with failing physical ability.
aage suggested RENTING and this is great advice...
trying an rv, ANY rv is a very useful step BEFORE buying.
to expand on that rent2try theme, rent the movie 'about schmidt' or better yet buy the book.
it's not as pie in the sky as the "b-list" movie but the contrast is useful.
-if the goal is purchasing something shiny that u can TINKER with...
and MIGHT be able to hook up, pull, park, UNhook and then hang out it..
a stream might be exactly the ticket.
so pick your toolz and figure out if USING them or maintaining them matters most.
we make decisions everyday that turn out to be dramatic or profound.
but typically don't KNOW how important those decisions are till somewhere down the road.
are only realized in retrospect or with a quick glance into the rear view mirror.
an illness with some defined less than enternal
endpoint (like death)
can bring us UP to the surface temporarily.
so take a breath and scan the horizon...
then start swimming without regard for the color of yer speedo'...
if ya wanna GO just go.
if ya want something that takes a lotta time/learning/tinkering...
and still may not GET you where u wanna be, but is shiny and curved,
buy a stream.
try sorting out WHAT really itches and how best to scratch it...
figure out how best for YOU to enjoy the journey and where to apply the green$ salve...
and realize that satiation is often a temporary place.
so don't speed ALL yer money covering one urge,
unless you are sure it is the last itch.