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MY wife and I are coming up on early retirement, have moved back to Wisconsin, and are at decision time. For over 10 years we have talked about retiring, buying a comfortable RV and traveling the U.S. on our time schedule. Now that we are close to realizing that dream, reality sets in and we start to ask questions:
Do we really want to invest $80-$100 thousand on an RV?
Why not just buy a nice SUV, travel, and stay in motels?
What is the upkeep and maintenance on an RV?
How do you know where the campsites are?
Will it be more expensive in the long run with the gas and maintenance, camp fees, etc?
How difficult is it to do the daily chores required by an RV?
What laws apply to RVs that we might not now fully understand?
Would you make the same decision all over again?
In short, we still think it would be a great time, but I guess we are just seeking opinions. We'd really appreciate any advice.
Thanks in advance,
You definitely should go for it. I would start with a good used motorhome to see what you like and don't like before buying an expensive model. I assume you will be towing a vehicle. I would recomment a tow bar, not a tow dolly as many states have outlawed tow dollys. Be sure your Toad (towed vehicle) is appropriate to be towed. The January issue of Motorhome magazine always gives an update on what vehicle can easily be towed. We have a Jeep Liberty. All you have to do is put in Neutral on the 4 whel drive and have a key in accessories so the whell can turn. You also must have a supplemental braking system for you towed vehicle. One brand is Brake Buddy.
Definitely join Good Sam club as it is all about rving. We joined Passport America which allows you stay in member campgrounds for 50% off. There is also KOA campground club, where you get points for staying at KOAs and end up staying for discount or free depending upon how ofter you stay in KOA. Camping World is a chain of stores specifically for campers and they are all over the US. They have a Presidents club you can join and get discount of camping products.
Never use home toilet paper in your motorhome. There is special 1 or 2 ply paper that breaks down better in your holding tanks. You can also get products like toilet paper, holding tank chemicals and other acessories in Walmart in the automotive section.
There is a must have book called Exit Authority that you can get from Good Sam or in Camping World locations. It gives things like gas stations, restaurants, Walmarts, hospitals, hotels, stores and campgrounds that are within two miles of an exit off a major highway. There is also a very good book called Trailer Life that has campground listings through US and Canada.
I would recommend getting Motorhome Magazine from your newstand and reading it. It has much good info on rvs, places to see, and much much more.