In February 2004, Tom and I got the bug to try RVing - we had attended a local RV show and it sparked some fond camping memories when we were young. My experiences were the traditional kind - with my family in a trailer, his was with a bunch of guys out in the Canadian wilderness. This was something that really intrigued us - we both love the outdoors and we felt ready to take our interest to the next level …but after looking at the prices we went into sticker shock. Whoa - some of the RVs cost more than our house so we decided it was best to rent first.
Yep i guess we are wimps,
but we felt it was important to learn if we were truly suited to this lifestyle without going into hock and could actually live together in such a small space without strangling each other.
In April of 2004, we rented a 34’ Mirada for 2 weeks and visited 6 different campgrounds in Georgia and South Carolina. We had a blast and did not strangle each other - not once - though we were tempted to while trying to load our toad @ a Myrtle Beach CG. Yea, I think we were pretty good entertainment for our neighbors that day. We highly recommend renting before buying. We learned so much and it convinced us that we did want to buy an RV someday.
Our next step was to research the various manufactures, pick a floorplan, understand the mechanics, learn the lingo, figure out the financing, etc. To get smarter we spent about 15 months digging deeper and had (oops still have will always have) a coffee table full of RV books, magazines, and manufacturer brochures. We attended 3 more RV shows and even traveled to Harrisburg, PA for a really large show in the fall of 2004, visited several RV dealers around the country and read & asked many (tons) of questions via the RV Net Class A forum.
Finally we narrowed down our choice - to a 40’ Allegro Bus from Tiffin Motorhomes and we ordered it on June 30th, 2005 from Kings Campers in Wausau, WI. What a great manufacturer and dealer! We took delivery right after Labor Day in 2005. This is an expensive hobby but we feel we have prepared ourselves financially to truly enjoy this lifestyle - or for the most part - it’s always a work in progress. We are still recovering from the sticker shock.
Some say - our way is not camping. We have to agree - not in the traditional sense. We actually call it touring the U.S. in style and enjoying a campfire as often as we can.
For more info on our experiences since then, checkout the side bar menu below “RVing”.