Me and My RV Dreams
Like many fifty-something or sixty-something year old folks, I have been dreaming of owning a motorhome for years. Now the nearness of the day that I can actually take advantage of a motorhome, or afford one, is fast approaching, I cannot decide if I want to invest in one or not. Maybe you share my concerns.
Here are the points of my consideration. The type motorhome I want costs a lot of money. Will I travel that much? Will it be cost effective? Where will I park it when it is not on the road? How will I maintain and service it?
Big questions. Large RV’s do cost a lot of money. The fact that they are self-contained “homes” with a motor means they are fully equipped with every convenience imaginable. That costs money. The price ranges of motorhomes are from nearly $100,000 to well over $400,000 for new ones. Used ones are, of course, cheaper. That’s the price of a nice house. How many nights could I stay in very nice hotels for that amount of money? A lot.
I am a traveler so I do not think I would have difficulty taking advantage of the motorhome. Whether it would pay for itself in savings at RV parks is another consideration. After all, it does cost to park those things overnight at most campgrounds. The nightly rate ranges from $15 – 50. Motels are not much more than that. And there is the upkeep and maintenance of the motorhome. Where to get it serviced?
For those reasons I doubt if anyone could say owning a motorhome is cost effective unless they live in it six or seven months out of the year, or are full-timers. When it is not on the road, like most people whose neighborhood association does not allow motorhomes parked at their homes, the expense of storing it can be as high as $100 or more monthly. Another expense.
But the convenience of traveling in a motorhome sways me to believe it is worth all the expense, especially if I would be taking it out more than two or three times a month. The convenience of pulling off the road anytime I wanted to make a trip to the restroom without having to wait for a rest area. The convenience of stretching my legs while my wife is taking a turn at the wheel. The convenience of “raiding the fridge” anytime. The convenience of not having to pack for every trip. The convenience of knowing you have a comfortable bed to sleep in at the end of the day. No worry of bed bugs.
These are the points I need to consider: the conveniences and the inconveniences. The cost and cost-effectiveness. That might determine if buying an RV, or motorhome, is a worth it. Until I make my decision, I will rent a motorhome a few more times to help make. Hopefully, I won’t spend more money renting one than it would cost to buy one.
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