What’s Up There?

Is newer always better?  I don’t think so. But everyone has their own ideas of how to live and God bless them; they’re entitled to live their own life.

Do you ever think about trading RV’s?  I am definitely not in the mood to consider trading coaches but I would be lying if I said that when I saw other RV’s  that I did not stop for a moment to consider if I would like what someone else has better than what we own?  I guess that’s why when it comes time to buy something new I don’t fuss and fret about the decision — I’ve already considered most of the options long before getting serious about what I’m about to buy! (whenever I saw someone else with the same thing)

I’ve been seeing a lot of newer coaches — particularly the more expensive ones — with full length awning shrouds on the roof.  On the curbside the shrouds often house actual awnings.  On the roadside the shrouds are usually dummies just to make the coach look symmetrical.


Here’s a pretty, new Newmar coach and you can see what I mean.

What bothers me — at least for our kind of RV’ing — is that with those shrouds in place you can’t see what’s going on atop the RV!  We have rooftop heating/cooling units, and fan shrouds, and skylights, and TV antennas, and solar panels up there.  Most of the time all that stuff is just fine being ignored but sometimes things get caught, or have problems and it’s always good to be able to look and see that everything is as it should be.  When I drove truck for a living one of the mandatory procedures everyday was to do a morning walkaround inspection of the truck; I still like to the do same with the coach before we move every morning.

On those occasions when I have talked about taking your time when making an RV purchase decision I’ve said over and over that you should check out a LOT of RV’s. I recommend that because there are only so many things that we can notice on a single walk-through.  I have said before that before buying our first RV we stepped up and into close to 100 different RV’s:  trailers, 5th wheels, Class C’s, Class B’s, and coaches.  Each time we would jot down a few notes about what we learned.  But by the end of the day that we had been inside any of those RV’s it would have been hard to recall more than a few details about the unique features of any of them.  For me, shopping RV’s when I’m in a campground helps trim the list of RV’s I would even consider in the future.

There are some things I don’t like at all.  For example:  even if we need to replace this coach I probably won’t buy another diesel that is new enough to require the addition of DEF.  Adding another entire maintainable system to the RV is more than I want. Supposedly those units will run cleaner — better for the environment — but we don’t move our coach very many anyway.  For our lifestyle we have ruled out pull behind trailers completely.  We have also ruled out 5th wheels — they just don’t fit the way we live.  As a result we’ve made purchase decisions a lot easier.  We have personal preferences about interiors, and floorplans, and appliances too.

After looking for our first coach we realized that out of 100 RV’s there were three that met our criteria.  We didn’t have to buy the first one.  It took us having seen three of them to realize that it was one particular floorplan that we liked no matter who made the coach. Those kind of details a person doesn’t notice — at least I don’t — when you’re just hopping up and down into RV after RV.  And there are always other RV’s out there.  If you find ONE that you like, there will surely be others just like it.  Perhaps they’ll have fewer miles, or present in another color, or the price will be higher or lower, or you’ll just ‘click’ with the owner and know this is the one you want to buy — but one thing for sure:  You Don’t have to buy the first one you see, thinking that’s the only one like it in the world.  It wont be!

When we thought about trading our first coach on another I only seriously looked at one replacement — the one we bought.  It filled our entire list of wants at a fair price we could afford.  I don’t know if replacing this coach would be as easy; but this one had exactly what we wanted.

I hope that when you make big purchase decisions that you take your time.  Pay attention to what you see around you — think about whether you could live in your neighbor’s RV.  Watch their setup routine.  Watch their departure routine.  Watch when they pull into the site and when they leave — notice what they are doing that looks easy, and what looks not-so-easy.  File that stuff away in your mental filing cabinet and if your mental filing cabinet is gettin a bit blurry, write down notes so you don’t forget.  RV’s are major purchases.  It’s like buying a house…. duh….  Do your homework and enjoy the benefits.

Thanks for stopping and we’ll be here again tomorrow to chat about our Life Unscripted.


A shot of Serendipity from last winter in Ocala FL



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