It’s a done deal!
The process took us a little over 3 months but we are no longer RV’ers. The coach sold a couple days ago after a few misadventures.
There was the first “deal” that fizzled after the buyer lied to the dealer on several accounts and ultimately couldn’t come up with financing.
There was the second “deal” that got to the point of closing and then all manner of intrigue broke loose. I had phone calls and emails from the buyer. The lender wanted all sorts of unusual stipulations. It was a mess.
But the second buyer was sincere. They found a different lender. The details were worked out and after about a month we finally closed!
So, that means we are no longer RV’ers!
It sounds funny to hear myself utter the words; and it’s also a relief to hear myself utter those words.
RV’ing was fun while we were out there wandering up and down the highways but over 5 1/2 years the world of RV’ing has changed and for us it was time to be out of the lifestyle.
It’s no secret that AARP has made a big noise over the fact that 10,000 baby-boomers are retiring every day. The uptick in retirees and the uptick in brand new RV’ers has without a doubt impacted what it’s like to live the lifestyle.
When we took our first trip it was easy to find an abundant choice of RV sites without reservations. That has changed, it’s not so easy now and for an increasing number of weekends during the year reservations are almost mandatory if you want to stay at any place worth staying.
I won’t lie and say that RV drivers are as good as they have always been. (For one thing we haven’t been around long enough to talk about “always been”.) But the fact is that I see more and more RV’ers doing unsafe things with their units — both on the road and in campgrounds.
I won’t say anything about the people — RV’ers are always a cross-section of humanity — it will always be thus. So there will be good apples and bad apples among them — that’s to be expected. Most of the gang that we met we loved. They are good, down to earth people. As a community of souls it’s a great bunch of people!
The question of how to get your motorhome repaired was a sore point with me. Not that we often needed repairs, but when we did the experiences were always a bit painful — and getting worse. During the peak summer season it’s hard to find service in a timely manner. The number of specialty services within a coach are so numerous that finding technicians qualified to handle them all is tough. I’ve known more than a few RV’ers who were stuck for 4 to 6 weeks waiting for a service bay; if they could find a shop that wanted to work on their unit.
We were never in a campground where we felt our safety or security threatened. That being said, with more and more issues about concealed and open carry I don’t think campgrounds are as safe as they were. Not just because of full time RV’ers — because full time RV’ers will never be the “average” RV in a state or federal campground. The fact of the matter is that lots of people of all ages and sorts go camping/RV’ing, and the world in general is changing. For us, it was time to hang up our keys, turn in our pass to the diesel fuel islands and go back to living a more conventional life.
PPL Motor Homes
As a customer I have to say that our experience dealing with PPL in Houston TX was a pleasure. They have three locations, we selected the one in Houston for personal reasons — and because it was larger than the second choice which was slightly nearer geographically. Houston has a huge market, New Braunfels simply doesn’t get as much traffic.
From our first contact with the company when we met one of the owners at the Rio Grande Valley RV Show on through our face-to-face visits, and their regular contact with us by phone and email we could not be happier. I felt that the costs associated with having them sell the coach on consignment were reasonable; their treatment of us as customers was exemplary, and I would recommend them highly to anyone looking to sell their motorhome.
Would I do anything different? I don’t think so. We researched our options pretty thoroughly before committing to do business with them — and they were understanding of our delays in listing with them. Their performance was as advertised and the final sale price was fair. Of course selling an RV is almost never as profitable as the seller would like to think. That’s a fact of life. Still, I’m happy with the deal we made. There are a lot of RV’s on the market and finding that ONE right buyer is always tricky. Our unit was older than 10 years — that seems a big thing in the RV market, with some parks not wanting to accept campers with units over 10 years. So, the sale needed people with skill and with financing options. I felt PPL did their job with our best interests in mind and they wanted to do a deal.
As an aside, I don’t see us buying another RV in the future. We have met several couples who full time RV’d, sold out, and then went back to RV’ing all over again. I don’t think that will happen to us. It was a lovely experience while we had it, but for us that time has past and we are on to other things. We have changed. My health is not what it was when we started and it’s not really advisable to go back to what we left behind. New chapter. No regrets. Time to move on!
Hip, Hip, Hooray!