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Old 05-10-2015, 02:33 PM   #1
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Why did you buy your rv?

I tried searching for a similar thread and found no results. So I thought I would start something new and ask the Question.

Why? For What purpose? Did you buy your RV.

Do you get off the grid?
Do you only stay within Cellular service?
Do you boon dock?

Maybe there are to many questions, but there they are.

I love camping, fishing and hunting; especially off the grid. Having an RV makes things convenient and comfortable. Gives us a little bit of comfort to relax and enjoy nature. I enjoy times with my family away from TV, Cell phones, Computers and other trappings of society. We play games, actually talk with each other.


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Old 05-10-2015, 02:44 PM   #2
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For me it's like having a second home on wheels. I can go anywhere I want and I am not bound to a certain forest or lake. We use it as a cabin, beach house, etc. it's a way for us to get outdoors more, find a reason to spend time with family, shut the phones off and enjoy the crackle of a fire, or an early morning trip to the lake for fishing. As a career pilot who travels continuously, nothing is more relaxing to me than having my own space to get away when I'm not on the road. No TSA, no long lines, expensive unhealthy food and NO SCHEDULE. I find the only time I can truly unwind and relax is when we camp and get away. Not to mention the smell of a campground in the morning! Smoke, bacon, coffee..... We also use it to see all kinds of new towns and destinations we might not normally drive to for a hotel.

There are about 100 reasons I own one. But simply peace, relaxation and pure peace top them all. We camp at state parks, forest camp grounds and boon dock. We still like to tent camp but this makes packing and unpacking much quicker and easier because that's the name of the game. Relax!!

And we can bring the dogs!


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Old 05-10-2015, 02:46 PM   #3
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I have liked camping since I first went with my parents in the early 60's. We also camped when our kids were young, from about 84 through 1991. Wife and I got back into a travel trailer from a tent in 2010. In that time, went from a 22'TT to a 24'TT, to the unit we have now. Hopefully we will have this one quite a while!

One of the best reasons for traveling in a RV, is like a friend of mine put it, "I like to know who was sleeping in my bed last night". (as opposed to motels)
2. I like the people you meet along the way. We've mad a lot of new friends.
3. You aren't packing and unpacking every night or lugging suitcases in and out of motels.
4. It's our home away from home, and we have it arranged just the way we want.

We are not equipped to stay off the grid very long.
We do take our cell phones and WiFi hotspot for internet service. It still comes in handy.
While we have travelled through some "boondocks" on our trips, we haven't stayed anywhere totally away from it all, but have been close!
We're actually looking forward to our first trip in our new rig this coming Friday. Eager to see how both the 5w and TV do on the trip.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:06 PM   #4
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Portable hotel room for us. My son and I travel the east and gulf coasts scuba diving for fun. I got tired of living out of my truck and hotel rooms. And I got real tired of lugging our gear in and out of hotels and figuring out how to wash and dry it for the next day. We do enjoy grilling a few steaks and having a stocked fridge is nice but we don't do the typical camping thing. We usually eat out and occasionally we will might light a fire and do smores etc. And we enjoy it. Although I'm thinking about doing something different this summer and head to the mountains of NC or WV for some white water rafting. As my son gets older and does the college thing I'm thinking hard about getting a bigger one and doing more "camping" with my wife. But to get her to go along it's got to be big and nice and fully self contained. She actually wants a motor home.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:35 PM   #5
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Our HTT is our portable cabin, AKA the “White House”. We like to camp, I use to do a lot of mountaineering, when I was younger, with no kids. I still rough it a number of times a year. But with the family, I found we just did not get out as often as we wanted to as it was a lot of work! We were looking for a PU, but could not find anything we liked. My requirement in a trailer was everything had to have its space, and stay in the trailer between trips. Well, we could not find that in a PU. By chance we looked at a 17Z, liked it, but it had zero storage. Saw the 23B, and almost bought it on the spot. The 23B is bigger than we really wanted. But everything has its space, and it is ready to go in a heartbeat. As a family before the 23B we went camping a few times a year. Now, in the summer we are out almost every other weekend.

As for places we go. I really do not care if we have an electric site or not. The DW likes here AC when it is hot, I really prefer no AC, and even at home I prefer not using the AC. We have only had full hook ups once, and never really even utilized them. It is almost impossible to go places without cell coverage, like finding those areas, so work cannot get ahold of me, same with wifi.
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Old 05-11-2015, 06:58 PM   #6
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We started by tent camping 45 years ago. That became old as we approached our 70s and wanted more creature comforts.

It is our second home that can be put on a lake front lot or a beach front lot, without spending $500,000.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:46 PM   #7
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We bought ours for multiple reasons.

We love to travel with the kids, and we find ourselves renting house after house in the mountains, on the beach, or somewhere secluded! I am around people all day long, and we truly want to get away. We rent houses to save money by cooking all our meals (or at least 80% of them). A motorhome seemed like a natural progression for us. No more renting houses, lets drive ours there!

We have tent camped for years, and we would always look longingly at the rigs that pulled in next to us!

We also home school our kids, and the RV affords us the opportunity to travel more and show the kids the places we learn about in school.

Lastly, and a purely practical reason is for some element of preparedness and self-sufficiency. We have been through several hurricanes that have left our home without power for days. An automatic home generator, to run what we would really want, would be in excess of 10K. That was a good chunk to put towards our Greyhawk! Next time that happens we can pull the RV up to the house after the winds die down and live in our friend until life gets back to normal!

A TT would have been cheaper, but I would have had to trade my truck in for a heavier duty one, and the kids really use the back to do school work on the road. We are very happy to enter the RV lifestyle!
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:31 AM   #8
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I started tent camping in the mid-60s as a kid on Scouts. When I met my wife, her family had been camping in a pop-up for about 10 years.

About 6 months after we were married we bought our first pop-up for $425 that was 36 years ago. So 3 pop-ups and 3 travel trailers later, we camp to relax on weekends, it's our summer home where we are not stuck in one location, it's our hotel when we take extended road trips. We have friends that have spent a fortune on time shares and summer homes. I feel I'm way ahead of them by owning a RV.

I plan to retire from NY to Georgia in 4 years and will be coming back north with the TT for the summer months.

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Old 05-12-2015, 11:44 AM   #9
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I've always enjoyed camping. I got really good at it while my son was in Boy Scouts.

After the divorce, the current woman in my life owns 7.5 acres of wilderness land just outside of Aderondak Park (upstate NY). We tent camped for several years.

She installed a driveway to where a house could be built.

I decided that I had to have a flush toilet and a hot shower sometime during a 3-5 day weekend.

So, I bought a 1993 TT back in 2009 and proceeded to fix and modify it for dry camping.

This winter was rough on the old trailer. So I shopped for a new unit and bought a brand-new Jayco Swift 28'.

Totally up-to-date and all the features we want.

Just have to bring a genset.
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Old 05-12-2015, 11:54 AM   #10
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For me, I loved camping as teenager and always had the idea of owning a Trailer....life got in the way and last year I finally bought a trailer. I have it parked at a seasonal site and love the fact that I can be there in about 45 minutes. In a few more years I will be retiring and my wife and I plan on traveling all around North America using our trailer. For me the best part of owning a trailer is the thought that I can (when I buy the truck) pull it anywhere and sleep and live in it.

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