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Old 08-27-2015, 12:50 PM   #21
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I think many folks ignorant to the RV industry/lifestyle also think any RV MUST cost big bucks, when in fact there are a bunch of them in the 10-20K range. I`ve had one family member tell me, man you are doing OK you`ve got a 70K RV when in fact it cost about 15K

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Old 08-27-2015, 01:06 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by tnchuck100 View Post
In circumstances such as these I have been confronted with "Man, I wish I had your money!". To which I respond "You don't understand. You can have money or you can have this. But not both!"

That usually ends the topic.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:12 PM   #23
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We had the same comments. Were full timing in our 30's, 2 kids at the time, very nice rig. Got the lottery question asked a few times. So, the short story. Wife worked her tail off as an R/N while I was offshore, we put a butt load of money down building a small but comfortable house, so initially had some equity. Decided to full time. Sold house, paid cash for the rig and hit the road. Wife became a stay at home mom and home schooled kids, and I still work offshore, which allowed us to live anywhere. Got out of full timing, and since we downsized rigs, paid cash for the one in signature. Now, out of full timing, still don't own another house yet (due to uneasy oilfield right now), but we still have the "stuff", but hardly any bills. We're not wealthy, we just know how to manage every dollar we make. We're kind of opposite of most, our whole life revolves around the RV and hobby thing. So much that our last house was the LAST thing on the budget, and our next house will be too. We figure in the RV, truck, travels and hobbies, and then find a comfortable spot for a house after all of the fun stuff. A house is just a place to sleep and eat, an RV is for enjoying life. Just ask my kids which one they'd rather have.
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:45 PM   #24
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Just bought a htt this month. Towed it once and decided we needed better tow vehicle ( yup, we're THOSE people, the ones who did it backwards) anyway, so just bought new SUV this week. Coworker says "you must have won the lottery"... To which my response was: " if I won the lottery, do you think I'd still be working here?"
That was the end of that discussion
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Old 08-27-2015, 01:49 PM   #25
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Why do we feel the need to justify what we do and our purchases to other people? Why is it OK for other people to walk up and say "how did you buy that. Did you win the lottery?"? I'm afraid my reply would have been short not politically correct. It's none of their business and I might feel the need to explain that (gently the first time, then not so gently). Anyway, congrats on the new rig and enjoy it guilt free!
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:44 PM   #26
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You work hard to earn your income, so please enjoy your new TT and TV.
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Old 08-27-2015, 03:46 PM   #27
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I tend to look at the glass half full... I might take it as a compliment. Your neighbors and family must see that you are doing well for yourself.

I rarely get those kind of compliments as we never purchase new toys or vehicles. We don't borrow money (except for our house) so our stuff is pretty well used by the time we can save for it, but its ours.
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Old 08-27-2015, 05:30 PM   #28
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Lots of great posts from people that have worked hard and managed their money responsibly, maybe we forum members can teach congress a thing or two. LOL
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:39 PM   #29
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I have a retired couple that live across the street from me. Husband was a former mayor, wife a former teacher/principal. They have a comfortable retirement life. They bought a brand new Cadillac about one month before I bought our new RAM, in April. My next door neighbour joked " I like what you and Goerge did, instead of cleaning your cars after the hard winter, you just went out and bought new ones!" LOL

Exactly like the OP did. After upgrading the truck I traded in the trailer for a larger one.We've received many comments and remarks, some congratulatory and some jealous comments. I had one guy say "If I had your money I'd burn mine!" To which I replied "That would be one BIG fire". We're not rich, we just spend and live and enjoy life the same as most of you commenting here. We work hard for our money. Just like tnchuck100 said, you can have these or money, you can't have both.

Enjoy your new TV and TT. I know we are.
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:49 PM   #30
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So, we bought a new Ram 1500 truck and a TT in the past two weeks. I've had two different neighbors come over and say things like "wow did you guys win the lottery" or "we want your jobs". This bugs me. Has anyone else experienced this after making their new RV purchase?

It's not like we even paid full retail for these items, we got a great trade in for our existing truck (which didn't have the towing capacity we wanted). I negotiated really good prices on both items. In fact, they were about 30k together, which we financed. In the scheme of things, it's not a big deal, since it only amounts to $180 more in payments. We both work full time and budget our money carefully. At full retail, it looks like we have 56k worth of equipment in the driveway now, but that's not the real story.

I almost feel guilty - like I should apologize for having these "luxury items". Especially when people make comments like I mentioned above.

Does anyone else have this issue after making this kind of purchase? I feel like people think it's frivolous and extravagant and that there is judgement all over the place - even from family and certainly from neighbors.

I know I shouldn't care what others think, but I do.

If anybody asks me, I'd just tell them that we made this a priority and are making sacrifices elsewhere.

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