Originally Posted by Jopopsy
I haven't jumped back in b/c honestly I have a very real sense of relief and freedom from having to worry about what could be broken or possibly leaking on my RV at any given time.
That's just me though. I ALWAYS wondered on camp setup or camp break-down if I was going to get hung out w/ a bad leveling jack, or if my slide was going to cooperate, or if I was going to find a leak this trip out, etc.
It just wasn't worth it to me. RV'ing is a very personal choice and I know many live w/ the shoddy craftsmanship and build quality and justify all of it for the pleasure the rig brings. And I'll agree, we made a lot of great memories in our campers. But I also know that any one of our vacations could have been hosed badly if we lost a slideout or a jack got hung up or heaven knows what else.
Mind you my personal feelings on this matter were far more pointed when I had a motorhome. If your trailer gives you real problems you could always limp it to the overflow area and head out in your TV. If the motorhome has issues, you REALLY have issues. Plus, for the obscene price, I really didn't want to tolerate my A/C or something taking a dump on me for the couple of weeks I could use it. Florida/Disney w/ no AC is the pitts - that's not vacation to me.
I look at mine the same way I did my house. There is always some kind of maintenance that needs to be done to it. If you ignore it for 6 months and expect it to be ready to go on a 2 wk vacation you'll get a lot of surprises.
And the new house I bought many years ago had far more issues than my new RV.
I do feel sorry for the big Class A folks when they have problems. For that kind of money they should be very reliable. But, even airplanes have frequent inspection cycles and maintenance, and that maintenance cost isn't cheap either.
1. A house is a hole in the ground into which you pour money
2. An RV is a hole in the road into which you pour money.
3. A boat is a hole in the water into which you pour money.
4. An airplane is a hole in the sky into which you pour money.