Thursday, January 29, 2015

Aesthtetics over Practicality

We have owned four RVs and have learned a lot from each of them. One of the toughest aspects of choosing an RV is getting beyond how much the "wow" factor hits you versus how practical it is for your lifestyle. The RV a fulltimer uses should, and probably is, different from your typical weekend warrior RV. Let me explain.
If you're going to live in an RV you really need to ensure it has 50 amp service. 50 amp service is essentially 240 volts split into two 120 volt branches. If you're thinking that gives you twice the amperage (or load) capability; you'd be right. It's also the only way to run two air conditioners and a lot of other heavy loads. A washing machine and dryer are also invaluable for a fulltimer. Storage space/capability are also paramount; keeping weight in mind. Which brings up size. Normally, the larger and longer the unit, the bigger the load you can carry. I always maintain that you should always get the largest RV you can afford. With few exceptions, most folks wish they had a larger coach. Basically the things you might consider a necessity in an RV you live in aren't as important for short term stays; like weekend camping.

Once you've zeroed in on a particular RV a thorough inspection is in order; especially if buying a used model. There are mechanics that do this sort of thing for around $100, so it is cheap insurance. Unfortunately, you have to be careful when shopping. Even the most reputable dealer or owner can miss a few things. You should check every system on the unit, including things like the the water heater, the water pump and the black and gray dump valves; just to name a few. Look the body over and check for delamination and/or cracks. Walk the roof and check its condition, including soft spots. There are handy checklists available on the internet.

To keep your self on track, make a list of the amenities that you feel you can't live without. Then, by process of elimination, you can narrow the field down to the coach that best suits your lifestyle. It may not be a aesthetically pleasing as some, but you will live more comfortably. Wouldn't you feel just a little bit silly if your RV air conditioner couldn't keep you comfortable in the heat, just because the model you were bowed over by didn't have a 50 amp electrical system? That's just a prime example of practicality over aesthetics.

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