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NamMedevac 70

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Posted: 04/01/21 06:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RV-loving retirees talk about the downsides of spending retirement in a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or other recreational vehicle.
by: Bob Niedt
April 1, 2021

https://www.kiplinger.com/retirement/602368/14-reasons-you-will-regret-an-rv-in-retirement

As a non fulltime RVer I am only posting this for your info and will not be viewing the comments.

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I agree with all his points. This isn't something that most will be able to suddenly say, lets go RVing. I'm seeing frustrations pop up in forums and on FB, my toilet has a small drip and it's been at the dealer for 6 weeks. A friend, who is physically unable to work on his trailer, has an appointment in JULY to have wheel bearings repacked. I offered to help, he said it can wait, he's not going anywhere for awhile.

Both the dealer that sold us the TT, and the one we ordered our 5th wheel from said 2021 sales will be lower than 2020. Instead of having inventory filling the lot, they are starting without much inventory.

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I didn't see anything wrong with the article... RVing is one of those things you either take to or don't. Prospective RVers need to go in with open eyes and as many suggest rent first or buy an entry level rig to start with that way the risk is less. Also being a very handy person can save you a lot of time, money and frustration... as most of you know.

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No matter the subject there are pros and cons. That article only lists the cons. OK. That's their opinion. Will it cause me to make any changes? Nope. Nothing to see here move on.

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Posted: 04/01/21 10:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Compared to what? Some newbie re-writes this article every year just to get some followers.


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time2roll wrote:

Compared to what? Some newbie re-writes this article every year just to get some followers.


I'd guess that it's compared to not buying an RV -- there are lots of ways to retire without driving around in an RV that can be expensive to own and operate and someone contemplating the lifestyle needs to look at both pros and cons.

To start a discussion, here are the main points from the 14 reasons you will regret an RV in retirement article:
  1. RVs Are Really Expensive
  2. You’ll Spend Even More Money Updating Your RV's Decor
  3. Your RV Will Depreciate in Value
  4. RVs Guzzle Fuel
  5. You'll Need Extra Insurance for Your RV
  6. Health Care Can Be a Hassle When Traveling in an RV
  7. You'll Have to Deal With Your Own Waste From Your RV
  8. Quarters Are Close in Your RV
  9. RVs Aren’t Easy to Drive
  10. Overnight Parking Can Be Problematic With an RV
  11. RV Repairs Can Be Costly
  12. You’ll Need to Get Rid of a Lot of Your Stuff
  13. It Can Get Lonely on the Road in an RV
  14. An Airbnb for RVs? You Might Want to Try Before You Buy


The only one I really disagree with is #2, if you buy the interior that you like, you won't need to upgrade it (though you'll still want to add accessories, like hooks, storage bins, etc along with all of the normal gear you need for RVing). And #14 isn't really a drawback, it's a suggestion to try before you buy, which makes sense.


For completeness, here's their 10 reasons to retire in an RV list published the day before the reasons not to buy an RV article:

  1. Even During the Lockdown, You Can Still Buy an RV
  2. You Can Self-Isolate in an RV During COVID and Still Travel
  3. You Can Live on a Modest Budget in an RV
  4. RVers Can Volunteer to Give Back (And Save Money)
  5. You’ll Buy Less Stuff Traveling in an RV
  6. You Can Take the Road Less Traveled in an RV
  7. You’ll See More of Your Family While Traveling in an RV
  8. You’ll Eat Well in Your RV Travels
  9. Oh, the Places You’ll Go …
  10. And the People You’ll Meet


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I have a list of 1,000 reasons why I absolutely love being retired in an RV. To each their own. Biggest mistake I see is people deciding to retire in an RV when they have spent little or no time in an RV prior to retirement.

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rlw999 wrote:

time2roll wrote:

Compared to what? Some newbie re-writes this article every year just to get some followers.


I'd guess that it's compared to not buying an RV -- there are lots of ways to retire without driving around in an RV that can be expensive to own and operate and someone contemplating the lifestyle needs to look at both pros and cons.

To start a discussion, here are the main points from the 14 reasons you will regret an RV in retirement article:
  1. RVs Are Really Expensive As if rent or a mortgage is cheap
  2. You’ll Spend Even More Money Updating Your RV's Decor Compared to aa 1800 square foot house, doubtful
  3. Your RV Will Depreciate in Value so does your car
  4. RVs Guzzle Fuel only if you continually move, as if a home does not guzzle fuel to heat or cool
  5. You'll Need Extra Insurance for Your RV have you checked rates for a cabin in the woods lately...
  6. Health Care Can Be a Hassle When Traveling in an RV Maybe some
  7. You'll Have to Deal With Your Own Waste From Your RV And a lot less yard work
  8. Quarters Are Close in Your RV combined with far better open space right out the door
  9. RVs Aren’t Easy to Drive says who
  10. Overnight Parking Can Be Problematic With an RV only if you expect a free night in the city
  11. RV Repairs Can Be Costly compared to a home, doubtful
  12. You’ll Need to Get Rid of a Lot of Your StuffThis is actually one of the best parts
  13. It Can Get Lonely on the Road in an RV only if you try to hide from people
  14. An Airbnb for RVs? You Might Want to Try Before You Buy




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time2roll wrote:




  1. RVs Are Really Expensive As if rent or a mortgage is cheap
  2. Your RV Will Depreciate in Value so does your car




I won't answer all of your points, but what makes an RV more expensive in the house is that it's a depreciating asset, but a house (usually) appreciates. After 10 years in a $150K RV, you'll have a $10K vehicle that might be worth almost what you still own on your 15 year loan. After 10 years in a $150K house, you might have a $200K house that you might have already paid off by then and it will last for the rest of your life.

Your $25K car depreciates too, but it's a lot harder to find a car loan that will outlive the useful lifetime of a car, but I've seen 20 year RV loans and may RV's won't last 20 years of full-time living.

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