How many RVs have you owned in your life?

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According to the RV industry, the average RVer will own 4 or 5 RVs in his or her lifetime. How many have you owned? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Stanley Sokolow

I have owned only one RV, a 2003 24′ Class C that I bought from a fellow in the next town for a good price when it was 12 years old. It had 98,000 miles on it and had been well maintained, with system upgrades he had done. I use it for vacations and as my bedroom when I visit my children and grandchildren. I liked the idea that it had already gone through the hassle of fixing manufacturer errors and “infant mortality” of components that are inevitable in new RVs it seems. I did do some thorough maintenance, but nothing extraordinarily expensive. The worst case was an external seal leak in the transmission which caused a huge cloud of vaporized AT fluid while out on a trip, but my roadside assistance plan helped me with the towing to a transmission shop. I carry a Garmin satellite communicator so if I have trouble in the boonies where there is no cell phone service, I can still reach someone for help. If/when I replace this RV, I’ll buy another used one in good condition.

ED

I’ve owned 11 motorhomes, the first one in 1969. My observation: The quality of coaches has steadily declined. My latest one, a 2010 class C, was delivered w/34 problems.

Don

Almost ready to buy our 1st, a 5th wheel. A month or two away depending on the sale of our house. Cant wait!

squeakytiki

Technically, I’ve had two RV’s. Of course that’s not counting the non-RV vehicles I’ve also camped and slept in, including a pinto. And that’s after I decided I was tired of being in a tent and sleeping on the ground. My first RV was a VW Westfalia, which turned out to be a mechanical black hole for money, and broke down multiple times in the 14 months that I had it, all before catching fire. I didn’t own an RV for 20 years after that, but a couple of years ago I bought a nice little 23.5 ft. Lazy Daze and it’s been so nice to get back out there camping again.

Suzanne

I have had 2 RVs in my life both were lemons. The first was a very small A and after 4 days the motor threw a rod. Had it fixed with a new motor but just hated it after that. The second which was a class c which I had for a month and it burned to the ground on the highway. Great luck wouldn’t say. Now that I’m up in age and being SSI and disability it’s hard to find anything close to what I can it let’s just say if I won the lottery or one just fell in my lap that’s the only way I see owning another one. Great news letter Suzanne

John Koenig

I’m on my second RV (a 2015 Dynamax DX3-37RB) I started with a 17′ Casita Spirit Deluxe Travel Trailer and, over ~ four years, put over 50,000 miles on it. The Casita was a GREAT way to “test the waters” re RVing without spending a fortune. I quickly realized that I really liked RVing and, spent ~ three years searching for the RV I’d “graduate” to. That turned out to be the Class-7 HDT Super-C Class Dynamax. The Dynamax had the BEST floor plan I’d seen after three years of searching. With the two slide-outs closed, the rig is 99% usable! (two drawers are blocked)! ALL of the “important stuff” STAYS PUT. The residential appliances ( refrigerator , washer/dryer, convection microwave), propane lines, water supply and drain lines DON”T move. Each slide has a few LED ceiling lights and a single standard 110VAC duplex outlet so, only a few wires move. Sadly, my coach was built by Moe, Larry and Curly and, the OEM furniture was crap (in the four+ years I’ve owned it, those issues have been largely addressed). The safety factor a true HDT Super-C coach offers is AMAZING. Standard van or pick-up based Class-C rigs (think F450, F550 etc) pale in comparison. I’d have to start an anvil collection before I’d even approach the maximum capacity my Freightliner based Super-C provides. It was just simple dumb luck that, under the new tax laws, the interest on my MOTORHOME loan still qualifies as deductible mortgage interest (I understand that interest TRAILER loans no longer qualifies). My Freightliner is a diesel PULLER. That means that by simply releasing two latches, the 9L 350HP Cummins engine is FULLY accessible (diesel PUSHERS can require four hours or more to gain full access to the engine because the bedroom must be “taken apart” and then “put back” together). HDT’s also use standard TRUCK tires which are far less expensive than comparable RV tires. RVers that can afford a HDT based RV would do well to SERIOUSLY consider one.

Linda

1.) Pop-up – with potty and shower. 2.) 5th wheel, 27′, 1 slide out. 3.) 5th wheel, 30′, 1 slide out. 4.) 5th wheel, 40′ with 4 slides. Before all these we were tent camping.

Gail

#1 23 ft. Travel trailer, #2 9.5 ft. camper, #3 36 ft. 5th wheel toy hauler and #4 43 ft. Motorhome diesel pusher with bike lift. Have had our motorhome in 48 states, some states several times! Love it!!!

Keith

I assume this includes ones I’ve converted, ranging from a 1956 Chevy Nomad station wagon to a 1/4 ton Willys right-hand drive surplus post office van, that I drove to Alaska, and my 1958 IH 25 pass. school bus I bought from the folks at Hoover Dam. Currently have a 2014 Itasca Sunstar.

Anne

We have owned and camped in over 40 RV’s in our 45 years of marriage. Several of those RV”s were bought and rehabbed when we could still do that as a hobby but we “tested” each one out camping in it before it went to it’s new owner. We have had motorhomes, bumper pulls and 5th wheels in that mixture. We currently have a newish molded fiberglass trailer and a collectible molded fiberglass Toyota motorhome and we use both of them depending on where we are going and for how long.

Cary Nickel

A total of six. 4 of which we still own. A 1950’s Spartan Mansion trailer and 1950’s Hub trailer are currently stationary on our backcountry property, and our 1977 Mobile Traveler Class C motorhome, and 2019 Passport travel trailer are ready for the road.

DICK AND SANDY

We are on RV #6. That does not count our first 9 by 9 umbrella tent and then a 10 by 12 log cabin tent. Then RV #1 a small pop up camper with 2 pull outs. RV #2 was a 18 foot travel trailer. #3 was a 25 foot travel trailer. #4 was our first Class A 36 foot 1997 Rexall Airbus with no slides. #5 our second Class A 38 foot 2007 Thor Four Winds Magellan with 2 slides bath and a half. and #6 is our present Class A 40 foot 2015 Holiday Rambler Ambassador 38DB with 3 slides bath and a half.

Tom Warfield

My progression: tent, Apache tent trailer, 17′ TT, tent, 2 canvas pop ups, 30′ class C, 40′ 5th wheel, hard side Aframe folding trailer to be replaced with 20′ fiberglass 5th wheel.

Sue

We’ve had four RVs. First was a pop-up tent camper in our 20s, then three increasingly bigger 5th-wheels from our 30s to 60s. All were new when we got them. Our current rig is a 36-foot 2010 Carriage Cameo with three slides. It’s been plenty big and comfortable for two of us and two Labs for extended and full-time travel the last 9 years. When we sell/trade it in a few years we’ll probably get something smaller that will fit into more spaces and be easier to drive or tow as we get older.

Diane Mc

On our third. It will be 17 yrs old in February. Last 2 years put in a new engine (first one had 250, 000 miles on it). Had it repainted, new roof, new flooring, replaced a couch, captain chairs, HD sat dish and a few other things. $70K. Way cheaper than buying a new one especially since we are towards the end of our RVing life. Newmar built a fantastic coach back then. Beautiful solid wood cabinetry that looks the same today as it did in 2002. We love our Dutchstar.

Booneyrat

So called “RV’s” are a far cry from what many of us had back in the 60’s and 70’s when a “camper” was nothing more than a cracker box with a hand pump in the small sink and no toilet.Back in those times we went “camping” and living in one of those was almost unheard of.Today’s RV ers are spoiled beyond help compared to those days.The main problem I see in today’s RV business is GREED and poor workmanship,and all the manufacturers are guilty of this. Nature of the beast I guess.

Bob C.

We started with a VW Westfalia Campervan and rig #5 is a 30 ft travel trailer. Each rig in the series was longer than its predecessor, of course. We love this one but at age 83 I am wondering if I should be navigating this size rig around the country. No one has suggested that I not do so, yet.

Curtis McRee

I started camping in 1973. My first was a 19 ft. travel trailer. I have owned more Class A motorhomes than T.T.I am 83 years old. I live in an R. V full time now. I live , since my wife passed.
I miss being on the road. nothing last forever. I enjoyed my time traveling around America.

Michelle Austin

Without the benefit of what you consider an RV, my hubby and I have had 3 slide in campers, 6 5th wheels, and just recently purchased a Class C motorhome. Some people may not consider slide-in truck campers an RV. So, we have had either 11or 7 depending on your definition.

Nick P

Finding the right RV is tantamount to buying a pair of shoes. It took us awhile to figure out what we wanted/needed most. Our current RV fits us so well it’s doubtful we could ever find one we liked better.