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Do you think much about giving up RVing?

Is RVing still everything you hoped it would be after years of doing it? Or if you just started RVing, is the lifestyle living up to your expectations?

Is the expense of RVing in line with what you imagined? Are the monthly payments OK, not too much to handle?

We hope all of your answers are yes, that all is good. On the other hand, for whatever reasons, is the luster of RVing losing its glow? Is age catching up with you, and it’s not as easy to be on the road as it once was?

Have you been thinking of giving it up, maybe just staying more around home, or revisiting one of your hobbies that doesn’t require travel?

That’s our question today. Please leave a comment after you have responded.

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S Conway
10 days ago

Our age and health will be our limiting factors. We kept our home and our son and his family are renting it from us. He still has 6 kids living at home. We do not want to live with 6 teenagers. The last one will be 18 and hopefully off to college in 8 years. We are both 74. I doubt we will continue RVing in our 42 ft RV Beast into our 80’s. Our kids have offered to drive us to our destination(s) and fly home and fly back to drive us wherever. We will definitely take them up on that offer when the time comes…as long as our health allows and until all the kids leave, whichever come first.

Laurie
11 days ago

My husband and I have been RV’n since 1985. It’s hard to completely give up because we love to travel. We downsized from a 42 ft fifth wheel to a slide on Camper. Now we boondock and don’t have to worry about over crowded campgrounds.

Kaeleen Buckingham
1 month ago

Every year when I have to try to find a camping spot 6 months out.

Bob P
1 month ago

Started camping with my late wife a young family in 1978, got out of it for about 12 years due to her illness. I restarted in 2016 after she passed, now remarried to a wonderful lady who had camped with her family several years ago before her husband passed away. Now in our upper senior years we were in a 38’ motorhome and decided to downsize to a travel trailer that we pull with our Nissan Frontier and enjoying every minute. We just returned from a trip to Pensacola, FL for my youngest son’s wedding on the 12th and going on a weekend trip the last of this month for my wife’s birthday, so no we don’t plan on stopping until we can’t go any longer.

Donn
1 month ago

Eventually, time brings all of us to the edge of oblivion and the self-termination of many wonderful activities.

Skip
1 month ago

Think about it when they plant me. Hope there is RVing in the after life.

Suellen
1 month ago

Our 2018 coach was purchased for the purpose of running dialysis while visiting family and beautiful places. I am alone now and no longer need the traveling clinic, but still have the RV bug. I may downsize and I definitely will continue to travel with grandkids and my full time companion dog, Sadie

M Druck
1 month ago

(SIDE NOTE: Reading the criteria for commenting [“(?)” pop-up] is pretty hard to do with pop-up adds constantly blocking an estimated 2/3rds of the pop-up text).

We have had 5 great years as full-timers – traveling, caring for family, and serving as volunteers on disaster relief and more. Beginning this (our 6th year) we got the sense this past Summer that it was time to prep for getting a permanent home. To our surprise we are wrapping up a contract tomorrow on a home that we will be moving into next year. Though we will continue to travel, it will be “camping light.” We will sell our rig (RAM truck and Full-time and 4-Season rated 5th wheel) and will potentially gravitate to an SUV and small trailer that it can pull safely.

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Jessica Sarvis(@jessica)
1 month ago
Reply to  M Druck

Could you please specify about what popup ad you are talking about? Do you mean the blue email sign up popup? If you can provide a screenshot, I’ll take a look into the issue. Thanks!

Oliver
1 month ago

Other – Gave it up 6 years ago. I did miss the travel but after reading about current rates and crowding I am glad we did give it up. Have really saved a lot of money. Insurance, License, Maintenance, RV Parks and storage. I figure with all those costs and depreciation We were probably out over $10,000 per year.

DEL
1 month ago

Other, we’ll probably give up full timing within the next year or two if things continue to get worse as far as crowding, not just campgrounds and RV parks but also national parks and state parks are just so overcrowded anymore. Find that more and more quiet hours do not apply to a lot of people But we’ll continue to do occasionally as much off-season as possible.

Lori
1 month ago
Reply to  DEL

Amen

Neal Davis
1 month ago

“Other” because we only began RVing in 2016, but have no plans to stop. We have not thought about stopping. We are shopping for a smaller motorhome though. We are downsizing from 43′ to 36′ or 38′, probably 36′ given a recent stop at a dealer to look at real motorhomes (as opposed to seeing pictures on RV Trader or via web searches). That visit demonstrated that the leading 38′ MH (based on web info) has a floirplan that will NOT work for us.

Vanessa Simmons
1 month ago

I know that when the time comes for me to pull out the hitch for good, I will park the RV in the back yard on its pad for family to stay in when they visit and grand kids to play in.

PATRICIA
1 month ago

We won’t give it up till we can’t do it because of health problems. We are retired & just rv when we get bored at home or someone asks us to go traveling or camping with them. Right now we are in Northern Michigan enjoying the fall foliage & visiting family. Life is good!

DannyR
1 month ago

Camping long time. Still going to winter in Florida. Still going on trips with friends within 1 state of ours but canceled cross country due to covid and difficulty making reservations on the fly.

KellyR
1 month ago

Trailer camped with folks as a kid. Van camped since married. In our “old age” we decided we needed to do “glamping” and got a Roadtrek van. Toilet and real bed. Ha!

KellyR
1 month ago
Reply to  KellyR

Won’t stop until can’t or don’t want to drive.

Diane Mc
1 month ago

We have 3 trips totally 4+ months planned for 2022. However, we know because of our ages, we may just decide one day, can’t do it any more. Is that next year, 3 yrs, 5yrs. Who knows. So we are still RV’ing, but we’ve discussed the inevitability of it.

John E Bloxham
1 month ago

Had to sell my Motor Home due to finances as I got caught in a real estate ponzi scheme and lost over $500,000. Did not want to stop but had to.

Barnjai
11 days ago
Reply to  John E Bloxham

This is so sad. I’m sorry. Something similar happened to my widowed sister who lost her life savings through extremely bad advice from a very dishonest financial advisor in Tennessee. She recuped some of her loses but she didn’t get to retire until she was 70 and isn’t able to do the traveling she hoped to do. I really don’t like dishonest people.

Bob Weinfurt
1 month ago

MY g/f and I bought and fixed up an old class C seven years ago. She left me a few years back and I haven’t enjoyed using it as much as I did with her. Now with the price of fuel soaring I’m just staying local. I’m not planning on giving it up until the old motorhome does. (It’s 45 years old but everything still works)

Peg
1 month ago

We won’t give it up entirely but will probably scale it back especially considering fuel prices.

travilenman
1 month ago

Recovering from a broken neck– c3 to c6 — I may have to give up what I love to do & that is Rving & fly fishing… Please be careful on ladders….