Saturday, June 10, 2023


How long ago did you buy your first RV?

Do you remember when you bought your first RV? Was it when you were younger, a few years or perhaps a few decades ago? Or were you older? Did you buy it recently to travel during your retirement years? We want to know!

We’re sure all of you remember buying your first RV – what a memorable moment it must have been! Finally, the freedom to experience the open road… What a dream!

Please tell us in the poll below. If you feel like leaving your story in the comments, we’d love to hear about buying your first RV. Thanks!

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.


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Donald Reeves
2 years ago

Bought first at 50 yrs old a 28 ft fifth wheel

Ron H.
2 years ago

My first RV was a 1966 VW Campmobile. I bought it in 1972 while attending college in Southern California. It was my daily driver and also served as my parking lot office on campus and a comfortable place to study or nap between classes. During the summers, my wife and small daughter did some extensive traveling throughout the western states as far east as Wisconsin. It remains one of my favorite vehicles of all time.

Neal Davis
2 years ago

We waited until we were within 2 years of retirement before buying. Our location at that time made owning an RV very expensive and our work schedules left little time to use one. Since then we also have moved. All the changes conspired to allow us to both cheaply store our RV when we are not traveling AND to use it frequently.

Retired Firefighter Tom
2 years ago

Bought a 7 year old Bethany pop-up used only two weeks back in 1981. Wife refused to go camping again. Husband stored it in his barn but wife never changed her mind. Took our 3-year old son to Disney World, Bush Gardens in Tampa, saw a sponge diver with full body suit and helmet, and a lot more. So glad we did.

2 years ago

Not counting my dad’s first travel trailer in 1950, we bought our own first in 1970.

Grant Graves
2 years ago

Almost exactly a year ago. And, we jumped with both feet to a 45′ MH and full-time. We love it and can’t imagine going back to a sticks and bricks any time soon.

2 years ago

1971, over 21 years ago we bought a used rental pop up. Built a “kitchen” in it with a hand pump sink we bought from Sears.

2 years ago

40 years ago. A 1957 14′ the interior all real wood towed with a 65 Ford 100 twin I Beam one beast of a truck. No A/C, no bathroom but what a sweet little TT. It was like being bitten by a bug. Was taken hook, line and sinker.

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Ray Morgan
2 years ago

50 years ago next year. A used home conversion 68 Chev van. It had a 302 (305?) V-8 between the front seats.
I jokingly called it “mid engine Corvette” & now the new Vette is mid engine. Guess I was 49 years ahead of the times.

Merlin B.
2 years ago

50 years ago. 1971. Bought a 1970 Winnebago F-17 motor home. Took it to Germany. Left it there when we came back to the states in 1973.

Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago

I actually bought an old camper trailer with a friend back in 1980. We only used it a few times, going to car shows. His mother and little sisters used it a lot the few years we had it.
Six years ago my G/F and I bought an old motorhome for $300, fixed it up, and have been running the wheels off it. I considered that my first RV. Hope to get a few more years of fun out of it.

MN Anon
2 years ago

We’re not new to camping, but we are relatively new to RVing. We had an older Scamp for a few years, it served our purposes well. Last summer, we bought a 2017 Fuse 23A and are thrilled. So far, so good!

2 years ago

Bought a new to us 15′ Serro Scotty Highlander in 1966. Lots of fond memories including the “Scotty Speckles”. Those of you who had one know what I am talking about.

2 years ago

first ‘Banana Boat’ was an ‘85 26’ Winny Chieftain bought in 1986. ‘BB II’ was a 2000 Itasca Suncruiser 35U bought new in 2000. ‘BB III’ is a 2016 Itasca Suncruiser 38Q bought new in 2015.

Diane M
2 years ago

Bought a pop-up in 1993 – a big step up from our tent! Then a 25 foot trailer in 2004, and a 32 foot trailer in 2018.

Paul S Goldberg
2 years ago

Bought our first Motorhome in May 2001. We borrowed a friend’s motorhome in 1976 for a 2 week trip around the Great Lakes. Loved it but waited until 1999 to rent a Class C for a week in British Columbia. Came home from that trip determined to retire the tent and get a motorhome.

Ron Lane
2 years ago

17′ Golden Falcon back in 1973. She & I and 3 little girls…no toilet!!

Jim Knoch
2 years ago

My First RV was a 1980 Jayco JayRaven 19ft. big step up from a tent! That TT was about all my ’82 Ford Clubwagon 4.0 L inline 6, could pull. I don’t remember the TT weight, but it was heavy. I think my 2014 Jayco 287BHBE is lighter even though it is 28 ft. long.

2 years ago

From the comments it’s easy to see you needed more categories. For me this our 46th year.

Marc Stauffer
2 years ago

My first rv was purchased for college in 1978. It was a 35 foot, 1974 Arden 5th wheel. I towed it with a 74 Ford 3/4 ton highboy long box pickup. It had a beefed up 460 v8…..and it need it too, as the Arden weighed a great deal.

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