Wednesday, March 29, 2023


How long ago did you buy your first RV?

How long has it been since you bought your very first RV? Decades? Or maybe you just bought your very first one only weeks ago? If so, welcome Newbie!

RVs are selling like hotcakes right now, so maybe you’re among those newbie buyers who are chomping at the bit to get out there on the road and see the good ol’ USA (or Canada) without any nasty germs sneaking up your nose and doing you harm. Really, who wants to stay in a hotel right now when the guy or gal who slept in the bed the night before was up all night coughing, sneezing and wheezing, spreading germs every which way?

“No way!” a lot of people are saying, and so they say to themselves, “I think I’ll buy me a recreational vehicle and not have to worry about sick people with germs!”

But wait! Maybe you’ve had your RV for decades and the coronavirus threat had nothing to do with your purchase. So go ahead, take our poll.



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2 years ago

We went pop up 2006 got a new one 2014 then a trailer 2016 and a bigger one 2018. Won’t ever go back to tent ever.

Don Nedrow
2 years ago

Our first trailer was in 1960 the same year we got married. it was a 15′. After several trailers, we went to Class A motor homes, now a class C 31′ with slide. That would be 60 years and still going.

2 years ago

We have tent camped a lot in the early days, then hotels. Kid are grown. We purchased our 1st travel trailer 9/20/19. It’s 24′ no slides, 1998 Artic FOX. I pull it with my 4 wheel drive Dodge Dakota V8. The only issues i have with the Dodge Dakota, are 1, the mirror extensions, and 2, the 18 gallon tank!! We’ve been to 19 locations approximately 72 nights. Just us 2 and our JRT sane Chuwawa. Boondocking, state parks, and RV parks. We LOVE it!

2 years ago

1978 I bought a 1972 Dodge window van and converted it myself in to a camper. Bed and microwave, extension cord for a heater or fan depending upon location. I’m a school teacher, so I went every summer. I am still teaching, but I have moved up to my second RV, a class C Phoenix Cruiser and I am still traveling every summer. I will be retiring this year and can’t wait to travel during different seasons.

2 years ago

On or about 1964, bought a Mallard 8 X 20 Travel Trailer. Used more as an office and less as a camping trailer. Picked up the trailer in West Bend WI and pulled with a 1964 Studebaker station wagon without an equalizer hitch. That was a learning experience for sure.

Denny Wagaman
2 years ago

Our first RV was a brand new 1982 VW camper with a pop up tent above, had a small fridge, cook top range, I had a inside ceiling mounted factory made AC, .3 bikes, food, small TV/radio, plus a small BBQ, left from WA state through 30 some states With dozens of sight seeing stops including but not limited to New Orleans, New York City and all the major sites there including lunch in the twin towers, saw the Broadway play CATS and a couple of others, Kennebunkport Maine where our son had his first lobster and we because of the dollars had Shrimp cocktail. 😅, the Indy 500, MT Rushmore, 4th of July at the Mass Cape, baseball hall of fame, Yellowstone and many other places. My wife still tells stories of doing this with no bathroom except gas stations, RV parks, etc.etc. Eventually bought a 16’ then 25’ trailer, and through the yrs 4 Motor homes. it all seems like it was yesterday when we left home in our VW Camper for the best trip of our family lives ever

2 years ago

In 75 I sold the farm in pa and took a job with U of I Had a purchase contract on a house out there. Decided to buy a 73 Winnebago Chieftain to travel in and do weekend off trips. We left PA with 2 little ones and wife’s teenage cousin and while in route the house that we were to buy got struck by lighting and burned so when we arrived there we lived in the RV for over 2 months. We have fond memories of our adventure back then. I worked a 10 on 4 off schedule back then and we went a lot

2 years ago

How do I respond to the survey? We purchased our RV a year and a half ago…

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

I’d go with 2-5 years ago. Or, don’t bother. A slight blooper in the survey.

David Schmidt
2 years ago

I just bought a 2006 Chalet A-frame camper bought it on consignment has a bathroom with a shower heater air conditioning and an awning and a battery operated lift the unit needs some TLC looking so forward to my first trip and plenty of boondocking

Rory R
2 years ago

Our first RV was 1978 class C 20′ that we bought in ’78 and sold in ’81. Realizing we made a mistake, we made plans to purchase another rv a least a year before retirement. Time and circumstances changes plans. But we did finally buy another rig in 2003, a class A gasser, and in 2015 we upsized and got a class A dp 45′ Mountain Aire. We were planning on upgrading to a new New Aire 35′, but with the current uptick in sales and pricing, I will keep what we have and see what happens with th market….

Firefighter Tom
2 years ago

First RV was a 1975 Bethany that was used only two weeks. Wife refused to get in it again. Stored in a barn for seven years. Was like new when I bought it in August 1981. Now in my 40th year and still going.

Montgomery D. Bonner
2 years ago

The first one was a used 1958 Oasis Travel Trailer, with a recirculating toilet, and a propane heater, instead of a furnace. Then the 88 Lance Camper, then the 88 Western Wilderness Camper, then the 2004 Alpinelite 5th Wheel, the APEX Motorhome, and my Ventana now. Getting too old for another one, keeping this one until it’s time to hang up the wheel.

2 years ago

Bought our first one (used) in May 1972, that would make it a little over 48 years ago.

2 years ago

50 years ago (1970) bought a 1963 VW Westfalia. We had more fun in that 36 hp camper than we ever had. One summer we went from Key West to Canada taking Rout 1 as much as we could. One flat tire in Rhode Island – even that was fun. lol

Donna W
2 years ago

Our first RV was a used Chinook on a one ton GMC truck. Don’t know what year it was but we bought it in 1981 as it was a good way to travel with three daughters.

2 years ago

Does my 1965 Volksie bus count? Bought it “plain,” nothing behind the bench seat (which had no seat belts until we requested). Put in plywood bed, shelves across behind bench seat, Coleman icebox (great) and Coleman stove under bed. Drove from Bay Area to Fairbanks, El Salvador, Montreal, Key West–over 250,000 miles. All we needed in those days.
Now full time in Winnebago Navion for 4 years. All we need.

2 years ago
Reply to  Michael

Mine was a ’64 VW Bus. I did the conversion with bed, dinette, water tank, icebox following commercial designs I’d seen. Took a 5 week trip to Canada with 2 friends. Owned two more VWs (One Westfalia). Currently own our 9th RV (Lazy Daze Super C). Love the road!

Bob a.
2 years ago

I bought my first motor home in 1967. It was a 22′ Winnebago. Best of times and we loved it.

Bob p
2 years ago

1978 TEC 24.5’ bunkhouse that slept 9, so our 5 didn’t hurt it, I would’ve hated to have 9 people in it, sticks and aluminum construction 5000#

Glenda Alexander
2 years ago

I bought my first motorhome in 1986, a 1983 Dolphin on a Toyota 6-cylinder pickup chassis. I kept it 5-6 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. One time, though, I did get frustrated when I tried to drive to the top of Mount Mitchell in North Carolina. That little engine just couldn’t work up enough power, so I reluctantly turned around and went back down the mountain without any strain. :>)

Lew Anderson
2 years ago

In 1972 Serro Scotty came out with their 18′ single-axle trailer. We bought one in Albuquerque and paid $2500 for it brand new! Stepping up from tent camping, it was like moving into the Taj Majal! Great memories in the little trailer!!!

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