1. A Note From Margo
received an interesting eMail from Christina who is exploring the RV
lifestyle. She needed advice on that first RV purchase. Spending a
large amount of money is unnerving enough without the nagging
feeling of loss if you make
the wrong choice.
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am thrilled to have stumbled upon your Ezine. I am just beginning to
explore the RV lifestyle and I so very much appreciate all of the
information that your Ezine provides. You all do such an incredible job
of sharing valuable insights in an entertaining and informative manner.
Thank you for enlightening my discovery of all things RV.
husband and I are making steps towards purchasing an RV in the weeks
ahead (ideally we'd like to have one by March) and all of the insider
tips and stories of adventure are really inspiring.
you happen to have an opinion regarding purchasing an RV - we are
wondering whether it's better to find an owner who wants to sell one (is
there a good place to find owners who want to sell their RV?) or is it
best to go through a dealership? We're considering both but wondered if
you have thoughts to share? We've been looking around and we are serious
about making a purchase but trying to go into it with as much knowledge
as possible. Your thoughts are much appreciated.”
to our wonderful world. As you have already figured out, finding the
right RV is important. Also know that over 50% of long-term RVers change
vehicles in the first five years of their travels. Until you experience
owning one, the important factors are often overlooked.
To get the best option the first time, here are a few tips:
if you want to travel (motorhome or bus) or stay several months in one
location (fifth-wheel). Forget about the extra space in a fifth-wheel if
you have to back it into a space every few weeks.
first change RVers make is a switch from one type to the other. If you
are a travel bug, don't even think about fifth-wheels, go motorhome or
bus. Without experience driving a big rig, start with something in the
motorhome 33 ft. range. If one of your drivers has experience, the best
value is in a 10-year old 40 ft. high-quality motorhome. Full body paint
is important for the long-term.
layout is paramount if you are planning to travel full-time. Slide-outs
are a nice addition along with a washer/dryer. Another important
feature is storage space. Having full basement compartments, automatic
levelers, and newer tires are on the top of the list for motorhomes.
Ensure that the salon is laid out to suit you, the TV in the right
place, not too many sofas, etc.
resist the urge to redecorate until at least six months down the road;
you cannot recoup the money spent if you decide to change vehicles.
that the Class C used models are built on a much cheaper chassis
(truck) than the Class A, so construction is not as solid either.
If you buy new, there are some quality Class Cs out there now.
the basic decision has been made (motorhome or 5th-wheel), search
RVT.com and RVTrader.com. RVUSA.com is another site to explore. Use the
NADA.com database to get a price range. Also decide on gas (much cheaper
original cost and at the pump) or diesel (more power, longer life) for
the engine choice; do your research first about maintenance. Read this
article: http://www.rversonline.org/ArtFAQ3.html for tips about how much you should pay for your RV.
about three models you like, then get serious about finding one from a
private owner. Here are a list of websites to peruse:
purchase an RV without an "independent" RV maintenance person giving it
a thorough search. Mobile RV repair services are everywhere, but most
reliable RV repair facilities have someone who fills the bill. This
service can be free (hoping to get the repair work) or up to $100. DO
NOT SKIP THIS STEP. Have the current owner drive it to the facility
(liability reasons). If you decide on a motorhome, it is a good idea to
have an oil analysis done. This can tell you a lot about the current
state of the engine.
you wind up at a dealer's lot (last choice), have a mobile service stop
by for an hour. ALWAYS plan to attend this, never accept the
salesperson's word. Be careful with warranties, do your research. Don't
assume anything while at the dealer's lot. Get EVERYTHING in writing. Be
prepared to deal with sales personalities, do not let them intimidate
you. Succeed in getting the best value by not signing on the dotted line
before doing all your research. If you need to, put a small deposit
down on the rig until you decide if it is the right one for you.
Hope this helps,
Find out if the RV lifestyle is right for you. If you have questions, The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True; an ebook that contains the answers.
– Buying That Dream RV - Things to Consider
– Equipping an RV and Tips on Maintenance
– Managing Power, AC and DC
– Emergency Road Service
– Towing Your Auto
– Planning Trips - How To Get The Most For Your Money
– Boondocking (Primitive Parking)
– Earning an Income on the Road
– Staying In Touch with Family and Friends
2. RV Lifestyle: Rent Before You Buy
are always asking about purchasing an RV. Unfortunately all I can do is
give them tips that I have gleaned from my 18 years on the road. When I
suggest they rent an RV first, their response is always “too
did a little research and came up with a company that supports the RV
lifestyle by bringing together people who own RVs but do not use them
full-time. Here is an overview from their website, RVShare.com.
is a community-driven RV rental marketplace comprised of independent
dealers and private owners who find immense satisfaction introducing
families everywhere to the joy of the open road.
Independent Dealer RV Rentals
now, those looking to rent an RV were largely restricted to the handful
of mega-fleets and chains across the country that offered limited
selection, limited availability, and if you read the customer reviews,
less than satisfactory customer experience.
gives mom-and-pop rental dealerships the web presence of the
mega-fleets while still giving them the complete freedom to run their
businesses as they see fit. We help small rental dealerships do what
they do best--take great care of you and your family.
Peer-to-Peer RV Rentals
average family’s RV will sit unused for approximately 90% of the year.
Meanwhile, families everywhere want to rent an RV and taste the open
road for themselves.
brings these groups together, providing RV owners with the platform and
tools to rent their RV and families who want to rent an RV with even
more options for doing so.”
out their website for locations, photos and pricing. See if renting
might help with your RV decision-making process now or in the future. I
have not used these services, so as always, buyer beware. Visit their website, RVShare.com.
Margo's eBook, "Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers"
is available at all major eBookstores. It covers all the basic systems:
air conditioning, awning, generator, hot water heater, hydraulic
levelers, inverter/converter, roof, sewer, tires, and much more. Driving
and weight balance tips are included.
3. RVing Nugget: Get a Book on Your Phone
book lovers still getting in touch with what your phone can do, check
out the Overdrive app for your Android, Windows8, iPad and iPhone.
Amazon handles the Kindle library version through Overdrive.
more than 30,000 libraries in 40+ countries, chances are there's a
participating one near you. Use the map on their website to find a
library near you. A library card is, of course, still required, but now
readers can use an OverDrive account to log in and read the ebooks they
OverDrive libraries add to their collections from a catalog of over 2 million eBooks, audiobooks, and videos.
apps can be found in the appropriate app stores, including Google Play,
iTunes, and the Windows Store. For more details, visit the OverDrive website.
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Margo Armstrong is an RV lifestyle expert and coach who has been on the RV road for more than 18 years. She specializes in making the RV lifestyle seem friendly, interesting, adventurous, and safe, all at the same time. She has authored 18 eBooks (8 about the RV lifestyle) including The RV Lifestyle: A Dream Come True... All the Information You Need, For Women Only: Motorhome Care & Maintenance and For Women Only: Traveling Solo in Your RV- The Adventure of a Lifetime. She also created and maintains a weekly blog and writes articles for other RV lifestyle resources. Find out more at MovingOnWithMargo.com
Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
is an RV lifestyle expert, specializing in getting started in the RV
lifestyle, life on the road, working on the RV road, and solo RVing. She
has been RVing since 1992. She and her late husband weren't retired so
RVed on a budget and worked on the road. She is the author of Support Your RV Lifestyle! An Insider's Guide to Working on the Road, Retire to an RV: The Roadmap to Affordable Retirement and other RV books. Find out more at RetiretoanRV.com and RVLifestyleExperts.com
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4. RV fun, resources and news
digital age is a real boon for travelers, particularly for those of us
that consider books an important part of our lives. Obtaining eBooks is
now easier than ever. Here are a few resources to check out.
Project Gutenberg is
one of the longest-running resources for free ebooks in many formats,
and it currently has over 46,000 free books to choose from.
has set itself the goal of backing up the Internet and all content
everywhere, so it has a few more titles than that ... by about 6 million
Library eBooks: Thanks to Amazon's close integration with OverDrive, you can check out library ebooks and load them on to your Kindle.
Nearly 22,000 checks will be deducted from the wrong account over the next hour.
On average, the life span of an American dollar bill is eighteen months.
The Bank of America was originally the Bank of Italy!
revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue that
comes from movies, cruise ships, recorded music, theme parks, and
spectator sports combined.
There are more female than male millionaires in the United States.
To sell your home faster, and for more money, paint it yellow.
Chappel Music owns the copyright to the song 'Happy Birthday'. They
make over $1 million in royalties every year from the commercial use of
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