On the About Us page, I mentioned what put this crazy idea of traveling around in an RV in my head. After several years of starts and stops, I’ve decided sooner rather than later is my new motto. And, since I’ve just started planning again, I thought I would share my thought process with you. So come along for the ride!
Why Buy a New RV?
I currently have a 2014 Rockwood Ultalite 26 ft travel trailer – It’s for sale by the way. I bought it new in July of 2014 and have taken it on quite a few trips over the years. It’s a great coach and I enjoy taking it out, but it’s a bit too small for full timing and I can’t take my motorcycle with me. I’ve looked at getting a loader for the back of the truck and keeping the coach I have. I’ve looked at adding some kind of carrier to the bumper of the coach for the motorcycle. I’ve looked at….everything. I just can’t find a great way to keep what I have and have what I need / want for the trip.
I’ve been researching RVs (again) for about four months. During my previous research periods, I had decided on a Grand Design Momentum as my brand of choice. The first time I walked into one, I could feel the difference in the material. I felt much more solid than some of the other toy haulers I have looked at. I started following the brand on Facebook and have heard the pros and cons. There are cons to Grand Design, but I’m a true believer in the fact that every RV brand has issues. So, if you ever get an RV of any brand that has NO issues, please let me know!
New vs Used
The Rockwood was the first RV I had ever owned and I’ve learned a lot about the products, tips and tricks, and challenges you may have during ownership. What I’ve learned most recently is that RVs do not hold their value. The blue book on my RV is above what I owe, but no one looking for a used RV wants to pay that much. Everyone wants something cheap without regards to the quality and maintenance of the RV. If you buy a $3,000 RV, you’ll get a $3,000 RV. And you can’t blame new RVers for wanting to get out cheap. They don’t know if they’ll really like it and they don’t know anything about the components, upgrades, or maintenance.
All of this has me thinking about my purchase. Do I buy new or used for this grand trip of mine?
Come back again to check out my thoughts on that topic.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.