There is a great rv park in Vegas that we stayed at. It was the Oasis RV park. Very nice and was almost like the casino atmosphere without the smoke and slot machines or the crowds! Very nice pool, palm trees and not far from the strip.
The spa is of course for your wife. You don't have to go but that would be nice if it makes her happy about going. =)
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I too have read all 16 pages here, some great suggestions, some not so great.
My wife goes, does she love it like I do, no. We keep the trips to about 2 months, we have been away from home for about four and a half months this year. We are not planning anything until late Jan. to get out of the snow for a couple months. She goes because that is what I want, I go back home after awhile because that is what she wants. Works great. Does she have a good time while we are gone ,yes. Hopefully your wife will come around to something like we do. My wife never suggests anything with the rv'ing, she just goes. I can kind of tell when it is time I get her back to home ,and garden. Good luck to you
We are long-time married. Here is my perspective: It looks like your wife has spent a lot of time on her own while you have followed your business. I don't know what your relationship is, but you may want to spend some time just reconnecting before you try to push any agenda. Talk about how she sees retirement playing out compared to your view. Ask her how she sees a compromise working out. What would she give in exchange for what you will give so that you both can be happy in this phase of your lives.
I also wonder if you wouldn't be ahead to take in an RV show to see if she can find something you can afford that would make her happier to be on the road. I think you may get her to go to an RV resort and travel some in the winter, especially in a rig she enjoys. My thought is that for the times you want to boondock and rough it, take the smaller trailer and go by yourself.
Be sure that you don't expect her to take care of the cooking, cleaning & laundry... Go out to dinner. Sightsee. Take care of the laundry. Make it relaxing and enjoyable for her and she will be more likely to continue.
Once she knows that compromise is possible with you, maybe she will go along with exploring the lifestyle. Good luck!
I have to admit I did not read all the pages so this may sound a little harsh and I truly don't mean for it to. I did read to the one where the RV is old, smells like rotted wood and a woman with a bad back was being asked to ride in a truck. If I was your wife I would not go RVing in these circumstances. I have a bad back and I hate the smell of mold and mildew.
Most people will acknowledge that women have a better sense of smell than men. If you smell it then it is probably overwhelming. Your wife sounds like a saint since she has accompanied you a few times.
However I do love RVing in our 1994 Winnebago Brave that has never had a water leak. When shopping I could walk in an RV and tell right away if it had a water leak. Anything that had one, smelled terrible.
I can ride (with my multiple herniated disks) laying down on the bed, reading a book. I have laid down in the dinette surrounded by pillows. I have laid down on the floor on multiple carpets. It is the only way I can do a road trip. I cannot go on a road trip in my Lexus but I can in the RV because I can lay on the bed. We got a walk around queen as there is no way I could crawl into a corner bed if my back was acting up. We choose an RV with really good quality front seat cushions and good quality foam in the dinette. Our bed also has a high quality Winnebago foam mattress that is just as good as our home latex foam mattress that I paid $2K for. In the mid '90s Winnebago used great quality materials. If you have a bad back you really need to shop specifically for a unit that has good quality foam. For me, many new units don't have the comfort of those I saw from the mid '90s. Cheap foam or ultra leather is very uncomfortable for me with my back.
My husband once wanted to look at new trucks as he thought he might like to get a trailer so we could drive the vehicle around to tour. On test drives I could tell the truck would absolutely not work for me to ride in. I can't imagine how excruciating it would be to ride in an old truck when the new ones were so uncomfortable.
We shopped for a used RV until we found an RV with no water leaks that drove like a dream. I wouldn't go in a $500K diesel pusher if it smelled like old rotten wood. We looked at brand new Winnebagos that drove very harshly (I since figured out the tire pressure was probably too high). Most also had ultra leather that causes me pain in about 30 seconds. I need real leather or cloth. When we test drove our 1994 Brave I could tell this was the one. It drove great and everything was very comfortable. I love going RVing in it.
You say you have to have your truck and tools. So there is no compromise. If I was your wife I wouldn't go either.
Bob, I don't mean to sound harsh but you really need to get a grip and take your old rotten stinky RV with it's harsh riding truck by yourself or get something that your wife can ride comfortably in. This probably means a Class A with a walk around bed. You can always tow a vehicle with your tools. Also your wife has to have the last say on the front seats, bed comfort (remember you can always swap out the mattress), sofa, chairs & dinette.
At this point, having already experienced your RV you will have a tough time getting her to look at them as she will assume that you are going to just try to get one that meets your needs but tell her you want her to be comfortable and ask that she test sit the chairs, sofa, dinette and bed just in case she ever does want to go with you. Then when you find one she likes, get it. My guess is that once she takes a trip lying comfortably on the bed in a non-stinky RV you will have better luck persuading her to go on trips. Ours cost $10K so it did not break the bank and is way more comfortable than new ones I looked at for $90K.
1. Paint "Holland America" on the side of the rig. 2. Since you already have the rig - start with a short overnight - use it as a base to see/visit something SHE would like - forget the "campfire by the lake" image - think "Mobile Marriott". 3. If she still doesn't take to it...do you have a dog??? FWIW - my DW HAS come to love travelling - we started small and have worked our way up to major trips - so there is hope! Good Luck! ST
This is similar to what I did.
I taught my wife that we can drop the trailer, and explore the area by truck.
One trip and she saw the merits of a traveling motel room.
Except now we don't worry about the maids looking thru our belongings.