We camped in a state park in Illinois last week and a family setup their tent in the site next to us. They were the family from he** with screaming kids, a loud stereo and parents cussing at the kids constantly (even using the F bomb on them) so my respect for these people was non-existent!
The next morning, I fried some bacon and eggs on my grill burner when one of our new neighbors (I think the mom of those kids) complimented on the smell to which I acknowledged her then she proceeded to ask me how much my coach cost me! Now, I have read on these forums where people had been asked this question but I never gave it much thought. This was kind of an awkward experience for me because the only thing that came into my head and it was what I WANTED to say was "if you have to ask, then you can't afford it". Instead, I took the high road and told her that they start at about $120K. Of course they start lower but I was surprised by her question and just kind of blurted it out!
2004 Damon Intruder 369W Workhorse Chassis
Mods: LCD TV in Bedroom, Steer-Safe, Winegard Wingman, Bulk LP Gas Adapter for my Camp Chef Grill, Cobra 29 LX LE CB 50th Anniversary Radio with a 3' Firestick NGP Antenna, EEZRV Products TPMS
Although I probably wouldn't care for your "nosey" neighbors I probably wouldn't be offended much by the question. I would assume it would be based on just a natural curiosity as most have no idea what RV's cost. I kind of know what they cost but I'm probably thinking- I wonder how much he owes on it, how long did he finance it for, does he know how much it depreciates, etc. But seriously, I wouldn't ask.
I've had it happen to me many times. It really doesn't bother me much, as I figure people are just curious as to what a rig like mine goes for. I'm prob guilty of doing it myself in years gone by. I guess maybe it is rude, but it all depends on how the question is asked, and how you take it.
I take it as a complement and feel proud when people ask.
That's a common question, asked and answered, in the RVing world. Doesn't seem rude at all. I usually try to answewr thoroughly by telling them what they go for originally, what features, options, and upgrades are included or available, etc. No biggie.
PS Asking doesn't mean someone can't afford it. Asking means they weren't born knowing the answer.
I've had people ask a bunch of times too - doesn't bother me. I agree that it's usually people that just don't know how much it costs. It's not as if it's super secret anyway; many models have a plate with the year on it and even without that, you can probably have a vague idea of the year and google it for used values.
In fact, last year we were parked next to someone with dealer plates on their RV (03 Essex) and on their toad so I think it was an employee (owner?) of the dealership and I was really tempted to ask how much he paid for it (I'm really curious to know how much dealers typically pay at auction or trade-in). In the end, I didn't want to intrude so never asked.
I get the question alot...I always answer with what I figure my coach is currently worth. Who knows?...someday I'll answer and the person will say "Really? Where could I buy one like yours for that???"
2005 Pace Arrow 36D
Very Understanding Wife
When a neighbor asks me what i paid for my new car I think it's being nosey. When a fellow camper asks what we paid for our unit I feel like it's genuine interest. maybe they are interested in moving from a pop up to a tt, from a tt to a mh, or like some of us older campers, just want to know what things cost in "todays world".
It doesn't bother me.