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This kind of sad journalism is called click bait. I doubt the professional writer who cranks out this nonsense has ever even owned an RV. Here is my experience on the 14 points.
1. My RV was not expensive.
2. Even years later we have changed none of the decor.
3. Depreciation was a plus for us. We bought used.
4. I spent less on fuel while traveling than when I commuted for work.
5. Insurance costs on our RV were really, really low.
6. We had no issues with healthcare or finding providers.
7. Waste is a nuisance not much worse than taking out the trash.
8. Space is tight indoors but we lived in the great wide outdoors.
9. My RV is easy too drive and park. We did not overdo the size.
10. We never had an issue finding parking and rarely make reservations.
11. In over 10 years, we only had one simple repair performed by a shop.
12. We downsized but also stored much of our stuff. Storage was cheap.
13. Loneliness was not an issue and we visited friends and relatives.
14. We did not need to prep by renting first. We bought our RV and never used it until we started as full timers. There were no surprises or setbacks.

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time2roll wrote:


  • RVs Aren’t Easy to Drive says who

  • You’ll Need to Get Rid of a Lot of Your StuffThis is actually one of the best parts
  • It Can Get Lonely on the Road in an RV only if you try to hide from people


  • I'm dumbfounded by the number of couples where the wife is afraid to drive or is even forbidden to drive. My wife does a most excellent job driving the TT. We'll learn together with the upcoming 5er

    We just sold our B&M in December. Actually started clearing it in November. Kept was we wanted (still more than what we need), and hired a crew to fill up two roll off dumpsters. It was HARD watching all the stuff aka belongings aka JUNK be trashed. Some of it still hurts, but we are so much better off!

    Does it matter I generally hate most people? LOL

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    The link wasn't clickable for me but after many years of rving in motorhomes, as i inch closer to retirement i like the idea of snowbirding to a stationary destination for the winter. Cuts out all the maintenance headaches of a motorhome (assuming that was one of the cons mentioned)


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    Folks, keep in mind the same author wrote both 'why retire in an RV' and 'why not to retire in an RV'. Surely we are mature enough to discuss both sides without so much negativity?

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    Posted: 04/03/21 08:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    The biggest problem with having an RV in retirement, is that it calls to you "Let's go somewhere!!!" and now you have the free time to heed that call ;-)

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    Deb and Ed M wrote:

    The biggest problem with having an RV in retirement, is that it calls to you "Let's go somewhere!!!" and now you have the free time to heed that call ;-)
    I know you are using that, sarcastically , as I don't see that as a problem, on the other hand, DW is a different story. [emoticon]


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    Not retired yet but started RVing with young family in Class C did not want to wait to retire, time lost is more valuable. All points are valid, personally it was a lifestyle (do not like crowds) and we were fortunate to buy it new, keep it LT, and DIY maintenance. Spend many hours white collar profession in an office behind a desk and could not wait to go outdoors with the family.

    If you like the lifestyle and have $ most of the magazine's (sponsor by Financial Firms fewer $ for them) points are less important except for health issues. Rvers may already know this, rving may even help mental and physical health, personally I like to be active, outdoor activities, sleep in my own bed, eat my own prepared food, maintain and repair own home, vehicle, RV. Of course you can have above benefits with a car and tent (great times).

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    We were FT for several months after retirement, but that was because we were taking our time coming home to Texas from Virginia, then finding an S&B to buy. We knew we were not FT material. Long trips? Sure. Give up my baby grand piano, field snare, three guitars, and hammered dulcimer? Nope.

    As for the reason to not even buy an RV, they were too amusing not to reply.

    RVs Are Really Expensive As compared to what? Granted, our current RV mortgage is for a lot more than our house mortgage, but it's a lot newer, too...
    You’ll Spend Even More Money Updating Your RV's Decor Haven't changed anything except the linens. Dry clean only bedspread? Really?
    Your RV Will Depreciate in Value Knew that going into it. Buy a gently used one and it's not much of an issue anymore.
    RVs Guzzle Fuel Knew that, too. It's not like we use it as a daily drive.
    You'll Need Extra Insurance for Your RV This is just plain weird. Like you don't need insurance for anything?
    Health Care Can Be a Hassle When Traveling in an RV While we've not encountered same, there are times when that is true -- especially when dealing with the VA.
    You'll Have to Deal With Your Own Waste From Your RV Seems like someone is more easily grossed out than a typical RVer.
    Quarters Are Close in Your RV Ever lived in a Japanese apartment? There's a whole great outdoors to alleviate any sense of being too close.
    RVs Aren’t Easy to Drive Only if the largest thing you've ever driven is a Smart Car.
    Overnight Parking Can Be Problematic With an RV That's occasionally true, but not often enough to be a reason not to buy an RV.
    RV Repairs Can Be Costly Let me tell you about the most recent house repairs, or the upcoming engine repair on our Jeep.
    You’ll Need to Get Rid of a Lot of Your Stuff And this is somehow bad?
    It Can Get Lonely on the Road in an RV Only if you remain a hermit. RVers are a friendly and helpful bunch.
    An Airbnb for RVs? You Might Want to Try Before You Buy We rented an RV before buying our first one.
    Was a great idea. We recommend it to anyone thinking about buying an RV.



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    rlw999 wrote:

    time2roll wrote:




    1. RVs Are Really Expensive As if rent or a mortgage is cheap
    2. Your RV Will Depreciate in Value so does your car




    I won't answer all of your points, but what makes an RV more expensive in the house is that it's a depreciating asset, but a house (usually) appreciates. After 10 years in a $150K RV, you'll have a $10K vehicle that might be worth almost what you still own on your 15 year loan. After 10 years in a $150K house, you might have a $200K house that you might have already paid off by then and it will last for the rest of your life.

    Your $25K car depreciates too, but it's a lot harder to find a car loan that will outlive the useful lifetime of a car, but I've seen 20 year RV loans and may RV's won't last 20 years of full-time living.


    If you are the kind that worries about depreciation,then I suggest you not buy an RV.
    Not all, (in fact comparatively few) things in my life are dictated by money or financials.
    The peace, pleasure, freedom,sense of adventure, all out weigh any depreciation possible. I bought my trailer to run into the ground. I will use up every practical bit of it and then will sell it for pennies on the dollar for someones hunting camp.
    I feel pity for anyone whos needs a return on every penny!

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    JimK-NY wrote:

    This kind of sad journalism is called click bait. I doubt the professional writer who cranks out this nonsense has ever even owned an RV. Here is my experience on the 14 points.
    1. My RV was not expensive.
    2. Even years later we have changed none of the decor.
    3. Depreciation was a plus for us. We bought used.
    4. I spent less on fuel while traveling than when I commuted for work.
    5. Insurance costs on our RV were really, really low.
    6. We had no issues with healthcare or finding providers.
    7. Waste is a nuisance not much worse than taking out the trash.
    8. Space is tight indoors but we lived in the great wide outdoors.
    9. My RV is easy too drive and park. We did not overdo the size.
    10. We never had an issue finding parking and rarely make reservations.
    11. In over 10 years, we only had one simple repair performed by a shop.
    12. We downsized but also stored much of our stuff. Storage was cheap.
    13. Loneliness was not an issue and we visited friends and relatives.
    14. We did not need to prep by renting first. We bought our RV and never used it until we started as full timers. There were no surprises or setbacks.


    Excellent response, *applause*

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