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D.E.Bishop

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My wife and I have been on the road for a few weeks, we went up I-5 from Los Angeles and over to the central Oregon coast and now down into California on 101. We think that we have seen a larger number of high end class A's that appear brand new than ever before. I'm talking clean, dirt free wheel wells and running gear new.

I'm thinking that the owners are new to the life style and bought way over their heads, that, or the average RVer just can't afford to travel right now. We're in an ocean/bay front park right now, nothing special, no trees or hedges dividing the spaces, no paved roads, only about a 8'X8' pad next to the parking spot, no gravel or paving to park on in the sites just dirt, no fire rings, just dead grass but it is an ocean/bay front park with great views. Normally we are among rigs similar to ours, a few years old gassers with a little wear and tear, not this trip, DP's all over very clean and stately, in what if it were not for the views is a low end park with no facilities to speak of, not what we are accustomed to seeing. The number of really big trailers is also greater than normal.

It just seems that it has been this way since we left home.


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To be sure, new converts to the RV lifestyle have come from Covid remote workers, and some of them will stick to it. Most others, methinks, will eventually tire of the lifestyle, and will find it hard to leave an expensive RV in storage, seeing little use after 2022. That could leave a glut of affordable RV's for those looking to upgrade, me being one of them... keep an eye out...

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So basically you’ve just noticed the surge in RV purchases?
But in the form of pushers and big trailers? Fwiw there’s more new “other” RVs out there too.

This is not new news. 2020 just called and they want their story back.

Bad part is a lot of these new RVers are “working from home” folks, whom are putting a strain on the productivity of many jobs. Another issue that is costing companies money by folks taking advantage of a situation or allowance.

I know this is a tangent, but on our (1) trip this year, I saw more than a couple working age folks sitting at their picnic tables on their laptops for extended periods during weekdays.
Longer than just “checking email” and less than working all day.
Based on the performance of the remaining “work at home” slugs in our company, and firms that I work with daily, these folks are milking the company dime.
This trend is disturbing and quite frankly makes my job harder, when numerous people who’s performance I rely on as a manager can basically work reduced hours and it’s not enforceable.
In the company I work for, we have idk, about 3500 staff of salaried positions. About half of which aren’t field supervision positions (construction). Officially we are now at “50% return to work” capacity. A self imposed limit by our self imposed “pandemic response group”. 50%?? I’ve seen a few of these same people who must “work from home” due to the pandemic, out hopping around on weekends with the masses.
One of the “work from Homers” as we call them, I saw at the Sounders soccer game yesterday with his son…. In the office, he limits his time there, you know, because of the 50% rule, but on a Saturday he’s cool with going to an event with 20,000 random people and no mask!

But it’s good for the RV industry eh!

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Take into consideration, the more expensive RV "parks" are filled up too, leaving the upper-crust RV'ers no choice but to park their rigs in the dirt we are accustomed to camping on.

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It could be that these big RVs have always been owned, but were previously just parked in the storage lot. Now that more are out of work, or are forced to hide (especially the West coast persons) from an unverified virus yet to be identified and are free to travel more, or forced to work from home (or the rv) and are able to take more frequent or longer RV trips that we are able to see them on the road.

It always amazes me how many campers and rv and boats just sit in the same storage lot 51 weeks out of the year anyway. Seems like it would just be cheaper to rent an rv for that one week a year that most use them. I guess it is fun to own the dream though, to know it is yours and there waiting for your adventures.

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Posted: 08/01/21 10:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All good things eventually

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……….And the campers attitudes have also changed; and how many new USFS / BLM / State / Utility / Government campgrounds have you seen open up in the last few years to accommodate the last 6 years of Record RV Sales??? We got rid of our Class A & Towed a couple years ago & UPGRADED to a TC; we’re still Happy Campers….

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Dirt is not permitted to fall on those high end As


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There are a lot of folks who have been cooped up for a year now that are thinking The RV life looks.... interesting. And some who have been forced to "Downsize" though when you figure some of those Class A's go from between 100 grand new up to over a quarter million (250,000) I'm not sure how much "Downsizing" it is $$$ wise.

but Enjoy I just downsized (last year) From a 100,000 new RV with terminal damage from an aggressive seim (no injury) to an apartment.. What downsized.. Well I was paying off the RV loan a bit faster than the bank desired in order to pay it off sooner.. and the monthly check was larger than the monthly rent.

There is much more.. it was time to move on and I think the Rig was about to hit me with a MAJOR fix me bill so I'm not at all upset.. Feeling better than I have in a while in fact.


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