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I've been told owning a boat is like a hole in a lake you throw money into - I think an RV is similar. It's always something that needs repaired or replaced.


Just need to buy the right boat…or RV and be smart about it.
I haven’t found any of our boats or RVs to be money pits.


I guess you could add to that upgraded...

The point is, buying a trailer is not cheaper than say renting an apartment. There is ongoing maintenance and upkeep which costs money. You might not have a lawn to mow, but there is always something, batteries, caulking, roof maintenance, etc.

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Thermoguy wrote:

Grit dog wrote:

Thermoguy wrote:

I've been told owning a boat is like a hole in a lake you throw money into - I think an RV is similar. It's always something that needs repaired or replaced.


Just need to buy the right boat…or RV and be smart about it.
I haven’t found any of our boats or RVs to be money pits.


I guess you could add to that upgraded...

The point is, buying a trailer is not cheaper than say renting an apartment. There is ongoing maintenance and upkeep which costs money. You might not have a lawn to mow, but there is always something, batteries, caulking, roof maintenance, etc.


Oh for sure. I agree. I sort of lost the context, as you’re referring to the OP.
Full time living, cross country drives 4x a year (according to OP), beginners oopsies, and actively exposed to the elements 24/7/365, combined with possible lack of knowledge and/or motivation to perform own repairs and maintenance, it will certainly cost some additional money, not to mention, the RV will almost assuredly be worth far less $ upon resale in 5-10 years, and the exterior will be likely very weather worn. I can’t imagine the useful lifespan being greater than 10 years tops as a full time rig unless the owner is absolutely diligent and ocd almost about its care and upkeep.
Even if he changes situations in 3 years, say, the trailer will likely be worth far less than a well cared for recreational unit (which is what most are designed for). There’s always a sucker to buy anything, maybe, but any length of FT living is a non starter in a used rv purchase for many I’d assume. At least not at a serious discount from market value.


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