I see motorhomes for sale on every corner. I’m an avid watcher of RVs and motorhomes that are up for grabs. I’ve wanted to buy one for years. You might even say that it’s a lifelong dream of mine. I’m also an extremely frugal guy so it’s hard for me to make a big purchase. It’s especially hard for me to make a big purchase when my frugal nature is already questioning the expenditure AND my wife is not sold on the idea.
She could never understand the need for ownership. She was all over renting one every time we wanted to make a trip by RV. (I was obsessed with motorhomes for sale, but she was simply obsessed with avoiding RV ownership). Her reasoning always seemed sound and I always went with it after she started outlining the financial responsibilities and up front cost comparisons.
Recently we retired. I decided it was now or never. I invited my wife to come out shopping with me; I was getting a closeup look at motorhomes for sale in the area. I may also have mentioned that I was going to buy one either way. I’m not a totalitarian or anything, but I was positive that she would understand the difference between renting and ownership once she got inside the recreational vehicle.
I was right. She didn’t come with me for the shopping phase, but after I purchased a vehicle online and it was time to pick it up she was all ready for the trip. We flew out to pick it up and driving the RV back home was our first trip on the road in a recreational vehicle that we actually owned. We didn’t make it home for 4 months. It was the most liberating feeling we’ve ever had.
We followed the course home for a few days and then spontaneously decided that we didn’t need to be back for anything pressing. Instead of hurrying straight home we jumped from town to town. My wife did a lot of antique shopping. I did a lot of fishing. We spent more time sitting together and talking than we had in years. Along the way we outfitted our RV with all the little things that make a house a home. (Isn’t that what they say?)
My wife is now an avid supporter of RV ownership. It’s hard to understand until you’re in one of your own. It’s the difference between home ownership and frequenting a rental property. You can usually tell upon entering a residence that it’s a rental or that it was set up as a rental. It’s a similar feeling in rental RVs. We always enjoyed our trips on the road in random rented RVs, but we absolutely love spending time in our own RV. Another plus? I no longer feel obsessed by all the motorhomes for sale in my neighborhood. I don’t have to feel the pressure of keeping on top of the motorhomes for sale or wondering who bought them or for how much. I already have mine. And we are more than happy with our purchase. Thanks Pedata!
Tom and Sue R.