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Old 12-23-2015, 11:13 AM   #1
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Americans buying cheaper RV's

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal (Dec 22.) by James Hagerty. Title is, “Americans buying more RV’s, but the cheaper models.”

You can’t read the full article if you’re not signed up with the Wall Street Journal. That, I will not do. But, I found if you do a Google search of “Sales of recreational vehicles surge” you’ll find the article, published in MarketWatch, all free and fair without strings.

We are infatuated with but a tiny corner of this business of course, so there’s no mention in Hagerty’s article on RV sales of fiberglass trailers, but it is still a fun read. Certainly insightful, loaded with perspective. A tidbit from Mr Hagerty’s article… "I didn't want a bus," Mr. Bernaden said. He and his wife decided they could survive without the fireplace, walk-in closets, and washer-dryer combos that fit in 40-foot-plus models. After considering flying to Texas for a bargain he saw on the Internet, Mr. Bernaden chose a 26-foot Forest River Sprinter that had been used as a demo model by his local dealer in Milwaukee. Its $80,000 price tag included three TVs….”

Well, I can relate to that. Going outside now, to hug a tree.
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If only the number of camping spots would keep pace.
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Hugging trees most every day now. About the only thing that's truly real around Christmas. I am constantly amazed at the number of big rigs on RV lots everywhere. I can't get my mind around the sitting inventory costs, cost of financing by buyers and operating cost once on the road. Not for me, not now, not ever. Just couldn't do it. Storage lots are full of them and many don't move very much.
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I can purchase 5 fully equipped Escape 21's for what my buddy paid for his low end 36 ft Class A motor home. His motor home sits at home most of the time because it only gets
6 MPG. Everyone has different needs and I don't need a $200K motor home in order to enjoy traveling. Having said that ,his fireplace does add a homey touch.
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his fireplace does add a homey touch.
There's an app for that.
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Hi: Iowa Dave... If I was seen hugging a tree the neighbours would just think I was plastered again!!! Alf
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I can purchase 5 fully equipped Escape 21's for what my buddy paid for his low end 36 ft Class A motor home. His motor home sits at home most of the time because it only gets 6 MPG.
A friend of mine in Spokane WA has a motorhome and she really only uses it to go to her sister's lake place a few hours from her. She's always bitching about how much time it takes and how much gas money it costs to go anywhere else. Let's just say she will not be one of my camping buddies as I'm not interested in going to Priest Lake in Idaho all the time. Oregon coast will be our first destination!
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I am constantly amazed at the number of big rigs on RV lots everywhere. I can't get my mind around the sitting inventory costs, cost of financing by buyers and operating cost once on the road. Not for me, not now, not ever. Just couldn't do it. Storage lots are full of them and many don't move very much.
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As well as all the ones sitting beside someone's house. Especially the ones with a blue tarp over 'em. They've been sitting there for years! I'm sure they're good homes for the local mice and/or rat population by now. If you're not gonna use it, donate it to a charity that takes those and sells 'em for scrap or whatever.
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A friend of mine in Spokane WA has a motorhome and she really only uses it to go to her sister's lake place a few hours from her. She's always bitching about how much time it takes and how much gas money it costs to go anywhere else. Let's just say she will not be one of my camping buddies as I'm not interested in going to Priest Lake in Idaho all the time.
Then there are the large motorhomes which have been coast to coast and looped around the entire continent. Any RV which is mis-matched to the owner's needs will not be effectively used.

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As well as all the ones sitting beside someone's house. Especially the ones with a blue tarp over 'em. They've been sitting there for years!
I've seen small moulded fiberglass travel trailers sitting in the same spot for many years, including the Trilliums which inspired the Escape design. As someone once said , any RV which is mis-matched to the owner's needs will not be effectively used.
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Before we sold our 21 she lived in a covered spot in a storage facility. Next to it sat a huge fifth wheel that only got to go camping one week out of the year. That was an expensive week's holiday!
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