I am an RV enthusiast with more than 50 years of experience owning, driving, traveling and living in recreational vehicles.
There are a number of reasons why owning a recreational vehicle may not be a good idea, and people should give them careful thought before making a decision about buying one.
Owning and traveling in a motor home or camper is a dream held dear by many, but for some it can turn into a nightmare. This is why all aspects of this type of vacationing should be taken into account before people become involved.
RV travel is not what it once was, so it is important to understand the way it is now and not be reminiscing about the way it once was.
1. All RVs Are Expensive to Own and Travel In
I have written numerous articles about how much money it takes to buy and maintain travel units.
- If you are not in a position to pay for let alone maintain a coach, you have no business purchasing one because the expenses never end.
- As a result, your coach will deteriorate quickly and lose its value. When this happens, you will lose a great deal of money.
There are many hidden costs, and there is no way to sidestep them. So, be aware before you buy that the asking price is only the beginning step onto a long road of unending spending.
2. RVing Is Not for Those in Poor Health
People with serious health conditions should never buy recreational vehicles because if they do, they are very likely to find themselves in difficult situations.
- Traveling in these vehicles can make health conditions worse and sometimes leave people in areas where only scant medical help is available. This can be life threatening.
- Road vibration, which is constant when you are driving, makes certain health conditions such as Arthritis and back problems more painful.
- People often find themselves far from medical facilities or near those that are substandard.
- Breakdowns can and do happen. When help is not available, doing repairs yourself is almost impossible.
Time and again I have watched people who really are too ill to be traveling insist on purchasing motor homes and campers. Many were literally risking their lives to do so.
The problem was that in many cases, they were also risking the lives of others, as well.
3. Owning a Coach Is Hard Work
What few people will tell you is that owning an RV requires a great deal of hard work.
You have to
- load and unload before and after trips,
- hook and unhook the coach at campsites,
- deal with maintenance and repair issues,
- keep the interior and exterior clean,
- perform regular household chores,
- drive extremely long distances under all types of weather and traffic conditions and
- do laundry regularly.
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None of this is easy to do, can often be frustrating and can make some people wonder why they ever bought a coach when staying in hotels would be so much easier!
4. Injuries Happen Often
It is very easy to hurt yourself when you are traveling in an RV because you are in a different environment than what you are used to on a daily basis.
This makes it easier to fall, hit your head, slam doors on fingers and suffer from burns than when you are at home
Sometimes the injuries are small, but other times they can be life changers.
- One friend of mine fell out of the front door of her high motor home and landed on the hitch of her car. She never did totally recover from that accident.
- Another tripped while holding her grandchild, and to save the baby from injury, sacrificed herself. She landed on both elbows, and it took years for her to heal.
Accidents like these happen fairly often, so people need to be aware of the risks they take when they travel in recreational vehicles.
5. Driving Hazards Are Plentiful
When elderly people buy and travel in motor homes or trailers, they not only pose a danger to themselves, but also to other drivers due to issues such as impaired vision and hearing, slower response times and lowered perception.
There is also a problem on the opposite end of the spectrum. Sometimes young families allow their children to move freely in their motor homes because they feel they will be more comfortable than they would be if strapped in.
Doing this is dangerous and is also illegal.
Just as with driving a car, there are all types of people on today's roads, and they have different driving abilities. RVs don't stop as easily as cars, so reckless or selfish people who are behind the wheel can kill or injure themselves as well as you.
6. Buying RVs Carries Big Risks
I strongly suggest that you take the time to watch the attached video.
It was produced by a Michigan attorney who specializes in Lemon Laws and consumer rights.
The issue he brings up are absolutely shocking, and should make any potential buyer think twice before entering the RV lifestyle.
He talks in great detail about the fact that there are so few protections for new owners from manufacturers and sellers that if things go sideways, the consumer can lose huge amounts of money.
He also points out that things go wrong quite often!
Hopefully you will watch the video before you ever make a purchase!
7. Buying Mistakes Can Cost You a Small Fortune
It is very easy for people to make mistakes when they buy motor homes and campers.
Some are due to lack of research and effort but others are due to information a trusting individual could not possibly know.
Here are two examples:
1. After one of the big hurricanes swept through South Florida a number of years ago, buyers in the know understood that many vehicles from that area had been flooded, and this created a number of serious issues. If a buyer did not know this and purchased one of them because he thought it was a good deal, he most likely would have become the proud owner of a vehicle, for example, whose
- exterior panels separated from the frame or "bubbled",
- floor joists rotted and collapsed,
- engines had problems due to rust and
- structure was full of mold and mildew.
These types of problems are extremely expensive to fix, and in some cases cannot be successfully repaired.
2. A few years ago I met a man who had purchased a new motor home from a brand he thought he could trust. Unbeknownst to him, the manufacturer had installed a leveling system that was made for a much smaller coach. As a result, he had an accident. It cost him $5,000 to replace substandard leveling system with a good one. He was unable to use his warranty because the manufacturer of his coach had gone out of business!
If you want to read about some that are even worse, read my article called "Motor Home Horror Stories". It will make you happy that you don't own an RV!
There Are Good Reasons for Not Owning an RV
This article points out the facts that people need to take great care before they decide to purchase a recreational vehicle.
They can be wonderful to own and travel in, but only under the appropriate circumstances.
Even then, individuals should be prepared for problems because they are more common than most people realize.
The laws, unfortunately, do not favor the consumer. This is without a doubt the number one reason why people may never want to buy an RV!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Questions & Answers
Question: Would you recommend renting an RV before making the decision to buy one?
Answer: Absolutely. Some people just don't like the RV lifestyle, so renting before buying at least gives them some idea as to how they would do with a unit.
Question: I bought a camper from Camping World; used it for one trip, and now I want to sell it. What is the best way to sell it without losing too much profit?
Answer: If you go to https://hubpages.com/@timetraveler2, you'll find an article that tells you how to sell your RV yourself to save money. You'll still lose a bundle, but it equals out when considering cosigning, etc. Selling that quickly will cause a big hit in depreciation; about 20%, but selling yourself is your best shot at cutting losses.
Question: How does a person fall out of a front door of an RV and land on a hitch?
Answer: If the car is not hooked up to the RV and is parked with its rear end facing the door, it would be easy for this to happen. Granted, it doesn't happen often, but I actually know someone who did this and was badly injured.
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