Why We Are Selling Our RV

My friend Sean asked me why we will be selling our RV after our trip is over.  The simple answer is because we will be finished using it.

Our RV is for sale!

The irony of our year-long trip is that neither Theresa nor I like driving vacations.  And yet we will have driven our RVs and towed vehicle a total of 26,000 miles by the time we finish our trip in November. 

This trip is much different than our annual vacations to national parks over the past 20 years.  We’d fly to the nearest large city, rent a car at the airport, drive to the park, and stay in a cabin (preferred) or lodge.  We’d drive to the hiking trails, but otherwise we’d generally stay put in one or two places for the duration of our vacation.

But this mode of travel would be outrageously expensive on a cross-country trip.  It would also be nearly impossible to bring the dogs with us, because most park lodging does not allow pets, and the few-and-far-between cabins that are pet-friendly tend to be quite expensive.  And we also wanted to dispersed camp as much as possible, so we could extend our experience by spending nights out with nature in forests and canyons.

Once we return to reality and have to limit our trips to 1-2 weeks in the work-allotted vacation times, we’ll likely return to our old travel mode of flying to our destination and renting a car.  So there’s really no need to keep our RV.  Plus the RV costs about $6,000 a year in loan payments, insurance, and maintenance, and that’s a lot of money to spend on something we’d rarely use, if ever.

When I mentioned these reasons to Sean, he replied, “That makes sense.  You’re not retirees yet.”  Which brings up an interesting question.  If we are lucky enough to live to retirement, will we get back out on the road and live full-time in an RV?  Tough to say.  If so, I doubt we would do our trip in the same youthful manner, camping in the forest and hiking hundreds of miles.  No, we’d probably travel like most of the retirees we see on the road today.  We’d camp in nice cushy campgrounds with full hookups, and view the sights from the side of the road.  Honestly that sounds pretty boring to me now, but when I’m 70-years-old and a lot less agile, that may be just about the right speed for my old body.

But in the meantime, we have a great RV to sell.  It’s been thoroughly road-tested and even “knows the way” to all the major parks in western USA, Canada and Alaska!

So please contact us if you or somebody you know is interested in purchasing a used 2012 Coachmen Freelander 23CB Class-C RV, with only 17,000 miles and 200 generator hours, clean and in excellent shape.  We will include 2 free hours of training and wisdom that comes from spending 10 straight months on the road.

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