This is NOT going to be your first RV!
Despite what you think, that you are buying your “forever RV” with your first motorhome purchase, sorry to say that’s highly unlikely. It is just a common fact that many RVers purchase several RV’s in a lifetime! Your needs may evolve; some folks upgrade, while others go smaller. Even more interesting is that RVs change. If you ever find yourself at an RV show off season, look around you and I will wager that most of the patrons around perusing the aisles seeing what’s ‘new and hot’ in the RV world…already own one! Truth!
If you think there’s enough storage…think again!
Make sure you really think about your travel needs when picking out the RV of your dreams. Our first RV really was terrific, but it lacked storage inside and out. Upon our first adventure we quickly figured that out when we didn’t know where to store our chairs, outdoor mat and bbq. Inside was a problem as well! We typically take long trips so packing all the food and clothing for six people was truly a challenge. Our family certainly got very creative, but it wasn’t easy. Three years later some of our kids had grown over 6 feet tall, which helped us realize that if we wanted to keep travelling this way we needed an upgrade (proving the above first topic). Our next RV was full of great storage and had a full size residential fridge! Plan ahead, not for the moment!
Kiddie Bunks don’t last long!
We really did try to think ahead on this point but with four kids, the sleeping arrangement in a small space is always an issue. Not really sure how we would warn the “past us” on this issue. Our first RV had bunks, a pull out couch and an above cab bed.Perfect, we thought for a few years. Then darn it, the kids grew! The two in the bunks had long legs that soon couldn’t straighten in bed at night.Again, refer to our first point…this is not going to be your first RV!
If you believe it, you can do it!
As a couple, we are true believers that positive thoughts manifest positive actions. We always put our ideas to seed, water it and make it grow. Getting into Rving was no different. We hatched a plan, did our research and jumped in feet first. It has been the best thing we’ve ever done for our family. When you do things with the best of intentions…good follows. I would tell myself 8 years ago to go for it and you will have no regrets!
There is no perfect trip!
By far the greatest lesson we have learned to date from all of our travels is to relax, go with the flow, and just enjoy the ride…literally! No matter how much you plan, there is no perfect trip, so just throw that thought out the window as things happen that are out of your control. For our type “A” personalities, this was as tough but good message to learn. Teachings learned through Rving really are life lessons. As a result we now know how to let go and truly live by the motto “It is what it is!”
Glamp on friends!