Upgrading Your RV
I heard from a salesman once that during the life of being a camper, most couples will upgrade their RV 7 times. Whether there is any truth to this, I have no clue. It seemed like a fun little fact to think about though. I’d like to think it is, and wonder what my next RV will be after this purchase coming up.
As it is right now I am on my 4th RV. None of them were very fancy
or expensive. All sort of reflected my life situation at the time. I just made camping a priority one way or another.
I have had 3 tent trailers and one travel trailer. The tent trailer for me has been so easy to travel and when life has been a bit rough, easy to buy. One of my tent trailers was a 1979! Boy was it sweet camper for being almost as old as I am!
But I am not in my 20’s anymore, and I need a few more comforts than I did 20+ years ago. How soon it will happen depends on what the bank thinks.. lol
Deciding on the right layout and type of RV was harder than I thought it would be. There are so many options now and floorpans and slide outs! But ultimately the two biggest deciding factors are, what our tow vehicle could pull and what we could afford! Or at least what the bank thinks we can afford…
So here is my top 10 list for the perfect Cole RV…
- Not too long. I know this may seem kind of strange for some RVers because I see monster RVs going down the highway all the time. I want to maintain our stress free(as stress free as possible with two boys) camping feel. I get anxiety if I am worrying about traveling and backing into a site and are we going to clear this corner or is Ryan going to hit something! So ideally nothing more than 24 ft.
- Not too expensive. If all my money is going to the payment we won’t be able to take it anywhere or take time off from work. So ideally the price for us needed to be under $25,000.
- We needed separation from the boys at night. When we are on a week or 2 week trip, I begin to miss our privacy. So a bit of privacy is a must for mom and dad!
- One slide out dinette or sofa. I don’t need a huge slide out but if your camping for 10 days in the rain or 100 degrees your going to spend a good deal of time together in the RV and that slide out is a life saver.
- Between 5th wheels, motorhomes, travel trailers, tent trailers what really made the most sense for our next upgrade was a hybrid trailer. A smaller trailer with a vinyl bed at each end that is similar to a tent trailer.
- AC. When we spend our 2 week trip every summer in Sunriver and its in the 90’s. Sleeping in a tent or tent trailer without AC, its really a bummer!
- Our Yukon can’t pull much as it is the smaller motor so we wanted it to weigh less than 5000 lb.
- Ryan needs his bluetooth stereo with outdoor speakers so he can boogie around the campsite.
- A bed with a thicker mattress than my tent trailer. This isn’t saying much as I feel as if I have been sleeping on a pile of rocks with a memory foam pad over it. I am ok with the pop out beds, as long as the mattress is newer and softer than what we have now.
- And the 10th thing that I am really excited to upgrade from our tent trailer is the fridge. Our tent trailer doesn’t even have enough space to hold Ryan’s beer let alone anything else. I know a decent size fridge is pretty standard in a bigger trailer, but we did consider upgrading to possibly another tent trailer. So this was a factor for us.
What makes your list of RV must-haves?
I’d love to hear what are the deciding factors for your family? What type of RV do you travel in? Do you find one type over another easier to pull? If you travel in a motorhome do you use a pull vehicle? Have you ever sideswiped something in a parking lot or campground? I’d LOVE to hear about it!
Last summer in Pacific City, Ryan did knock down the entrance gate as it closed while we were going through it! hahaha So now we all hold our breathe each time we enter a park! He’s managed to avoid any gate mishaps since, but we will never let him forget.😜
Happy Camping Bloggers! We are deciding on this new RV today, hope we choose wisely. Thanks for reading..
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