Selecting a rig type with livability and budget in mind. Brand, size and other similar decisions are to be decided much later.
This will be our next major decision and hopefully one that has a small chance of changing in the next
eight five years. We have already established a budget and defined what we expect to be our travel habits.
We are going to use the January 2015 RV show here in Kansas City to hopefully finalize if the rig will be a fifth wheel or motorhome.
Our expected budget for the rig in
2023 2019 dollars is $ 128,000. That’s for the truck, fifth wheel or motorhome. I have owned a couple of pull behind units in the past to include a 30 foot travel trailer and we already decided that would not work for us. We are willing to increase the budget for a rig if necessary and have not made the decision as to new or used.
We are planning for extended stays, maybe a week or more in one spot and workamping for longer periods of time. We may also snowbird at times. Mostly, we are looking for something that is very livable and know we may want to return home to Missouri for extended periods because our family lives here. We plan to sell the house and the stuff. We have not decided if keeping a small storage unit is in our future or not. Our exit strategy, if needed, from the fulltime RV lifestyle includes investing at least a portion of the proceeds from selling our stick and bricks home to buy another.
Although I’m leaning towards a diesel truck or motor home, that decision is not finalized but I suspect that will be a budget consideration. We talked about it and really want the flexibility of going where we want, when we want. That should demand a rig that can handle reasonable winter/summer conditions and hills.
Over the next couple of months I’ll be coming up with a list of brands to tour at the RV show and plan to first go through those units before checking out all the other rigs. I’ve boned up on the fulltime fifth wheel list and trying to find out if we should be looking at a gas Class A because of our budget. I assume with our budget a Class A diesel would have to be a used unit. We have also begun to consider the current floor plans.
Hopefully cutting the decision down to which rig (fifth wheel or motorhome) will make the initial decision easier, especially considering livability is most important. We don’t plan to make a decision on what brand of home until maybe a few years before making a buying decision.
I’ve also thought about checking the brands a few years before retirement and deciding on a short-list. Seems reasonable to get up to speed on new rigs that may become our used unit purchase at a later date if we decide to go used. I’ll wait and purchase an RV ratings subscription until then.
Our local RV show is advertising they will have 200 units on display. Although all the brands we would like to consider will not be at the show, we are hoping that with at least one good example of a fifth wheel and another of a motorhome will be all we need to make the decision. We plan to spend a couple of hours inside each rig and ask a lot of questions which we feel is easier to accomplish at an RV show compared to browsing at a dealership. Maybe we will get lucky and run into a fulltimer at the show.
Update – after attending the 2015 RV show in Kansas City we decided a 5th wheel is in our future. Here is a link to the blog topic about the show and our reasoning.
Comments are always appreciated.
Mark from Missouri