A thread on John Huggins’ Living The RV Dream Facebook group reflects a comment I hear quite often from wannabe RVers – “I’ve been shopping for weeks (or months) and still have not found the perfect RV. What am I doing wrong?”
Your first mistake is assuming that there is such a thing as the perfect RV. It doesn’t exist. It’s never been made and never will be. There may be a near-perfect rig for your needs out there somewhere, but it will never be perfect.
Over the last 16 years we have been in literally hundreds of RVs. Everything from friends’ RVs, units on dealers’ lots, display models at RV shows, and even prototype RVs that never made it to the market. Not one has ever been perfect.
There will always be compromises one has to make. The floor plan may be just right, but the engine is not as powerful as you want, or it may be more engine than you want. The bathroom may be a bit smaller than desired, or it does (or doesn’t) have an oven. The mattress may not be to your liking, or you would prefer a computer desk instead of that extra recliner. The best you can do is to find an RV that meets most of your criteria and go from there.
In our case, when we bought our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage we took out two recliners and the dinette and had two custom computer workstations, a bookcase, and a custom made table installed. Now if we were to take out the carpet and install a hardwood floor, and figure out some way for it to get 45 miles per gallon, it would be perfect.
Thank you to everybody who posted a comment about me losing my Airborne wings. We looked all over yesterday and were not able to find them. Several people suggested I might be able to find a replacement pair at a pawn shop or a military surplus store, and reader Steven Shunk even offered to send me his wings, which he earned back in 1975. While I appreciate the suggestions, and especially Steven’s gracious offer, it’s kind of like losing a wedding ring. There are a million rings out there, but it just wouldn’t be the same.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Fomorian Earth: Star Borne: 1 by my friend Sharon Delarose. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life. – Muhammad Ali