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The RV World: Shop ’till you drop

October 4, 2014

The true story…

… of one thirty-something couple (and their pets)…

… choosing to live in an RV…

…travel the country together and have their lives blogged about…

…to find out what happens when people stop being polite…

… and start living in an RV.

Shopping for an RV has been an interesting experience, to say the least.

First of all, the learning curve has been steep. Researching about all the ins and (slide)outs of the different rigs, figuring out what model will best fit our needs, and reading endless “Shopping for Used RV’s” tip pages has taken up most of my free time.

Turns out, shopping for an RV has all of the pitfalls of shopping for a car AND a home, all rolled into one.

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A “Hunt House Car.” Yep. A real thing. From 1937!!  Check out the story here! (Image Source

Has this housecar been in any accidents?

Does this housecar’s roof leak?

Does this housecar need new tires or brakes?

Does this housecar need a new gas/electrical/propane/water system?

Does this housecar’s interior resemble the set of the Golden Girls?

Not exactly the two for one deal one would want.

Then, armed with my various checklists and how-to-inspect tips, we march into a RV dealership to the most incredulous looks on the sales person’s face ever.

I swear, silently, they are saying “What are these two kids doing in here?” with their faces. “Are they lost? Where are the retired parents they are chauffeuring around to shop for RV’s?”

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Apparently we don’t fit in at the local senior center. (Image Source)

Most sales people have been pretty dismissive of us, even as I rattle off (what I think are) impressive RV vocabulary words- “We are looking for a minimum 34 ft Class A gas rig with at least one slide out and preferably a V-10 Vortec or Workhorse engine or the like, as we will be towing our car as well.”

The sales people usually rush us about the lot, letting us duck into a few used RV’s that don’t really fit our needs, or are well outside of our budget. I guess they assume a couple in their early 30’s couldn’t possibly be serious about living full time in a housecar like our travel-happy, elderly counterparts.

That is until we met George.

George was the sales person at Camper’s Inn in Kingston, NH. He was extremely cordial throughout our visit, taking time with us in each of the four rigs he took us inside, researching the questions he had about the few we became interested in, and then even coming in later that week on his day off when we wanted to inspect a particular RV.

In short, George has single handedly saved this shopping experience for us, proving once and for all that we can, and probably should be take seriously by these other sales guys.

Because are now finding ourselves in the final inspection stages of one of those rigs that George patiently showed us …

((Will Selena and Phillip be the proud owners of a brand new ((used)) house car by this time next week? Or will they have to endure other snooty RV salesmen and be reduced to dressing up as a senior citizens to get preferable treatment? Stay tuned to find out!!))


House Car:

Me and Phil: