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The RV World: “So… did you buy it?”

October 16, 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.

When last we heard from our intrepid adventurers, they were on the precipice of buying a new (used) RV from a friendly New Hampshire salesman by the name of George.

We loved the layout (an open floor plan with two slide outs- one in the living room and one in the bedroom), loved the immaculate nature of the interior (the previous owners clearly loved this beast) but wasn’t crazy about the price. (Original asking price: $39,999. Ouch)

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Sorry, only picture I have right now of the interior. More to come, I promise!!

Our budget was around $30,000, so we sat in the house car, fantasizing about owning it, and contemplating our options. We figured the worst they could do was say no to a significant discount, so George marched us into the financing office to do battle with the sales manager.

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(Image courtesy of Campers Inn)

We sat down, furiously googling facts and figures about the NADA value of a 2003 Jayco Firenza, and were interrupted by the sales manager immediately dropping the price by $5,500.

Well. That wasn’t hard.

We thanked him, wondering why the discount sprang upon us so quickly, and he explained that he was going to be aggressive with us to try to get us to take the rig because winter is coming quickly upon the Northeast, and snow scares away all but the craziest of RV shoppers. (Read: us) So we would probably be one of the last sales of the season, meaning it put us squarely in the drivers seat. (Pun fully intended. You’re welcome.)

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Apparently this is as frightening to RV dealers as it is to the enemies of the Stark family. (Image courtesy of

Armed with a newfound confidence of being included the ever-coveted buyers market, we asked to drive the rig down to a local mechanic and RV repairman to have it fully checked out before agreeing to anything. I did the same when I bought my used Prius and since this is a houseCAR, I thought it only logical to the same. George was slightly surprised, but pleased with us. He said that most buyers don’t take this extra step to make sure their investment was sound, and not only allowed it, but went the extra mile to drive it down to the mechanic for us.

Great guy, our man George.

Kenny, the local mechanic who had 32 years of experience with RV’s, quickly checked her out from front to back, top to bottom, and reported back that she was in pretty fair condition for an 11 year old rig. The usual repairs not withstanding, I was getting a pretty good deal for a gently used behemoth that was taken extremely good care of. The things he found would have run me around $2,000 for him to fix, and armed with that knowledge, I went back to Campers Inn of Kingston where our friend George was awaiting our decision, and told him we would take it… dependent on all of these repairs being made and another discount. (A buyers market made me heady with power, so I went for it.)

And he said….. you got it.

The final price was knocked down to $32,600 from $39,999. Win!!

But… there was a catch.

(There’s always a catch.)

The repairs wouldn’t be completed for two weeks.

And we were slated to leave town at the end of the week.



Interior of RV: Mine!

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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: