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Old 09-20-2007, 02:24 PM   #1
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After "strenuously exerting" myself to bring her (my former fgrv) up to par (suffice to say I hate Home Depot and reading old magazines in auto repair shops), and coveting the idea of boondocking necessitating bathrooms and showers and holding tanks, and then breaking my catalytic heater in another upgrade step...I just sold it, bam, craigslist and people came out of the woodwork to buy my cute little rig. Now I must "strenuously exert" myself again to find the right replacement. It may weigh more, but the cost in gas won't nearly approach the cost and time involved in trying to take my former rig to a higher level...it should remain simple, it's what it was meant to be!
You know what perplexes me, I won't say a "number", but for what someone paid for my rig, that difference would cover a standard RV that weighed more but with far greater amenities AND it would cover a whole lot of gas for a whole long time.
Has anyone ever done that mental calculation? Heck, I don't want to drive around a big box of air or a quasi-house, but some of those nicer amenities are, well, pretty darn nice, and in a regular (non-cute-fiberglass RV) they don't cost as much! Granted, it's not as green, but also, not as frustrating.
Hmmm...
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Old 09-20-2007, 02:34 PM   #2
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You pay for small!! I remember pricing conversion vans like RoadTrek (very small and cute) vs something a bit bigger like the Gulfstream BT Cruiser and the Cruiser was 1/2 the price!!!! and perhaps not quite as well made - but WOW the price difference was stunning!
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for what someone paid for my rig, that difference would cover a standard RV that weighed more but with far greater amenities AND it would cover a whole lot of gas for a whole long time.
But you'd need a larger TV, not just more gas, and you'd have a lower resale value. You might need off-property storage as well.

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Old 09-20-2007, 02:48 PM   #4
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There is no law that states that you must have a Fiberglass trailer. They are making some very nice lite weight units that have many more amenities. Camping is all about getting out there and enjoying yourself.
Along with the Quantum 5 that I am restoring, I also have a 35 Ft. diesel pusher (don't hate). Which one I take out depends on where I'm going to go and how long I,m going to stay. I feel that I have the best of both worlds.
The worst R V"s are the ones that don"t get used.

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Old 09-20-2007, 02:54 PM   #5
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Everyone is making thoughtful observations. It's a good thing we don't all require or want the same things... we'd all be squashed into a 13' (brand name here) trailer. If you find a sticky that has all the features you want, then go for it. You know the ramifications, but you only live once.
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When you're moving from 13' to 17' THAT'S HUGE! :-)
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But you'd need a larger TV, not just more gas, and you'd have a lower resale value. You might need off-property storage as well.

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Old 09-20-2007, 04:42 PM   #7
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I will admit that the price for some new FG rigs seem expensive.The stickies can be very nice and have it all.I have owned both.Being small to me is nice also resale value is great.Not many 30 year old stickies on the roads but lots of 30 year old FG units.The tow vehicale for FG units can be much smaller also.Gas prices will rise even further.Look to the future.At least in a FG unit you will still be able to travel.My sticky friends go only to local Camping ares.They say too expensive to travel with them any distance.
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(slow here) Sticky="stick built", ok duh
well, I'm "sticking" to FG, just with more stuff in it (the search is on <sigh>) At least given all the work I did on my former, I'll know how to test out the next one.
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I will admit that the price for some new FG rigs seem expensive.The stickies can be very nice and have it all.I have owned both.Being small to me is nice also resale value is great.Not many 30 year old stickies on the roads but lots of 30 year old FG units.The tow vehicale for FG units can be much smaller also.Gas prices will rise even further.Look to the future.At least in a FG unit you will still be able to travel.My sticky friends go only to local Camping ares.They say too expensive to travel with them any distance.
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(slow here) Sticky="stick built", ok duh
well, I'm "sticking" to FG, just with more stuff in it (the search is on <sigh>) At least given all the work I did on my former, I'll know how to test out the next one.
Let's see, I hate going to place that repair trailer and tow vehicles. I want a trailer with more stuff that will break and add more weight. Hmmmm.... <GRINZ>
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...I just sold it, bam, craigslist and people came out of the woodwork to buy my cute little rig.
Well, that part went well for you.
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You know what perplexes me, ..., but for what someone paid for my rig, that difference would cover a standard RV that weighed more but with far greater amenities AND it would cover a whole lot of gas for a whole long time.
[b]Has anyone ever done that mental calculation? Heck, I don't want to drive around a big box of air or a quasi-house, but some of those nicer amenities are, well, pretty darn nice, and in a regular (non-cute-fiberglass RV) they don't cost as much!
Ya pays yer money, an ya takes yer choice.
There are other groupes out there, with other websites, who are into different flavors of Recreational Vehicles. It's all good. To some, a Shasta is "cute". I say, "Wonderfull!" Show me your mods. Share your camping stories. I almost bought one of those.

There's more to it than the money, for me. You really, really gotta like "cute", and I do. I happened to find my trailer when "the universe was in alignment" and my situation worked for me. Is it perfect? I must confess, no, not really. Is it perfect for me in this time and place? Yeah, sort of. That's enough.
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Ya pays yer money, an ya takes yer choice.
There are other groupes out there, with other websites, who are into different flavors of Recreational Vehicles. It's all good. To some, a Shasta is "cute". I say, "Wonderfull!" Show me your mods. Share your camping stories. I almost bought one of those.

There's more to it than the money, for me. You really, really gotta like "cute", and I do. I happened to find my trailer when "the universe was in alignment" and my situation worked for me. Is it perfect? I must confess, no, not really. Is it perfect for me in this time and place? Yeah, sort of. That's enough.
Carefull Frederick---your confusing your self
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Carefull Frederick---your confusing your self
Maybe I'm confusing others...
I'm just on a ZEN riff.
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