I noticed today that my status changed from junior member to senior member. Hmmm, I would like to make the following disclaimer:
Despite making over 100 posts on FGRV, I have yet to spend one night in an FG rig!!!
I would highly recommend and caution anyone reading my posts to keep in mind that I am still a newbie, not a senior member!
Actually, I am teasing a bit. I wanted to make this post to thank everyone for your support the last few months. I joined FGRV.com on 8/1/15. I made my first post in early September, 2015. I caught the RV Bug in mid-September of 2014 by accident. My brother-in-law texted a few of us a picture of a custom RV. It was a cool rig, but I did not recognize who made it, so I researched it. It was made by Host (truck campers). In the process of researching the picture, I discovered the whole world of RVs, the lifestyle, the culture, camping, traveling, etc.
I grew up in a rural environment with blue collar parents on a small farm. My dad logged, so I spent lots of time in the woods around heavy equipment and machinery. As I grew up, went to college, graduate school, etc., got married, had two daughters, and worked very hard as a college professor, my outdoor roots became memories.
We will be empty nesters by the Fall
, 2016. So the RV Bug and research became a retirement plan in 10 years as well as a short-term diversion from the stress from work. Nice! As I researched RVs and the lifestyle, I decided that 10 years to get an RV was too long. I shortened it to 5 years when my youngest would graduate from college, but then decided that was too long. This summer, I shifted from motor homes to small travel trailers in an attempt to break into RVing in a couple of years, maybe. By the end of July, I discovered FG rigs!
When I joined FGRV.com in August, I had no idea I would be typing this in December. Through the support, passion, expertise, and cajoling from many members on these FGRV forums, we said forget two years, we want a used rig now! In fact, there were a few of you that pushed me to "stop overthinking it" (in other words, Just Do It!!!). We did.
We bought our '05 Casita
17' FD in early November. This necessitated a new tug. We bought an '09 Kia Borrego Limited V8 2WD about 8 days ago.
and the Borrego are the result of my DW and I wanting to begin to travel, explore, decompress together, etc. after 30 years of work and 20 plus years of raising two beautiful daughters. All of this energy and my research led us to FGRV.com.
In the last 15 months, I have watched thousands of RV related videos, listened to 100s of RV related podcasts, and generated an Excel spreadsheet with over 350 RV related websites. We have attended part of one Egg Rally
Rally) and attended one RV Show. Whenever traveling, I would track down dealerships and check out rigs.
One of my first threads I pondered the $25,000 Question. I wondered if one could buy a used rig and tug for less than $25,000 given our parameters. To be honest, it was more of a rhetorical question than a real one when I posted it. I had no idea at the time that I would actually answer my own question. My answer was guided by great folks here on FGRV.com. The answer is YES, you can by a really cool FGRV and TV for $25,000 or less. I don't mind sharing that it was about $23,000.
I am well aware that there are Casita
forums. I have surfed them a bit. I think I have even joined one. I am sure I will get more involved and post on those forums as well. But, in my 15 months of research, FGRV.com has become my community over the last few months. I like it here. Great folks. Great expertise. Great passion. The occasional feud. Kinda like family.
In any case, I wanted to give my disclaimer regarding my "senior member" status. We have not even driveway camped yet!!!
But, we will. We will also have our first "shakedown weekends" as we move into Spring, 2016
From this Newbie with "Senior Member" status, I wanted to say THANK YOU!
I am currently studying the physics of weight
WARNING - Just don't ask this senior member advice on your black tank!