Friday, April 16, 2010

mini RV Show

I went to a very small "dealer" lot show today.  I knew it was going to be small from the information I saw on the internet, but I went to look around anyway.  As I expected from the list of manufacturers the inventory shown was mostly travel trailers with just a few Class As and Cs.  But I wanted to start putting a physical experience to go with some of the floor plans I've been looking at.  I needed to feel just how big 32' or 40' is.  I didn't take Craig along because I knew there wouldn't be much to see.

A very big show is coming to a nearby fairgrounds in mid May.

RV shows are sort of like Open Houses.  They give you a chance to look without feeling like you are taking some salesman's time.

What's the best way to start the decision process?

No walking today.

Just the countdown:
565  days, or 1 year, 6 months, 17 days to go.


  1. It might not be unreasonable to rent an RV for a short trip to see what it's like. :)

  2. I find length to be relative. I toured two class A's, one at 40' and one at 35' and found them very cramped while Miranda at 31' feels spacious.

    I think the best way to start the decision process is to look without shopping. That is, tour as many RVs as you possibly can with as open a mind as possible. Make a note of what you like and don't like, what layouts work for you and which don't, etc. Eventually, you'll come up with you list of must haves and would be nice to haves. The next step is to figure which RVs have as many of your musts as possible and then narrowing the list by brand quality and reputation.

    At least, that's how I did it. :)

  3. Judy:
    We have rented in the US once and in New Zealand once. But both times were little Class Cs. Eventually we might rent a big A for a week just to see.

    Rae: By thinking we won't buy now, we are taking the shopping out of the equation. Having bought and sold several house, we can try not to buy on impulse even if it seems like the best deal in the world.

    Thanks for the input.


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