What We Wish We Knew
Meet Tom And Kate of the Mortons on the Move
Meet Gary and Stacey of the PauHana Travels
Meet Brian and Christie of Spot the Scott’s
Meet Emily and Tim Rohr of Owned Less Do More
So as you probably know we’re in CourtSide for a couple of weeks in January and it was a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with a lot of our fellow YouTuber’s and full-time RVers. – So rounded a few up and asked what advice they would’ve given themselves when they were first starting See what they got to say.
Meet Tom and Cait of the Mortons On The Move
I’m Tom and Cait of the Mortons on the Move. We’ve been full-time on the road for 16 months now and we wish that we knew that we don’t need a really big RV. Yeah, we just started out trying to take everything with us and it ended up biting us because it was too big and we had too much stuff and we had to down size. – We have 41 foot fifth wheel, a toy hauler, and now we have downsized to a 33 foot fifth wheel, and it is so much better, you don’t need all that extra space. Another thing we wished we’d known is, the world is not as scary of a place as it might seem when your in one place. A lot of people seem to be like, how could you be in that area with those people well, when you haven’t been there, you don’t know, and in our experience, the world has been really nice to us, and we’ve only been uncomfortable a couple times and then we just move on.
95% of the people you’ll meet are very, very generous, very nice, and will welcome you like family. – We’re Lisa and Dan and we’re with alwaysonliberty.com. – Four years ago when we started RVing, we should of thought about it a little bit more and purchased a pre-owned unit instead of a brand new unit.
After 20 months on the road we decided that the brand new unit we had purchased was not what we needed to be full-time Rvers, it didn’t fit our lifestyle at that point, so we took a big loss in depreciation and when we bought the unit and in another loss when we bought the second unit.
So financially I would advice people to shop around, be sure of what floor plan you want for what you’re going to do and let someone else pay that depreciation instead of you assuming that responsibility for it on your first purchase.
More of Pauhana Travels
Hello, I’m Gary and I’m Stacey and we’re Pauhana Travels. We have been RVing for four years. This is our fourth rig. We started out with a 27-foot bumper pool, went to a 38-foot toy hauler then went to a 43-foot fifth wheel.
Now were in a 38 foot class A diesel. Do you’re research. Figure what you wanna do, how you wanna use the rig, and where you wanna go. – Go out and step into a rig, sit in the bathroom, jump in the shower, sit at the dining room table.
These decisions are huge factors if you’re gonna love your rig or hate your rig. We speak from experience. – Experience. – Don’t think that your RV salesman knows it all. – Oh my gosh. (laughs) They do not. We usually go in knowing more than they do and educating the RV salesman on things they had no clue. They will try to sell you a rig that is very close to carrying capacity, which means leaves nothing for you to fill your rig with, water, food, clothes, and then you’re overweight.
So just do your research. Know what you want. And then go look at it, touch it, feel it, and don’t believe everything the salesman says. – Most importantly once you get your RV, you gotta use it. You bought it for a reason.
More of Spot the Scotts
Go travel. I’m Brain and I’m Christie and we’re Spot the Scotts. We’ve been RVing for about two and a half years, 18 months of it full-time. We’ve had four rigs. So, when we look back, I think we would’ve taken a lot more time, we would’ve told ourselves take our time researching and shopping and do a lot more research, get in the rigs, slides in, slides out. Try everything out. Try- – what’s accessible. – Try out even the thing that you don’t think will fit you at all, like for us, it was class A’s We didn’t think class A’s were out thing, and we ended up in- – We skipped all of ’em. – We ended up in Alvizar 89 Airstream which is a class A and we absolutely love it. – It’s our fourth rig, it’s our least expensive rig, and it’s the one that makes us the happiest. Yep, and I think I would also tell us, newer is not necessarily better. – Yeah, not that there’s anything wrong with it. – No, but we found the quality in our 1989 is way better than anything that we’ve had that’s been fairly new.
More of the Freedom Theory
I’m Kali and I’m Josh and we’re the Freedom Theory and we’ve been living in our 33-foot fifth wheel for two years and looking back the thing that I wish I had done differently or known more about before starting to RV was actually trucked because we pull or fifth wheel and I knew nothing about big trucks.
We ended up getting very lucky, we got one with a tow package. I had no idea trucks came with a tow package. We got diesel, I did know we should have that. But exhaust break and things like that didn’t know anything about it, we got really lucky, but I wish I known more about it.
I’ve learned a lot about vehicle maintenance on the road and it may seem a little silly it may seem minor, but believe me you can put a lot of money in maintaining these rigs, and so the more you know to do yourself, the less money you have to spend.
More of Own Less Do More
– Hi we’re Emily and Tim Roar and we are Ownless Do More. – We have been in RV for about 18 months now and we bought this largely because of the floor plan. We walked inside and really loved the floor plane because of the desk area, which is what I wanted and I think when I look back and what would I have done a little bit differently, turns out that a lot of these RV manufactures do build different specifications in the walls, in the comfort, how warm they are, the quietness of the air conditioning and that sort of thing and a lot of the newer high-end units have that today, lot of the older ones didn’t, and I think had I understood better how that was done, we maybe would have kept searching until we had tried to find one with some of those better features. In other words, don’t just go for the floor plan. And on the more personal side, if I had known how much his work, her work, would have changed in this amount of time, whereas I felt like I did most of the work around the house when we lived in the house, total swap. We should’ve done this years ago. It has reversed completely. He does more than I do and I’m not afraid to admit it. And in about 20 years we’ll probably have evened out. (laughs) – So, to wrap it all up, we agree with all of these guys. Yes. – And we would say just don’t rush it. This is a really big decision. Everyone knows RVs are not an appreciating asset, they depreciate over time and can do so pretty hard, so the more you do research ahead of time the less likely you are to make a big or expensive mistake. Yeah, and the more confidence you’ll have in the decision. Whether your full-timing, part-timing, seasonal, weekending, it’s a very complex decision. It involves your house and your car, how easy it is to drive, what you can be able to carry with you with the carrying capacity, the maneuverability, livability, quality of the product depending on how much time you’re gonna spend in it.
Take your time, do your research ’cause it’s a really big decision. And hardly anyone gets this right on the first go. – It’s just scratching the surface of all of the things you need to think about when you’re shopping for, buying an RV, but hopefully, this will get you started, and if you like this video give us a thumbs up or comment below.
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