I spent last night thinking of pluses, minuses and questions regarding different RV scenarios for me. Putting it down on paper is helpful to me because I'm such a visual person. This is what I've come up with:
Buy a Fifth Wheel
(+) More living space
(-) I'd need to buy a 1 ton diesel truck, I've been told ($20-30K)
(?) What would I do with my SUV
(?) Overall, would this be cheaper than a Class A
(+) I would have a vehicle to drive when camped, without having to tow
Buy a Windsport/Magellan 36' Class A
(+) I'd have to get over my fear of driving a Class A
(+) I can tow my SUV on a two wheel dolly (per Volvo dealer)
(?) Would I need a diesel pusher to pull SUV
(-) Have to buy a dolly
Buy a Class B
(+) I wouldn't have to get over my fear of driving a Class A
(-) Too small, would consider for weekend trips
(-) About the same price as the Class A I'm looking at
Buy a house in Tucson
(-) Money would be spent on a house instead of an RV
(?) Would this cause me to give up on my RV dream
(?) Would I feel stuck and regretful
Rent house in Washington
(+) Extra income per month
(+) House occupied, yard taken care of
(-) Some possessions will need to be stored
(-) Storage costs
Don't rent house in Washington
(-) No extra income
(-) Have to pay for yard maintenance
(-) House unoccupied
(+) Park SUV in garage
(+) Possessions can stay in house
(+) Storage not needed
Sell house in Washington
(-) Not until market improves
This is me receiving my new Volvo at the Volvo factory in Sweden. This is my first new vehicle since 1977 and my first reliable vehicle since 1994. Is there any wonder that I want to hang onto it? I bought it (thanks, Dad), through the European Delivery Program, got two free roundtrip flights on SAS and three free nights at a hotel in Gothenburg. I got three free nights because I owned a Volvo at the time, everyone else got one night.
Because I was afraid to drive it (have you heard that one before???), my thoughtful and caring son drove it the three days we were in Sweden and I didn't have to force him into it. Then we flew to his house in Germany where I stayed for a week. Less than two months later, he and his wife ordered the same vehicle, but with a few more options than I went for. He was very impressed, as was I, with the safety tour at the Volvo factory. OK...off subject...sorry. I just want to explain why it's so important I keep my SUV.
I want to thank you for the helpful comments on my last post. This is quite a community I'm part of and I appreciate all the support. I have a new follower and I forgot to write her information down before I started this post, so I'll acknowledge her tomorrow. I apologize.
I don't think I'm going to have to retype this a third time cause I'm about ready to push Publish Post.
I leave for Tucson a week from tomorrow!!!
More sunshine please,