Months ago my husband and I began looking at used RV sites to get an idea of what we could get in our price range. With dreamy stars in our eyes, we decided a Class C RV was the one for us. Not too large because neither of us had driven anything larger than a car. But not too small because we still wanted the comforts of home, right? And we were okay with needing to do some interior remodeling as long as it did not involve water damage or electrical work. Or anything to do with the engine.
In February we decided to start visiting dealerships to see what was available on the lots. We realized that a Class C was harder to find used than other classes. Buying a brand new Class C is somewhere in the $55,000-$75,000+ range. Used was obviously less, but still not even close to our price range. The first dealer we stopped in had no class c’s on the lot. The second dealer we stopped in, the salesman took us to his desk and started talking to us. We explained our plans and our price range. He looked at us like we were crazy. No way would we find what we wanted in our price range. Anything in that range would need extensive work. Then we learned about the actual gas mileage. He told us we could expect to get 6-8 mpg on a Class C.
Now, I had already been second guessing our choice of a Class C. Not only was cost and maintenance expensive, but we were not planning on towing a vehicle. This meant that if we needed to leave our campsite to run to the gas station for a loaf of bread, we would have to take our entire “house” with us. It just didn’t seem logical.
The conversation with this salesman was basically the final nail in the coffin of our dreams to buy a Class C. So we drove home. A little sad. A little uncertain. A little wiser.
We talked about it. We thought about it. And the next day we went and purchased a used SUV. What we decided was that we were going to go from the comforts of home to a simple life…in a pop-up camper. The camper we chose from Camping World had two king size beds in the pop outs, a sink, a propane stove, a kitchen table and a u-shaped couch. Perfect.
So, that’s how we officially became a SUV and pop-up camper owning family. Don’t worry- this is a two part post. Things were not all roses after our purchases. Nothing major (yet), but we have definitely learned a lot. And I will share that knowledge with you next time.