I am busy dreaming of the perfect RV for our retired life.
A few weeks ago I told you about the new trailer we bought to haul our car and motorcycle in (here). With retirement for my husband coming up in just a year, we have one more item to buy… our RV (recreational vehicle, motor home, house on wheels…). The plan is to live six months (the warm ones) on the Idaho ranch (in the house) and the other six in the motor home someplace warmer with no snow.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I LOVE imagining homes, and what it would be like to live in them. I pour over pictures, inspect floor plans, make lists of what I like about each one, and do some designing in my head. I’ve even been known to put together a vision board and hang it where I can see it and dream. I don’t know if it’s the designer in me or maybe the ‘nester’ who likes to do this.
Both my husband and I have been all over the web researching RV models, years and prices. Of course he’s looking for certain things: a diesel pusher, 40′ length, 400+ horse power, 10,000 lb tow package … all that technical stuff. And I’m looking at how the inside flows, whether it’s in good shape (and easy to live with colors) and if it seems roomy enough for 2 cats a cattledog and 2 people to live in for 6 months a year. AND if there is a place for a computer station or two!
Cost is a big consideration of course. Luckily RV s depreciate in value very quickly. So a model that was the top of the line in 2001, costing about $325,000 then, you can get for $80,000-$100,000 now. But then it’s touchy because some finance companies don’t want to finance anything built before 2006 as (according to them) the equity of the vehicle isn’t high enough. Don’t you love how I’m throwing out all this technical jargon? You can learn a lot in just a few weeks of research!
So it will come down to this… finding a newer used RV that isn’t too expensive but can still be financed OR find an older motor home that we can pay cash for.
I bet you can guess which one is on my wish board. The one in the pic above is cute as a button but I think we need something a little more modern 😉 . I haven’t put together a paper and photo vision board yet, but I have put together a digital one. Here are my two favorite motor homes at the moment that fill both Tim’s and my criteria. Just click on one of the photos to see it larger and go through a slide show.
Do any of you play house in your heads? Pin houses and decor on your Pinterest boards? (geez I can’t believe I haven’t done that yet! ) Or guys, do you draw house plans and get brochures for log cabins sent to your house? Do tell…
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