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.


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2001 Beaver Patriot Thunder

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.


2004 Gulf Stream Friendship

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!


I could always build a computer station using this design.
I could always build a computer station using this design.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ . 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…

As always I am so pleased that you visited. Your comments warm my heart and put a smile in my day. :D

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16 thoughts on “Random Moments of Delight #22: Meet My Dreamboat… I Mean RV”

  1. I’m always designing Houses in my head, drawing them on scrap pieces of paper. Each part has to be multi-purpose even the walls. Your Rv board looks awesome. Hope you find one in the right price range. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh my gosh! Love the idea of Mr. and Mrs. Howell in that one… what color do you think it was? Pale green with white? Too funny. I see RVs parked by the side of the ocean all the time when we motorcycle down the coast. It does look like fun even though neither of us is an ocean kind of person. You’ll have to keep me posted when you decide to be gypsy’s!

  3. I’m wondering how cramped I’ll feel as well. So much will depend on where we set up ‘camp’. If it’s out in a roomy, natural place, then the awning over our “porch” and our “trailer garage” become extensions of the home and it feels bigger. I’m so glad you relate to the nesting instincts. I’m actually a winter girl myself having grown up in Northern New Hampshire and the mountains of Colorado, but Tim just doesn’t want to deal with the snow and cold.

  4. Yes, those #mirrortricks are quite impressive. I think it looks larger due to the light wood as well, and the “atrium” slider (windows all around). I like the french doors to the bedroom in that model. But I have to admit, I really like the caramel woodwork in the other. Ah, what fun to imagine…

  5. Thanks Mary. Yes, the perfect one is out there with our name on it somewhere. Oooo, it would be great fun to see you in some of those out of the way Arizona places you travel in the cold months.

  6. I think you are going to love your choice, which ever you get. Try financing one when you tell them it’s your house! LOL Maybe we will see you in Arizona for the cold months.

  7. Having moved 6 times in my adult life, I completely identify with the planning and nesting instincts. While an RV of any sort would probably feel cramped for me, the idea of spending winter in the south is appealing. Probably will never happen for me, as mine love winter too much. Glad you’re having fun with this.

  8. oh Meghan – how fun to be shopping for an RV. and wow – I knew they depreciated but had no idea as to how much – and I enjoyed the tidbits about the financing. I was laughing with that cute as a button one – did you get the year on that one? Whew – looks like it was cutting edge for the time it was out – awnings and all – maybe something Mr and Mrs Howell would have. ha!

    nice slideshow too – and I think we will get a big ol’ RV someday too – but not quite yet! ๐Ÿ™‚ One of my sisters has gone through two models – and we were tempted to copy her – or share the idea – lol – (around 06 was when I really had the bug) – – because they were able to beach side vacation and just had so many more options – but we just never felt like it was the right time for our family – also – we are pretty conservative – at times – and well, one day we will get one.
    okay – looking forward to seeing which one you guys choose – ๐Ÿ™‚

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