RV myths can be deceiving, but the truth is out there.
There are many popular beliefs, or myths, regarding recreation vehicles. Some are truthful, while others should be discarded completely. Let’s take a look at some of the RV myths that are still held today and hold them up to the light of reality.
• Recreational vehicles are expensive. This is not necessarily true. Oh, yes, you can pay a million or more dollars for one, but that is far from normal and represents an extremely small market. RV’s are available in many sizes, configurations and affordable prices. Additionally, the running capital cost of a unit is only the difference between the purchase price and the current valve.
• Class A and fifth-wheel trailers require special drivers license endorsements and training. In most states and provinces, there are no extra license requirements for these popular RV types. You should, however, verify the local regulations in your home area
• Fuel consumption is high with most motorhomes and tow vehicle combinations. Unlike your daily driver, most RVs only travel between three to five thousand miles a year, so fuel consumption is not really a big issue.
• Maintenance on a motorhome is very costly. Not necessarily so. One oil change per year with filters similar to that of your car. Diesel maintenance is higher due to a larger quantity of oil and additional larger filters. However the oil change interval on diesel pushers is fifteen to twenty thousand miles.
• Long lay-ups that most RV’s experience are not good for the mechanics of the rig. While that may have been true decades ago, the alloys and component material of today’s auto parts are far more resilient to the environment and aging. In addition, the lubrication fluids are far superior at protecting internal surfaces during long idle periods.
• Yearly winterizing, if required, is an extra cost. RV’s generally are easy to winterize, some are designed and equipped to be done in less than half an hour. This typically can be completed by the owner or local dealer.
Hopefully this helps to debunk some of the myths attached to RV ownership. There are many RVs and lifestyles, you only have to find the one that fits your family needs. Enjoy.
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Peter Mercer – RV’s, Where No One Size Fits All