Low-end RVs open up high-recreation possibilities.
Recreational vehicles come in a wide variety of costs from “entry level” to “over-the-top” palatial luxury. So what drives people to buy the higher-priced units? Do they fit the application better and therefore deliver more of the RV lifestyle pleasures? Do they travel better and are they more overall efficient? Once at camp, do they provide things that lower priced RV’s cannot offer?
Well, not necessarily! The unparalleled RV lifestyle enjoyment that many seek can be found even with a lightweight trailer. After all, camping is the primary application and function. It’s the whole experience. It’s the “Sizzle, not just the “Steak” that we enjoy.
Low-End RV High Life
Many times I have witnessed families with low-end RVs enjoying their outing to its fullest, while some others peer out of doubled dark tinted windows illuminated by the phosphorus light of a big screen TV. Children’s laughter is heard as they run and play, drowning out the monotonous hum of the roof mounted air conditioners that churn high above.
I think, in many cases, other than size, the higher-end buyer’s are seeking a more refined camping experience. Being able to exist at a destination campsite with that “All the comforts of home,” seems to be their style. From multiple TV’s, dishwashers, heated floors and all the other luxurious features that may be found in large newer houses. Here, watching a movie or a favorite team sport, replaces the beach frolicking and Frisbee toss.
Living the Dream
A very good friend of mine told me about an incident that really underlines the difference and the joys of the more simple life. He was relaxing, sitting on the aft deck of his 36-foot trawler, enjoying a cocktail with friends. It was late afternoon and the vessel was anchored in a placid, quiet bay. Several Boy Scouts could be seen following the shoreline in their bright red canoes. They soon crossed the bay with one canoe paddling very closely to the trawler. As the young, lone paddler made his way by, he looked up at my friend and said, “Eat your heart out!” Well, certainly in his mind, he believed he had a better life. Perhaps he did.
So, you don’t have to break the bank to join the RV lifestyle. But, as far as costs and amenities are concerned, to each his own. What’s your RV lifestyle? Whatever your RVing preference, you can find the right vehicle for your needs here.
Peter Mercer – With a Glimpse of Flexible Camping Styles