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And, the cons of RV'ing:
- High, high cost; it's more expensive than taking several weeks of vacations every year, even flying and staying in nice hotels
- Travel is limited to the continent; even parts of the US are off limits to RV'ers, such as Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam
- While more secure than a tent or tent-trailer, they are still susceptible to bears and thieves, much more so than a hotel room
- Maintenance/Setup - All the conveniences also require that connections be hooked up and other setup procedures be followed when settling in somewhere, and at certain points toilets need to be emptied and other routine maintenance is required which takes time away from the trip
- Lack of Mobility - while they are mobile to get around the nation, they are actually best suited for trips to the open country. Visiting a city would be extremely difficult, maybe even outright impossible for some. I know I don't see these things in NYC more than a couple times a year, and then they're always moving, never stopped anywhere - they can't park anywhere, not even in a parking garage, they don't fit.
- Inconvenient in many ways - once you're set up, there's no driving out to a store or moving that thing, unless you disconnect and close it all back up. You may not be able to find parking, you may not be able to stop someplace you want to see because there's nowhere to park.
- The beautiful wilderness views will be affected by other RV'ers, possiby, and also by the limitation of the RV not being able to go as far off the road as regular vehicles or hiking w/ backpacks and tents, so even the great outdoors experience will have limitations.
In the end, RV'ers pay a high price for their activity. It's obviously up to each person to decide whether or not it's worth it for them. For me, it's just not worth it. I think even if I had the time to go for months-long trips, I would opt for a smaller, more economical vehicle that's much better on gas, which I can park anywhere, and which requires no special attention or maintenance beyond that of any other vehicle. I'd go with some kind of van that is outfitted for light sleeping/camping, and I'd take a tent along. I think it's just as nice to wake up in a tent and step out to the great outdoors, when I consider the value.
And, I'll say that it does come down to the money. I'd have to really have a lot of money to burn before I ever bought and used an RV. It's just a very high price to pay for something which will also restrict my travel options and negatively impact my travel more than the positive enhancements it would bring to travel. I could afford a lot of airline tickets and hotel stays for the cost of an RV, and have plenty left over for other things. I can even afford to rent an RV several times and still have money to travel in other ways and to other places which are beyond the boundaries of the RV.
Again, I'm not out to "bash" RV's or those who enjoy RV's. I am just trying to put out my thoughts about RV'ing and my reasoning that it's a particular group that will enjoy RV'ing as opposed to "the masses". As I see it, the RV enthusiast:
- Has lots of money to spend on RV'ing
- Has lots of time to spend on RV'ing
- Prefers a particular type of travel which focuses on the outdoors and wilderness settings while avoiding cities and avoiding foreign travel (other than Canada and maybe Mexico)
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