We actually started packing the camper today. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to put paper plates in a cabinet. Woo-hoo! We spent a lot of time searching and were a bit overwhelmed at times when it came to buying an RV. Anyway, to tell you a little about this rig. It’s a 2015 Crossroads Elevation, Las Vegas. We are thinking that it should be PLENTY of room for two adults, two dogs, and a kid. I’m sure I’ll feel different after the first month of living in it! We picked it up a local and established RV sales lot. They were awesome. Low pressure, and low haggling. I think we got a good deal, and that’s what counts!
The whole process was a bit of a whirlwind. Seriously, the paperwork was so much easier than any car or house we have ever bought. After only one hour in the office, we owned a new RV, and were scheduled for pick up the next weekend. The pick-up was the hard part. The guys there at the RV lot chuckled at us for picking the biggest camper on the lot as first time buyers. We just laughed uneasily and said something like “Go big or go home”. There were quite a few hang ups when going through the inspection process. Some fuses blew, the recliner was bent, and an awning was hung up. These were minor issues and were fixed easily, but after a long day of waiting while the service folks chased a faulty fuse, we began to feel a little buyer’s remorse. I talked to my friend who recently bought a camper and she said they experienced the same thing, until they took it out for the first time!
For now, it’s parked in the driveway and waiting. We open it up for air, and start the generator, but no adventures yet. Just dreams. I can tell you though, the feeling of buyer’s remorse has left us, and we are learning about her quickly. I can’t wait to take it out. On a side note, I think she’s been named, but may have to reconsider for a more kid friendly name. Our neighbor exclaimed “That’s a Big Bx^&!” as soon as he saw her. An official christening is pending…
Here are some tips we learned from the buying process:
What have you learned? What suggestions do you have for new and first time buyers? I will definitely revisit this list, hind sight is always 20/20.
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