In November 2016, we officially bought our RV. The deed had been done in the eyes of the law when we signed the papers and paid the down payment, but it was really real about a month later when the dealership dropped that baby off at our site and drove away. Buying an RV is an exciting life choice to make because it represents freedom, travel, and fun. And for us, it represented a whole new way of life.
Here’s a little backstory: We (Chris and Sarah) had a three bedroom apartment we rented from a nice local couple. One day, we looked around at all of our stuff and all of the space we had, and we realized we weren’t using even half of it. Inspired by HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters,” we decided to downsize. The main reasons we decided to do it were space and money. We didn’t need all of the space, and we were tired of spending money on rent. We wanted to own.
Anyway, we found an RV for a great deal during the winter. The dealership had winterized a bunch of the RVs on their lot, but they knew that sitting through another winter would devalue them a bit. They gave us a great price on our pretty girl, and we decided we couldn’t say no. But we bought it in November even though we still had three months left on our apartment lease. We went ahead and arranged for it to stay at Oak Grove Park in Hatfield and worked out a delivery date in December with Fretz RV in Souderton, PA.
As a side note for other first-time RVers, many campgrounds have storage areas that you can rent during the off-season or when you don’t want to use your rig. That means you do have options if you don’t have a place to keep it at your house.
Anyhow, the morning before delivery in December our salesperson, Luke Wilson (I know, right?!), gave us a tour. He was very friendly and helpful through the whole process, and gave us great information about all of the compartments and buttons and locks and switches. It was all very exciting, but a little overwhelming because it was our first RV. We didn’t know what information we needed to know, and we knew we wouldn’t need most of the information right away because we wouldn’t be living in it until February. I dutifully took notes anyway, even though most of them didn’t really make a lot of sense when the time came. We later ended up having a few unplanned adventures, but more about those in other posts.
But that was all BEFORE our new lovely lady was delivered to what would become our home for a year. We met the delivery driver, a guy who’d seemed a little grumpy at the dealership, at seven am. It was nine degrees outside. Literally. But the delivery guy who we’d thought was grumpy was all smiles when he pulled up with our new home. He placed it perfectly in our spot in the CAMPGROUND we were going to LIVE IN within a few minutes, then jumped out of the truck. Good? he asked us. Good, we said.
And that’s how I think of this decision, and that’s how it felt to get our RV. Good. We were making a decision that would change our lives, for sure. And were agreeing to a lifestyle that meant changing our focus. But our lives didn’t instantly change; we didn’t suddenly go from basically normal to exciting adventurers. We were still ourselves; we just had a new house. In that moment, as the delivery guy drove away and we walked back to our cars to go to work and have a regular day, I realized that we still had to make the choice, every day, to live our lives to the fullest. Our RV wasn’t going to do that for us; it was just a vessel to make that decision easier.