RV Market Factors

Motives to RV

As mentioned previously, this Blog deals primarily with RV Living and seeks to meet a need different from others. I am sharing from my personal experiences gleaned from 42 months of living in my own RV – 37 of these months without a “Sticks & Bricks” home.

I and my wife, Teila, are “full-time” RVrs. I am a successful graduate of the 10-week RV Service Academy (RVSA) in Palmetto, FL. I also dedicated 4 months to working full time in a small RV Service shop in Montana to gain experience with and solidify the information I’d been taught during the RVSA course. This also exposed me to 40 years of combined experience in my two coworkers!

While none of these things individually – nor even in combination – qualify me as an “expert” they all serve to form a unique perspective regarding the RV lifestyle! I’m sharing that with you so you can make a better-informed decision regarding your move into the market for an RV.

Last week I alluded to some of the upcoming content for this blog. To recap, RVing is currently very popular. The market is HOT(!) However, this popularity does NOT guarantee ultimate satisfaction for new RV purchasers.

Disillusionment is, unfortunately, a reality for too many entering the RV lifestyle. This is a result of some negative factors concerning which I will eventually share some of my thoughts and insights. However, to get to the negatives we will first continue to examine some other salient factors.

Factors contributing to the explosive growth in RV sales over the last few years involve some generational and cultural elements in our society.

Many young Millennials encounter the harsh reality of crushing debt from a college education which does NOT necessarily guarantee them an adequate income. They need to pay off that debt, sustain their daily living needs AND try to afford traditional housing solutions. Likewise, retiring Baby-boomers and others encounter ever-increasing costs in food, healthcare and housing.

These costs for housing, driven ever higher by excessive debt accumulation on a national scale, often preclude traditional home ownership. This same debt paradigm, incurred by real-estate “investors” (Landlords, “house flippers” and developers), ensures a proportional rise in rent costs for housing. To solve this problem of “habitat poverty” many young people must either remain home with their parents or seek non-traditional solutions to their need for shelter.

One non-traditional manifestation has been the Tiny House craze. Tiny Houses employ fairly traditional frame construction methods but on a non-permanent platform. This non-permanent base is needed to avoid local building code requirements for any “permanent” structure.

Other than cost a primary motivation for non-traditional housing (but often just an added benefit) is the concept of lowering environmental impact. This is called “minimal living.” Whether the concern is for carbon emissions, maximizing land area availability, reducing resources utilized in construction or just a method of re-purposing previously discarded materials a minimalist approach to housing has an appeal beyond purely financial constraints. It serves to satisfy a moral sense or philosophical bent for many.

Yet another motivation is a rejection of materialism. This may derive partially from the previous two reasons as well as a desire for more freedom. Freedom of movement and time or to focus on relationships. The imposed tasks of resource management are greatly reduced.

To recap: Traditional housing solutions for the human need for shelter have become less desirable or viable due to economic costs, environmental concerns or emotional well-being. How people have sought to address those factors has been manifested partially in the Tiny House phenomenon.

An additional solution to counter the perceived negatives of traditional housing has been sought in a more specifically nomadic lifestyle best supported by Recreational Vehicles or RVs.

In the first blog I mentioned that RVing is extremely personal in nature. It is best implemented after serious self-reflection, soul-searching and a brutally honest review of various factors – all of which will contribute to the ultimate experience.

In the next blog I’ll begin to discuss factors one must consider before making a selection of what type of RV to use and if RVing is even right for you.

Thank you, again for your time! Your investment of time, attention and self-reflection will pay you dividends and serve to influence your ultimate satisfaction!



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