Moving from leasing a used Monaco mortorhome to buying a new Toyota motorhome was something we didn’t achieve in one leap. It was a long, slow process of educating ourselves through leasing and then becoming seasoned and cautious shoppers.
If we wanted luxury, we had to put a lid on what that meant to us, financially. If we wanted maneuverability and economy, we had to pass on some of the luxury we could have afforded.
We soon found that it didn’t make much difference what the bluebook was on used rigs, values of motorhomes were in the eyes of the beholders. Great prices notwithstanding, we eventually passed on the idea of buying used. We felt we needed a solid, new-unit guarantee from a quality service motorhome dealer. Never did we regret that choice.
We were surprised that all new dealers didn’t feel the same to us, and as we got closer to writing that check, we got pickier and pickier. We ended up following our gut instincts and driving a long way to close our deal where we felt the strongest sense of dealer integrity.
If we hadn’t decided the most important features actually were maneuverability and economy, we would probably have purchased one of the lovely new Fleetwood motorhomes we found so attractive. Their floor plans and design features really fit what we were looking for in livability. However, even their smaller units were just too big to suit our needs.
A new one-ton, Toyota Sunrader was our final choice. Mile after mile, eventually hundreds and then thousands of miles, found us passing everything else on the road and then, passing them again at the gas station. You can’t beat that!
We did some customizing as those miles added up. We had a bookcase made that fit between our two chairs, and had storage drawers installed in what was laughingly called a shower. Our hot water heater wasn’t big enough to allow us to bathe our tiny Chihuahua, so we showered in campground comfort stations…a small concession.
Any regrets? Yes, we wish we’d gotten our Toyota motorhome sooner! RV camping isn’t for everyone but if it suits you, there’s just nothing in the whole wide world like it.