Fighting Buyer’s Doubt

 Fighting Buyer’s Doubt

Fighting Buyer's Doubt 1It was a sleepless night. After a year of searching, we bought a Roadtrek RS-Adventurous.

We knew we wanted used – can anyone afford these things new? – and we've looked and looked. Finally, we found the Roadtrek of our dreams: a 2006 in absolute pristine condition with just 54,000 miles on it.

We put a deposit on it a week ago when our local dealer alerted us one was coming in on trade. So did a bunch of other people.

We were at the top of a list of five others who wanted it.

So, gulp, once we saw it and how well cared for it was, we did it. It was do or die. If we went home to think about it some more, it would be gone. I've searched nationwide for months. Units like this in such great shape just aren't available, or don't stay on the market long. Roadtreks have great resale value. Fighting Buyer's Doubt 2

But then reality hit. Both Jennifer and I tossed and turned all night. Will we really use it that much? Is it too small? Can we sleep comfortably? Can we really turn around and easily resell it in a year or so? Is it really wise to take such a huge bite out of our savings? What about the cost of fuel? We've heard horror stories about overcrowded parks that are hard to get into. Do we want to have to sleep in rest areas and WalMart parking lots? What about rowdy neighbors?

Fighting Buyer's Doubt 3Seemingly every hour I decided to cancel the order. Then I changed my mind. Then Jennifer wanted to cancel. Then she didn't.

So, we went over to the dealer and they let is take some pictures. Monday's when we take full possession.

The buyers doubts are slowly easing. We can always sell it if it doesn't work out.


Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.