The Top 5 Excuses People Use NOT to buy an RV

 The Top 5 Excuses People Use NOT to buy an RV

Each day when I open my computer to the Chrome web browser, there's an inspirational quote of the day displayed.

This morning, just back from an RV show in the Phoenix, AZ  area where we talked to a lot of current and future RV owners, the quote seems particularly appropriate. It's from author Seth Godin and it reads like this:

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you
should set up a life you don't need to escape from. ”

I read that and thought of the people I talked to this weekend who looked longingly at an RV and could only say… someday.

I am not an RV salesman. I am, however, a huge advocate of the RV lifestyle. I don't care what kind of RV you get, towable, motorhome, fifth wheel, pop-up. I don't are whether its new or used or borrowed. I am endorsing RVing as a lifestyle. Its the best anecdote I've seen to depression, anxiety, frustration, dissatisfaction and a host of other maladies associated with these crazy times we're in.

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And it grieves me to see so many who want to do this put it off until someday. The sad fact of the matter is someday often never comes.

When talking to folks who have an RV in their dreams for someday, I'll often ask.. Why not today?

I'm not talking about those who really have no money, or are seriously in debt or have tangled and complicated personal situations that truly do make it impossible right now. I'm talking about those who can afford an RV, maybe starting with a used one and trading up, maybe buying one new. I'm talking about those who can but don't.

Here are the top 5 reasons they cite for putting it off for someday and my response.

  1. THEM: What if we get one and discover the lifestyle isn't really what we wanted?  ME: Then first rent one and take it on a long vacation. Worst case scenario is do you buy one and find you don't like it,  and then sell it. Today's RVs hold their value surprisingly well.
  2. THEM: We still have kids at home. ME: Then take your kids with you in the RV. If there's one thing we need today its more family time. Getting away and being a family is the best use of that time you will every find.
  3. THEM: I'm a widow or I'm a single woman and I'm afraid of traveling alone. ME: The sales people I talk to tell me that 20 to 30% of all their customers are single women. Solo travelers abound. They meet other solo travelers. They make so many new RV friends they are amazed. The RV community is the most accepting, friendly group of people you will ever meet.
  4. THEM: I'm still working. ME: So? Do you work every weekend? Do you have vacations? Ease into RVing by grabbing the chances you have. Thanks to technology, many, many jobs can be done on the road.
  5. THEM: We're waiting to see what the new models will have and don't want to buy something obsolete. ME: RVs are not like cars. There are not sweeping design changes year after year. Yes, there is constant innovation. But to wait for something that may be coming is like putting off your dream until someday. Someday has no guarantees.

Like I said, there are legitimate reasons some really can't buy right now. But for many others, it's a fear of the unknown. My advice is to embrace the unknown. Seize the day, today, not someday.


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.


  • Great post! I bought my first RV when my kids were little and we camped on many weekends and every vacation. As the kids grew so did the RV, now that they’re grown we’re back in a small type B RV.

  • Great story. But as a former journalist myself, I think you mean “antidote” not “anecdote.”

    • As a self proclaimed CUNNING LINGUIST, I’m inclined to agree!

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