What an RV!

16 04 2010

It’s both good and bad when the first RV you look at seems perfect. On one hand it discourages you from looking at others, but on the other hand it seems perfect!

We were happy to have that experience this past Sunday when we looked at a 2002 25′ Class C RV in Connecticut. Big enough that we would have tons of space to play around in inside, host friends, and store things. Small enough, though, that we can park it in any national park or state forest, and it can even be parked on a city street if some common sense is used.

Check it out!

McKenzie RV (As you probably guessed, the 'slide' on the right retracts. Click to embiggen.)

Some important caveats, however:

  1. The biggest caveat is that we didn’t give an offer yet, and while everything still looks perfect we have some more technical and maintenance history questions for the current owner. We’d also like to have a mechanic look it over before making an offer.
  2. A smaller caveat is the question of whether we should purchase the RV in New York or in Nevada. Pros of purchasing it in New York are a lack of time pressure to find a good RV at the end of July and an opportunity to see, drive, and thoroughly inspect the unit before taking ownership. Cons of purchasing in New York are summer storage and the cross-country drive to Nevada (for Burning Man). I think the cross-country drive would be awesome, but it adds a bit under $1k in gas to our expenses. I say ‘way worth it’, but I’m still working on Amy!

I’ve already begun planning our 1 month drive to Nevada. I’m thinking that we’d catch US-50, a gorgeous cross-country highway through small-town America that will allow us to hit some great spots on the way, like Colorado Springs, Royal Gorge, Black Canyon, and Moab. Blue Highways author William Least Heat-Moon writes about US-50, β€œfor the unhurried, this little-known highway is the best national road across the middle of the United States.”

Can you guess where I stand on the McKenzie? πŸ™‚

Update: Yarrgh!!!!!! I found out today that the guy who came to see it the day before we did just put down a deposit. My initial reaction was an intense hope that their deal wouldn’t go through, but after running through the five stages of grief, I’ve concluded that it’s actually a good thing. I was pretty starstruck by the McKenzie (albeit with good reason), and this opens up a whole new opportunity to go (mostly online) RV hunting across the US. It’ll be fun!

posted by jayhorowitz




2 responses

16 04 2010

There is a company called Motion Technologies that has a program called the “Craigslist Reader.” You just type in your search qualifications and it does the work for you, scanning all of the craigslist entries, nationwide. Pretty cool stuff. I’m using is now to track down my own vehicle for a custom build. And, you are right — the fuel costs of getting the vehicle home are just as much a part of the total price as everything else. All part of doing business, I suppose.


16 04 2010

Sounds cool – I’ll have to check that out. My big gripe with Craigslist is that I can’t only exclude things from my search results. Meaning my search criteria can’t only be “-trailer -toy -camper -pop -up -popup”. I want to see everything else, particularly the crappily titled posts, like “motoorhome” and “awesome winnie!” πŸ™‚

It’s funny that you referred to the fuel costs of “getting the vehicle home”. We need to get it to Nevada by August 30th for Burning Man. It also made me internalize, however, that once we have the RV ‘home’ is where ever we decide to park it. Thanks!

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