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What a great time for a 9 MPG vehicle! - Mark's Journal
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What a great time for a 9 MPG vehicle!
There was a time when RVing seemed like a great idea to me, but surely not in this era of $4/gallon gasoline. My friend Sara's aunt and uncle had been avid RVers for many years, and even sold their house and set out in the RV full-time when they were both retired, but that ended when Russ had a heart attack. (He's fine now, but no more months on the road in remote areas for them.)

It's also vaguely tempting to show up for our twice-a-summer camping weekends with a thirty-foot RV, at least once, but we're already pushing the boundaries of what's reasonably considered camping. (Also, I'm not sure a thirty-foot vehicle could navigate the curves and hills up to the back of the campground. Or, at least, I doubt I could, while driving one.)

One of my colleagues posted this 2007 Safari Trek RV to our casual-use work mailing list, so if you've been dreaming of selling all of your belongings and hitting the road to live in a string of campgrounds, state parks, and Wal-Mart parking lots, have at it. (And some Googling suggests the mileage is more like 10.5 or 11 than 9. Woo.)

Honestly, if I were actually in the market for an RV, this one seems pretty cool. Very well equipped with a memory-foam bed, satellite receiver, microwave/convection oven, shower, air conditioning, two pop-out rooms, etc. I wonder how it would do on hockey road trips...
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kaitl From: kaitl Date: May 10th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
$85k??! Yikes stripes!
jccohen From: jccohen Date: May 10th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just due to the driving difficulties, I wouldn't want something larger than a class b rv (van conversion) if I got one, myself. But it's not high on my list anyway.
chesther From: chesther Date: May 11th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd bet you could get used to driving a class C pretty quick. If you've ever driven a 14' U-haul, it'll feel the same. But a class A like this definitely feels different. (Though I've only done a test drive so I don't know how quickly you acclimate.)
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: May 11th, 2011 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that's a bit oversized for a crimefighting vehicle.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: May 11th, 2011 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe if someone already owned their RV outright ( meaning, it was totally paid for ) RV-ing may still be a reasonable way to live ... compared to the taxes and maintainence one has to pay to own a stationary home, the cost of gas, for some people, may not be entirely prohibitive. However, in these times, I'm not sure it's such a great idea.
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