Updated: Jun 21, 2021
My name is Lynn from thegroovyrvlife.com. It's been a dream of Pinky and I to buy an RV and travel the country full time. Well we finally did it and below is the picture to prove it!
We started thegroovyrvlife.com so we could share our adventures, mistakes, the RV Lifestyle and yes, things we got right. We purchased our RV on May 15, 2021 and paid cash for her. We named her Flower Child. The name just seemed fitting for a couple of hippy gypsies. I can tell you it's feels pretty good to have her paid for and we won't have to worry about an RV payment either.
Here's the story of our purchase. We were driving from Fort Mohave, Arizona to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to attend a local festival. Yes, where we live it's hotter than the surface of the sun right now. We decided in the beginning that a Class C RV would fit our future lifestyle the best and didn't see many until this point.
I will have to admit until this point in time we had put in hundreds of hours of research on RV's, Travel Trailers, 5th Wheels and all of the equipment and items that you need for full time RV life. We also started purchasing the necessary equipment and items well before we even decided on what type of future home we would buy. We were definitely prepared for our purchase.
Class C's seem to go really fast as soon as they hit the lot. We were driving by one dealership and they had 3 Class C's, which was a rare site for sure. We decided to stop and look at the three. One was way out of our price range, the other one was too small, but the third one was below our price cap so we took a quick look. We didn't do a detailed run through but we saw enough to intrigue us. She's a 2003 Winnie Minnie, 31.6 foot Class C RV. She only has 40K miles on her and looked to be in great condition for her age. We told the dealer we may be back and went to look at other dealerships.
The next dealership we stopped by had a couple of Class C's, but this dealership used a lot of high pressure tactics which really turned us off, so we left to attend the festival. To be honest with you I wanted to buy the RV the first time I laid eyes on her. She was clean, almost new tires, no tears in the upholstery and she started right up. It was like it fell right into our laps and I wanted to pounce on the deal.
Pinky and I kept talking about her all morning and decided to stop for a bite to eat. While at lunch we kept talking about the one that might have gotten away. Pinky was browsing the internet and we couldn't find anything close to the deal we would get if we purchased her, so we decided to go back and take a detailed look.
We arrived back at the dealership after lunch and asked for the same salesman because he was so accommodating and welcoming the first time we met. We started running through our list of items to check and put her through her paces. Everything, and I mean everything was checking out and we were becoming more excited by the minute. After about an hour Pinky and I decided to talk alone and the salesman was very supportive. We talked about 10 or 15 minutes and kept coming to the same conclusion, that we need this RV.
We drove back to the sales office and started talking to the salesman about the asking price. Like I said earlier, it was already below our price cap. We decided to give them a sizeable down payment until we could secure the funds for the final purchase. One salesman said before we left that she had 3 other couples waiting to look at our new home. Our salesman gave us the pick up date which allows the dealership time to complete a multi point inspection to ensure everything is in working order prior to final delivery.
It was pickup day and we were really excited! We drove to Lake Havasu City to the dealerships service center where we would pick her up. The technician was polite and very knowledgeable about the RV and we put her through her paces once again. Everything checked out and we took delivery. Pinky drove her home and she was nervous. I think it was more excitement than anything else. We parked her at our house and started our to do list.
I will leave the story here for now, but we will continue our journey with you soon.
Thanks for reading!
P.S. A big thanks to Doc and Dani. Without you our dream would've been a lot harder to come by. We love you!!!