We decided we wanted an RV. But what kind? Since we were inexperienced with just about every aspect of RVing, we rolled up our sleeves and began our research. For months, we traveled to RV lots, read classifieds, visited State Parks all over Ohio, and watched YouTube endlessly. Finally, we had a sense of what we were looking for and narrowed down the myriad of RV options to a travel trailer or a motorhome. In the end, we chose a Class C motorhome. Here’s why…
Being newbies to the entire RV experience, we decided to test the waters with a used, smaller RV. We were very focused on finding something that would allow us to try RVing safely and comfortably, but in a way that wouldn’t break the bank… err… credit union.
Reasons Why We Chose Bessie- Our Class C RV:
- A Class C RV was the perfect mid-size solution for our needs.
- We mostly planned to use the RV for regional weekend travel, so thought we could sacrifice a little on the living space. Plus, we planned to spend a lot of time enjoying the great outdoors.
- We can all sleep comfortably. Ted and I have a bedroom with a queen-sized bed. The kids sleep in the overhead cabin and on the converted dinette.
- The kitchen is functional. It has a double sink, an L-shaped counter, a microwave and a three-burner stove, storage cabinets and a nice-sized refrigerator. All said, this is pretty impressive for a 28 ft. camper.
- It has SLIDES! Two of them! They only widen the space a few feet, but they make a HUGE difference in the livability inside of the RV.
More Reasons Why We Chose A Class C RV (An Exclusive Peek)
- I can drive the RV pretty well. It was a little bumpy at the beginning, but it’s gotten better with practice and with doing a bit of research. It’s comparable to driving a really awkward SUV.
- Our RV meets city zoning requirements for parking in our driveway. Plus I can drive it in and back it out.
- We can take the RV anywhere, including camping at all state parks, we can weave in and out of city traffic (though it’s not my favorite thing to do), and hang out in the parking lot at the beach.
- At the time of purchase, Bessie was 10 years old, which was about as old as I was willing to go for a vehicle that we drive, making the RV more affordable.
- Our RV had the right combination of being very well cared for, with low miles and new tires, and had most of the amenities we were seeking.
- Bessie was in good shape. After a pre-purchase inspection and two post-purchase service appointments, we felt comfortable the RV was mechanically and physically sound.
- After lots of negotiation about our budget, my husband and I also agreed on a plan of how often we would use the RV to justify the cost. If we weren’t able to use it twice a month because of busy schedules or a lack of interest, we promised to be honest with each other and sell it. For us, this reduced the risk of purchasing a luxury item without knowledge of whether it would fit into our long-term lifestyle.
We were ecstatic when we finally found Bessie on Craig’s List. We bought her from a private owner (Tom) who reluctantly had to sell her because of health issues. Tom was so very patient with us, taking the time to give us an “orientation” of the RV. We recorded it and uploaded it to YouTube for future reference! We watched the part about opening and closing the awning about 50 times trying to figure out how to use the darn thing.
Bessie is a great size for us now, but I can also make the case for something bigger. When we are all together for long periods of time in the RV, it can feel pretty tight. So far, the only regret I have is that we don’t have a comfortable seating area. We have one barrel chair and a dinette that converts to a bed. I wish we had room for a couple of recliners. Maybe someday…
Please comment below and share the size of your RV? Does it work for you? Is there something you wish you could change?