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Old 08-10-2022, 11:31 AM   #1
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Definition of optimist?

Some people have a better outlook than others, perhaps?

I'm thinking rebuilding that back corner alone is a long weekend!
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Old 08-10-2022, 11:51 AM   #2
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Richard, I was thinking about this today. I've seen my fair share of 'HELP!" posts that are from people that have never owned or operated any RV in their past. And these hapless folks go off and buy a 20, 25, 30, 35 year old RV that "needs work."

They fall victim to the internet hype about the RV Lifestyle and how free and cheap it is to adopt.

Let's face it, they not only have no knowledge of RV systems (Chassis or House) but they are short of options because they are short on funds. Somehow these fine folks have confidence in their ability to repair something that they have no idea how it operates. So, they take their last dollar to purchase something that either can't be repaired nor do they have the funds to have someone else make the repairs.

I guess they think it just needs new fabrics and a TV swap and a long weekend of cleaning to make everything RIGHT. And, the seller has sworn "it ran the last time I tried to start it a decade or so ago."

Then there are a similar subgroup of buyers that are savvy auto/truck mechanics and their confidence comes from that experience. But A/C units, water heaters, RV fridges, RV electronics and battery banks are totally off of their radar. If it runs and drives then what else problem could their be?

I have sympathy for these new buyers of 50 year old RVs, but I'm afraid I don't have any hope that they will learn anything other than the horrible waste of money they've made with this RV adventure.
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Old 08-10-2022, 01:24 PM   #3
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Some people have a better outlook than others, perhaps?

I'm thinking rebuilding that back corner alone is a long weekend!

Well, perhaps, if the roof doesn't finish falling in first.
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Richard, I was thinking about this today. I've seen my fair share of 'HELP!" posts that are from people that have never owned or operated any RV in their past. And these hapless folks go off and buy a 20, 25, 30, 35 year old RV that "needs work."

They fall victim to the internet hype about the RV Lifestyle and how free and cheap it is to adopt.

Let's face it, they not only have no knowledge of RV systems (Chassis or House) but they are short of options because they are short on funds. Somehow these fine folks have confidence in their ability to repair something that they have no idea how it operates. So, they take their last dollar to purchase something that either can't be repaired nor do they have the funds to have someone else make the repairs.

I guess they think it just needs new fabrics and a TV swap and a long weekend of cleaning to make everything RIGHT. And, the seller has sworn "it ran the last time I tried to start it a decade or so ago."

Then there are a similar subgroup of buyers that are savvy auto/truck mechanics and their confidence comes from that experience. But A/C units, water heaters, RV fridges, RV electronics and battery banks are totally off of their radar. If it runs and drives then what else problem could their be?

I have sympathy for these new buyers of 50 year old RVs, but I'm afraid I don't have any hope that they will learn anything other than the horrible waste of money they've made with this RV adventure.
It sounds like you pigeonholed pretty much everybody! Here's to learning new things!
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