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This is the third part in our series about shopping for our next RV, and we’re excited to announce, we know what our next RV will be!
In this video, we start off by comparing 5 models of “off the shelf” small RVs, and evaluating them against the criteria that we developed in the earlier videos.
And then… our world was pretty much exploded when we were given a sneak peak at something that’s coming soon. THAT is going to be our next RV. We can’t really say much about it yet, but we can say that we’re apparently not alone in what we want in a small RV. So, if your list was comparable to ours, keep your eyes on this space for mind-blowing announcements coming up this month.
But if you’re going through this process on your own, there’s some good information in the video. Stef gave me a lot of grief for it, but I took our list of criteria, and assigned scores to them. There was a method to this madness (or so I claim) in that I attempted to account for our “must have” criteria in the scoring. And also for the fact that both Stef and I had different ideas of what the “must have” criteria are! I explain the rationale in the video, and in the end, the scores I assigned to our various criteria look like this:
Once you have a scoring system figured out, it’s a pretty easy exercise to evaluate just about any RV. In the video, we do that for a total of 7 RVs.
Most of these we’ve reviewed before, so we were pretty familiar with them – all we had to do was get acquainted with any updates for 2021, which was pretty easy. And once you know the details of each rig, the scoring just falls into place. You can see the complete scoring for all 7 models in the spreadsheet that I’ve attached here. Just click the picture below to download the Excel sheet.
So once you have the candidates scored, in theory it’s simple… just buy the rig that scored the best. Or more precisely, if you were following our original 8-Step Plan, you would take the top few models and go and see them in person or at an RV show. But this is 2020, and there are no RV shows. And even visiting RV dealerships can be problematic these days. We’ve been fortunate to have gone hands-on with all these models at RV shows in the past.
And in terms of our next RV, yes, we did get to put our hands on one. And it scored over 60,000 points! So for us, it became a no-brainer. And seriously, I can’t wait until we can talk about the new rig.
If you’re going through this process yourself, or if you could see yourself going through it, I’m curious. Was any of this helpful? Would you really choose an RV this way? Or at least narrow things down? What changes would you make? Would there be a “doesn’t feel right” veto power? Would your significant other even sit through all the analysis we did in all the three videos? Any other questions? Let’s hear them!
(And! To see the next RV we ended up with, CLICK HERE!)