If you are married the decision to buy an RV really must be a joint one. For most people it is a very large investment and certainly one that will not appreciate in value. You simply have to use it or lose it. So here are a few thoughts that might help you change her (or his) mind.
Having an adequate and comfortable shower is a must for many women. Generally they don’t like trekking in their pajamas to the bath house to shower in a public facility. Be certain that the RVs you look at have generous shower space. It won’t be like at home, but it can be quite adequate.
The idea of “roughing it” just doesn’t hold the same appeal for women as it does for some men. Find RVs with little extras that might make her feel more pampered. My wife particularly enjoys the bedroom television. She can watch her programs as I watch mine on the TV in front. She also appreciates the bunk beds where the grandchildren sleep.
Some women just don’t want to stay in a “trailer park” when they could be in a nice hotel. Find the nicest State Park or, if possible, a resort type RV Park to tour. If it is a State Park emphasize the quiet and scenic views. If it is a resort RV Park talk about the swimming pool, on site restaurant and look at the luxurious RVs parked there. If neither is available check out the Internet and show her the photos.
If she doesn’t want to be stuck with the cooking and cleaning, then you’ve got to convince her that you will do more than your share. In our first RV my wife rode. I cleaned, cooked, and generally did everything else. She has taken on a bigger role in our larger RV.
Traveling in an RV is just not like traveling in a car. Instead of rushing to get from point A to point B you are more relaxed and tend to travel as far as you wish and no more. You might explain the benefits of not having to stop at a service station to use the restroom. Your wife will likely enjoy being able to grab a cold soft drink or water from the fridge.
She will ask a lot of questions and you need to have most of the answers. Do plenty of research and if possible visit an RV showroom on your own. Show her the RVs that you believe she will like and the ones that are showroom ready. Women don’t like a mess or something that doesn’t work correctly in a new RV. It doesn’t matter if it is a small thing.
If the true issue is money, well I’m afraid you are on your own. Whatever the decision I hope it is the right one for you and your family.
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