"That there's an R-V"

22 May

Now, as everyone knows, the “timeshare” concept is a winner. Tons of pros mixed with few cons. You get to vacation in a sweet private home/condo in a sweet location every year, with no worries about availability, for not too spendy, plus I imagine you could have a fun “draft party” every year to decide who gets the place and when. Love the timeshare idea. Want a timeshare someday.

This infatuation, combined with my lack of funds to actually participate in the sharing of time with others, led me to a new idea: the timeshare RV. Now that is one solid gold concept. Everyone could use a little more RV in their lives, yet no one needs it every weekend, and no one likes paying the rental expenses. Solution: you get a few friends together to split the cost, pick out your new ride, and decide what weeks per year you’ll have access to the sweet motorhome. Not to mention the opportunity to use the RV for group activities. You could, and would, plan much of your annual vacation and weekend plans around this beast of a vehicle.

I pitched the idea to my group of friends a while back, and while the women politely rolled their eyes and muttered something about “yeah, maybe someday” before turning back to their Sea Breezes and Virginia Slims, a few of us fellas refused to let the dream die. We spoke with eyes aglaze and hearts aflutter about all the good times we would have with our RV. Tailgating for Gopher games. Trips to family cabins. All-night excursions to townie bars, where we’d end the night by sleeping in the parking lot. Road trips to baseball games. Murph was downright giddy at the possibility, Norm was seen trying to conceal a chubby, and Spoon merely grinned like an ecstatic toddler. Though we were strapped with some severe money-related limitations, we forged ahead with our vision.

Cut to: earlier this week, when the Murph wrote me to mention a 1973 RV he noticed for sale in the classifieds. Was said to run well (though the interior needed work), and best of all, we could have it for about $200 per person.

As in, own it forever. For the same price of a relatively expensive night on the town.

I typed out an enthusiastic response to Mike with my rock-hard wang, imploring him to find out more. He nabbed some photos, and sent them along, which I am now presenting here.




Why am I showing you these photos? Because I’d like to ask for your help. Specifically: what do you think we should do? Buy the RV, for the reasons that it’s cheap, it could result in a helluva lot of good times and more than anything for the experience of it all? Or say no, considering the gas prices would be astronomical, it’s hideously (or hysterically, depending on your affection for kitsch) ugly and could break down at any moment? I’m asking, nay, pleading with you readers to help us with our decision. The comments section is open for business. With bated breath, we await your feedback.

13 Responses to “"That there's an R-V"”

  1. Jon May 22, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    I vote unequivocally yes. I’d also like to request another vote, so I can vote twice.

    All-night excursions to townie bars, where we’d end the night by sleeping in the parking lot.

    Pure genius.

  2. MJ May 22, 2008 at 8:25 pm #

    I think I have a better idea that could include this said RV. As you will most likely gain a reputation in the months following this purchase as “those bad-asses with the RV and their hot mama’s,” you might as well make a returning investment on it. I suggest as you plan on spending nights in local pub parking lots to sell loose cigarettes, bottled water and maybe the occasional discreet cocktail or flask re-fill to passer-by’s and also pull a city pages by taking anonymous pics of people you serve and posting them on your website. just a suggestion. it might be a bit more work, but you’d meet a lot of interesting people and maybe make back the money you spend on the RV which i hope you are in the works of nick-naming.

  3. Gates May 22, 2008 at 10:12 pm #

    You all have good jobs. What’s $200?
    (This means yes.)

  4. Future Bad-Ass May 23, 2008 at 5:32 am #

    This is a no-brainer…boiled down to it’s purest form, no-brainer. It has an awning for God’s sake!

    PS. I have the coolest sister-in-law in the world, thanks MJ.

  5. stinger May 23, 2008 at 7:27 am #

    This looks nothing like a tour bus.

  6. Ron Donk May 23, 2008 at 8:18 am #

    Ever the nay-sayer, Ron Donk wants to put in his two-cents. While in theory, the RV sounds like a practical, affordable, comedic and “American Dreamy” idea, it’s actually none of the above.

    First, let’s consider the gas mileage. 5. That’s right, 5. Second, your tank capacity; Depending on the model, you’re probably looking at a 75 gallon tank. Breaking points one and two further down, it’s going to cost you $350 to fill up, and that same $350 dollars will take you just under 400 miles. Let’s face it, gas isn’t getting any cheaper, unless you convert this big mother into a vegetable oil cruiser. Nickname – “Pumpkin Eater”, or “Turnip Trolly”.


  7. DK Dracula 2000 May 23, 2008 at 9:13 am #

    Ron Donk is 110% wrong. RV’s are an eco-friendly, and socially awesome way to get out and explore this great place we call America. This country was built on over-consumption, and we all need to keep it that way. So many people are touting the phrase “Go Green” these days, practically knifing people down on the street who smoke, eat preservatives, or drive SUV’s. Well those left wing jokers can go hug a tree for all I care. My mantra was, is, and always will be, “Go Brown”.

    My vote is unequivacably FOR buying the RV. It’s a super classy home, that you can drive, and go to the bathroom in. Those are the only three reasons you need to justify this investment. And yes, it is just that, because it pays for itself in three short months. How, you might ask? By providing pure adventure in its most primordial form.


  8. Justin Justinson May 23, 2008 at 9:49 am #

    I vote for the RV. Also worthy of note, when I was in my youth my mother would refer to having a bowel movement as “going brown”. I find this coincidence striking. I’m stricken. You fellas have the opportunity, nay responsibility, to experience what will most definiely become the archetype for Going Brown.

  9. Cool Rut May 23, 2008 at 1:53 pm #

    I vote yes. Think tailgating. You could have fun and never leave the city limits.

  10. cooler rut May 23, 2008 at 9:25 pm #

    i vot yes!! just simply because you guys could all pay for it, and then i could invite myself to future road trips/RV parties. I think this is a great idea, because i would have a great time on that thing!! you guys should buy it now and take your first trip to lovely Sauget, IL to watch the division II world series. pretty awesome road trip if you ask me.

  11. ?????? February 26, 2009 at 4:04 am #

    +1 ? ??????????? ???????? :)

  12. AlexDLymn August 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    Здравствуйте. Народ поделитесь халявными местами в Инете.
    С уважением, Александр

  13. Murph August 10, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    The nonsense above has done nothing more than remind me of what beautiful ideas we used to have…

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