1. Before buying your dream recreation vehicle … ponder ‘how you plan to use your RV’

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As our cold winter days slowly inch their way toward lazier days of summer, millions of us fantasize about heading to the seashore or camping trips with the family in our own recreation vehicle.

For the next five days, each day we’ll review one of five basic questions to ponder before purchasing your first (or next) recreation vehicle and we’ll hear from people who have already taken the plunge into the RVing lifestyle.

Today let’s take a look at:

1. How do you plan to use your RV?

What kind of camping or touring do you enjoy? Primitive sites in remote locations? Weekend jaunts to public parks? Or long trips exploring America and stopping at developed RV parks?

Sue and Chuck Arbuckle of Mahonet, Ill., selected a 2009 12-foot Lance camper because they wanted an RV that is short and compact enough to easily “get into smaller state parks and fishing campgrounds.” Their slide-in style camper can go anywhere their pickup can.

Retirees Al and Marbie Randall of Troy, Mont., have lived full time in their 32-foot Rexhall Rex Air class A motorhome since buying it in 2006. “We wanted something big enough to feel like a home, while keeping it small as possible for travel and expense,” said Al Randall, a former teacher and librarian.

Tomorrow we’ll consider the second question: “How many regular users?”

Photo: Snowbirds Sue and Chuck Arbuckle of Illinois travel to the Coastal Bend of Texas during the winter in their 2009 Lance truck camper. Read more about the Arbuckles by clicking here.  (Julianne Crane)

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