RV LIFE (MY BIGGEST FEARS OF FULL TIME RV LIVING CAME TRUE). My Rv life started out in a travel trailer. Then I bought a Winnebago ERA from Camping World and the problems of RV living began. Before you think about Full time RV living trying the van life. In this video, I’m sharing my RVing experience.
Here is the transcript from the video:
Just in case I didn’t clarify this, so camping world trading in my 2016 Winnebago era 170c and did a collateral swap for this, which it looks completely identical because it is, but this RV back here, which is my 2018 Winnebago era, one 70 m and essentially they really are the same model. There’s just things that have changed between the years and a long story. It’s been a little crazy, but I really wanted to just give you an update on what’s been going on with our Varsity, with bloggin Brandi and behind the scenes because a lot of you have asked about, Hey, will you share your story? Will you show us some places that you’ve been traveling and there’s so much that I wanted to share with you. It’s just been kind of hard to be able to share it because of I guess where things have been at with the RV.
If you can’t tell, we’re here at my grandma’s house and it’s like pouring down rain, but I wanted to just kind of like update you on things that have been going on and I’ve just released part one, part two and part three of my RV story. So this is essentially like part four. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what happened with my RV, so I really wanted to kind of clarify that for you. I’ll put links to all of these videos down below this one. If you watched the first part of my RV story, you will know that there’s a lot of things that led up to why I started RVing. I sold my house and I quit my job and started trying to figure out how to make money on the road and I started RV’ing because of something that I was healing and going through and I lost my child, that was a huge turning point in my RV’ing life or why I started RV’ing. And then I kind of started traveling to heal.
So I sold everything, bought an Rv, started traveling, and then I was in a really bad accident from the RV that I purchased. And the first RV that I got was my travel trailer. Well someone hit the front of my car and clipped it. The winds were really bad and so I flipped my travel trailer about three months after I got it. So I didn’t have the travel trailer very long. And so my trailer was totaled out and my car that I had at the time was totaled out three months after I had purchased my RV and my car, they were gone and totaled. So I bought them in like June or July and they were totaled out in October. It was bad, really bad. And then I had to spend a year recovering and dealing with insurance. It was such a mess. So now I’m like an Rv insurance expert.
And RV buying expert. After the trailer incident. I was going through my recovery and then I started trying to get back into the RV’ing. Got My second RV and my second RV looked just like this one, which I think I’ve shown you if you haven’t seen my RV tours. I had a 2016 Winnebago era 170C that Winnebago ended up just being a complete lemon. Okay. I bought this thing from camping world. Turned out to be a horrible process during the buying process. I bought it at an RV show. I found it online. We went to the RV show that came to Atlanta and I said, well, let’s go there. Let’s get it. It’s going to be cheap there. Bad idea. Don’t ever go to Rv shows to buy your RV’s. At least that’s just my philosophy, but you might find a great deal. For me,
I wouldn’t go there to buy an Rv, but it’s a great place to go and look around at the models that they have available. Decided on this Winnebago I wanted it because it was safer. The aluminum shell was there. It was supposed to be just a safer RV overall. And then Winnebago was a huge name and so I did a lot of research and people say, oh, it’s a big aluminum shell. It’s totally safe. They’ve stood up over the test of time. Turned out to be a lemon. So let me fast forward. So that one ended up being a lemon. I cried and begged and posted on social media and I hit up Marcus Lemonis. Camping world and Winnebago, I don’t want to say and Winnebago, but camping world stepped up. Winnebago sort of stepped up at least in the beginning and they said, look, we see everything that you’re going through.
Marcus Lemonis stepped in who actually owns camping world. If y’all don’t know him, it’s like the the profit and all that stuff. He is super nice and he’s always responded to me and he has tried to help me but I just don’t feel like he sees everything that goes down on like the playing field and I get it, he’s super busy. I mean he’s, I don’t know like a billionaire or something, but my RV has cost me so much. I’ve spent so much time taking the RV back and forth to camping world both the 2016 and the 2018 so after all is said and done I bitched and bitched and complained and cried about the 2016 all the issues, they deemed it to be a lemon and they finally gave me, I don’t want to say gave me but sort of finagled my way into what is the 2018 Winnebago era
170M so it’s the same as the 2016 but the problem was that there was wiring issues and water issues and some other stuff, but it was a big mess. And I’ve got this 2018 now, so this is the 2018 RV and if you haven’t seen the tour for that one, I’ll put the tour down below this video. So I have a 2016 and I’ve had a 2018 same RV, just a couple of different systems. Then the way they built the bed, like the bed before was a pullout bed in the 170C and now in the 170M it’s like a Murphy bed, but this is the one with the slide out. So this model has the slide on the van so it expands and gives you a little bit more room and you can lay the bed down. And the other part of this one is that you have a full bathroom in the back.
Check those videos out for that. But I did want to clarify that they gave me the 2018 and I know I probably seemed completely ungrateful, but just like somebody said in the comments on my video, on the last couple ones, they said, well if you got the first one it was crap and then you went back and got the second one, didn’t you expect for it to be crap? Well, let me just remind you, there’s some other parts in this is I had just got my RV and so they were actually willing to get me a different RV. But the problem is the collateral. I had to do a collateral swap and with my bank, since I just ran my credit, we couldn’t do another credit pull because they weren’t gonna finance me for another RV. And that’s what it looks like to them is that you’re buying another RV and it was just a miss between everything that went on.
It was a mess trying to get it from the factory. And like I said, don’t get me wrong, camping world and winnebago did go, I want to say out of their way or what they deem to be out of their way to try to help me and compensate for this, but not compensate, just mitigate the problem. Meaning if I had a water leak, they tried to get me in, but it takes six weeks to get in and they would push me up the line and they did a lot of favors for me and I’m, I am thankful for that. I do think you Marcus and Winnebago and camping world for everything that you have done. But then when everything is said and done and I’m crying my eyes out and I’m saying, y’all, this is cost me so much of my life over the past couple of years.
I mean, can you imagine having to stop what you’re doing and go to Winnebago or go to camping world? And have to forego a trip that you’ve already paid for. You can’t get your money back on camp grounds. And if you’re already halfway across the United States and something’s breaking, you are kind of shit up the creek trying to find somebody to come and help you. And the other thing about this small unit, which I probably won’t ever buy another van. It’s great for some people and it’s great for learning and I’m glad that I’ve gotten to learn on it versus I was going to jump into a big bus, which is what I want now. Yeah. So now I’m looking at new RVs. I can’t wait to get rid of this one. I hope I filled you in enough on this. I tried to start sharing more of my journey because at first I felt really guilty like I was bashing this company for everything they’ve done for me. These are real life.
When you get an Rv, especially in new RV, the first year is all problems. But what sucks is this van nobody can really work on unless you jack it up. So you can get to all the parts that are underneath it. And it’s not like your typical Rv, you think it was easy and simple and it just hasn’t been, I don’t know, it’s just been horrible and I just wanted to heal and I wanted to be able to travel and get things done and it’s just been more of a nuisance in my life than helpful. So the other part that sucks about it is for those of you who don’t know, my name’s blogging Brandi and this is our Rversity, an university for our RV’ers, but I essentially have another youtube channel and another business called Blab boss and a book that I wrote and I’ve tried to put myself out there from another aspect of business that I run and I’ve almost been forced to start sharing this part of my life because I want people to understand, one, it’s a passion of mine, but two, I’m not completely crazy like there are, there’s like a shit show going on behind the scenes, which is why I don’t get to post as regularly as I want on some of my other channels and this RV’ing thing is honestly consumed my life.
so what do you think about this RV? We’re thinking about buying it on the roof to own the room, appear on all the appliances can see you can draw down here because sometimes they do.
The best thing about it is I don’t have the tow so I won’t have any trailer. If you haven’t seen my trailer videos has been horrible. I hate towing and my trailer is a complete piece of crap. So not only has my RV turned out to be a piece of crap, but my trailer, my Kendon smart car trailer turned out to be a piece of crap. So Kendon, camping World, Winnebago, you’re all not really on my good list but maybe Thor Motor coach will step up and help me. I don’t know. So I’ve been trying to keep a positive attitude about it going forward. I want to start sharing more of my journey, more of what’s been going on, more of what you really get to deal with in the RV life. Also, I hope to start sharing some more tutorials and things that are really started this channel on.
Just wanted to give you a quick update and make sure you follow the Hashtag My RV story and if you have an RV story, I want to hear about it. So comment below and let me know if you ever had any issues with Camping world or Winnebago or Kendon for that matter. This story could go on forever, but I don’t want to bore you. And this rain is really just setting the mood for the whole video. We’re about to hit the road again. Uh, I’ve been traveling for literally the last two years of my life, so it’s not easy moving your business. It’s also not easy moving your business and then having to move your business and then being forced to pause your business all because of this stupid RV. It sucks. And the other thing is like when your RV’s in for service, you’re still paying for the RV.
You’re still paying for the insurance even when it’s not in your possession. It’s just a big mess. It’s not fun. It’s not fun at all. Trying to share more that you can find out more about me, bloggin brandi and RVersity this channel is a university for RV on my website RVersity dot com that’s pretty much it. So until the next time, I hope you’ve had fun joining me on my journey, learning about my RV life and I’m going to be sharing more. So I’m excited to bring you on this journey. I’m excited to start sharing what all has been going on. What is going to go on cause I have some really awesome trips planned and upcoming. I lived in Vegas for a month and we just got back from living on the island for a month and we went to the Biloxi and the casinos and Mardi gras and things have been super crazy.
Been trying to make it work with this piece of shit. And now we’re just going to hope to get something bigger and better and better to make life easier. I don’t know where things are going to go from here, but that’s where my life’s at and that’s where it’s headed. So thanks for watching. Following #MyRVStory comment below with your comments. Let me know your thoughts and for everyone that leaves comments, I do read them and I love to read them, and I try to follow your channels back and see where you’re at, especially if you’re into RVing. I love to read your comments, to know what questions do you have so I know what to make videos about. This video could go on forever, so we’re not going to do that too. I’ve had fun hanging out with me today in grandma’s garage out here and with the RV, watch pouring down rain until the next time I’m bloggin Brandi thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next video.