Hi, my name is Nick and I would like to thank you for visiting rv-sure.com
My wife, Amber, and I purchased our first RV in 2009. I had recently bought a truck to help with home improvement projects, however it seemed Amber had other ideas for its use. Having fond memories of childhood truck camper vacations with her grandparents, she liked to visit RV dealerships and explore with dreams of hitting the road once again.
One day she came home from work and told me about a travel trailer she had looked at and asked me if I would go to the dealership ‘just to take a look at it’. I agreed, and so on the following day I found myself checking out a Forest River Cherokee Grey Wolf 28BHS. I didn’t have a clue about RVs and what to look for, but the trailer seemed nice and the price very reasonable (we later realized the dealership was having a going-out-of-business sale). Another couple opened the door to step in from outside, our salesman turned to them and said “I’m sorry, this one is sold”, I stood and thought to myself “I guess WE are buying it then”. Despite my lack of knowledge, we were lucky, and it turned out to be a good RV with no major issues during our four years of ownership.
We wetted our RVing feet with visits to Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds by local lakes, typically at water and electric only sites, with lengthy visits to the dump stations before we headed home.
We enjoyed this from the first warm weather of spring to fall, even spending Thanksgiving Holidays by the lake. Occasionally we would venture out further for longer trips, McKinney Falls, Lake Texoma, and Caprock Canyon (all in Texas) and Colorado Springs, Colorado were memorable destinations.
Although we were happy with our travel trailer, a purchase of a new-to-me diesel truck prompted us to start visiting dealerships again. This time armed with knowledge from RVing experiences over the previous 4 years we knew the features that we liked in our first RV and also features that we wished were a little different. After visits to several different dealerships we chose a fifth wheel model with a spacious rear kitchen floor plan, a Keystone Hornet Platinum 285RKS.
We now started to visit ‘RV resorts’, all with full hookups, also other amenities such as swimming pools, hot tubs, cable TV and WI-FI internet (although the quality of WI-FI can be hit-or-miss, some campgrounds have excellent coverage). We have enjoyed visiting Galveston, Austin and the Big Bend areas of Texas; Carlsbad, New Mexico; New Orleans, Louisiana; even venturing as far as the Panhandle of Florida.
Over the last few years, Amber and I have regularly and increasingly watched full time RVers on YouTube, noticing there is so much of the USA that we have not yet explored, also that the content creators are young, not old retirees as you might expect. It got us thinking “could we travel more AND still make a living while doing so?”. We became regular attendees of the twice yearly RV shows in Dallas where we looked at many, many 5th wheel RVs, making a list of features we considered desirable for full time living…….. King size bed, washer / dryer hookups, larger refrigerators, a one piece shower, space that can be used as an office on the road, recliners facing the TV rather than off to one side. The closest match we considered to be a Keystone Avalanche 365MB, however it would also be necessary to buy a newer truck with improved tow rating to safely and legally tow the new RV. A later model Ford F350 was purchased. Our house sold quickly, we filled a storage unit and now live in our current RV.
As a National RV Inspectors Association (NRVIA) Level 2 certified inspector, I set up RV Sure LLC to help prospective owners to make educated decisions based on the condition of an RV before committing to purchase, rather than just hope to be as lucky as I was with my first RV. Inspections can be done on any class of RV, take 6 to 8 hours to complete and a detailed report similar to a home inspection report provided to the customer within 24 hours. I also offer repair and maintenance services. We are based in Central Texas, but being mobile, can work while traveling.