Enjoying a beautiful, affordable, VERY LOW maintenance American Fiberglass Pool is something that can be enjoyed almost every day.  Owning an RV however can often cause some VERY distressing times for families due to the amount of planning involved.  Examples: such as deciding routes to take, figuring out how much time to spend where, not to mention figuring out how you are going to make all this happen on a limited budget.

It sounds enticing to many folks to think about the thought of traveling in complete freedom and in home-like comfort.  But if you do your homework before spending your vacation in an RV, you might want to strongly consider the disadvantages of RV travel and ownership.

1. The price of gas and fuel is increasing every day.  You really have to consider the cost of fuel for a trip while traveling from point A to point B.  Many large RVs burn a lot of fuel and even the smaller ones may require prohibitively large amounts of fuel.

2. While you may have complete freedom when deciding which one of the more than 15,000 places to camp around the USA, you may be severely cramped by the lack of privacy.  Especially during what is generally considered to be “vacation season”.  At that time there are large numbers of families heading out into the countryside in their RVs.  Camping grounds, however big, can easily become cramped and even worse, noisy.

3. There are many unexpected emergencies that you may have to deal with. Such as RV malfunctioning, not finding any “ideal” spots to camp like you had imagined, and finally spending MORE MONEY than you had planned to.

4. Even though you are on vacation, you may still find yourself cooking and cleaning.  (sounds like fun, huh?)

5. Once your RV trip is complete, you may have to go back to that rental space to park it until you can afford to go on that next trip.  Or you could leave it in the driveway at home, have a cramped area for your cars, and likely face some resistance from the neighbors.  My research says that just parking them out in the open can deteriorate the paint and weather sealing joints, so covered parking is preferable.

6. I could go on, but I will leave you the short version that should include cleaning the entire RV (inside and outside) upon your return from vacation, the cost of insurance (whether you are traveling or not), the cost of extended maintenance, and the cost of parking the unit in a covered and secure place.  Plus, some units will require upgraded driver’s licenses and if so, how many qualified drivers will you be taking on your trips?  One driver for 8-10 hour stretches of interstate, not sounding fun to me.  Lastly, RVs can be very expensive to purchase and since rarely can you purchase one with more than 60 month terms.  That leads to quite a payment each month to scrape up on time.

In closing, I’m not saying that you can’t have fun and enjoy an RV trip every now and then.  I am of the opinion that I will enjoy a whole bunch more sitting around my American Fiberglass Pool everyday grilling, sunning, swimming, reading a good book, or listening to music, and having an occasional cold one without worrying about when I will see the next state trooper.  Anyone out there that agrees with me about loving their pool ownership?  Let us hear from you!


  1. R. L. Lacky says:

    Your spot on about the woes of an RV owner.
    You are also correct that a pool and spa are enjoyable thru out the year.
    My best advise to a potential RV owner is to own your own bank 1st!!!

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Thank you sir for the compliment! WE have always said that an educated client is our kind of customer. With that said…see you soon!

  2. Gator Guy says:

    Timely blog…..just paid $4.55 for diesel yesterday on our trip back from Arkansas.
    Fill up cost me $387.00. Gonna have to park this rig & stay at home. Cannot afford to travel any more on a fixed income.
    Built my pool from y’all in 2002. It is still pretty, clear , & the grand babies love coming over to swim.
    The care for the pool has been easy, every thing you told us to expect has come true.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Wow! Diesel at $4.55 a gallon. Suspect it will get even more expensive. When you get a chance, send me some pics of your 10 year old American Fiberglass Pools. Glad to hear your grand babies are part fish.

  3. R L Jackson says:

    Who ever you are you seem to know a lot of stuff about a variety of subjects

    Enjoy reading your post

    Will visit you often while doing our research prior to obtaining a new fiberglass pool

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Hi RL, Sorry RV is giving you such a pinch but glad to hear that you have a pool to take away those RV owning blues!

  4. Tim R. says:

    We parked our RV weeks ago due to fuel cost being so outrageous.
    It will STAY park ed indefintely!!!

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      My suggestion is sell the RV adn get a beautiful, affordable, VERY LOW maintenance American Fiberglass Pool to enjoy almost everyday of the year.

  5. Milton says:

    When fuel prices starting going up 2 years ago, we decided we had to camp only in our own state. With the way things are now, we can’t afford to camp in our own county. The prices for fuel are virtually criminal. Lets throw out the politicians that are responsible for this in November!!!

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Sorry to hear you have the RV owning blues. AS for replacing some of the politicians, I believe you got a point there!

  6. Tonabricks says:

    Timely,timely post! If only the politicians really understood how bad these gas prices are hurting us. Thank goodness that we have one of your pools to splash around in this spring. We won’t be going anywhere, but then again, we have everything at home to keep the kids cool and fully occupied.

    • R. Wayne Stringer says:

      Hello Tona, Nice to hear your kids are enjoying an American Fiberglass Pools. Keep plenty of suntan lotion available. If your kids are like mine, they will only get out of the pool to eat (and do their business).

  7. Open Road says:

    Guess you don’t want to make friends with people in the RV biz. Your posting has been making the rounds among our travel group. Yes gas & diesel fuel is too D*** high, yes the camp grounds are getting too D*** loud to relax in, yes the D*** cost of upkeep on a rig keeps rising, yes we are staying parked more than ever before.
    We already know this stuff……don’t need you to remind us!!!