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Old 09-07-2012, 09:19 AM   #15
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We were in the same position last year, wanting to upgrade from an older MH. We were looking at value for the dollar between older DP's and newer gas units. We were able to find a very nice low mile gas unit with every thing we wanted( bath and half, lots of storage, exceptionally clean, 37') for a budget well within our limits and much less than yours. We are extremely happy with it and even feel like we could full time in it if the opportunity comes. Good luck with your search. Hope you join the RV family soon.
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:26 AM   #16
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1) DO NOT BUY. Rent at least three times. Things change after you get on the road, even after one trip.

2) Sell the kids, . No really, there are two floor plans in the RV world. A-with kids. and B-without. Trust me, after a trip or two they will find a friend to stay with while you and the DW go on a trip.

3) Go to as many RV shows as you can such as Tampa, Hershey, etc.

4) Read as many on line chat rooms as you can. IRV2, etc.

5) Neither way is wrong. We all have different needs.

6) Enjoy your final decision and run with it
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Not one to give advice as we're new to this as well. We'd owned a 5th wheel and diesel pickup for 10 years so we've been around all kinds of RVs. Don't have the kids issue but we just chose an older (15 years) DP as our first motor home. There are lots of great deals now and I believe that a well constructed DP in good condition will be a better value and more usable (for us- we live in the west with long open roads and elevation) When the time comes for selling I think a DP will repay any of the perceived disadvantages
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