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Old 03-27-2011, 01:30 PM   #1
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Advice wanted .. Motorhome, yes/no??

I suspect that many of you are considering buying a used Motorhome and that's what I have been doing for the past 6 months. The prices are VERY attractive right now. But, so far, I haven't been able to convince myself to take the plunge. I am now a FT RVer for 4 years, single and I have mostly enjoyed living and traveling in my 76 31ft Airstream TT. I usually spend the summers somewhere up north or out west and the winters somewhere down south. I usually stay in one spot for 4-6 months and then move on. I envision that the advantages that a Motorhome, with a slide, would give me is a lot more living space, more comfort when on the road and easier set-up at my destination and easier to get ready when its time to move on. The main thing that STOPS me is the expense! Not just the initial purchase....but the day to day operating expenses, insurance, tires, and routine maintenance, etc.

I suspect that many of you have been through the same thought process and I would very much like to hear what you have concluded and why. Bill
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If you're only moving 2-3 times a yaer why not a fith wheel with slideouts?
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If you're only moving 2-3 times a yaer why not a fith wheel with slideouts?
I've considered the 5th wheel but that would require a different tow vehicle than I now have (large expense).....and the set-up and breakdown effort would be about the same, or more, as my Airstream. Some years I travel more than others....maybe on the road every two months.
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Rving is a luxury not a necessity and they do come with a expense it sounds like you know that.
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You've pretty well narrowed it down. We've done the others (slide in P/U, TT, 5th wheel, Class C) and wanted to go the MH route. Sure it costs more, but, if you want to do it, and can afford it...do it!
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If your not wanting to change tow vehicles then you have to think about this- will the RV you buy be able to tow the vehicle you have now? Then do you already have a tow bar and all the extras required to tow your current vehicle? How much is making your current vehicle towable going to cost? I will tell you it's a crap shoot!
You have to decide is the grass really greener on the other side. We have had tents, pop ups, hard side trailers and 3 class A's over the years and each has a good and not so good side. I would love to have a slide or two in our current rig and love to tow but then I would need to get a different rig or different car, so for now we stick with our baby and if the timing is right and we still want to move up we will.

Bottom line is how YOU feel about what you're moving up or sideways to and how it fits your lifestyle.
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I would think the biggest advantage for someone who sits as much as you do, is the toad. My toad is a honda civic. When the motorhome is sitting, I get great mileage. Even pulling my toad, I average 8.5 mpg.
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As has been pointed out, I think I would be more inclined to be on the road more often, enjoying the looking and the seeing, if I had a MH.......it's not as much hassle traveling as towing a 31ft trailer. Yes, I would have a small Toad.....but that's not the same as towing a 31ft TT. Clearly, the operating cost (maintenance) would be more expensive for the MH, ie. an oil change on a diesel pusher is over a $100 compared to $35 for my GMC Suburban. It's about a "push" on fuel costs....diesel more expensive but a bit better milage than my 10 mph gas GMC, towing. And.....then there is the insurance costs. All-in-all, I know it would be somewhat more expensive.......so, I'm just pondering if it would be worth it to me! I'm looking to hear any possibe "benefits"....or "disadvantages" that I have not yet considered. Thank you, keep em coming.
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If you can afford the upgrade, go for it! Keep in mind that you only go around once and you may as well enjoy youself. That's the reason I just bought a new Jeep. My Subaru was a great Toad but I wanted something better.Even at the cost of losing 6 mpg in town and probably cutting down on the RV milage when I tow the Jeep. I'm not a bit sorry that I made that choice
Have you thought about a gas rig?
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I suspect that many of you are considering buying a used Motorhome and that's what I have been doing for the past 6 months. The prices are VERY attractive right now. But, so far, I haven't been able to convince myself to take the plunge. I am now a FT RVer for 4 years, single and I have mostly enjoyed living and traveling in my 76 31ft Airstream TT. I usually spend the summers somewhere up north or out west and the winters somewhere down south. I usually stay in one spot for 4-6 months and then move on. I envision that the advantages that a Motorhome, with a slide, would give me is a lot more living space, more comfort when on the road and easier set-up at my destination and easier to get ready when its time to move on. The main thing that STOPS me is the expense! Not just the initial purchase....but the day to day operating expenses, insurance, tires, and routine maintenance, etc.

I suspect that many of you have been through the same thought process and I would very much like to hear what you have concluded and why. Bill
If expense is a major factor, then you may just want to upgrade your TT with a newer one with slideouts. The MH will have added maintenance costs and you will have to buy a toad of some sort to pull. 5th wheels are great (we have 3) but finally elected to buy a diesel pusher so we could travel further and more comfortably.

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Advantages of a MH:

1. If it is raining or very late when you arrive at your campground you DON'T have to get out to go to sleep!! Just level, slide the slides and go to bed.

2. If someone is riding with you that needs to rest, go to the bathroom, watch TV with an in-motion sat or anything else that you need the RV for then you don't have to stop to let them in the RV.

3. When stopping at a Walmart, or roadside park for the evening just pull up, turn off the engine and go to bed. Get up the next morning start the invert and coffee head down the road.

4. Yes, oil changes for a diesel are higher than a tow truck but you only have to change oil every 15,000 miles not every 3-5,000 miles.

5. Fuel cost may or may not be a factor, just according to what mileage you are geting towing a travel trailer. Our Lincoln tow vehicle required 91+ octane and dropped to 10-11 mpg according to what the wind was doing. The MH, currently a gaser, gets about 8 mpg and uses low octane regular. Cost about the same to drive. We do have a new to us DP but have not put it in service yet.

I can think of no advantages of a TT or FW that would cause me to go back to using one!
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Which coach is the best for you????????? GOOD QUESTION??? It is like saying ''Which lady would make the BEST WIFE''?
I have always had class ''C'' or class ''A'' coaches and I love them. Our current coach is a 2000 Pace Arrow 33 foot and we love it.
Like wives or motor homes. ''Take your pick of what you can afford and leave the rest to luck''.....
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The TT/FW is the lease expensive way to go but do have thier disadvantages. Gas motorhomes for someone that travels some and parks for month or 2 are not to costly with service costing about what your current tow vehicle costs. Also there a ton of them for sale at reasonable cost. Diesel pushers are costly to maintain (the more bells and whistles the more the cost), tires cost more, ect and so on, your fuel mileage will be 7-8 mpg. The up side is better ride more power, far better brakes,and up scale interior. So let your wallet be your guide.
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A motor home does not do well parked for extended periods. In reality, it needs to be driven for at least 30 minutes about every 4 to 6 weeks. Letting it set and idle for 30 minutes does not get the exhaust and transmission up to temperature.

As for quality, you will be hard pressed to find something as well built as your older Air Stream. If you want larger, look for a 34' Avion from the 1980s or maybe a Silver Streak.

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