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Old 05-17-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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I am in the market for a used Class A motorhome, but no very little about them in general. Are there any articles or is there some discussion that can be forwarded to help us out in the decision making process?

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Search online first to get an idea of the floorplan and cost you are comfortable with. rvtrader.com is one of the searches you can use. You also need to decide on diesel or gasline pwered. They are completely different both with pros/cons.

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Old 05-17-2012, 08:07 PM   #3
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I have learned a great deal from iRV2. It's time consuming but the more threads you read the more knowledge you soak up.

I'm sure someone will ask you what do you want to do with the rig since that is really where you to start. Example: will you be living in it full time, a few trips a year, how long will the trips be, dry camping, national parks, towing needs, etc, etc...

Then there is the question of budget. How much are you willing to spend?

I just joined up and have no RV experience so what do I know, ha ha.


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Old 05-17-2012, 08:17 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by pthomann
I am in the market for a used Class A motorhome, but no very little about them in general. Are there any articles or is there some discussion that can be forwarded to help us out in the decision making process?
You can read forever and learn a lot, but the real learning only takes place when you're in it. Go to RV shows, sales lots and take notes about what you like and don't like. Floor plan is a major factor because it's where you live when it raining outside! If you can afford to, rent one for a week or more. Drive to the local camp grounds and just walk the grounds, talk to folks, amazing what you learn. Good luck Ron
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:49 PM   #5
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Before you ask for advice, start by asking what are you going to use it for? Purpose drives everything else. A two week vacation and 4 weekends a year, at a state or national park is a world different than living in it for 3 months in the winter in Arizona, or full timing.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:57 PM   #6
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On this site go to different motorhome manufacturers and see what people are saying about different units.

Since I like Winnebagos I would recommend you go to www.winnebagoindustries.com. There you can click on motorhomes and see the different types and floor plans. I have a Class A winnebago Adventurer 33 footer and like the floor plan.

Before you buy new you might want to buy used to see what you like. I started out with a 24' Class c and then to a 31' class c and now the class A.

Irv2 is a great place for you to ask questions and will get answers. We also have a chat room here, IRV2 Chatters and are on every night from 9Pm til about 10:30 PM.

Good luck and ask away any questions you might have.

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Old 05-17-2012, 10:18 PM   #7
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The best advice you received is what I will consolidate.

1. How will you be using the RV?
2. Have you decided on a Class A, or will another type suit your needs?
3. How much time will you be "On the Road"?
4. Will you go mostly to RV parks with full hook-ups, or dry camping at State & National Parks?
5. Weekends and 1 to 2 weeks a year?
6. On the road for weeks, or months at a time?
7. Will you be traveling a lot in mountainous terrain? (helps decide Diesel or Gas)
8. Just you and your significant other, or 3 or more kids too?

Then, pick up a couple of RV magazines. Motorhome, Trailer Life, Family Motorcoach, etc. Read the articles, and Letters To The Editor.

Then, go out looking. Look at all the varieties. Towable (Travel Trailer, or 5th Wheel), Class B (Van conversion), Class C, Class A, Diesel and Gas powered.

Then an excellent suggestion was, rent an RV for a week to see if you even like the lifestyle, because that is exactly what it is! Talk to RV owners and get their input. Finally, I strongly suggest buying a gently used rig at the least investment as a trial. That way, if you don't want to continue, not much lost. If you love it, you will now have experience and added knowledge to make the decision to upgrade.

Good luck, and keep us informed and ask LOTS of questions!

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Here's a start: Basic advice for buying a motorhome

You can also join RV.net. In their Class A tread they have a buyers guide.
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To me it is all about what you are comfortable with,what you like and what you can afford. Trying to rationalize what you buy based on what you need is a waste of time.
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Originally Posted by pthomann
I am in the market for a used Class A motorhome, but no very little about them in general. Are there any articles or is there some discussion that can be forwarded to help us out in the decision making process?
Don't sell yourself short, in today's MH economy you can get a lot of coach for the money, if you want one with lots of room and all amenities find a luxury coach year model 07-09 with low miles. There are some real bargains, for example an07 Mountain Aire below 200m, or a 09 Camelot for 175-180. Just keep looking

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