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Old 01-30-2012, 11:00 AM   #1
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Only three more weeks until hubby retires...still haven't bought a motor home, but narrowing down our choices.

Would love to hear must-haves in a motor home.

So far we've figured out we're going to buy diesel, we prefer three slides or more, but other than that we're still searching.

Is there something in your motor home that you think is essential to enjoying living in it full-time?

Thanks for any help.

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Old 01-30-2012, 11:21 AM   #2
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Hey there Barbara,

I think the most important thing to keep in mind is your lifestyle(how you live). For example, if you love to cook, this is not going to change when you move aboard. A simple thing that plays into that would be the exhaust fan. Some vent outside others do not. Mine for example draws in below the microwave and exhausts out the top pushing all that grease laden air into the headliner. Bad news and on my project list to fix.

If your husband is a tinkerer, then he better spend time in the basement figuring out if he can make do with the storage space available.

If you look at units thinking about how you will live within it, all the other stuff will fall into place

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Old 01-30-2012, 11:30 AM   #3
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Finding a floorplan you both like is probably the most important thing. For us, that meant not having to crane our necks to watch a TV mounted over the dash or on the rear bulkhead. Our floorplan has a mid ship entertainment center with dual recliners across from it and we love it. It came with an electric fireplace below the TV. We thought that was silly until we began to live in it but now love it. We can leave it on all night and it takes the chill off without having to run the furnace all night.

You're on the right track wanting 3 or more slides. We have four and wouldn't give up any of them.

Best of luck.

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Old 01-30-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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We looked for an older DP with no slides and a side aisle. We found her. The floorplan is great. We have a bigger kitchen area than most apartments. Thom and I can actually walk in the livingroom area together with no problems. Definatly a walk around bed. Did not want a corner bed where one of us would have to crawl over the other. Side aisle so that if someone was in the livingroom they could not look down and see into the bedroom that easily.

EDIT: Oh we also made sure that the queen bed was a regular queen size so that we could just get any sheets from any store for it with any directions or colour that we wanted.
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Old 01-30-2012, 05:55 PM   #5
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Make sure there is an area that is COMFORTABLE to sit and relax. A lot of moho furnishings are nice looking, but you wouldn't want to spend a lot of time on them. Placement of the television is a biggie. So is the location of the bathroom, especially if right next to (or across from) the dinette. Spend some time in the moho you like and imagine yourself living in there.
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:01 PM   #6
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I totally agree with Rick .... Slides- we have three / wish we had four...our TV is in the living room (at eye level) on a cabinet that holds our electric fireplace (priceless). Our bedroom has an office where our computer is always set-up, our files are handy & drawers hold the various thingy's. In fact, our bedroom is a 2nd room as it has it's own TV & is our computer room/office & escape from each other....24/7 togetherness is "interesting".

We thought the combo washer/dryer would be useful ... totally useless (anyone want to buy a Splendide 2200?)... we thought the second bathroom sink would be useless ( we were right).

I hope you have kept some serious $$$$ for things like ....1) flat screen TV's 2) auto seeking satellite dish ( you'll need a tripod 2nd dish for the forest parks) 3) bIkes & bike racks 4) electronic goodies....

iPhone.... in my opinion is "priceless" as we "tether it" for Internet, it has our on-line banking, our GPS, our Sat-Finder ( so we know which site to pick or set-up for our 2nd dish), my golf GPS, my camera, my bedside clock & about a zillion other AP's. You will need an "unlocked" phone NOT tied to any Carrier as you will need to set-up a separate " monthly" no commitment voice/data plan while you are in Canada (cancel) & a new plan for while you are in the US.

Second to my iPhone is my Kindle which provides endless books, magazines & newspapers. Steve Jobs may have been "special" but Jeff Bebos is not far behind!

I also love my Shaw Satellite.... man was never meant to survive without the
Golf Channel! Oh ya...don't forget the golf clubs, the roller blades, tennis rackets, etc.

Finally, I have a "love / hate" relationship with my +$3000 tow system for our toad. Gotta have it.

I'm sure I missed lot's of stuff (bar-be-que) ... Oh ya... Invest in a good air compressor with quick connects & a digital "in-line" gauge and reversible chuck so you can stay on top of your tires... battery tester is also a good idea.....so is an emergency road-side assistance plan!

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Old 01-30-2012, 10:40 PM   #7
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Barbara if I was in the market for one today, I definitely have take into serious consideration a bath and a half model. If you're going to spend anytime during the summer down south I'd also look for one that has 3 air conditioners. If you like sitting outside a lot, consider the outside TV/entertainment center. If you do much cooking inside, I recommend that it have the microwave exhaust to the outside. We use our combo washer/dryer all the time. It is limited in load capacity. I'd go for the stacked set. Best of luck on your search.
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:46 AM   #8
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Hi Babs, well you didn't say if you are buying new or used.

1. No Barrel Chair, opt for a swivel recliner behind the passenger seat, or if you have the room, i.e., longer coach, two recliners, why fight over one

2. Washer dryer, never know when you will need one, usually just for small loads.

3. Cummings engine Allison Trans combo

4. Alcoa alum wheels.

5. largest flat screen and satellite capabilities.

6. Diesel Genset not propane

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Old 01-31-2012, 06:07 AM   #9
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Floorplan as #1. You must be comfortable with the layout or it will get old quick, then all the other things mentioned, but you may not get everything in one. Did I mention floorplan??
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:40 AM   #10
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For us we second the bath and 1/2 choice. Also a 2 stage jake brake is of immense benefit. Don't know iff that's standard on all DP's but it is great. We like the in motion satellite dish also and for us the all electric is great.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:47 AM   #11
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Congrats on the upcoming retirement. Wants???? Sure a new Newell will do. Just kidding. Most important is to find the floorplan that best works for you. Ours is pretty simple and make do just fine. You can always add things down the road and also do a little remodilling if neccesary. Take your time in shopping, there are plenty out there for sale.
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Originally Posted by AloraDanin View Post

Only three more weeks until hubby retires...still haven't bought a motor home, but narrowing down our choices.

Would love to hear must-haves in a motor home.

So far we've figured out we're going to buy diesel, we prefer three slides or more, but other than that we're still searching.

Is there something in your motor home that you think is essential to enjoying living in it full-time?

Thanks for any help.
Well I think everyone was all round your question but no answer to speak of so here goes :quiet diesel Onan 7500 0r 8500 watt.
Inverter 3000watts or better
I would get the auto generator start for keeping battery s up and cool in the summer.
I would want toppers for all my slide outs.
Auto leveling? , your hubby gets out puts down the blocks, the feet come down to hit a button and it levels itself.love that item the best with three slides you will want it.
Rear view camera (hard not to get)
and of course some type of road service.
Generator to run on Diesel .Hope this helps some.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:41 PM   #13
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I agree 100% with those who are saying the floor plan is key. You are going to spend a lot of time in this rig and if the setup isn't right you are going to be sorry. With that said, the first thing you need to figure out is your budget. There is no sense in finding just what you want and then have to decide you can't afford it. Once you have that set start looking at options in your price range, new or used, and I suspect you will find that perfect, or almost perfect arrangement for your lifestyle.
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Residential refrigerator, stacked washer and dryer and LOVE our bath and a half. We travel with friends and family (adult) sometimes and these are essential to us.

Great life style - Enjoy!

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