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Old 10-21-2013, 11:49 PM   #1
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Hi, newbie here, hope to buy a coach in next 8 months or so. I think we now agree on length (27-29 ft), Class A, most likely towing a small vehicle, and general agreement on floor plans.
In 2004 we borrowed a friend's 32' Winnebago Brave and drove from CA to GA to pick up two dogs (a story all in itself!) DH drove a county transit bus for several years so he was very comfortable with that rig. We got a taste of this RV'ing life... Loved the experience! Didn't really think we could do it ourselves but retirement is on the horizon and we're making plans, dong lots of research.
I just happened on this site, can't believe the amount of knowledge and experience here! Will be back with lots of questions, I'm sure
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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A great place to start is rv.org pay what they are asking then read all the material. It will provide you with a lot of great information. It will be the best money you will spend on an rv. When you want to start looking go to oodle.com plus in what you want and check the right boxes you will get daily updates.
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Howdy from SC and welcome to the forums! If you're going to be retiring soon and considering full timing in the RV, you may want to go larger then the 27-29 footer. We aren't full timers yet, but we do go on extended trips and at times our 36 footer seems small, and it's just the two of us and a small dog. Just my opinion.
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Hi Carol! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you guys joined us!

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Old 10-24-2013, 11:08 PM   #7
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Dick doesn't think he wants to full-time and isn't sure he wants to do it after age 70 ( 5 yrs from now)but I can certainly see how a bigger coach would be better for that. I also want something I will feel comfortable driving and on our last (and only!) RV trip we didn't tow a car. Of course all this is subject to change....
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A great place to start is rv.org pay what they are asking then read all the material. It will provide you with a lot of great information. It will be the best money you will spend on an rv. When you want to start looking go to oodle.com plus in what you want and check the right boxes you will get daily updates.
Good Luck and happy hunting
Probably good advice for a new person. I do have a problem with them "rating" and RV just by reading the manufacturers specs though. Seems like a more in depth analysis and real, on hands experience would be better. But then I'm a retired transportation engineer (civil engineering) and have been RV'ing since 1957 so I do look at things differently.
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You need to go inside at least 25 RV's of the size you like to get a feel for them.

Make a weekend trip down to Sacramento and hit a bunch of dealers. Or a long weekend trip up into Oregon and see some there too.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:55 AM   #10
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We'll, we DO like looking at them! It gets overwhelming after the first 3 or 4, esp when salespeople are involved. That's why I thought we'd be better off narrrowing our search within one or two names and going from there. thanks for all the suggestions!
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #11
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There are very few Class A's under 30'. We looked a long time, trying to find things in that range and eventually gave up. We bought a very gently used 32-footer and are quite happy with it.
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that's what I'm finding out! The Thor ACE was the closest but I'm not liking what I read about it in terms of quality and customer service
Thanks for your response
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Welcome to the Wonderful World of RV'ing. What ever you do DON'T Do iT. You will become obsessed with the joys of getting out and going places with no real agenda or reason to come back. You will find yourself wanting for those lazy days of doing nothing but sitting around and enjoying your self doing NOTHING. Now of course all this happens after you have spent the next 6 months viewing any and every MH that you can. That is something that I do recommend. Also while you are doing this if you think you really like it then have the dealer pull the slides in and then see if you can enter the coach and get to drivers & passenger seat and from there to the bathroom without having to be a gymnast. Also check that you can easily get into the fridge while the slides are in. I say this because they are usually very nice when opened up but some are not worth it to me when traveling down the road. Stay on the forums and read the likes and dislikes about what you plan on getting, but DON't let that stop you from purchasing. Like anything else there will be some that complain about the sky being too blue or the temperature being too warm when just last week the were crying about how cold it was.
You will have some issues but try to learn from our mistakes and when you do make one put it out there so we all can learn from yours.
Oh, yeah, don't let them tell you that you are going to get 10mpg. Not even gonna happen unless you travel on flat land with a sail up. Gas usually around 6mpg and diesels around 9mpgs. remember it all varies about 1-2 mpgs. THese things aren't sleek cares that have been wind tunnel tested. It's like moving a brick down the road, keep your foot out of it and you will get better fuel MPG's.

Enjoy the hunt and choose Wisely. Don't forget that the used ones have already taken the hit in price and can sometime be a great bargain. Especially when you buy from a private party and NOT the Stealer Dealer.
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this made me smile, thanks!
Loved the visual of a brick going down the road
Will keep you posted on the hunt, am really enjoying all (well, almost all) the postings here
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