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Old 04-04-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
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Hi all my name is Anthony and I am new to the RV world. I went on a vacation with my buddy who owns a coachmen class A last year and fell in love with RVing after thinking about it(And talking the wife into it) we have decided to purchase our first RV. So I started looking around for RVs and got a little overwhelmed by all the choices I don't even know where to start. I went to a local RV dealer who told me that it would be best to get a class A because of the size I need (we are a family of 5) but he didn't have anything available that was large enough. So after that I found myself back online looking up RVs and now I ended up here I would very much appreciate if you guys could recommend Good first Class A coach for me. Thanks
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Sometimes with a large family a Class C is a good choice. Some of the Class C's have bunk beds, as well as the cab over bed. Additionally Class C's are easy to drive and park. While we have a Class A now, we did have a Class C when we had children. You must feel comfortable with what ever you buy. Don't be afraid to look and drive before buying.
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Old 04-04-2012, 02:59 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to the forum!

Jim gave some good advice. Although it's counter intuitive, many/most of the large Class A rigs are designed with only two people in mind. Class C's tend to be built with the ability to sleep entire families.

To get more advice, you might want to share how you plan to use it and rough budget limitations you have in mind... otherwise you'll get suggestions which include exotic, million dollar rigs which you may or may not be interested in.

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Old 04-04-2012, 03:12 PM   #4
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Depending on your budget and the fact that you are just starting out, I will go along with the Type C recommendation. Quite often this class of RV can sleep as many as 6 to 8 people.

Now the good News is that you can find a Winnebago with a bedroom in the back, bunk beds in the hallway and a convertible dinette. That would sleep 6 quite nicely and perhaps as many as 8 if equipped with a Rest Easy sofa.

Do you Quad ??? Look for a Toyhauler!

Pick your floorplan and color but most of all have fun shopping! We were continuously looking and didn't buy for a number of "years." You'll know it when the stars and moon come together. Give us a heads up and we'll share our opinions about your choice.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #5
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I just bought my first coach last year and had similar questions as you do now. There are 7 of us in the family. I chose a class A. I really like the open feeling, and the amount of storage, and the built in jacks. I just throw a kid on the floor and another on the dashboard to sleep. Be sure you drive both first. I didn't like feeling like I was in a separate compartment in a class C. The class A is certainly more intimidating at first but you get used to it fast! Don't rush your purchase and you will do great. Personally I liked the Winnebago and National RV lines for my price range. I am very happy thus far.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #6
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Fleetwood makes units with bunks. But your financial commitment should take into account how sure you are going to like the RV lifestyle. Class "C" units are less expensive, trailers even less. I hope you find it as pleasurable as everybody here does.
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I would also go with a class c for your family.
There are many uses for a class c from short weekend getaways to sports games, tailgate parties. And of course you will be able to find a site most anywhere. Talk about what floor plan will suite your family the best and what features you want on your RV. Once you have your short list then decide on new or gently used.
If you have any questions there is lots of information on this site.
Remember once you made your choice we want pictures
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:45 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice guys I was interested in class C as well but I started looking at class A's because I want more living space. As far as budget I am willing to spend $200,000 at most. As far as use I drive the wife and kids down to Florida every couple of weeks so I want something that's not to high mantinance(although I am aware most RVs are)
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With that kind of budget you can choose from an endless stream of barely used Diesel Pushers... if that's the way you decide to go.

If we had it to do all over again, I think the only thing we would do differently is to take our time and buy used instead of new.

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I would certainly recommend a class a diesel pusher. In general, diesel coaches have better brakes, air suspension, exhaust brakes, etc. and are more stable on the road. These aren't normally found on gas units. Before we decided to modify ours to fit our personal traveling needs and desires we could and did sleep six with no problems, and no one on the floor where we could have placed an air matteress if necessary. Ours is a triple slide with 2 large front slides.

You can easily find good quality diesel motor homes at considerably less than your $200K level. Just look for the internal layout that you and the wife are conmfortable, then look for good quality manufacturers, we personally like Fleetwood, but Tiffin , Winnebago, Monaco, and Newmar to name a few are also good quality coaches. Don't be too afraid of model year or mileage. Diesel engines last ~300,000 miles with proper maintenance, as will the chasis and driveline..

Some things to look for, are the outside storage compartments on the slide or under it. On the slide is easier to get to. Check the inside storage cabinets. We have seen a few that were not full compartments and therefore didn't hold much stuff. My wife wanted the refridgerator on the slide instead of in a hallway. She wanted more room in thehallway when the doors were open for any reason. With your family size, a bath and 1/2 might be a good set up for you. You might want to look for a Fleetwood Expedition or Bounder model 38S or F to get an idea of a reasonably priced 1 & 1/2 bath unit. Just some food for thought. Good luck, and if you have any more questions, just ask.

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Majic ....hello ...brother make sure u go diesel....diesel....u will not be sorry and for the money Right now Berkshire with the rear bunks,,,,,,sweet!!!...and lets not forget the 5k rebate... the new tankless never run out of hot water ....I just bought mine although its a 36fws....full wall slide...u need the 39 check out the bershire site ,,,,,,U will be thanking me......class A u r on the right track.......u need the duel refrig/8k gen just perfect...if u were close in nj They have a perfect one at dylansrv.com...dont stray stay on course...call me if u like here is my e mail mistyvalleyacres@aol.com
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Hi all I know it's been a while since I last posted I was looking up RVs in my area and happend to stumble upon a local dealer with an extensive stock. So I took a trip down to the dealer and spent about two hours on the lot looking at different class A Rvs. I ended up checking out a 2012 Fleetwood expidition 38B and instantly fell in love with the thing it has exactly what me an my family need. We are still thinking about it and I wanted to get your guys opinion do you feel this is a good choice?
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Since we have an Expedition, I say yes. I think you'll enjoy the coach.

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Just bought an Expedition and we are happy with it. We also looked at the 38B floor plan. I do know there are a number of 2011's left out there to be had and you can get a better deal on them.
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