Originally Posted by LSC9901
Not sure where in VT you are but in South Burlington, Pete's RV's (I believe) rents RV's. You may want to contact them to make sure.
With 5 people no matter what you rent/buy it will be close. Hopefully you will be spending the majority of your time outside. I know when we go we spend max time outside. Bathroom time will be busy with that many people but most campgrounds have facilities that would ease some of that.
My personal experience with driving a motorhome is that it isn't a big issue. There are some obvious conditions. Rear views are not great. If you are OK with mirrors then you are set. Rear view cameras are a plus. None the less you will be backing up 30 plus feet. Myself, I'd rather back up a motorhome versus a 30' trailer. If you have mega experience with a trailer then disregard my comment.
As most will tell you, floor plans are important. The spouse needs to be content with the kitchen area. Make sure there is ample room for lounging at night or on a rainy day. Take some time and do your online research. Most companies offer online brochures so that you can get a good idea of what the floor plan and storage space consist of.
Feel free to contact me via PM if there is anything that I can help you with locally. I am in the Chittenden county area. I certainly do not have all the answers but I am willing to offer opinions. Winnebago, although it isn't what I have, is a good choice.
IMO this is good advice.
I always suggest that floor plan is the most important item you have control over. You will likely be cooped up with the family a couple times on your trip due to inclement weather.
You will need enough room for active youngsters with their abundant energy, but you already know that. Your wife will appreciate an adequate area for food prep as you can fully.
Size is relative and you will find you will quickly become familiar with the larger size. You have to think about future maneuvers but if you go slow and look several times when pulling in or out you will be fine. There are many fine videos with driving suggestions that provide much valuable information.
Good luck in your selection of MH. You will be pleased no matter what you purchase.