Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-24-2017, 02:28 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 29
Newbie trying to make decision on DP coach

Hello everyone first and foremost what a great community here. Hereís my dilemma, I have never camped or let alone been in an RV. I have been doing homework and research as well as attending RV shows for the last 2 years. I was strongly considering renting a DP before pulling the trigger on a 36 foot Newman DP. My question is what company would you rent from and or would you just pull trigger and learn as you go. Iím ready and feeling brave to start this experience. Suggestions ?

Thank you!
__________________

__________________
legarcia is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-24-2017, 02:43 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Stripe34's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Fulltime since Ď16
Posts: 2,359
Blog Entries: 1
where are you located?

I would recommend that you attend some RV shows, rallies, and/or factory tours. The Newmar factory tour is free and very educational. Talk to owners/drivers. You can also visit dealerships - if you tell us where you're at, we can tell you the best places to visit nearby.

There are rentals by owner that might be even better than by the companies. Look at "rent my rv"

If you do go to buy, if it's a new Newmar you can customize it if ordered. Also consider Escapees boot camp and RV driving school.
__________________

__________________
CC, Paul, & Duckie (ACD)
'17 DSDP4018, Wrangler toad
Stripe34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 02:44 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 29
Newbie trying to make decision on DP coach

Thank you for the advice i should of mentioned Iím going to buy used first. I live in Chicago so Midwest is my first points of travel.
__________________
legarcia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 02:47 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Stripe34's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Fulltime since Ď16
Posts: 2,359
Blog Entries: 1
Oh you need to take a day or two and go to Nappanee and Elkhart Indiana. RV tours and Amish country :-).
__________________
CC, Paul, & Duckie (ACD)
'17 DSDP4018, Wrangler toad
Stripe34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 03:16 PM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stripe34 View Post
Oh you need to take a day or two and go to Nappanee and Elkhart Indiana. RV tours and Amish country :-).


Would you recommend renting first ?
__________________
legarcia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 03:35 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Podivin's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 1,101
Since you've never done any sort of camping before, renting first would be a good idea. UNLESS you get a 'steal' on an RV and you're SURE you could get all or most of your money back on a re-sale should you not like camping. (that would be a hard thing to be sure of, I'd think)

My wife and I were boaters before we were RVrs, and those two pastimes have much in common. And we had rented an RV 20-some years before and knew we'd enjoyed that. So we felt fairly comfortable buying a relatively inexpensive RV. If we'd hated it, we would probably only have been 'out' a few thousand dollars - about the same cost as renting.
To some degree this answer also depends on how expensive of an RV you're thinking of buying - more spent equals more potential loss (not counting whatever money you might put into it for maintenance and repairs).
__________________
1996 Fleetwood Southwind 34'
Podivin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 03:37 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 29
Great point! Thank you
__________________
legarcia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 04:39 PM   #8
Senior Member/RVM #90
 
MSHappyCampers's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 26,328
Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Renting would be great if the budget will allow it. DP rental can be really expensive! Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
__________________
Joe & Annette

2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 05:33 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Stripe34's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Fulltime since Ď16
Posts: 2,359
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by legarcia View Post
Would you recommend renting first ?
You definitely don't need to rent before you visit Nappanee & Elkhart. Just google which manufacturers have factory tours. On the Newmar tour, you will see them being built and you can go inside of some newly built rigs.

You should also be able to talk to others in the tour: usually at least some of them will be Newmar owners and/or others thinking of buying one.

Another good trip, with planning/appointment, would be to go to Grand Rapids to look through the rigs that Midway has in stock. New and used. I would recommend Chad as a salesman, and he would take you for a ride in an in-stock MH and also keep an eye out for a trade-in of the model you prefer.

But yes, then maybe do your rental. What models are you considering?
__________________
CC, Paul, & Duckie (ACD)
'17 DSDP4018, Wrangler toad
Stripe34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 05:41 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Stripe34's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Fulltime since Ď16
Posts: 2,359
Blog Entries: 1
Looks like there will be plenty of class A rigs for you to try:
https://rvshare.com/c/Class%20A%20Mo...h=&max_length=

https://www.outdoorsy.co/rv-search/c...e=drive&type=a
__________________
CC, Paul, & Duckie (ACD)
'17 DSDP4018, Wrangler toad
Stripe34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 06:02 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
harleyjt's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Olive Branch, MS
Posts: 1,611
We did not rent before we bought the coach we did. I knew I wanted a gas unit and did some looking and talking and reading. I got very lucky and found a great Newmar coach with very low mileage and extremely clean. It was ten years old so we got it at a reasonable price from a local dealer. My thought was that if we buy an older used rig and use it a year or two one of two things will happen. If its not for us and we don't enjoy it, then I can sell it and I'm not hurt too bad. On the other hand, if we enjoy it and have a good time, then we can always trade up to a newer unit. As its working out, we like the one we have and will probably have it another year or two unless some great deal jumps out at me.

I agree that you should do a lot of looking and pay attention to the details.
jt
__________________
2005 Newmar Kountry Star Gas 3742
Workhorse W24, 8.1L/Allison 5-spd
JT, Em & the boys, Kong & Baxter (rescued grey tabbies)
harleyjt is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 08:19 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stripe34 View Post
You definitely don't need to rent before you visit Nappanee & Elkhart. Just google which manufacturers have factory tours. On the Newmar tour, you will see them being built and you can go inside of some newly built rigs.

You should also be able to talk to others in the tour: usually at least some of them will be Newmar owners and/or others thinking of buying one.

Another good trip, with planning/appointment, would be to go to Grand Rapids to look through the rigs that Midway has in stock. New and used. I would recommend Chad as a salesman, and he would take you for a ride in an in-stock MH and also keep an eye out for a trade-in of the model you prefer.

But yes, then maybe do your rental. What models are you considering?


Tiffin Allegro Red ir a Newman Ventana I donít want anything over 36í
__________________
legarcia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 08:23 PM   #13
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by harleyjt View Post
We did not rent before we bought the coach we did. I knew I wanted a gas unit and did some looking and talking and reading. I got very lucky and found a great Newmar coach with very low mileage and extremely clean. It was ten years old so we got it at a reasonable price from a local dealer. My thought was that if we buy an older used rig and use it a year or two one of two things will happen. If its not for us and we don't enjoy it, then I can sell it and I'm not hurt too bad. On the other hand, if we enjoy it and have a good time, then we can always trade up to a newer unit. As its working out, we like the one we have and will probably have it another year or two unless some great deal jumps out at me.

I agree that you should do a lot of looking and pay attention to the details.
jt


Great advice thank you.
__________________
legarcia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2017, 08:42 PM   #14
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stripe34 View Post
where are you located?

I would recommend that you attend some RV shows, rallies, and/or factory tours. The Newmar factory tour is free and very educational. Talk to owners/drivers. You can also visit dealerships - if you tell us where you're at, we can tell you the best places to visit nearby.

There are rentals by owner that might be even better than by the companies. Look at "rent my rv"

If you do go to buy, if it's a new Newmar you can customize it if ordered. Also consider Escapees boot camp and RV driving school.


Hi there Iím in Chicago. I would welcome any info you could provide.
__________________

__________________
legarcia is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
newbie



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Helping A Newbie Make A Decision candostill Class A Motorhome Discussions 24 05-10-2017 11:54 AM
Make our final decision, we need your help Please! mark42h Toy Haulers Discussion 20 06-18-2015 08:45 AM
Can't make a decision BPoland Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 31 03-27-2015 11:09 AM
Trying to make the best decision osgoor Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 26 12-09-2013 11:43 PM
Time to Make a Decision - Any Input Appreciated Kyle241 Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 14 07-15-2007 11:07 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.