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Old 09-08-2013, 07:05 AM   #1
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Hello all..My wife and I have just recently retired and are leaning towards buying a class A or C motor home ..we are totally new to this and any advice/pro and cons to sizes,towing issues,gas or diesel,what to expect to pay insurance-wise,or any thing else that pertains to a motor home,would be greatly appreciated.ty

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Old 09-08-2013, 07:12 AM   #2
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There is a huge difference between a C and an A. I would spend time walking the RV dealer lots and going into as many RVs as I could, then figure out your budget and research what that budget will get you online. That will narrow your choice down.

I spent three years researching and figuring just how much I wanted to spend. I then looked at what brands I wanted to go with and what year and model that number would get me. Then it came down to floor plan and cleanliness and care of the coach.

A lot depends on how you plan to use it too. Full time? Weekends?

As far as insurance, the number will vary. I pay about 1600.00 with a 1000 deductible.

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Old 09-08-2013, 07:22 AM   #3
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So much of this depends on your expectations, and how you intend to use it. For example, if you won't be using it other than an occasional weekend and maybe a couple weeks vacation that would be one thing, if you will spend months at a time in it, that would be another. Will you be making shorter trips from home, or will your adventures be for weeks or months at a time? Will it be just the two of you, or will you have family or friends traveling with you? Do you prefer high end RV resorts or state, county or national parks?

As for insurance, once you're down to your short list, call your insurance agent and they'll be able to give you quotes on all of them. Insurance isn't something anyone else can give you a number on, it's so personal to you, your past driving records, where you live and local regulations and rates, and so on. Of course that won't keep people from telling you what they pay, and with what company, but keep in mind your neighbor, even if driving the exact same car as you, doesn't pay the same premium as you.

Give more information on how you intend to use the RV and you'll get a LOT of advice here.

Have you ever owned an RV? One place to start might be renting one for a week or two, if not, to make sure you can envision yourself using one long term.

Good luck!
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:34 AM   #4
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First off, welcome to the Forum! Though I agree going RV shows and sales lots will give you the best idea of the differences, I would also tell you to spend time wandering the Etherwaves, especially here at the Forum. You can go between many of the discussions and pick up the important ideas and differences and what to look for by simply spending some quality time reading and skimming.

Good luck in your hunt!
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and good luck with you search!
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:34 AM   #6
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Welcome to iRV2 !! Every single one of us were "newbies" at one time. We started out with a Class C on the Sprinter chassis, later upsized to a 34' FRED Class A, and then finally bought the last coach we will own, the Tiffin Phaeton. The Class C had a lot of benefits in driving, parking, gas mileage (that little Mercedes diesel got superb mileage). But in the sleeping department, it failed miserably. The FRED also got decent mileage and was still pretty easy to drive and park. Sleeping was better (short queen). The Phaeton is what I wish we had bought first.....sure would have saved me some money, as all three coaches were bought brand new. We are very comfortable in the Phaeton......what more can I say ?

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Welcome and glad to meet you!

I pay a little over $1800 per year insurance which includes my toad and FT insurance. This last is important since we no longer own a SB home with homeowners insurance. The FT insurance covers if people get hurt in your coach. It also covers belongings (those things that are not attached to the coach) which homeowners insurance would cover if we had a home.

I like the appointments and overall fit and finish of a DP coach. However the initial cost and operating cost may be higher.

Find something the DW likes and go with it. Floor plan is important.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:42 PM   #8
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We started out with no knowledge at all and bought a 26' Class C. Two trips convinced us we'd made BIG mistake. The floor-plan was unacceptable - corner bed, pedestal tables. It also had a floor-level in the house that was higher than the cab, so I banged my head on the edge of the bed frequently. We never used that bed because of claustrophobia problems.

The engine was a carb-equipped Ford 460 which got 6 mpg at sea-level and about 4.5 mpg in the mountains. It had warped exhaust manifolds (a $1200 fix) and serious brake problems caused by overheated brake fluid ($800 fix). We gave up in the middle of our second season with that turkey.

Fast forward 6 years, to when we could finally afford to have another go. We found an 8 year-old 32' Class A being sold by the original owners. It only had 12,000 miles on the clock and 48 hours on the generator. They were selling for health reasons.

Very happy with it so far - now into our third season.
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:21 PM   #9
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ty for your responses..to start with we don"t plan on living it in the near future,but..it could happen---some day,We are now looking at class A..as most class C"s we have looked at have the bed extended way over the cab,thus blocking some marvelous views(or so we have been told)by past C users we have chatted with in person.We are not familiar with any of the abbreviated terminology,so if at all possible spell it out please.First of all,we are looking for a gently used home,not too old..not too many miles with service records we could view..gas or diesel will always be an issue as we all know that will only get worse price-wise as time wears on.Are there any specific forums here that will help us in our decisions? How difficult is it too drive say a 32 footer? Could my wife manage that task as well? We've both driven for decades combined with no tickets or violations what so ever but HEY we are talking a much bigger rig here,more questions to follow as we think of them,ty all

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