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Old 05-17-2016, 12:46 PM   #1
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Question Overwhelmed by options

My husband and I were pretty set that we wanted a Class C, and I was overwhelmed by the options since each make/model seems to have 10 variations for each year! Now we're finding out that some Class A will suit our needs (and we were told they're much easier to maneuver, see while driving, live in, etc), so that swings the options doors wide open again. We have a list of features we want, but the issue is finding the RV that fits the description. With a purchase of this size I'm so afraid of buyer's remorse and getting the wrong one! Do you know which RVs would work for us? The interior design and age really doesn't matter to us since we want to re-paint/upholster/floor anyway, so we're really just looking at layout and reliability! We do want to upgrade the batteries and solar power to accommodate for boondocking, so I'm not sure if a newer model would be better for this or not.


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Mandatory features:
  • We want to pay in full or have at least 50% in cash, so preferably less than $50k (but I would be willing to look at/consider high priced ones if there's nothing that suits our needs in this price range!)
  • Over-cab bed: I know class C has this, but some Class A have a drop down bed in the front. Needs to be at least a double bed so we can sleep 2 people
  • Rear bedroom: We want to remove the bed and turn this space into a workroom/office. Many of the RVs we've seen so far use the space under the bed for bigger storage underneath, so something with a flat floor here would be best, though I suppose I could still make the space work if it wasn't flat
  • Slide outs: Since we plan on living in it full time, the extra space would be really useful. However, we want things to still be accessible if the slide outs are in. Some we saw close off portions of the RV when the slide outs are in, and we DON'T want this.
  • Needs to be able to tow our car (about 3000 lbs)
  • Dry bath

Preferred features:
  • Couch (doesn't need to be big, I would just like to have one for long-term living)
  • Smaller dinette or table/chairs instead of booth (I've seen some huge ones and it just takes up a lot of space. There's only two of us that need to sit at it)
  • Small desk: A couple RVs we looked at had a small desk space in the bedroom. I can always build one if there isn't one built in, but it would be a lot more convenient to have one already there!
  • I know there's no such thing as good gas mileage in an RV, but since we've been spoiled by our prius's mileage, something on the higher mpg would be preferable
  • counter space: I'd like to have at least a little counter space. Many I saw had zero counter area. I can make do if necessary, but it'd be nice if it was there to begin with.

Would be nice, but not at all necessary
  • Pop up TV: I've seen a couple where the TV lives inside a small counter space and pops up out of it for use. We rarely use the TV (just occasionally for games), so this would be nice to have it out of the way when we're not using it!
  • Shower outside of the bathroom: I initially thought this was weird, but I agree with my husband that with the skylight above it, it diffuses the light and really brightens up the space.


I know this post got pretty long, but if you stuck around to the end and could point us in the right direction, that would be exceptionally helpful!
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:00 PM   #2
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Decide how and where you'll be using your new RV and how it'll fit into the lifestyle you envision when you are using it. Obviously, a high end coach with all the frills and fancies might not fit one you plan to take on repeated hunting and fishing expeditions. Full timing and staying at a high end park will not lend itself to folks who want to travel the country seeing many sights. Pick one that fits how you liv e or how you want to live.

You look like you have a good start with your lists, but just remember, once you decide to purchase a specific rig, THE DECISION IS DONE! You'll always see something that comes on the market that you'd love to have or should have waited for, but THE DECISION IS DONE! You were happy when you made that decision, and second guessing is a waste of time. Of course if you're like most RV'ers the day you buy the new coach you'll start to develop a list for what you want in your NEXT RV. That's looking forward, not back and is a good thing, because half the fun is in the planning, dreaming and expectations.

Enjoy your new rig, whatever it is and plan for the future, not the past.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:09 PM   #3
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It's all meaningless without a budget.

edit:woops, completely missed the "50k" bit.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:11 PM   #4
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Just my humble opinion here.
Narrow down your wants/needs/like/desires/dislikes/budget a lot more. The first one that hits me is price.
You want to spend 50k but are willing to spend more. Which is it is it???
Go to a large RV show and spend a couple of days looking. Think about how you will use it? Does one option annoy you? Are you really going to remove the rear bed for an office? Others have purchased a class A with a bunkhouse option and remove the beds to make an office.
It's really hard for someone who doesn't know your preferences to give answers on things you yourself don't know.
It took me a couple of months to decide class A or fifth wheel. Gas or diesel. Then a couple of more months to decide Tiffin, Forest River or Fleetwood.
But one thing for sure for me I knew what my budget was and not a penny more. But that's be. I analyze it until I am comfortable with my decision. I also write it down and keep that paper just in case I every question my decision down the road. I at least can recall why I made that decision in the first place.
Best of luck making some decisions
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Make sure you get a fuel injected engine. The rockies and carbs do not mix well. Make sure the carrying capacity is high enough for full timing. Some coaches are very heavy with little carrying capacity. DO NOT TAKE ANYONE'S WORD FOR IT. Check the paperwork. Some people lie and some are just misinformed. Check the date on the tires. You do not want to buy a coach and immediately have to replace all tires. Some people run 10 years on tires but most run 7 years.
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If you want something that is small but very efficient with space you can look at the Safari TREK (now just sold as the TREK). They use a drop down bed so you have more usable space during the day when not sleeping while keeping the coach that much smaller. Some have slide outs and many are available right around your price point, or even just under it.

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So I know this a hike from you guys but look at this one here locally. It doesn't have the over an bed like you want but the bedroom in the back is massive with two slides and offers a rather large dual desk area. Just a thought but something like this would be extremely comfortable to live in

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You want to spend 50k but are willing to spend more. Which is it is it???
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Others have purchased a class A with a bunkhouse option and remove the beds to make an office.

I honestly don't know what prices are reasonable to expect for the features I'm looking for. While I would certainly prefer to keep it under $50k (lower is better!), but if the features I need don't exist in that price range, then we'll clearly need to save up more and/or finance. Basically, I don't want to miss seeing it just because I don't know what prices to expect. Since we plan on using this as a full time living and work space, these amenities are much more important than if we were just using it a few weeks out of the year.

As for the workroom/office, I make dreadlocks for a living, so I need a room that I can take clients in while I work on their hair. We wanted to convert the back bedroom into this space, which is why we want the over-cab bed
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In my opinion budgets will and do change as you get more into the process of finding what you really want/need. Keeping within your budget is important, but don't set a budget and then be pennywise and dollar foolish. You will find as you continue your search that at the base starting point of Class A MH's, that spending a few thousand more on the front end will significantly increase the quality and comfort of the MH you buy. Buying the right one first is much more economical than buying to fit in your budget only to find that you don't like it or it doesn't fit your needs. Do your research, look at as many as you can, compare quality, and know your prices. Then you can set the parameters for your budget. We actually went about 10K over our original budget, but we got a MH we love and will be keeping it for a long time.
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Decide how and where you'll be using your new RV and how it'll fit into the lifestyle you envision when you are using it.

We really like the freedom an RV will give us, whether it's on the road frequently, parked in one location months at a time, or boondocking. We'll probably do a decent mix of all 3, though both of us really like the idea of boondocking as opposed to staying in an RV park all the time, and I imagine we'll stay in a general location for a few months at a time.
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In my opinion budgets will and do change as you get more into the process of finding what you really want/need. Keeping within your budget is important, but don't set a budget and then be pennywise and dollar foolish. You will find as you continue your search that at the base starting point of Class A MH's, that spending a few thousand more on the front end will significantly increase the quality and comfort of the MH you buy. Buying the right one first is much more economical than buying to fit in your budget only to find that you don't like it or it doesn't fit your needs. Do your research, look at as many as you can, compare quality, and know your prices. Then you can set the parameters for your budget. We actually went about 10K over our original budget, but we got a MH we love and will be keeping it for a long time.
This is exactly why my budget listed was pretty vague. Obviously we'd like to pay less, especially since we want to put more money into repainting/uphostering it. But since layout/features are really important and I don't know what's a reasonable price to expect for them, I'm willing to look at and consider higher priced models.
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So I know this a hike from you guys but look at this one here locally. It doesn't have the over an bed like you want but the bedroom in the back is massive with two slides and offers a rather large dual desk area. Just a thought but something like this would be extremely comfortable to live in

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I think the only thing we would consider without an over-cab bed (either a permanent one or one that lowers from the ceiling) would be if the bedroom had a murphey bed so it could be easily moved out of the way when I have clients over (I make dreadlocks and need a workspace that would fit myself and the person who's hair I'm working on)
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I'm not sure how to edit my post, but we really want the back bedroom to be an actual room (as opposed to just having a desk or table to work at) because I'm a dreadlock maker and I need a space to have clients in while I work on their hair. This is why we really want the front sleeping arrangement. I think the only way we'd take one without the front sleeping area would be if the bedroom uses a murphey bed that we could easily put away when I have someone over
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Can't you take car of that in the salon area?
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