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Old 08-14-2013, 02:05 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone!

Thanks for your insights! I tried to tally up the reasons given so far. I tried to consolidate similar answers. I did not weight the responses, just incremented each reason mentioned (multiple responses counted in each category):

More Space: 6
Upgrade to Diesel/More Power: 5
Floorplan: 3
Ride: 2
New(er): 2
Chassis: 1
Stairs: 1
Setup Time: 1
Had desire and money: 1

Remodeled: 1

So far, #1 reason is more space, followed closely by diesel power or more diesel power. No one's mentioned downsizing.

I read with interest in an old thread on the Newmar Ventana where one member mentioned downsizing from a 40' DSDP to a 34' Ventana, but their current signature shows 2012 40' DSDP again. If you downsized and upsized again, please tell us!


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Old 08-14-2013, 02:55 AM   #16
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Went from a truck and travel trailer to a new to me DP. Reason: I couldn't tow a boat and the travel trailer at the same time or a vintage car on a trailer and the TT at the same time.

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Old 08-14-2013, 03:35 AM   #17
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:37 AM   #18
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Often, lifestyle changes. Ours was perfect for vacations and weekend events. Now, we like the lifestyle and I'm retired so we would like more room. Haven't decide to make do with a remodel or bite the bullet on a larger one.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:52 AM   #19
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We just upgraded from a 1996 Itasca Suncruiser 37RW to a 2005 Fleetwood Southwind 37C. Went from 1 to 3 slides to get space for our son to move a wheelchair around. Also got a freestanding dinette and more storage space. So put us in the MORE SPACE category.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:58 AM   #20
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Only because I wanted to and I could
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:42 AM   #21
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:54 AM   #22
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Upgraded from a 32 ft. 99 gas class A to a 37 ft. 2006 DP in April 2012. Felt too big, so in December 2012 downsized to a 2013 28 ft. Gas class A. Felt too small, so last week traded for a 2014 34 ft. Gas class A(Winnebago Sightseer 33C.) Feels just right!
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:01 PM   #23
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In April, this year, we traded our 04 FR Sandpiper and 07 DRW Ford on a 2000 Newmar Mountain Aire 4092 DP. Reason #1. DW's knees were feeling the pain of climbing the 4 steps into the fiver then 4 more into the bed/bath area.
#2. Setup time.

We owed nothing before and nothing now.
It was apparently a good trade. DW is happy and we have had no issues.
Same reasoning for us, only it was my knees and hips. It counts even more today, I had another heart surgery last Friday.
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:28 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by davidahn View Post
As I've browsed the forums, I've come across a pattern: many people who have been RVing for a while talk about upgrading/buying new RVs, often while the old RV is just a few years old. I got curious: why are people switching RVs? So I thought I'd ask that question in the form of a poll:

Why did you upgrade to your current RV from your old RV?
1. Wanted more space
2. Wanted to downsize
3. Wanted better fuel economy
4. Wanted a better chassis
5. Wanted that new RV smell (just wanted a brand new RV)
6. Other: please specify

How many opted to remodel instead of buy a new RV, and what did you do?
1. Complete gut job and remodel
2. New cabinets
3. New furniture
4. Reupholstered existing furniture
5. Other: please specify

Thanks in advance to all those participating!

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Old 08-14-2013, 03:51 PM   #25
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Went from a 31 ft class c to 35 ft A. The other coach was 15 years old and we were having some problems with it. Wanted larger bathroom, bedroom, and storage. Found this used unit one day while out driving around. Was an impulsive purchase, totally surprised ourselves! We love it!!!!
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:20 PM   #26
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had a 2009 Fleetwood Terra 34 ft traded for a 2007 Monaco Beaver DP what a difference the Terra was noisy both engine and road noise the Beaver is so quiet and hardly feel the road also bigger 34 vs 40 ft 2 slides vs 4 real queen size bed not a RV queen but it comes at a significant cost in maintainence and upkeep W/D etc Worth the bath I took on the Terra

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Old 08-14-2013, 04:25 PM   #27
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Old 08-14-2013, 05:41 PM   #28
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We had a 2011 Solera. My wife has a mobility problem and had a hard time getting up on the corner bed also it was very cramped. We traded it for a Winnie Vista 26 HE lots of room and not a corner bed. More room and larger fuel tank plus larger holding tanks. hated having to use DEF in the diesel.

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