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Old 11-07-2013, 07:27 AM   #15
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Sort of depends on how much you spread out to start with. After fishing for 2 months in Alaska, I have a boat to clean, deflate and roll, a boat trailer to disassemble and stow, about 12 fishing poles and reels to put up, a motor , downriggers, anchors, line, shrimp pots and lures to put away, A 4' -16 cu ft chest freezer and a 3 1/2 cu ft chest freezer full of shrimp and fish to load, and the usual step rugs, boots, foul weather gear, long johns, hats gloves, knives, chairs, pressure cookers, canned salmon, and halibut to put away and the standard RV stuff to take care of. About 2 days to pack up and leave. I was just at Red Bay, AL for warranty service. Service was complete Tuesday afternoon. It took me 10 minutes to pack my chair and rug, and drop antennas, I woke up at 2AM and was on the road at 2:30 AM after I had my coffee and waffle breakfast, but I didn't do the dishes or make the bed. Life's whatever you want to make of it.

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Old 11-07-2013, 07:31 AM   #16
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Compared to setting up our 5th wheel the class A is a breeze

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Old 11-07-2013, 07:36 AM   #17
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It's a lot faster than trailers for both set up and take down, that's why we bought our class A instead of a 5'er! But the cost of a class A vs any trailer is the big consideration!
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:40 AM   #18
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Very similar to the old codger... no no, I meant codgerbill
It takes DW and myself less that 5 minutes to unhook the toad and stow the tow gear. If it's a back in site DW guides me in with hand signals, no finger signals allowed. DW then takes over the inside and will put the jacks down (we have auto dump, auto level), put the slides out, and make the inside live able while I do the outside connections. Plug in to shore power, connect water softener and water. Next is cable if available and last is sewer. I keep Clorox wipes and paper towels in the wet bay to clean up afterwards. Note to self: don't put the Clorox wipe in your pocket when done...
I'll put the mat out if warranted and set up the chairs and side table. By then DW has the wine ready and we'll finish up sitting outside and relaxing.
It's all done at a leisurely pace so I'd have to rate it at a 3. If the weather is bad I simply hook up power only and worry about the rest later.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:47 AM   #19
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Having had tents, travel trailers, fifth wheels and now a motorhome, it is by far easier to set up the MH. I would rate set up at maybe 3 on your scale. I don't hook up sewer until I need to dump (sometimes I wait until I get to the next spot so it has time to really move around in there, easier to clean!). I park the MH then level. Then I plug the power in, hook up the water. Then the slides go out, the stuff inside get put out (most stays where it goes except breakable things), run water and then turn hot water heater on, put big awning out, door awning out, sun screen down on the front. The outside is last: table & grill, chairs, mat and flagpole if we are staying a few days. This takes me about an hour by myself. As far as putting it all back, well, that rates a 10! I hate putting it all back up with a passion. It takes a lot longer to put away stuff- roll up water hoses and clamp them, rinse black water tank as needed, put chairs and flagpole in their bags, etc. But even so, it is so much easier in a MH and takes a whole lot less time all around. The 5th wheel was the worst- king pin stabilizer and the wheel chocks, the manual awning, stow away every little thing in it and then hooking the truck back up to leave, making it lock right and tight.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:52 AM   #20
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You made me time it when we pulled into a pull thru. Park brake, auto level, she did 3 slides, I did 50 amp water sewer. 8 Minutes. Then it took 9 minutes to unload the cycle from the pickup and we were READY TO GO RIDE IN 20 MINUTES. Took almost as long to get helmets and gear on as to set up the coach. It takes a few minutes longer to pack up since we check for stuff in way of slides and what is left on counters that might fall in travel.
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:01 AM   #21
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My rating is a 7. To solve the quantity of having to set up and tear down, I stay in one place longer. There is always something to do in the area. For me it is a transition from constant touring.
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:09 AM   #22
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We are "minimalists" meaning; we take out as little as possible for the length if stay intended . So, putting the "stuff" away usually involves the grill, small rug and a lantern.
I enjoy the setup and tear-down as an integral part of RVing and don't mind it at all.
Of course, it IS easier in a motorhome like mentioned.
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:38 AM   #23
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Hi Jim! We bought our Class A a couple of years ago after pulling a 5er for 10 years. The 5er was a lot harder to set up. That was a consideration in buying the MH, since I'm not a "spring chicken" anymore! On a scale of 1 to 10 I would put the MH at a 3 and the 5er at a 7. JMHO
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:59 AM   #24
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The ease of setup and takedown and the spontaneity that we have with the MH were the main reasons we took the plunge this year. We had a TT and truck for three years, and I hated the backing up, hitching, unhitching, leveling, etc.

With the MH, everything is a breeze. Before entering a site, I hop out for a quick look at branches, trees, obstacles, power pedestal, sewer, water and cable connector locations. I also look for crowning or an uneven site. That helps me plan where to put the MH in the site. From parking to full setup, we have it down to under ten minutes. Level, electric, water, slides, mat, chairs, outside table, barbeque, TV - everything. We each fell into a rhythm with tasks without really thinking about it. I often don't hook up sewer until the tanks are full or nearly so.

Take down isn't quite as fast, nor, in my opinion, should it be. I make two complete walks around the motor home, checking that compartments are locked and everything is stowed safely.

I guess I'd give setup a one - I love the process, and takedown a 3, but only because I'm sad at leaviing. Then we get on the road and I'm happy again.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:36 AM   #25
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It has no hassle in it, no matter what style of RV it is. I rate it a 1 in effort and enjoyment. Hey, it is an action that is surrounded by pure fun!

My first fort was blankets over kitchen chairs. I have progressed a bit since then. I love the entire process!

I may cringe at some that set-up for hours with gizmos, gadgets, rope lights, tea lights, etc, but they enjoy it. And I enjoy watching them.

If set-up and take-down is frightening to you, maybe better re-think.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:17 AM   #26
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Our only requirement for set up is leveling the rig so the refrigerator and drains function properly. With an automatic air leveling system I push one button and wait for it to level.

The only requirement before leaving the parking spot is to air up the brake system. Turn on the ignition and wait for the little needles to do their job in the gauge. (It would be prudent to put stuff in the motor home in cabinets so nothing flies around while driving.)

Everything else is user driven.

If you want water, electric and sewer hookups. You will have to connect and disconnect the utilities.

At some time you will need to empty the sewage (black and grey) tanks and add water to the on board water tank, but this does not need to be done just to take the rig on the road.

If you want outdoor carpets, grills, chairs, awning lights, yard games, awnings extended, pop up shelters, you will have to take them out of the rig and put them back in.

I agree with CampDaven above. If the process concerns you, I would skip the Class A ownership hassle.

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Old 11-07-2013, 10:40 AM   #27
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Setting up and taking down doesn't take a lot of time with a class A. Takes about 15 minutes to set up and about 15 to get ready to leave. When I had my trailer it took a lot longer. When I get home, I leave a lot of things in my MH, can goods, cold items in refrigerator. I keep my MH in my drive way and if I need any thing I can get it and I keep it plug in all the time. The only problem that I have is trying to convince my DW that we are only going to be gone for a week and don't need clothes for a month. One suitcase is enough we don't need three. If that is the only problem I have, I am lucky.
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Takes me longer and most work to pack up the outside tables and chairs, lights, ground carpet, etc.

Electric, water, and sewer connect/disconnect is pretty straight forward. Quick connect push on connector for water is a good thing. These things get pretty easy after having done them a few times - first times are a bit if a learning experience.

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