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Old 04-15-2016, 09:12 PM   #29
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First RV was a 1995 Safari Trek with front engine Diesel engine. Paid $18k plus another $4-5k in tires, services, and repairs to make it long distance travel worthy. Kept it 7-8 years. It provided good service and many enjoyable travels.

Next was the 2002 Pace Arrow and recently the Tiffin Phaeton.

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Old 04-17-2016, 11:27 AM   #30
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What is the first RV you bought or started with?

I started with a 1977 HR Imperial 40WDS and learned a lot about owning and maintaining a motorhome. It also taught me that I wanted more slides, a bigger engine, aqua hot and a residential refrigerator all of which I now have in my Panther. Use the wisdom of others and try to. Buy your last motorhome first. It can save you tons of money in the long run.

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Old 04-17-2016, 11:38 AM   #31
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The first for me was a 1985 Starcraft Starlite 14 folding camping trailer. I had it for six years. It was a lot of fun to camp in.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:02 AM   #32
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My first

About 40 years ago, my first RV was a 1975 22' class A Pace Arrow on a Dodge gas chassis that I bought with a salvage title for $2,500. The insurance company totaled the thing due to a roof leak that wiped out the whole left side and half the top!!

I removed and replaced the entire left side and rebuilt the front roof section. I was a whole lot younger in those days and would bite off about anything. At any rate, the MH only had around 2200 miles on it and ran good. It handled terribly in the wind, but I used the thing for several years for most local camping trips.

Kept it for about 4 years and sold it for $9,500!!
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:36 AM   #33
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1969 Nomad TT. Towed it with a 1970 Oldsmobile Delta 88.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:33 AM   #34
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1973 Field & Stream 13 ft TT and towed it with a 1973 Vega GT.
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Old 04-18-2016, 11:44 AM   #35
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1969 Nomad TT. Towed it with a 1970 Oldsmobile Delta 88.
And, I forgot to mention - it was a brand new rig and car, in 1970. Young and foolish, took right off for Nova Scotia on our first trip, from VT.
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:39 AM   #36
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:53 PM   #37
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Over all of these years.

Back in my youth, family camped frequently & often in a 1969 Apache tent trailer.
Fast forwarded to the newlywed 80s, a decade of tents.
Mid 90s pop up tent trailer,
then another,
Then a trailer,
then a fifth wheel.

Then two years a go, after a year of research, our 2008 Winnebago Destination, bought through eBay motors. It was sweet deal and we closed on it two years ago today.

The road is calling.
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Old 04-20-2016, 11:41 AM   #38
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We started out 21 years ago with a 1995 Winnebago Minnie Winnie class "C". Ordered it from the factory and kept it for 10 years. Second MH was a 2005 Voyage class "A" and kept it for 9 years and we bought it new. When we retired we needed more room so we bought the KStar since we live in it for 6 months out of the year. I prefer the Class "A" motorhome for numerous reasons. If you plan on full timing in the future and your husband is a good mechanic I would stay with a that. I was a Machinist Mate in the Navy and have always worked on my own vehicles. Good luck in your search and thank him for me for his service.

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Old 04-20-2016, 11:48 AM   #39
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That was in 1968 and I just don't remember what it was other than about a 17' TT that I towed with a 1967 Camaro with 396 and 4 speed. Ended up buying a 1998 Buick as the Camaro was too light and lacked radiator capacity.
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Old 04-20-2016, 12:09 PM   #40
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We found our used coach three states and a 400 mile drive away. Had a tight budget, knew the make and model we felt fit our life style and just started searching regularly until the coach that is in our driveway popped up one evening. Drove it home a week later. Spending a few hundred to save thousands sometimes can be a good thing.

Our first and only RV so far, 2006 Hurricane 31D. Drove it home April 2011 and haven't looked back. Lots of sweat equity invested so far. The list never seems to grow shorter of stuff I want to add on or change out.
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We started "RV-ing" 3 years ago with a 1998 Itasca Sunflyer 34WY. It was a great "starter" RV that taught us a lot about floorplan and systems. We recently traded it for a 2016 Thor Hurricane 35C.
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