Originally Posted by nothermark
I can't see the appeal. I lose the roof of the towed for a canoe or boat, I can't pullover in the rain and walk back for a cold drink while waiting for it to stop, I have to drive a big truck all the time, etc
I've owned 2 Class-As (gas) and a Class-C, all in the 31-36' range.
The "next" RV was between a quality DP and a toy hauler.
The depreciated DP that I found was a garage-kept Fleetwood Revolution, $80k.
The Toy hauler, $51k out the door and a new truck at $61k. (new)
I could have gone either way. I can say that driving the gassers, even when you finally get them sorted out leaves something to be desired. They are, at best, well sorted U-haul trucks. And when you get where you're going, unless you're pulling another car, that's it..
The DP was beautiful, but complicated. The toy hauler, was simple, much lower build quality, but I had experience with pretty much every system i it.
We can't make lunch or run to the bathroom rolling down the road, but my fuel consumption has improved by 70%. When I get somewhere that I'm staying for a while, I can drive the truck.. And although it's non-deal, it's not the same as driving a 31'-36' monster.
I can get the truck serviced anywhere. 1 Ford dealer in 10 had a bay big enough for an F53 or E450 - that was a big problem.
I have found that there is a considerable difference in terms of being able to get through with a 12' Class-A/Class-C or a 13' Toy hauler - that 1 foot makes a big difference in terms of which trees have already been clearanced...
I don't think there is one right answer. With our lifestyle, which always included lugging "toys" around, I chose to eat the depreciation on the Toy hauler and truck. No kids, I'd definitely be DP....