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Old 03-03-2016, 05:16 AM   #15
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Your story sounds very familiar. My family and I embarked on our RV adventures two years ago now. I learned so much after the first year and the first outing. We purchased a 2001 Fleetwood 36R that had 89.000 miles on it. Aside from the mileage, the RV was pristine so we jumped on it at $38,000.

I would definitely go with slides. It opens up the living space so well. Tailgating is great fun if you get the chance for a local trip. We actually spend more time than we thought in the RV because it fits the four of us + dog very nicely. On a rainy day, we all have a spot to hang out.

I have worked on fixing every little bug, rattle, and annoyance I could find. Fixed the fridge, the hot water heater, added LED lighting for boondocking and now we're getting ready to sell it. There is plenty of information online, almost too much. New tires going on before the season starts because we certainly won't be leaving the RV sitting around waiting for a buyer. Spring is coming and I would do it all over again for sure!

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Old 03-03-2016, 05:51 AM   #16
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Thanks for your reply. The Florida/Disney trip will be at least an annual trip (total 2 weeks, about 2,500 miles). My wife has family all across the north and north east and we'll be making a round up there every couple of years (about 4,000 miles). We expect to be on on the road about 4 weeks a year not counting monthly weekend trips in the area (3-6 hours away).
With these travel plans I would seriously consider a nice "gas" Class A. It will more then accommodate your needs and the expense to maintain it is minimal to a DP. Shop around and I'm sure you'll find the one that will work for you. As far as slides, they add the added room which is nice but if you are going to be moving around a lot and not sitting in one spot for any length of time you may consider a non slide coach. They probably will be a bit harder to find but I'm sure there are some out there. Our first coach had no slides and we survived. We moved up to our current coach due to retirement and the plan of being on site for 6 months at a time so this works great for us. Good Luck and hope you find the one that works for you.

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We wasted a lot of money moving up thru the RV ranks - trailer to 5th to gas Class A to DP. If you can I might suggest you move to a used 40 ft. diesel pusher now and be done with it. some have bunks and it opens up a whole new world of possibilities so do your research. My quick opinion is: spartan chassis, cummins engine, oasis heat, washer/dryer. Have fun and take your time and definitely have someone check it all out for you. mark

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