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Old 09-14-2017, 10:37 PM   #1
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Considering Fiver -> Motorhome Switch

So, considering moving from my current fifth wheel to a motorhome....but only considering the idea at this point. Motorhome would be a Class A or one of the Super C's, I think.

First - I love the floorplan of my current rig. Perfect for us, lots of room. So the fifth wheel itself isn't the issue.

Since starting full time in April, we've learned a couple of things. We tend to travel - a lot. We've gone from Florida -> Michigan -> Florida -> Texas -> Alaska, and are now on our way to the Seattle area. We also like to boondock, be it Wal Mart or an out of the way camping spot.

Another consideration - we both work online, and we have to move one of our "offices" back and forth to the truck whenever we get on the road. I'm starting to dislike "living" in the truck when traveling.

We have also found that we are a little on the large side right now for alot of parks and campgrounds, so regardless of vehicle type, we may downsize. After being on the road for a minute, we've found that we need less room than we originally thought.

So - the idea of not moving back and forth between vehicles and having a little easier setup/teardown, as well as access to the coach while traveling is inviting. Also, I think the wife would drive a motorhome, where I'm currently the only one driving our current rig.

Thinking something in the area of 33-35 feet, diesel. Anyone else done this? Any considerations I should look at? Besides renting one, which is obvious, what should I do to assist with the decision?
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Renting is a good idea, but you will get spoiled if you rent a new one.
If your wife is hesitant about driving it, maybe the both of you can take a MH driving course.
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Old 09-15-2017, 07:47 AM   #3
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DW and I went from a 33 ft 5th wheel to a 30 ft motorhome this year. We switched because it is easier for me to set up and tear down. It is convenient having access to all of the motorhome while traveling. If there is inclement weather when you arrive you are set to ride out the weather without leaving the vehicle. One thing we do not miss is dealing with the large truck in small parking lots while sight seeing. That also means you will need to consider towing a vehicle and how you will tow it.

We spent many months and looked at a lot of motorhomes before we bought ours. Find a floor plan that will work for your needs and go from there
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Will you be keeping the Tow Vehicle if you get a MH? That is a consideration. I have a cousin that had a 5, then a couple Super C's, and now back to 5. He was keeping the 1 ton pickup whether he had a MH or 5. When my wife and I started considering camper options the MH was the best choice for us because we do not have a tow rig option that the entire family fits in. So it would require driving a tow rig and family vehicle to go anywhere. But with the MH we just hook the family driver to the back and roll. Insurance is like $22 a month on MH, no way I could insure another pickup for that amount!
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If we go this route, we'll be getting rid of the tow vehicle in favor of a flat tow toad, either a four door jeep or four door truck, I think.

As mentioned above, the ability to take someone on a trip is another consideration.
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:46 AM   #6
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I say go for it! There are a lot of really great, shorter MH's.. I'd certainly go with diesel, even if I had to go much older to do so.
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There are advantages to a MH for me. Stopping in bad weather I don't need to get out. Fuel for long gen runs without refueling, boondocking. Two sleeping areas in 5ver might be better depending on bathroom area. Extra powered rig incase of a problem, smaller get around "jeep" for sight seeing. For sure EZer to setup and park. The wife can drive just about anything well but refused, other than learning the RV, to drive the A or C. Might take a ride in a A or two my wife did not like the passenger seat so far back from the wind screen, and have heard this from many wives.

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We are in the crowd who went from a small (27' no slide Class A ) to our present 32' 5th wheel... Now we are talking going back to a class C ... (or A) Our 5vr has great room compared to older class A , BUT,,, its just DW and (was) 2 Danes,,, now one Dane... We miss having room traveling down the road,,, even with a 4 door pickup,,, DW has a great 'toad', a Honda Fit,,, weighs almost nothing,,, BUT YES I'll keep my truck !!!! We are looking,,,, not shopping YET.... We miss several things of a motorhome,,,, but Love the room of the 5vr... As others have said,,, it would be a diesel,,, no more crawling up hills for us.... We'll see.... Anybody wanna trade ????

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Old 09-15-2017, 01:41 PM   #9
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Everyone has their preferences. Many good points have been raised in the previous posts. We switched from a travel trailer to a motorhome and haven't looked back yet. Granted it wasn't a 5er, but it was huge and spacious and inexpensive (comparatively speaking).

The appeal of having access to everything while traveling was a big selling point. Not having to get out of the vehicle in a less than desirable overnight spot is nice. Set up and break down is so much easier. Also, being fully self contained, not needing any sort of hookups for days was another plus in our books.

By far still, our favorite feature is that the rest of the family can enjoy meals, movies, naps, and the restroom, while one of us drives. Even for the driver, the nearest clean restroom or sandwich break is always at the next exit.

As far as what you can do to assist with the decision...really just think about how you like to travel. Do you want to ride in your transportation and tow all of your luxurious accommodations behind you, or do you want to ride in your luxurious accommodations and tow your transportation behind you?
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