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Old 08-02-2014, 11:17 AM   #15
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My husband and I set out 3 1/2 years ago - traded our car and for a little extra cash we purchased a used Class A Motorcoach Gypsy-- she is only 30 foot but plenty big for us. Age is not so much a factor as is mileage. We were blessed and she had really low mileage and had been taken care of -- she's a good old girl. One consideration is however -- many communities do not allow campers more than 10 years old (but often once they look at the condition it is not a factor).

One of my favorite things is shopping in Gypsy because I do not have to carry the groceries/items to the car etc. We park in the parking lot furthest from store (exercise and best entry/exit) and are able to roll the cart right up to Gypsy - he hands it up and I put it away (no more loading and unloading car). When traveling we often do this at a time where we want to rest for the night -- Walmart, Home Depot welcome RVs overnight in most areas (if they don't it is because of community rules - so check first)

We have been full-timing in Gypsy all of that 3 1./2 years. We have our virtual office set up in her and have been work camping for over a year -- so the flexibility and possibilities abound.

Our generator is what came with Gypsy. Although we are looking at additional avenues as well. You may want to look at generators and solar possibilities.

We have had no other vehicle other than Gypsy in that 3 1/2 years ... so tow vehicle not necessarily an immediate necessity and in some areas not a necessity at all.

I don't know the areas you want to travel in, but I do think cost may be a factor as well as length. I have seen some huge and magnificent RVs. I have also noticed that many times a certain length is not allowed on a road or campground (national forests).

As far as permanency when we stop traveling. Gypsy works just fine -- we stay for entire seasons (sometimes up to 5 or 6 months) in an area and have noted she will be just as good as any apartment when we stop. We see motor homes as well as 5th wheels set up for permanent (non-traveling) living all the time. The front is my favorite area -- comfortable chair, tv and lots of area to look out of. Just this month -- my computer was moved from table area to the front passenger side.

Whatever decision you make - God bless and let us know! - Deb

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Old 08-02-2014, 03:44 PM   #16
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Hey all you RVers
thank you for your responses. I am humbled by your responses. You have given us lots to consider. we may indeed be trying to kill two birds with one stone... and they may not be compatible. But we do want to travel and I know that some people do stay in one place for a while... still we have lots of questions and lots of research to do.

Meanwhile, I want to send a great big thank you to all of you who took the time to welcome us or to thoughtfully answer and share your stories.... and yeah, I think ours will be named as well... You always give a name to that which you love... and I know this is going to be something we will love.
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I am so sorry to hear that you will be leaving this life. It seems as though you love it dearly. I'd love to hear anything else you have to tell me! I'm sure you have lots of stories! Be blessed... in all of your new choices...
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Welcome and I commend you for coming here first. I did the same for my tow truck and my fiver as I figured the folks actually doing it would know more than sales people.
It is a learning experience. We are in our 3rd summer with the fiver and learned something about it just yesterday. It seems that the stove hood vent comes with the exhaust flap locked down for travel and we had never opened it. LOL!
I've told my wife that I am so comfortable with our fifth wheel, I wouldn't mind selling the house and full timing. She is not so sure.
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