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Old 02-04-2008, 07:00 PM   #1
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I know that somewhere I have seen either a check list or possibly a book which was written to help prospective first time RVers mull through the mounds of information and make informed decisions toward purchasing their first RV.

Anyone know where I might lay my hands on this kind of information for a friend of mine?

Thanks in advance,
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I know that somewhere I have seen either a check list or possibly a book which was written to help prospective first time RVers mull through the mounds of information and make informed decisions toward purchasing their first RV.

Anyone know where I might lay my hands on this kind of information for a friend of mine?

Thanks in advance,
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:11 AM   #3
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Good Morning,

There is now "The Complete Guide to RVing for Idiots" at Amazon.com. There is also a couple of commercial "how-tos" on the internet including www.rvinsidersguide.com. I make no warranty on their value or worth.

BTW I remember you from our Buckhorn days. Richard and Pat now living in Windmill Ridge. Currently sans motorhome. Hope all is well with you.
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Old 02-05-2008, 04:35 AM   #4
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I don't know what area of the country your friend is located in or what his timeline is for buying an RV; but if there if any way for him to get to a Life on Wheels conference, I would highly recommend it. They do have a lot of information for full-timers, but there is also a lot of basic information for newbies and wannabees. We have been to 3 conferences and a high percentage of the attendees (as high as 1/3) don't even own an RV yet. LoW has numerous classes on the selection of an RV, basic maintenance, RV systems, driving, etc.

Joe and Vicki Kieva, who sometimes teach seminars at LoW and other RV shows, rallies, and conferences have a book called RV Tips, Tricks & Techniques that has discussions about selecting an RV and optional equipment as well as practical advice on hookups, packing the RV, dumping, water filters, expenses, etc. I never read the book, but it looks like the kind of information that would benefit a wannabee.
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All the previously posted information is good. It should lead a couple to be able to define what is important to them and then choose an RV that meets their needs. This is the key, what is important to each couple. My suggestion is to limit the list to a top 10 deal breaker items. After that, it's all a compromise. For me, my list of top 10 is:

1. Towing of 10K lbs minimum. The best is 12-15K lbs.
2. Seat belts for 8 people.
3. Eating places for 6 people minimum.
4. Sleeping places (comfortable) for 6 people. Room for a large air mattress on the floor.
5. NCC of 6K lbs. minimum.
6. Tag axle chassis.
7. This is Brand specific, Newmar Comfort Drive or a steering stabilzer equivilant.
8. Tire PSI monitoring system.
9. GPS
10. A bunk bed interior the wife likes.

Once people can define their top ten deal breakers, the choices will be narrowed and the decision made much more easily and with great confidence.
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