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Old 05-13-2015, 07:46 AM   #1
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Help me finalize my first RV purchase - sub 30ft, $150k budget

We have rented several RVs in the past, to confirm what we like/don't like, and to be sure before purchasing. We have also read this forum quite a bit and just today registered.

Us - family of four, mom/dad, two boys, ages 10 and 8

Usage - long road trips, bring bikes, dog, ability to stop in rest stops or campgrounds, stay the night, occasionally go on dedicated camping trips.

We are not - a retiree couple, looking to spend weeks camped somewhere, needing a huge RV.

Our budget - $150k including taxes.

Our current thinking - based on driving various sizes, we are most comfortable with something in the 20-30ft range, we just don't need anything bigger and my wife starts to feel less comfortable driving larger than that. We like the idea of a smaller A (examples - VIA, Reyo, Brave, etc.) or maybe even a well configured B.

Our problem/challenge - we love the MB Sprinter platform conversion Bs, like the Airstream Interstate. But seems a bit too small for our needs. We also love the new Brave, but it seems a bit too big for what we need and for driveability. We really would like to find something where our two boys can sit, seatbelted, facing forward, while we are driving. Many of the smaller As have them sitting sideways on a sofa. We like the captain chairs configuration of the Bs, but with the added room, sleeping, galley, shower, storage, etc. of the A. Does this RV exist? We cant find it.

Lastly, in terms of other details, we prefer a more modern/European look vs. the more traditional cabin/browns. We also like the idea of a MB turbo diesel engine, but are ok with a Ford V10 also.

Until now we have excluded class C because we find the driveability to feel a bit "detached" and swervy on the road. Not sure if that is fair assessment, but we have driven a few C, including a brand new MB 3500 chassis C and it still felt like it had too much play on the road for our liking.

Help! Thanks!
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:08 AM   #2
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Forget the Spinter in your case.. it would be way too small... If you want to see a nice motorhome check out the Newmar Baystar 2901 (or 03 I forget).. it is on a 22.5" tire chassis with a ford v10. Quality, handling and overall use you will love it.. they have a 27' model but it is on a smaller chassis..I'd not suggest it. Your probably in the $100,000 range.
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:16 AM   #3
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Give this guy a call and talk directly to Tom... you will love his prices:
Tom Lindstrom RV Inc. - CA RV Dealer
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:28 AM   #4
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Give this guy a call and talk directly to Tom... you will love his prices:
Tom Lindstrom RV Inc. - CA RV Dealer
I'll second the recommendation of Tom Lindstrom. I've been working with him and found his prices unbeatable by my local dealer. He has been fair and seems to me, as one who generally does not like salesmen, completely honest and above board.
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try the Thor Axis or Vegas 26' gassers or
maybe the Palazzo 33.2 diesel pusher, slightly
longer but drives great, easy to manuver, and
great fuel mileage
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:58 AM   #6
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Are you planning on sightseeing after you get to your destination? If yes, will you use the MH or tow a car? This should be factored into your selection. Don't forget your boys will grow and they'll need more space.
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You are going to get opinions across the board....so I'll throw mine in the mix. Among a host of pop-ups, truck campers & trailers, we have owned a 24' class C & now a 22' Class A. We loved our Class C, but I would not go back to one. The A will give you much better visibility, way more storage and I think better driving characteristics.

I agree with MisterT....take a look at diesel's at 30'...I think you will like the ride over a gasser. Also, since this is your first purchase, consider a late model used unit so if "down the road" you change your mind it won't sting quite as bad.
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Something like this Tiffin 28' Class A diesel maybe?:

2012 Tiffin Motorhomes Allegro Breeze , Bremerton WA - 113935999 - RVTrader.com

I know the seat configuration is not what you are looking for, but you can get an idea of layout and price.
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Consider a Floor plan that has bunk beds big enough for adult's to use and a queen size bed in main bedroom.

Let that one be your length needed.

Making and unmaking a couch & kitchen table into a bed for the kids will get old fast.
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$150k budget opens a lot of possibilities. I'd be looking at a quality used one that would give you plenty of room for four. A lot of people are antsy at first with a larger coach, but it doesn't take long to get used to it and enjoy the larger living area.
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try the Thor Axis or Vegas 26' gassers or
maybe the Palazzo 33.2 diesel pusher, slightly
longer but drives great, easy to manuver, and
great fuel mileage
I owned a Thor AXIS for 6 months. Worst motorhome I ever owned. Sold it at a loss. Do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. Regards, Jerry
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Consider a Floor plan that has bunk beds big enough for adult's to use and a queen size bed in main bedroom.

Let that one be your length needed.

Making and unmaking a couch & kitchen table into a bed for the kids will get old fast.

X2. We have a 30 ft class A and it is very comfy for the two of us, but with our two grandsons that are the same age as your boys, it is a pain making and unmaking the dinette for them to sleep. Find a nice bunkhouse floor plan.
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just my oponion. My dw and i own a 2011 bounder. 1st motorhome and llove it lot. Dw is short, 5'0 me tall 6'4. She drives and handles the coach with ease. Have traveled with 4 and 5 adults with plenty of room. have always heard buy your last MH first. We have looked at alot of new MH's and would not trade what we have. new it cost 120,000.
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Why don't you take a look at the web site (go with the winns) I think that's th web page. They have a showdown on various size and types of RV'S. Just give you something else to think about. LOL.

Now that I think about it should be (gone with the Winns)
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