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Old 10-29-2013, 06:14 PM   #43
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We started with the tents, both young, pop up, tt, considered a gasser, but ran into a retired RV sales guy in our neighborhood. He said don't get beat up at the end of the day, no offense class A gassers, bought a used Excursion. However put too much money in a used DP and lost. Traded for our 2012 DP. Wish I had researched as you are doing but simply put I stumbled upon this great forum. I would buy new or no later than a two year old DP. Needs, residential frig, stackable w/d, tag axle, bath and a half, etc. note, we are extremely happy with our 2012 Providence but in retrospect like Don, I would have gone with American Eagle, or Newmar Essex. They were in my price range. Buy as big and comfortable as you can possibly afford new or used but buy quality!!!

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Old 10-29-2013, 06:44 PM   #44
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A few interesting posts and ideas. My contribution:
1. would have purchased long bed diesel in place of a short bed gas.
2. spent more time doing my homework and not have been inpatient
3. paid more attention to what DW was saying, after all she is smarter/wiser (why I asked her to marry me)

We are in the process of looking for our next fifth. We did agonize over TT, DP class A, Classes B and C and for our lifestyle, the fifth fits us best. But one has to reflect on what one wants and needs and that is different for each of us.


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Old 10-29-2013, 07:06 PM   #45
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1. Wish I had spent less money on fast cars and bought a quality RV instead. That Corvette Z06 could have been a nice RV instead of kissing that cement wall at high speed.
2. Should have started sooner instead of waiting till 63 to retire.
3. Should have had that stupid dog stuffed and mounted instead of dragging it around for years.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:04 PM   #46
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Since I retired in 2008, we have owned 2 travel trailers, 1 Class C and now the Class A.
We should of started with the Class A!

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Old 10-30-2013, 08:18 AM   #47
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Should not have gotten an apartment or bought the S&B and should have gotten an RV when Thom got the job in MI. The job had him traveling 90% to 95% of the time. Would have saved time and money and been together more often instead of trying to do what others thought was right. That was all about 8 years ago. Now we are and could not be happier.

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