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Old 10-23-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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If I had it to do all over again I would....

Otto Von Bismark is quoted as saying: "A wise man learns by his mistakes but a wiser man learns by the mistakes of others". In an attempt to be wiser about an RV purchase next spring I am asking fellow IRV2's to answer this question about their RV aquasition experience:

"If I had it to do all over again I would...."

Please no more than three answer with #1 being prioratized as the most important. If this thread does not die on the vine and if there is a representative response I will catergerize all of them and post it on the thread for all to see and review. I see this as a helpfull tool for not only myself but many others as well.
If this has been accomplished before, on IRV2, with the analysis as a by product I could not find it.
Your candid and thoughtfull responses are appreciated.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:58 PM   #2
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If I could do it over again, I would buy a diesel pickup and 5th wheel instead of a Class A. We finally sold the Class A and bought a gas pickup and a TT. We spent too much on upkeep of the MH to be able to buy the combo we first considered.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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I would do the same thing.....45' Truck Conversion RV.......Renegade or Showhauler probably....definately a Toy Hauler.....I love these trucks.....
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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If I had to do it again I'd get a 43' DSDP with four slides rather than our present 41' with only three and we almost did a few months ago. DW scotched the deal, now wishes she had said go ahead!
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:35 PM   #5
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I would have purchased the 41' Mobile Suite instead of the 39'.
Started full-timing sooner.
planned better for retirement. 70 months to go.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:46 PM   #6
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If I had it to do over again, I would;
1. Start sooner - we waited until our 40s to buy our first camper.
2. Listen more - there is a lot of wisdom on these boards, and it's far cheaper to learn the easy way.
3. Spend less on gadgets and stuff we don't need.

Other than that? A whole bunch, but instead of regretting what has passed, I'd rather look forward to what's to come.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:23 PM   #7
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Just like a house it takes at least 3 RV before getting the wright one. 1st we bought a 29 fts Winnebago Brave because I wanted to say own a WINNEBAGO. Turn out to be to small, but I lost so much money selling it , that all I could afford was a TT much much to small, so finaly last year purchase we have what we should have bought to start with. A new Cruiser 5th wheeler with a Ram pickup truck. There are the 3 things that we made no compromise when buying this time.
1) Queen size bed that we can walk around
2) Closed full bathroom with a glass door shower
3) compfortable living area for rainy days
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:13 PM   #8
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1. Start RVing younger than mid 40's
2. Skip the gasser and go straight to the DP with all the goodies (buy bigger than u think u can)
3. Wag more, bark less
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:19 PM   #9
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If I had it to do over again, I would;
1. Start sooner - we waited until our 40s to buy our first camper.
2. Listen more - there is a lot of wisdom on these boards, and it's far cheaper to learn the easy way.
3. Spend less on gadgets and stuff we don't need.
Totally agree with these!
1. We started in our late 30s and still wish we started earlier.
2. You should never stop learining. Though this somewhat contradicts #1.
3. Just go and get out there! Forget about the latest and greatest trucks, trailers, phones, grills, TVs, etc.

But I will add one:
4. I would go straight to our not-so-local and very small Winnebago dealer first and not waste MONTHS looking at all the other junk. Though I have to admit, you don't know how good "good" is, unless you've seen a lot of bad.
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Old 10-23-2013, 09:22 PM   #10
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1 - Get an older, smaller fifth wheel. About 23-25 foot. Lightweight. Half ton, decent gas mileage, older.
2 - Put in new king or two twin beds.
3 - Have two very comfortable chairs for living and tv watching.
Everything else is extraneous.
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1) Buy a bunch of frills and gadgets I don't need and now don't want.
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I started when I was 10 with my parents, they liked good rigs like KenCraft (custom built, full one piece fiberglass roof in 1958), Airstream Excella 500 (Wally Byam #8008) and then Foretravel. Wouldn't do ANY of it differently! Had my own used 16' TT in 1967, tried towing it with a very fast Camaro, but the cooling wasn't up to it so traded it on a '69 Buick GS-400. Better tow vehicle but not nearly as fast! Kept going up in size as the family grew although several divorces set me back!
Now have the 2002 DSDP and planned on going full time by now but my wife's daughter died and we took in the two grandkids, still one at home, now 13 so a few years to go. Then, last year my wife's health went down and she hasn't recovered yet. Wish we'd have gone full time 10 years ago before all this happened.
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Again?
Do it again?
No way!
It could never be better than it is right now!

Wish away folks. Mine have already come true.

Nuff said?
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I guess if I made a mistake, it would have been the time and money spent fixing up the first MH, only to find that without a slide out, it was way too small? We only used it maybe 3 times to see that. Not sure somebody could have convinced me of that though, until experiencing it first hand?
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