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Old 04-02-2015, 09:20 PM   #1
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New to RV and haven't decided on the type yet

I am new to RV and have a ton of questions. Looking forward to having wonderful experiences on the road

I haven't bought a RV yet. Looking at Class A, C and 5th wheel Trailers. Not sure which would be best for the type of traveling I hope to do.
I love the idea of being able to stop and look around. If I find a town that seems interesting I would like to park the my home (that sounded strange) and drive around looking and experiencing what the area has to offer. Than return and continue on my way. This would happen between my planed destination where I would camp.

Class A or C with a tug would allow me to park, unhook and go scouting. A 5th wheel would look like I am camping or abandoned the trailer.
What do you think?

If it is a 5th wheel how do I keep it from being stolen or impounded?
Right now when I have to go to a conventions and stay in a motel, on my free days I jump in a rental and take off. check everything out and have a great time. It is amazing what you can find.

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There are locks that can be put on the fifth wheel king pin so it can not be hitched up.

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Welcome to the forum, you sound a lot like me. Whenever I had to travel for work I would usually extend the trip by a day or two, rent a car and go exploring, that is a lot of fun and you see things you never knew about. With that said we went with the Class A as to me it is easier to travel in. I have never had a 5th Wheel, but we had a TT and it was nice when unhooked that you had a truck to use. With the Class A and a Toad, you are all set, and in my opinion it is easier to set up camp with a Class A, and while traveling you can have your co-pilot get you something to eat or drink, they can watch TV, use the bathroom ect. I try not to park my MH on the streets though, I usually find a CG and then go exploring from there. Good luck on whatever you choose, there's no right or wrong, just whatever fits your needs the best.
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I am new to RV and have a ton of questions. Looking forward to having wonderful experiences on the road

I haven't bought a RV yet. Looking at Class A, C and 5th wheel Trailers. Not sure which would be best for the type of traveling I hope to do.
I love the idea of being able to stop and look around. If I find a town that seems interesting I would like to park the my home (that sounded strange) and drive around looking and experiencing what the area has to offer. Than return and continue on my way. This would happen between my planed destination where I would camp.

Class A or C with a tug would allow me to park, unhook and go scouting. A 5th wheel would look like I am camping or abandoned the trailer.
What do you think?

If it is a 5th wheel how do I keep it from being stolen or impounded?
Right now when I have to go to a conventions and stay in a motel, on my free days I jump in a rental and take off. check everything out and have a great time. It is amazing what you can find.
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Curiosity...The best advice that I can give is to take your time in deciding just what it is that you want to do with your rig. Go to RV shows and dealerships. Look at new and used. Look at all shapes and sizes. When you are at shows, start a conversation with some people that are doing the same thing that you are. Participate in and start threads on this site. Overtime (it took two years for us) "your coach" will separate itself from the others.

For us, we like the comfort, quiet, and drivability of a Class A DP. We will pull the toad (a jeep) to get us into the backcountry (for solitude) and the city for (museums). Both of which we love to do.

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We originally had a Class C, it served us well for +11 years. We now have a 38' Class A DP and really like the fact that it can be fully self sufficient to boon dock where ever you stop.

A large Class A will have enough water storage and gray and black storage to go days of weeks without replenishing. In moderate temps the solar panels can keep batteries charges for lights etc. Generator in very hot or cold will run AC or heat. Towing capacity on a large Class A will be higher.

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Glad to have you here with us.

If you are not in a hurry to buy I would recommend a visit to a large RV show. Where you can see most of the models side by side. Also because you spend a lot time inside it, make sure that the floor plan will fit your needs. If you are planning extensive travels then storage may also be an issue.

Think about renting a Class "C" and "A". You'll get a better feel for them. Towing a car from either one will be the same. Quick disconnect and hookups if you tow four down.

Best of luck withh your search and Happy Trails!!
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

IF you are going to do mostly weekends and a week or so occasionally, AND
IF you have a truck capable of pulling it, then I would choose a 5th wheel.

For extended traveling for longer periods, a MH is nice!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Looks like some good advise up in here .... as stated ... take your time and find exactly what will fit your need ........
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Welcome to the forum.

We have a class A DP with a toad. This is our 2nd one. 1st was 36ft/gas no toad. We got a DP this time and like the size. Toad we have is a dream to pull easy hook up/disconnect (2012 Jeep liberty) Yes Class As come bigger but so does the price. We're happy with the 36ft we have. Would actually like a bigger one but price was more than we were willing.

Class A's are so easy to set up and partner can fix food if needed, get drinks, etc. Wife uses computer to track route, when traveling down the road with phone hotspot, look for CGs up road.

Never had 5th wheel or TT, but do like the variety on floor plans in these. If you are not in a hurry definitely check out RV shows. Good luck in your search.

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I like the wisdom I picked up here from a poster I don't remember. It was
"With a trailer, vacation starts when you get to your destination. With a Class A, it starts when you leave the driveway".
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