Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-29-2015, 01:24 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 15
Question New to RVing

Hi, my husband and I are in the market for an RV and have 2 5th month old twin girls and 2 stepchildren part time. I would like to know what advice you have for us in general regarding RV's. Some specific questions are, we saw that Winnebago is the safest, do you know this to be true? Is a 40ft RV hard to manage, what things do we need to think about with this size? I think we have settled on diesel. We plan to go to OH 2x's a year, Tampa for business 10 times a year and NC 3x's a year. I want it to closer to 30-35ft if possible while being comfortable sleeping 6. I also want used between 2010-2013 for depreciation reasons. Any words of wisdom?
__________________

__________________
Whitneyaa is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-29-2015, 04:28 PM   #2
Senior Member/RVM #90
 
MSHappyCampers's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 26,317
Quote:
Originally Posted by Whitneyaa View Post
Hi, my husband and I are in the market for an RV and have 2 5th month old twin girls and 2 stepchildren part time. I would like to know what advice you have for us in general regarding RV's. Some specific questions are, we saw that Winnebago is the safest, do you know this to be true? Is a 40ft RV hard to manage, what things do we need to think about with this size? I think we have settled on diesel. We plan to go to OH 2x's a year, Tampa for business 10 times a year and NC 3x's a year. I want it to closer to 30-35ft if possible while being comfortable sleeping 6. I also want used between 2010-2013 for depreciation reasons. Any words of wisdom?

Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

There's no reason to believe Winnebago is any safer than another brand! Some folks just like to brag on what they bought!

Most folks agree that 40' MH's ride and handle better than shorter ones, but there's a lot of discussion on this! You just have to get used to the extra length if you haven't driven anything that long before.

Six folks are gonna get awfully "close" in a 30-35' MH!

You have made a good choice on the diesel as opposed to gas!

Don't be afraid to go with an older model DP. We love our 2002 Windsor!


Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
__________________

__________________
Joe & Annette

2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 06:26 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
MisterT's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: western NC mountains!
Posts: 2,736
used 2013 Thor Palazzo 33.3 bunkhouse with front electric dropdown queen bunk
__________________
The Turners 2014 Thor Palazzo DP 33.3 35'

'14 FordFocus, KingTailgater2 DishHD, 200w/10a mobile SOLAR, 75,000+ miles
all continental US states, Alaska, and yes, most of Canada!
MisterT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 07:04 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
denlock's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Sterling Heights, MI
Posts: 2,723
__________________
Tricia & Dennis Lockhart
2010 Ventana 4333
Spartan MM w/Cummins 360 ISC
denlock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 07:31 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Just For Fun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,088
1st. WELCOME TO OUT FORUM
2nd. You have to kiss a lot of frogs to... It's always best to visit multiple RV dealers who have couches in the size that interest you. Most will let you drive them. There is no better way to evaluate your potential next purchase.
3rd. Talk to as many KNOWLEDGEABLE RVers as you can find. Read through as many RV forums as you find helpful. ASK QUESTIONS!!!!!
4th. Think ahead several years. RV's - of all types and brands - shrik after you've washed them for several years!!! (:O) As you use them - especially with a growing family - you will find that you always can use several extra feet in RV length and amenities.
5th. This is suppose to be fun!!!!!! Look at your search for your first RV as the Beginning Of The Adventure. And not a drudge to be avoided.

See ya on down the road!!!!!!!!!!!!!
__________________
2006 Monaco Signature 45' Commander IV ISX 600 dance:
Just For Fun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2015, 07:26 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 15
40ft RVs

Hello, some of the options that I'm looking for in an RV happened to be 40 feet like the Itaska Meridian or the Winnebago journey. I am apprehensive to get such a large RV for my first one although I do not want to do a step up process I would I would like to get one that can fit all six of us comfortably so that kind of room is appealing to me. What kind of planning do you have to do with that large of an RV roads cul-de-sacs turning around parking etc.?
__________________
Whitneyaa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2015, 07:48 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
hal1phx's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Everywhere USA
Posts: 2,072

Take your time and look at lots of coaches .... with 6 of you, 40' is probably where you want to be comfortably ....
Enjoy the search ....
__________________
Hal & Jackie .... 03 TS Select 45DS01
02 Haulmark 20' Edge .... 02 Corvette Rdstr


Our Blog
hal1phx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2015, 07:56 AM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 15
40 feet intimidates me. Are we able to still go to most state parks will we have any trouble doing that? What's the biggest challenge with that big of an RV?
__________________
Whitneyaa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2015, 08:08 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
dsbear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 628
There are very few places I can't go in my 40 footer.
__________________
dsbear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2015, 08:23 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
OLYLEN's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Olympia, Wa
Posts: 2,337
You can travel just about any state highway route. State parks can be a problem but there seems to be a private park or two always near by. Driveability of a 40' should be better. Look look and look some more for the floor plan for you. Might also look for an RV with an Aguahot system with that many young kids for hot water and better heat if you plan on travel in colder weather. Also with washer dryer installed so you don't need to run to the laundromat.

LEN
__________________
2004 Clss C 31' Winnebgo
OLYLEN is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2015, 08:26 AM   #11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 15
Thanks!
__________________
Whitneyaa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2015, 04:05 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Enjoying the Western States!
Posts: 5,559
First, I can't imagine where you heard that Winnebago is the safest. 'Safe' depends on the driver and other drivers.

As far as fitting a 40' into state parks, it depends on what parks. Since you mentioned Florida or the east coast, I would suggest picking out a few parks that might interest you and see what their camp site sizes are. There are no two parks that are equal. For private RV parks you will have no problem.

We traveled mainly in the West and had absolutely no problem with public parks - except for California's state parks. However, there are always options and we found wonderful California national forest campgrounds that we did fit. You just have to do your homework.

As far as driving a 40' motorhome....they are very easy to handle. Both of us drove it, including in the mountains.

You mentioned cul-de-sacs....for that there would be many differences in size - some have very little turning space. Personally, we wouldn't get ourselves in a situation of cul-de-sacs.

I would get the RV that you would all be comfortable living. Bunks would be great for you. Good luck!
__________________
Full-timed for 16 Years . . . Back in S&B Again
Traveled 8 yr in a 2004 Newmar Dutch Star 40' Diesel
& 8 yr in a 33' Travel Supreme 5th wheel
twogypsies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2015, 04:17 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
spsm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 610
I have a 40 footer and they are a snap to drive even with a toad. BUT, you may want to look into a 5 th. wheel they have a lot of room. Good luck and safe travels.
__________________

__________________
spsm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
rving



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New commer to RVing bmunch Newmar Owner's Forum 3 01-08-2015 09:04 AM
What Upgrades / Renovations Do You Wish You Did Before You Started RVing Full Time pinkey Vintage RV's 2 09-27-2014 01:57 PM
Back to RVing after several years, New here dialtoneplus New Member Check-In 11 09-02-2014 06:40 PM
Very new to RVing and posting FOXBACK New Member Check-In 17 08-09-2014 08:26 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.