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.
  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 10-03-2014, 02:15 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Salmon Arm, BC
Posts: 9
Newbie with a lot of learning to do.

Hi everyone, thank you in advance for taking the time to read my post and for all the help I'm going to receive.
I have never RV'ed in the past but me and the misses are on a 5 year research journey to go on a 10 year adventure as full timers. I am not mechanically inclined and thus whatever we end up getting will have to completely roadworthy and livable for a long time (our budget is between $150k and $200k).
Our plan is to rent an RV next summer for 3 weeks to begin getting the feel of the lifestyle and do that every year till our dream can be realized.
The goal is to see all of North America over ten years and do a lot of golfing and fishing. Our monthly budget will be around $7k a month.
Given the above information, my first question is 5th wheel or motorhome? I see pros and cons for each but do want to make the right choice for someone who can see himself spending a week or two at a place and then moving on to the next location.
The second question is: Are there any books you would recommend my wife read. She prefers to read books than look at a computer screen as she does a lot of screen gazing in her job. (We will both be retired in 5 years).
Again thanks for your help in advance and I look forward to soaking up all your vast knowledge.

Ted1 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 10-03-2014, 03:29 PM   #2
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Camano Island, WA
Posts: 59
Congratulations on your exciting plans! I can't speak to your question about choice of rigs. Renting an RV is a good choice but I've read that the rental units are nothing like what you'll eventually end up with. It should give you some idea about whether or not you would enjoy the RV life. I have, however, spent the last year reading lots of RV blogs & watching YouTube videos about RV maintenance, travel & tips. Pinterest has a wealth of information as well.

There are a lot of people out there who are living your dream & blogging about it. They appreciate comments & are experiencing RV life to the fullest. In no particular order, here are some of the blogs I enjoy & have found helpful:
The Bayfield Bunch
Watsons Wander
Me, My Dog & My RV
RVSue & her Crew
The Chouters & Scoopy
Travels with Emma
Going RV Way
Just Wanderin'
RV Travels

And a question--have you considered an Airstream? They are gorgeous...

Planning is great fun--enjoy!


Jim, Dawn & Ari--our four-footed traveling companion
2014 Nash 24M
2006 Chevy Duramax with Equalizer Hitch
JimnDawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2014, 03:44 PM   #3
Senior Member
Country Coach Owners Club
Retired Fire Service RVer's
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Ocala, Florida
Posts: 6,295
Welcome and glad to meet you!
FMCA #F431170, GS #822128658, Escapees SKP #112655
2012 Airstream Mercedes Interstate Class B
Medico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2014, 05:55 PM   #4
Senior Member/RVM #90
MSHappyCampers's Avatar

Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 29,584
Hi Ted! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

If you're going to do a lot of long-distance traveling I would go with a Class A diesel pusher. One that I like is the 2008 Tiffen Allegro Bus. you can find them around $175,000.

Hope the fulltiming works out good for you!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
Joe & Annette

2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2014, 06:10 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 847
Welcome to the irv2 gang, Ted! I agree with Dawn...planning, finding the right pieces to your puzzle...all of it can be great fun. If you've ever been to one of the big RV shows like in Hershey, you know how many different approaches to RV there can be. Jump right in and ask questions, search these forums and connect with the folks here.
Hudgens Family, 2014 Jayco Precept 31ul, 2011 Jeep GC toad, Blue Ox BX7365 towbar, RVi2Brake in Jeep
Hudgens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-03-2014, 07:11 PM   #6
Senior Member
beamisl's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: MI
Posts: 3,865

Enter "used motorhomes" in a search engine and see what is available in the price range you have. Then think about the fact that most here say new or old there will always be repairs. Maybe spend $100k to $125k on a DP (Diesel pusher) and keep rest for repairs or items that you will want.

Floorplan, floorplan, floorplan is the info you will see. If you are putting in a lot of miles definitely a DP or 5th wheel with diesel pick up. That is a personal choice I would think. I am looking for a gas MH because I want to go to a place and park for 1 to 4 months and drive the car around otherwise. If you have a 5th wheel, then you have to drive the truck around. If you don't mind that, then it is ok.

Lot of info here though. Go to a few RV shows and look, look, look. Walk through and see what you want and need and absolutely have to have. Will kind of make the decision for you I think.

Good luck and welcome to the forum, Lynne
Retired January 4th, 2018
Lynne and Jerry RVM 105
2005 Winnebago Itasca Sunova (Miss May) Blue Ox Tow Bar /2015 Equinox (Noxi)
beamisl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 05:49 AM   #7
Senior Member
Chiefbvfd's Avatar

Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Buffalo, IA
Posts: 2,825
Welcome aboard and good luck....
Terry & Brenda - From the Iowa Banks of the Mighty Mississippi
2011 Winnie Journey 34y, Freightliner / Cummins , 2012 Chevy Colorado Toad

Chiefbvfd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 12:38 PM   #8
Community Administrator
JohnRR's Avatar

Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Marquette, Michigan "Da UP"
Posts: 17,183

Good luck with your plans and choices.
John & Cathy R.
06 Pace Arrow 38L W24
08 14 Lincoln MKX AWD
See My RV Upgrades
JohnRR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 12:48 PM   #9
Senior Member
homeless's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: http://binged.it/1KdDqKO
Posts: 2,418
Blog Entries: 1
homeless is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 11:56 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Motorhome stored in NJ
Posts: 298
Welcome, with over 20 years of RVing I have changed rigs almost 10 times. Shop carefully, expect the unexpected and try to buy something that has taken the depreciation hit already.
easywind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 07:34 AM   #11
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Salmon Arm, BC
Posts: 9
Big Thanks

It is a really confusing world out there and I know I have a lot to learn.
I agree with those that say "buy a unit that has a lot of the depreciation factor taken out". So far (and this is still really early in my research phase), I'm leaning towards either an American Coach or Tiffin Phaeton if it's a motorhome or a New Horizon 5th wheel pulled by a RV hauler. All of these option cost a lot of money but I figure I have 5 years to win the lottery.
Ted1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 12:08 PM   #12
Senior Member

Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,337
Here is a book for your wife....

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByiRV2 - RV Forum1412791707.991688.jpg
Views:	78
Size:	447.4 KB
ID:	76071
pasdad1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2014, 06:15 AM   #13
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 951
5th Wheel or Motor Home? That could start an argument around here.
One thing I read once is that when you are towing a trailer, the vacation starts when you get to your destination. When you drive a motor home, the vacation starts when you leave your driveway. We enjoy the better visibility of being in a Class A. We are up higher than the traffic and can see more.
Disadvantage is you need a toad. Once I park my MH, I don't want to move it to go sightseeing. Another thing to consider is breakdowns. When you have one vehicle with an engine, a breakdown means a tow. With a MH and a toad, you can park the MH and drive the toad to get help if needed.
2004 Tiffin Allegro 27.5 ft. P32 18,000 lb GVW. 8.1 liter. Workhorse chassis built May 2002. 21,000 miles. 2012 Jeep Liberty Toad. RVi2 brake unit.
Full.Monte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2014, 03:10 PM   #14
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Salmon Arm, BC
Posts: 9
Sticker shock

Went looking at Class A MH's for the first time a couple of days ago. My first impression is that they are real nice (I looked at the Tiffin Allegro Bus). I liked a number of the features and it is very high end so a half a million dollar price may be appropriate but way out of my budget. How much do these thing depreciate over the first couple of years?

Ted1 is offline   Reply With Quote


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
2004 Select 45 DS04 and what a learning curve taipan Travel Supreme Owner's Forum 7 09-20-2014 01:51 AM
2015 31KE - Newbie sdtrier Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 9 07-17-2014 04:35 AM
Looking for permanent rv cg, lot to own, venice, fl area kathyp Southeast Region 0 04-12-2014 09:28 AM
Another Newbie! CMcGGray New Member Check-In 14 03-27-2014 09:07 AM
TOAD Learning Curve VAParrothead Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 8 03-08-2014 11:52 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:47 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.