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Old 09-14-2016, 02:09 PM   #1
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Good Afternoon,

I have a few questions I hope you guys have some insight into. We are still on the fence about buying a new entry level class A Motorhome or a good used one. Trying to keep it under 32 foot, as we are Parking it in the rear drive way and don't want it taking up to much space. I know this is open to personal veiws and opinions but when considering the shower size in the coach, do many of you use the camps showers, are they usually kept in good shape (I know this depends) but on average. And how often do you run across the ten year rule, is that a major problem or is it something that would not be a large issue when traveling.

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Old 09-14-2016, 02:14 PM   #2
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I don't use the CG facilities. I bought an RV with a shower and toilet so I don't have too. I do always check the condition of the restrooms when we visit though. You can tell a lot about a park by the condition of the restrooms.

I've never had any issue with the 10 year rule, but I don't stay at fancy resorts.

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Old 09-14-2016, 02:20 PM   #3
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Ours has the bath and a half and as a rule we never use the CG bathrooms/showers. That's one of the reasons we bought a MH. Even in a 32 foot MH the shower should be big enough to shower comfortably.
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Old 09-14-2016, 02:27 PM   #4
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Same here, we have an RV some we can use our own 'facilities'.

As to your question, I've never been hit by the 10 year rule, but on the other hand I'm not really inclined to go places where they might have that kind of a rule - they're probably pricier than I'm willing to pay to begin with. Federal, State, COE campgrounds are where we tend to go, and they don't care about the age of the RV.

Personally I'd go for good used, I'd think you could get a bit more bang for your buck. Of course you always run the risk of buying someone else's problem, but there are plenty of threads here about issues on new rigs too. Either way it's kind of a crap shoot as to whether you get a 'good' or 'bad' rig.
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Old 09-15-2016, 06:59 AM   #5
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Used, but at the upper end of you spending limit. very little depreciation, right off the bat. take your time. inspect and inspect MORE.

I do not own a MH. 30 foot trailer.
I / We use camp showers. wife with long hair... and 20 minute showers.
I am bald and 4 minute showers.

as others have said.. you can tell a lot about the campgrounds from the showers..

never ran into the 10 year rule.
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Old 09-15-2016, 09:43 AM   #6
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Use my own facilities, that's why we don't tent camp. On the 10 year rule, if they have one, you wouldn't want to stay there anyway.
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Old 09-15-2016, 05:00 PM   #7
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A good looking RV passes the ten year rule that I have never ran into.

I depend on everything in my camper. That is why I bought three of them over the years.

Personally I would not buy new for my first RV. But I did do that on my second RV because it was a lot queen that sat on the lot for two years. So I got a very good price. The dealer eventually went belly up.

Very few folks get it right the first time they buy an RV. So buy used.
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Old 09-16-2016, 05:01 AM   #8
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Thank you guys. All the information really helps from experienced people.

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Agree with all the other posters. Buy used first. We bought used Class A and soon realized we hadn't really known what we were doing and wanted some additional features like auto leveling and at least one slide. We had it only one year before we upgraded.

We both shower in the unit and at the campgrounds. I prefer to shower in the unit, for ease, but if I want a long, long shower, I'll shower at the campgrounds. They generally are okay, but some women may not like them (and I'm a woman). I think of my friend every time I take a shower in one and KNOW that she would hate it. They are generally just concrete structures and there can be bugs around. This is mostly at state and federal campgrounds. At a private campgrounds, some of the parks have very nice facilities. Just depends on where you go.

We've never run into the ten-year rule either, but we also don't go to the "upscale" campgrounds. I think if you're unit looks nice you'll probably be okay.

Good luck with your decision!


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