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Old 01-23-2011, 08:44 PM   #1
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Towable RV vs motorized RV

I have been RVing for a while now. I have come to the conclusion, towables are a better value for the consumer. For one thing there is
a lot more competition, in the towable market. There is also more
makers of trucks that can pull an RV. At least, in the gas powered
market, the Big 3 and Toyota and Nissan. With motorhomes, its just
Ford and Chevy/Workhorse.

Unless you add in Diesel Pushers, which can get real expensive. Both
to buy and to service and repair.

My thinking too, is that I want a newer main drivetrain. If the RV has a
problem, I can generally work around that. But if I can't get back home,
that's a real problem. A motorhome can't get fixed just any where, with
a pick-up truck or SUV, an RVer has more repair options. Well, this is my
thinking anyway.
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Rob - I think class A motor homes are a lot more fun to drive. When you tow with a truck you are stuck driving a truck all day. Not nearly as nice as sitting up high cruising with the motor 40 foot behind you. But if you are going to camp in one location for a while a 5th wheel is most likely the best deal. Also, we tow a car so if something were to happen we would be able to use that to go for help or?
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:18 PM   #3
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I think there is no right or wrong- only what works for you and what you prefer.


I have both-

A 36 ft diesel pusher Class A.
A truck with a 24 ft toyhauler.

There are situations where I prefer one or the other, and at times employee a few friends to use both at the same time.



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Old 01-23-2011, 10:27 PM   #4
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My thoughts with Don Rob however if you are into winter camping (read snow) then the MH (a or C) is probably the better unit from driveability stand point. Having been a OTR driver pulling trailers in all weather then my preference is the 5er however I don't camp in cold weather if at all possible
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:31 PM   #5
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All valid points, the bottom line is different strokes for different folks!

However personally I agree, a towable is the only way to fly, least for me it is.

But I can see if you're fulltiming a DP with a small toad for a runabout would be the best choice.

Don't give me options, I'll never chose!
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:45 PM   #6
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I also agree that each has their own advantages and go with the option that works best for you. Uncle Dave has the best idea...... If you have the room and the resources having both is the ultimate.

In the past 35 years the motorhome option has worked best for us.

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Old 01-24-2011, 07:24 AM   #7
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My thinking was I don't want to go sight seeing in a large pickumup truck. So I have a motorhome with a Honda toad. Once when I had a problem with the MH engine I unhooked the Honda and went for parts.Not possible if towing a trailer.Having two setups is not an option for me.
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:58 AM   #8
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After nearly 50 years of marrige and RVing since our Honey moon; I'de Shiver to think of the different Tents/campers/trailers/motorhomes; We have owned over the years; We loved each one of them. I have come to the conclusion; when things come togather. Money, comfort. Traveling styles get what you are happy with;; Altho while traveling in the motorhome and the wife wants to get me a snack, or go potty the motorhome is the winner; No stop It happens while we are moving; One can argue both ways; As stated many times ;; to each his own. My neighbor Likes his Big Dodge Goate. Or is it sheep, Or is it RAM; Thats OK;; life is good;;
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My though is if you own a vehicle for every day use that can haul a TT or 5er then I feel you get more for your money in a TT or 5er. The mfg. dosen't have to spend money on the chassis,engine and so on before they get to the box part.
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I've had both; no real winner here; but I prefer the motorhome pulling a toad
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:33 AM   #11
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Main consideration for us ~ kitchen ~ bathroom - NO stopping.
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:51 AM   #12
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choices

we considered both started with a trailer but after a couple of longish road trips by car the wife decided a mh would suit her better.
I think age and health could be big point as with many being able to move around and having the use of the facilities while going down the road made our choice for us.
We will have a toad on all but local trips just in case.

best wishes frank and cricket
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My choice for now is the TT, because that is what I can afford now. If I'd been a little more informed when I bought my first TT and truck, I could have purchased a MH for the same investment. Don't know if I would have been happier , but with old age creeping up, the MH would be my next choice.
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every one here is correct because we all have different needs
im currently happy with my wife but if i decide to get a new one which is better
red-head,blonde or brunette (please be advised this is hypothecally only}
would never replace her
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