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Old 06-30-2016, 01:14 PM   #43
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Don't get too obsessed with campgrounds. Every state is the same - good and bad. You'll soon learn how to cull them out. Read campground reviews and toss out the excellent ones and the bad ones. Some folks complain about the strangest things when doing a review like "it rained a lot", "it was too noisy", etc. Those kinds of things don't happen every day. Also, if you can learn to do without hookups you can find lovely campgrounds on lakes or streams with plenty of room around you. We love national forest campgrounds for that reason.
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:21 PM   #44
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What's The 'Real Deal' In Owning An RV?

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I'm not ready yet to make the leap and buy one but my reasons being is I am looking like crazy for the perfect one to fit my needs first.

I'm torn between a class C and maybe a pull along.

My biggest dilemma is the fact that so many people buy one and then sell it back to the dealer they bought it from only a short time later, what is up with that?

What is the real deal in owning an RV?

No money
Want something different
Something wrong with it
Buyers remorse
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Old 07-01-2016, 11:03 PM   #45
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Floor plan. Floor plan. Floor plan. You really need to think it through before making a major purchase. Rear living or not. Rear kitchen or not. Do you want to have to look across the kitchen to the TV? Do you want the bathroom sink in the bathroom? Do you want rear living so you can look out the windows? Is there enough counter space to do anything? Booth dinette or free standing? 5th wheel or Travel Trailer? Do you need lots of storage? Is 30AMP power and one ac unit enough? Or do you think you'll need 2? That means 50AMP service. Do you want a ladder so you can get on the roof? Outside kitchen or outside shower? The list goes on and on, but you have to consider all these things. You don't want to regret buying anything that doesn't fit almost all your needs. Some things you can do without, some things can be a deal breaker. Thank God my wife is meticulous about certain things. Without her being with me, I probably would have bought anything they showed me. And after all that, you REALLY need to make sure you've got the truck capable of pulling it.
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Thumbs up Gracias...

Thanks everyone, I appreciate the help.
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Old 07-21-2016, 05:36 AM   #47
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Hello.
We learned from our mistakes made when purchasing a RV whether motor home A or C , travel trailer or fifth wheel. Oh and the pop,up. We have owned all these at one time or the other..
With the 21' class c we found we never used the bed over the cab. Just was a waste.. Traded up after two years.
First class A. Loved everything about it.. But thought it was colder in Wisconsin winters with the slide. Do to finance after 3 yrs. we sold it..
The first trailer we had a 33'er no slides. We thought to small for full timing not enough kitchen storage. Traded after two years.
First fifth wheel: Had kitchen in rear. Refrigerator on the back wall. Biggest mistake. The food would bounce on the shelves. So when the refrig door was open for the time once stopped all the food would fall out onto the floor. This we traded in less than a month.
Next 35' fifth wheel 4 slides. Yes it opened into a large living area. Great kitchen with twin islands. Only draw back. Where so many slides, couldn't use all spaces when closed and had move front room rockers to use or before closing.. That was a big pain it you we only spending one or two nights. Ended up parking it a campground for a few years..
Lol we bought a pop up for light travel. Thought we would get back to our routs. Yeah right after a month of travel my husband and myself look at each other and said what the heck are we doing. It went up for sale as soon as we reached our home.
Back to a 36' class A. No slides, but perfect layout. We just Love it loved it, Kept it 4 years and sold do to its age.
Since then we have had another trailer which I have designated the trailer from hell. It was 1 year old and Just a money pit. After twenty or so hidden repairs we traded for a new travel trailer..
So we have almost come full circle. (No tent in our future)
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If you have not owned and RV before consider renting first, to see if you like it and what you really want and need. After RVing for over 25 years I have a pretty good idea what I want. I have found my ideas of what I want and what really works for me has changed and it has been a learning process.
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Buy what you like, can afford and keep it.
Some people buy too small
Some buy too large
Some buy due to the colors
Some buy because they think it's cute
Then they change their minds
Some get divorced
Some need more room for kids
Some need less room when the kids are gone (we went from the 35' gas rig to a 38' DSDP, then a 40' DSDP and now a 45' since the kids left)
Lots of reasons, and a lot of them are different than others.
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Some buy a lemon.
Some buy a trailer that's too heavy for their truck.
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We're still undecided and torn between a pull along and a class C.
The negatives and positives (and commitments that come with them), on having either is perplexing.
Being its so confusing on everything taken into perspective, we have been holding back and reconsidering the whole thing.
We just aren't sure what to do.
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I'll add that another aspect is some folks buy a trailer that suites then find they don't like driving the tow vehicle all the time. Others get a motor home and sooner or later tow a small car for sightseeing.

The last thing is what we did. We started with a beater C. High miles so low cost to purchase but the body was not aged out. Ran it for around 7 years then bought our current C. Now want an A. Did a fair bit of mechanical work on the first one. Did a fair amount of modifications on the second one. I think each one is a learning experience we all need to go through. That leaves me thinking that the advice to buy your last motor home first is nice but not practical because it takes a couple to learn what really bother you. Not me, you. That says to me that you need to pick something and dive in. Do you have or dream about a large P/U truck? If so buy a trailer and suitable tow vehicle. If not buy a low cost C and get started. ;-)
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We're still undecided and torn between a pull along and a class C.
The negatives and positives (and commitments that come with them), on having either is perplexing.
Being its so confusing on everything taken into perspective, we have been holding back and reconsidering the whole thing.
We just aren't sure what to do.
I'll pipe in on this... after we sold our class a, and then looked heavily at b's, c's, trailers for a solid year..... I can tell you that I personally wasn't all that keen on the C's.

I found the cabs to be uncomfortable, or downright claustrophobic, especially the ford cabs. Getting up from the seat to enter the C or B from the cab seemed like a hassle. Driving the C's after a Class A DP with airbags ... I found the suspension to be much more jarring and yawing, and overall, I wasn't all that pleased with the interiors.

With a trailer... I get my choice of cab, and it's a comfy cab.. and I can change cabs whenever I feel like it. With our choice of Airstream, we have an interior we both find pleasing aesthetically and comfort, and we find all systems are well thought out.

This is just food for thought, and your mileage may vary. What's uncomfy for me, might delight you.

Further, there is some math that can be done regarding the wheelbase VS overall length of a class C that will allow you to check some stability numbers prior to purchase. I'm not sure how to compute this, but others on the forum do. Something about the amount of rear overhang, and some class -c's drive like dogs, and some very nicely from what I understand.

I would think you should go crawl around in some, and drive some. Also, I might suggest you look at the Winnebago Instinct.. they sure look nice on paper.
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OH one other thing.. I find that maintenance on my "cab" is much easier and much cheaper.. as it's really just a truck... Any chevy dealer, any city if I have an issue.

Not having an engine in the rv is a bonus for us. The RV itself is incredibly easy to maintain with no engine, no transmission, and no slides.
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FWIW You cannot sell us a pull behind because neither one of us wants to go outside in the rain to get to the bathroom and the who gets stuck with the tow vehicle for a daily driver issues. ;-)
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FWIW You cannot sell us a pull behind because neither one of us wants to go outside in the rain to get to the bathroom and the who gets stuck with the tow vehicle for a daily driver issues. ;-)
Heard. This doesn't really bother us.. you think going to bathroom in the rain is fun... try a 100% camp break down, hooking to truck, hitting dump station in an absolute downpour However, I don't really mind the rain, I have a wicked set of rain gear that really I bought for fishing, and it always lives in the truck.. I will absolutely fish right smack dab in the rain as long as it's not lightening on top of me.

As to the truck, we have two trucks actually, a his and a hers .... but this is Texas right? We live in the country, property big enough to drive on and around, haul loads of who knows what, dirt, sod, more dirt, gravel, trailers, boats, equipment and what not. And we both work from home.... I hear your point though, in a different lifestyle, I might not want a truck as a daily either.
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A vehicle is what you make of it. I will be using our 450 for a daily driver. We sold the 5er but the in it's current condition the truck was under valued in the market. I could not sell it and get a reasonable replacement.


True I will not be able to park in Rock Star parking but I think I will save buying a gym membership by walking across the parking lot. When we had the 5er I routinely used the truck to go to the golf course, shopping malls and restaurants.
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