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Old 11-26-2014, 02:17 PM   #1
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Hi All,

We (wife and I) are new to RVing and am looking forward to using this forum for ideas and inspiration. We will be retiring in about two years and after we sell the house we will get a rig and embark on full-time rving. After the purchase I plan on taking a certified service tech course so I can do a majority of the service work.

Does that sound like a good plan?

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Old 11-26-2014, 02:32 PM   #2
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It's good to see you here, good luck with your plans.

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Old 11-26-2014, 05:17 PM   #3
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:28 PM   #4
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My DH (darling husband) and I are doing the same thing. We had a lot to learn and didn't want to purchase until we had some idea of what we needed to know. I retire in 3 yrs, DH is already retired.

I came here and started reading and asking questions. There are many knowledgeable folks here and they are willing to help. Do you want a MH or 5th wheel, or TT (travel trailer), Diesel pusher DP or gas. This choice is pretty individual. I was constantly told to go to RV shows, they are everywhere, and walk through many RVs.

Floor plan is considered very important since you will be living in it and it needs to work for you both. Do you have animals to consider, will family stay with you occasionally or just you two and the furry family. What do you absolutely need? Washer Dryer, dish washer, leather, cloth, 4 TVs, one, two bathrooms?

So I read old threads. They were informative so please dive in and learn. I went to a RV show and will be going to another in Feb. We have gone to dealerships and walked through new and used. Do you want new or used? There is quite a difference in price for even a 2 or 3 yr old rig. At RV shows you can get some really good model end year prices. This may work for you.

Many suggest you rent a RV, MH, whatever you want to try to see if this is really for you before you invest a lot of money.

The one thing I have consistently seen is the willingness of these people to help. They are friendly, supportive, and will give their opinion freely. Keep in mind one person's preference is not necessarily yours. After spending a few months here we feel better prepared to make a good decision.

We have the floor plan narrowed down. We want a class A MH with a gas engine. We do not want leather but want a WD (washer dryer), 34 to 38 foot depending on inside.

I am sure you will find the info you want and need here. In no time you will feel more confident to make the right decision for you.

Good luck with your future and your travels, Lynne
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Old 11-26-2014, 05:33 PM   #5
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When we bought ours I read on every one of the manufacturer forums that I was interested in to see how people liked theirs, what type of problems each brand had, quality of service by both the dealer and manufacturer, both before and after the sale.

This gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect, what brands you may or may not want, gas vs diesel, floorplans, new vs used ect. I spent about two years researching this site, going out looking and driving different MH's before buying. This will give you a good idea of what you really want, how much you want to spend, and if you think you can do all the maintanence. I try to do all my own maintenance(that I can) as I would rather make sure it's done right, and don't like to leave my MH anywhere. You will find that finding a repair shop that takes care of your MH as you would is hard to find, and worth whatever they charge. Taking the course may be a good option for you if you decide you are going to do your own maintenance, most of it is fairly easy to do.
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Old 11-26-2014, 07:00 PM   #6
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Welcome to IRV2.....Your doing things in the right order before settling on a rig for yourselves. And getting qualified in RV service repairs is gonna pay off big time......Do go to as many RV shows as you can and check out all the different rigs out there.....We looked for a year before settling on our 5er.....

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Old 11-27-2014, 05:28 AM   #7
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Welcome and good luck on your plan....
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2 and the wonderful world of RV'ing!

Sounds like a plan! I'll call you when I need something fixed!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 11-27-2014, 07:47 AM   #9
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Welcome to the forum and good luck with your plan. Sounds like a good one to me.
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Old 11-27-2014, 08:05 AM   #10
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Learn all you can about the rv systems and how they work. You will be miles ahead of most dealer repair shops.
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Old 11-28-2014, 09:36 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone. We really appreciate the support and encouragement.
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Welcome TJ911,

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