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Old 09-03-2008, 08:15 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,
Peabody here,I'm new to this forum and rv'ing.
First a little about myself, I'm a retired female truck driver.Grandmother of two wonderful busy boys,Mother of two adult children one boy and one girl.Love them to death but miss the open road and the peace and quiet of rush hour traffic,people telling me I'm # one just because I can't race up the hill as fast as they,lol.
The reason I'm so confused is not sure which I want a or would be best a fifth wheeler flat bed combo or class A motor home.I have read so much my eyes are burning and ready to drop out,lol.Trying to do my research before I buy.Tell you the truth what I want can only be in my dreams,talk about pricey,Foretravel,bluebird,the new Optimas(ugly outside)been looking at used much better choice for me.As you can tell I want something built tough,Need to haul a Harley my hubby doesn't go any where with out it,and have another vehicle to just get around for shopping or laundry,etc.
Looking forward to hearing your views on this and what works for you. Thak-You,Peabody
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Hi Everyone,
Peabody here,I'm new to this forum and rv'ing.
First a little about myself, I'm a retired female truck driver.Grandmother of two wonderful busy boys,Mother of two adult children one boy and one girl.Love them to death but miss the open road and the peace and quiet of rush hour traffic,people telling me I'm # one just because I can't race up the hill as fast as they,lol.
The reason I'm so confused is not sure which I want a or would be best a fifth wheeler flat bed combo or class A motor home.I have read so much my eyes are burning and ready to drop out,lol.Trying to do my research before I buy.Tell you the truth what I want can only be in my dreams,talk about pricey,Foretravel,bluebird,the new Optimas(ugly outside)been looking at used much better choice for me.As you can tell I want something built tough,Need to haul a Harley my hubby doesn't go any where with out it,and have another vehicle to just get around for shopping or laundry,etc.
Looking forward to hearing your views on this and what works for you. Thak-You,Peabody
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Old 09-03-2008, 08:18 AM   #3
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Ok need to proof read suppose to say what would be best a,not a or would,lol.Sorry
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Welcome to IRV2. There is a wealth of information on this site and I am sure you will get plenty of information to help you make your decision.

In response to the question about taking a Harley along on your travels I would go with a MH because the extra weight on the back of the TT would be to much to handle and throw the balance of the unit off. You also need to look at the weight ratings on the MH to make sure you don't go over the GVWR.

Hope this helps in one aspect of your decision. Good luck with your search and I am sure you will find the unit that works best for you.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:59 AM   #5
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Looking at F800 flatbed to pull 5er the bike can ride on the flatbed,truck is HD large Cummins motor 6 spd Allison tranny, need to know rear end gearing,length of wheel base for the fifth wheel plate placement etc.rather have to much truck than not enough. Peabody
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Old 09-03-2008, 03:25 PM   #6
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Welcome to iRV2! You will find all sorts of folks to answer any questions that you may have - and they all give it willingly...which is the best part of this forum!

It sounds like you have an idea of which way you want to go...so then I think you need to look at a fifth wheel. You may want to look at a few different set-ups like "Toterman's" rig.

Take a look down in the Excel forum and the MDT-HDT forum too. Those areas may help you if you haven't been there yet.

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Peabody, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. Since you sort of know what you will need to take with you this will give you an idea of what direction to go in. Take your time, do your home work and ask lots of questions as you narrow down the possibilities. Good luck and enjoy the website.
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Peabody -

Welcome to iRV2.com! As you can see, you've already made friends and have received some good advice. That's what we're all about!

Completely agree with all the above, but as RV Wizard shares...do you homework and you will come to a decision that will be the best for you and your needs.

Have fun in the process and let us hear your adventures!

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Hey Peabody, Welcome to irv2. We too are retired long haul (48 and Canada) truckdrivers and just couldn't buy another home on a foundation when we sold our house. We've been fulltimers for 5 yrs and love it. Just traded our F-250 superduty and fiver in on a brand new 35ft MH. Reasons? Many! Certainly not to save $ -lol!
We love the advantage of a flat floor, more storage since we now have to take everything with us, and the convenience of a smaller vehicle in touring around wherever we stop for awhile. If you're recently retired from trucking it will take you awhile to be comfortable in a smaller car/pickup going down the highway. It took us a long time. There are many more small vehicles out there now and it's not quite so scarey.
One person on the forum mentioned that they have a small pickup they tow behind their MH so they can haul a Harley. Just a thought.
Have fun shopping and making those very hard decisions.
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I'm much less confused since finding this group.You have made my search less stressful.Thank-You so very much, Peabody
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Peabody here is another site that will help the head spinning! They have lots of different people with different rig setups for hauling their bikes around.
http://forums.delphiforums.com/rvriders/messages

It is a Delphi site, sorry moderators but after all I found you guys from a link on another site too. The forum covers issues around riding and rving, pretty much anything you can think of someone will have an opinion on or a solid answer.
Good luck in your search you will find something just remember nothing will be perfect you just have to decide for you what is the best comprimise.
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Pabody, we pull a 8'x14' trailer with a small chest freezer, and 2 harleys. We have a 40' DP. Works out well for us...good luck.
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Welcome to iRV2! Why don't you actually start a new discussion (Just click "New" at the top ..and then choose "Discussion") here and tell us a little bit about yourself... like your rig and things like that.
You can also let me know if you need help setting up your profile.


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Unless you've just got the hots for an F-800, I'd call that overkill for most any 5'er. I've been sucessfully towing a 40' / 17,000# rig with a F-550 CC PSD for years.

We obviously can't decide what's best for YOU. Hauling a Hog might be best accomplished with a toy hauler - either Class C or 5'er.
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