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Old 05-18-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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Doing my RV homework in Alabama

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Old 05-18-2011, 04:00 PM   #2
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This is a great place for information. When we were looking into our first RV reading the forum was so helpful and the people are very understanding when someone new to RVing asks for help. Remember the only dumb question is the one you don't ask---we all started out not knowing what we were doing. Another thing that was very helpful for me was going to RV dealer's open houses. Avoid the sales people and talk to the RV owners that are there. They are a wealth of information that you will never get from a dealer. Do a lot of research and don't buy the first thing you see and you will be in for the greatest adventure of your life.
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:58 PM   #3
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Welcome Like shortlance said look don't buy yet. Lots to be considered, we bought a 5th wheel and a diesel truck. Our choice so we could un-hook and go places. Has worked great for us with no regrets. To expensive of a purchase to make a mistake and wish you had done something else. Take your time!
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:23 PM   #4
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Welcome to iRV2. Tell us a bit about where and how you plan to travel and use of the RV. A number of us have had pop ups, travel trailers, 5th wheels, class C's and class A's, so we can offer a lot of opinions.

First off as already noted, do not believe anything 99% of the RV sales people will tell you. Their job is to sell RVs and they will tell you anything to make a sale. Next, get any promises written into the contract. If it is not on paper, it is some how forgotten.

On a used unit, have it inspected by a independent RV technician. It is money well spent for the new RVers.

A great place to start is to rent a unit fro a few days and you will quickly see what you like and dislike.

Let us know how the shopping goes.

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Old 05-18-2011, 08:45 PM   #5
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Since you are from Alabama take a trip up to Red Bay and tour the Tiffin Motor Home factory. The tour is free and you will learn a lot about what to look for.


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Old 05-19-2011, 08:52 AM   #6
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Thanks!

Thanks to you all for your insight and advice. We had our eye on a nice used one, FSBO, and after much research and thought, we've decided to postpone a decision until actually retiring, a year or so away. Altho we felt it was a very nice one at a great price, we feel the timing isn't right. Yes, it is a big decision and an expensive one, and we certainly will take our time before committing.
jfran304, incidentally, our son's family lives in Warner Robins...separated from the Air Force now, but still working on base...small world. And thanks for the tip about the Tiffin factory...interesting!
Again, thanks to you all...you've proven that the RV community really is a friendly and helpful bunch!
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Welcome to the forum. There are a lot of knowledgeable folks that will be more than happy to help with your first purchase.

Good Luck and keep us posted.
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:47 PM   #8
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don't...wait too long,bought just before retiring,r.v.'d steady for a couple of years.mostly close by home area,around 200 miles. THEN cancer,wife & then me. BUT,we are still her! camper set up 2004,untill now,getting it ready.hopefully to camp this fall.good luck!!!!!
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Hi, You picked a good place to find out about RV's and the Rv lifestyle. As previously stated you must decide how you want to use the RV.

A few points I would like to throw at you are this. Do you intent just to go from point A to B and then see what is at point B or do you intend to see things that are between point A and point B?

A few things about trailers of any type ( will probably get a lot of flack about this) when traveling and it is raining and you have to stop for pottie use or to eat lunch you have to get out of vehicle to go into trailer. With a Class C or Class A you don't have too the same holds true when arriving at a campground you can just get a site and back in or pull in and connect after rain stops. Just some food for thought.

Something else and that is with a Class C or Class A you probably will want to tow a vehicle which is something else.

Lastly don't put off til tomorrow what you can do today as tomorrow may never come. I know too many people who wanted to RV but were going to wait til they retired and when they retired they lasted a week and it was the end.

Enjoy and by all means have fun looking.
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I will add--when you decide to buy used or new pick the lowest possible price you think they will take and then go lower much lower, embarassing lower. They might just take it---if you love what you see think how much fonder you will be at a lower price.
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[QUOTE=Tom-NC;860756

A few things about trailers of any type ( will probably get a lot of flack about this) when traveling and it is raining and you have to stop for pottie use or to eat lunch you have to get out of vehicle to go into trailer. With a Class C or Class A you don't have too the same holds true when arriving at a campground you can just get a site and back in or pull in and connect after rain stops. Just some food for thought.


Enjoy and by all means have fun looking.[/QUOTE]

Tom makes a very good point. A coach is all around better for driving and setting up at the campgrounds. We have a 39 foot fifth wheel which gives you more space then a coach but we only have a 5er instead of a coach because of the cost of a coach to purchase and maintenance expenses. In my case it was pay cash for a 5er and have spending money or take out a major loan for a coach ( the coaches we were looking at were in the quarter million dollar range). I just look at the setting up at the campground as part of the adventure and something that is much better then being at work.
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:01 AM   #12
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Lots of good advice!

Again, thanks to all of you who have offered your expertise advice...and to those who remind me of the frailty of life, yes, that is one of our considerations for sure...we never know how long we have left in this life. As for my husband and I, as we research and think through the RVing lifestyle, we keep in mind that we do have a vacation home in the NC mountains where we retreat anytime we can and want to...so we're in a little different situation. When the opportunity came up to buy this particular motorhome FSBO, we thought it sounded fun (as I grew up camping and the thought of RVing has always appealed to my husband), but then considered the "cost"...not so much the original purchase, but the maintenance, storage, gas, actual usage, etc. Since we have the mtn cabin, and most of our traveling is to visit our children and grandchildren, RVing may not make sense for us. But life may change, so we will keep an RV on our 'bucket list'. Again, you all have been so helpful...and may you all make many RV memories this summer.
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