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Old 05-01-2016, 01:02 PM   #1
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This is my first time on this site.I don't own an rv yet but want to retire in a few years and would like to travel around this beautiful country.I am thinking of buying a used fifth wheeler and truck and trying to learn as much as i can before buying.

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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

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Old 05-01-2016, 02:31 PM   #3
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You picked a great site to learn from. Welcome!
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Old 05-01-2016, 05:16 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum! We did the same thing. Came her to learn what we needed to know, read some threads, asked some questions, and did everything we could do to learn what we needed to know so we made a fairly informed decision when we did buy.

It was a great opportunity and it worked just like we wanted it to. Been here around 2 years and on the 5th of this month we will have owned our MH for one year.

Take your time, learn, and then go to some RV shows. They are everywhere. Look around, go to a RV dealership and tell them you want to look because you are just starting to look and are not going to buy yet. Take your time, see what floor plan works for the two of you. What do you absolutely need and what not so much.

Storage is important. What would you want to take along, what tools, toys, food, drinks, how much storage does each take. Is there enough storage for warmer clothing to be stored in case you need it? Do you plan to boondock? Do you want to buy your last RV the first time or try one on and then go for something better, bigger? Do you want to pay cash or payments? New or used?

Go to PPL Motorhomes. Look at the 5th wheels there to check out floorplans. It's a good site for that. Gives you a good idea. Mostly have fun. This doesn't have to be hard, just take your time.

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Old 05-01-2016, 06:25 PM   #5
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..... Mostly have fun. This doesn't have to be hard, just take your time.

Good Luck, Lynne
I would agree with Lynne

In our case, we had bought a 21 foot TT a couple of years ago and, while we had fun, it was a little too small for us. We started thinking about getting a motorhome for a number of reasons. Around the same time I had found this site and it came to be invaluable. I have been able to learn a ton of information from wonderful people around the country I have never met.

We now own a 31 foot Winnebago we love and are looking forward to retirement here shortly.

What ever you decide on, have fun and travel safe!

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Old 05-01-2016, 08:19 PM   #6
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Glad you joined us.

Good luck with the search for the perfect RV for you.

Happy Trails!!
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Welcome to a world where you will meet lots of new friends.

In either case (buying your last RV first or looking to practice) the most important item will be floor plan. That would include enough space as mentioned to store enough "stuff" so a credit card is not one of your required tools.

Find something that fits you so you have a better than even chance of enjoying the space you will be in. Empty RV appear to have a lot of space but that space will miraculously disappear as you start "furnishing". Cupboards and countertops will shrink so when you are looking and planning fit things into the available spaces.
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Enjoy the site and browse around. I'm sure you'll have all the information needed for your retirement. Good luck.

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