Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > New Member Check-In
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-09-2014, 08:27 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 2
Getting back to RV adventures

I started my RV experiences in a 2007 Monaco Cayman XL. We were not full-timers, but we did travel as far west as Arizona from our home in Maine. That MH had to be sold when I lost my 'driver'... I felt that was just too large a rig for me. Now, two years later I am looking to purchase a 24-25 ft Class C MH. I know I want to have automatic leveling jacks, a rear camera (3 point cameras would be even better), an automatic awning, and a rear bed! I am not sure at this point if it would be better to go gas or diesel, however.

I still will not be going full-time, but I do intend to take a few longer trips as I have not hit all the National Parks in Utah and further west, nor have I driven the Pacific Coast Highway. I also have 4 grand children and I would like to spend summers taking them on trips. I may even get tired of the snow, ice and cold we have here in Maine and will head south come Feb.

I have learned a lot from the forums and plan to continue exploring them.
__________________

__________________
Sally L is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 11-09-2014, 08:43 AM   #2
Community Moderator
 
bdickson's Avatar


 
Thor Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Wherever the rig is parked
Posts: 7,407
__________________

__________________
Bruce Dickson 2013 Thor Challenger 37GT, 5 Star Tune, Safe-T-Plus Steering Control with Air Trim, Roadmaster front and rear Sway Bars, SuperSteer rear Track Bar, Crossfires, 2012 Honda CRV on Blue Ox Aventa LX tow bar. Full timers since Jan 2012.
bdickson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 09:07 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 5,954
Sounds like a good plan to me. ;-)

FWIW I would go gas. The only thing I see around in diesel is the Mercedes chassis that is marginal at best. You will need to drive it *a lot* to make up for the difference in overall cost when you balance fuel economy against the higher fuel cost of diesel most places and the higher cost of maintenance on the diesel drive train.

I would also skip automatic leveling. Very few if any short C's have a leveling system. Partly because one seldom needs it and partly because I suspect there is not a lot of room to put one in. The good news is that one can usually move around a bit and get pretty level. We carry a couple of 2x10 step ramps that have been all we ever needed in some really bad places. If you have to compromise we like the tail a bit higher than the front so we sleep with out feet down hill. ;-)

FWIW using a 2 step ramp is easy. First issue is that if you miscalculate and go off it nothing gets broken. Second issue is judging the distance to move to go up the ramp when alone. What I do is shut down. Get out one or 2 ramps and place them by the tire in line with the direction of travel. Get back in and leave the door open. Start up and hold the door with your left hand and the wheel with the right. Look down at the ground and sight on a spot on the vehicle lined up with something on the ground. I usually use a trim screw and any kind of mark or plant or stone. Judge the distance of a ramp step and slowly move that far. Shut down and go look. If you need to move a bit more repeat only move the amount you think you need to. Try it on flat ground and you will see how it works. If you need to put a piece of tape on the edge of the door opening to use as a guide mark to focus on.

I also think you will find automatic awnings an issue but electric awnings are easy to get. You just need to remember to close them.
__________________
nothermark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 10:41 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Thor Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 2,892

Good on you for getting back into RVing on your terms.....you'll be just fine in whatever rig you choose.....

Safe and Happy Travels.
__________________
Fred1609 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 11:08 AM   #5
Community Administrator
 
JohnRR's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Marquette, Michigan "Da UP"
Posts: 16,940

It's nice to see you here, and I hope your plans work out well for you.
__________________
John & Cathy R.
06 Pace Arrow 38L W24
08 14 Lincoln MKX AWD
See My RV Upgrades
JohnRR is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 11:14 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Superslif's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: NE. Ohio USA
Posts: 4,707


I see many woman traveling around in class C's. There are some nice designs out there in the 28' range. You have to watch the size of the fresh water tanks, they for some reason tend to be on the small size. 30 to 35 gallons is small anything over 50 is much better.
__________________
Jim, Diane & Robert ~ NE. OH.
2018 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 24 RKS
2014 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L
IRV2 Photo Album ~Let's Go Places~
Superslif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 12:37 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
Sounds like a good plan to me. ;-)

FWIW I would go gas. The only thing I see around in diesel is the Mercedes chassis that is marginal at best. You will need to drive it *a lot* to make up for the difference in overall cost when you balance fuel economy against the higher fuel cost of diesel most places and the higher cost of maintenance on the diesel drive train.

I would also skip automatic leveling. Very few if any short C's have a leveling system. Partly because one seldom needs it and partly because I suspect there is not a lot of room to put one in. The good news is that one can usually move around a bit and get pretty level. We carry a couple of 2x10 step ramps that have been all we ever needed in some really bad places. If you have to compromise we like the tail a bit higher than the front so we sleep with out feet down hill. ;-)

FWIW using a 2 step ramp is easy. First issue is that if you miscalculate and go off it nothing gets broken. Second issue is judging the distance to move to go up the ramp when alone. What I do is shut down. Get out one or 2 ramps and place them by the tire in line with the direction of travel. Get back in and leave the door open. Start up and hold the door with your left hand and the wheel with the right. Look down at the ground and sight on a spot on the vehicle lined up with something on the ground. I usually use a trim screw and any kind of mark or plant or stone. Judge the distance of a ramp step and slowly move that far. Shut down and go look. If you need to move a bit more repeat only move the amount you think you need to. Try it on flat ground and you will see how it works. If you need to put a piece of tape on the edge of the door opening to use as a guide mark to focus on.

I also think you will find automatic awnings an issue but electric awnings are easy to get. You just need to remember to close them.
I appreciate your input. I have been leaning toward the gas... my only concern was going into the higher elevations. But, I am thinking that I will not be on a time schedule and going through areas at a slower pace is a good thing! Your thoughts have now been added to mine.

As for the jacks, my concern is my ability to get out and crawl under to place any ramps as well as being able to actually drive/back onto them. I sure have noticed that very few Class C have them. I thought it was very important to keep your MH level when parked. I will check further.

I mislead you on the automatic awning... what I meant was electric. I just do not want to have to crank it out by hand - esp if I am trying to get it back in and it is windy!

Thanks for your ideas and input... I will be posting more once I make up my mind and make a purchase.
__________________
Sally L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 12:55 PM   #8
RVM#87 / Senior Member
 
DieselTech39's Avatar


 
Solo Rvers Club
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Ham Lake, MN
Posts: 3,038


Glad you're aboard. Best of luck in your search for a new rig. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
__________________
Have a wonderful day!
Ken (RVM 87)
FT DP Wanna B The journey is the destination!
Retired & perfecting procrastination!
DieselTech39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 01:00 PM   #9
Senior Member/RVM #90
 
MSHappyCampers's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 26,295
Hi Sally! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the bunch here!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
__________________
Joe & Annette

2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 01:11 PM   #10
Community Administrator
 
JohnRR's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Marquette, Michigan "Da UP"
Posts: 16,940
Go for the things that you want that make the experience enjoyable for you after all you've earned it.

Automatic levelers, electric awning, and floor plan lend themselves heavily to your enjoying your trips so if it's in your budget go for it.
__________________
John & Cathy R.
06 Pace Arrow 38L W24
08 14 Lincoln MKX AWD
See My RV Upgrades
JohnRR is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 02:02 PM   #11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 28
Welcome to irv2
__________________
jdny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 02:12 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Tom-NC's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Murphy, NC, USA
Posts: 1,061
Hi,
Sorry for your loss of your driver and welcome to IRV2.

A Class C is a good choice and I would definitely go for a gas coach with the automatic leveling or manual leveling (using buttons) plus the awning ( now they have automatic awnings too).

You will enjoy the National Parks and the Class C will make it enjoyable parking.

Lastly you should really enjoy this great ciouyntry of ours as there is a lot to see.

__________________
2014 Winnebago Adventurer 35P,Ford F-53, V-10
2011 Ford Escape,2000 Roadmaster Tow Dolly
"Have a Great Day, Enjoy RVing."
Tom-NC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2014, 10:07 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Superslif's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: NE. Ohio USA
Posts: 4,707
Even if you don't get leveling jacks, just get a 10 pack or two of Lnyx Levelers. Easy to use, nice storage bags.
__________________
Jim, Diane & Robert ~ NE. OH.
2018 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 24 RKS
2014 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L
IRV2 Photo Album ~Let's Go Places~
Superslif is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2014, 05:46 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Chiefbvfd's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Buffalo, IA
Posts: 2,825
Welcome....Sounds like you have a good plan....
__________________

__________________
Terry & Brenda - From the Iowa Banks of the Mighty Mississippi
2011 Winnie Journey 34y, Freightliner / Cummins , 2012 Chevy Colorado Toad





Chiefbvfd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Back up camera on the trailer? Quadzilla Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 21 07-02-2014 09:02 PM
Moving back to Canada with motor home and car nancy1956 iRV2.com General Discussion 11 06-21-2014 10:38 AM
All coach interior lights cut out but come back on pierider Monaco Owner's Forum 14 05-27-2014 06:59 AM
Back up camera problem - Winnebago n5pht Class C Motorhome Discussions 3 03-23-2014 08:08 AM
1999 Sea View - Fuses? Back Up Camera? Radio? Krawling National RV Owner's Forum 3 02-10-2014 05:14 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.