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Old 10-05-2010, 03:04 PM   #15
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Hi Mamasnap,

You haven't posted a picture yet so I did a little Google searching. Does your new MH look like this?



Have fun with it!
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:47 AM   #16
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thanks guys! i only have a ford escape. to successfully tow something i'd have to get something real small and i think we would not enjoy it as much as a motorhome due to the size, plus a very large golden retriever, and we would not use it as much. a ford escape towing a small trailer will probably get about as much gas mileage as just driving a 23 foot truck-front motorhome.
I'm chimming in a tad late, but wanted to share that a single lady with a four year old from CA camps in a T@B like mine. They're currently traveling through TX, OK, CO...
You can easily pull the T@B with your Escape! And you can move it around by hand if on concrete or asphalt.
However, enjoy your RV! My mom and I drove my 3 children around for many years in a 28' Holiday Alumalite. Loved it...except we didn't have a tow to sightsee in. She owned a trucking company, so repairs were no problem. Make some awesome memories!



There are a couple of sites for women RVers/campers you may want to check out.
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Old 10-09-2010, 10:07 PM   #17
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Welcome from a fellow Northern Calif native. It sounds like you're in for an adventure. I don't have knowledge of either of the rigs you mention but would just offer a caution.

By their very nature, RVs require a good bit of "tinkering" to keep everything working as it's supposed to. Our coach is new and I still spend a good bit of time working on a thousand little things. It can certainly be a learning experience and perhaps you and your daughter can enjoy learning and fixing things together, but put "maintenance" on your list of things to consider.

Have you considered a small travel trailer instead of a motorhome? It could be a way to simplify things.

Best of Luck,

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thanks guys! i only have a ford escape. to successfully tow something i'd have to get something real small and i think we would not enjoy it as much as a motorhome due to the size, plus a very large golden retriever, and we would not use it as much. a ford escape towing a small trailer will probably get about as much gas mileage as just driving a 23 foot truck-front motorhome.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:02 PM   #18
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Congrats on your new purchase. Older motorhomes can be just as much fun at a lower cost as a newer one. Keep a positive attitude when things happen. There are a lot of folks out there that will help with problems that may arise. Good thing too as many new motorhomes have problems. Keep after it, you and your daughter will have a blast.
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Good for you! Great way to bond with a child and enjoy those young yrs. Everything is an adventure and education for both of you. get yourself some DYI books and some tools. I know lots of women that love to hang a picture or do an oil change. Just be safe and do short trips to iron out the bugs. Boondock in your driveway to find out what works and does not. Most problem can be fixed by experience. have good mechanic go over the drive train i.e. motor,transmission,drive line. suspension. check bushings and any rubber that dries out from not running. hoses, belts,tires etc. And for peace of mind propane system. , if equipped genset. a must have is a propane detector, CO2 and smoke also. Your safety is the most important first concern. AAA is also cheap insurance. I just got here in Canada CAA premium for a motorhome.
I hope you have an awesome time. Best of wishes.

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Just get a pop up, they sleep better that a huge motorhome and you still get the rv feel. Keep the Escape, and just pull you will never know it's there.
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Congratulations! You did the right thing, never mind the naysayers and the guys trying to talk you into doing/buying what they did. The fact is you cannot stop, or even slow up time...so have as much FUN with that daughter as you can, right now, when she still appreciates you and your way of thinking.

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I do not understand fully what people mean by you will always have trouble with an old one etc. I owned a 1976 Dodge Class C for two years and had a blast in it. I did not have any problems with it. Had to buy a battery but that was it. If a person was a full time RV'er, I could maybe see a concern.

If you are not going to travel huge distances, you will be fine in my opinion. In fact, I sold the 1976 Dodge two years later for 900 bucks more than I paid. Just keep it clean. Forums like these will be a great help also.

Here was my first RV that I recently sold:



I only sold mine because all I needed was a Van type Class B for more flexibility. (which I also paid cash for - )

Have fun, you and your daughter will have those memories forever.
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