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Old 07-01-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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Hello all

Hello. Vonda here. A month ago I was suddenly widowed. We had rv'ed for 12 years with fifth wheels. Our fifth wheel is a 39 footer and I did about half the driving, through major cities and up and down mountain passes. But I don't back that big thing up! I would like to continue the rv lifestyle, and am considering a small class A motorhome. I drove a 28 footer the other day, and it about scared the bejeebies out of me. I guess I'd like some encouragement and advice. Thank you so much.

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Old 07-01-2012, 06:14 PM   #2
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Welcome Vonda! Sorry to hear about your loss. You are way braver than me I don't do any of the driving of our rig yet. Good luck with the search and I sure hope you enjoy your travels.

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Old 07-01-2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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I'm sorry you lost your husband.....I think that anything that you want to do is worth doing...There are courses you can take that will help you with driving/moving your rig. Give a local RV dealership a call and they will likely have the info. Don't give up...think of it as a small challenge, really no different then any other challenge you face. And the other great thing is that if you get to a CG....there will be a bunch of folks that will be willing to help out.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:37 PM   #4
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Take a look at some of the newer class B's and B+'s. Looked at some this last spring and the wife said if I kicked the bucket, she would probably trade down the class A to a B+. She has driven the A but would feel lots more comfortable with a B+.

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Old 07-01-2012, 06:46 PM   #5
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So sorry for your loss.

The thought that went through my mind is to enroll in RV driving school. I'm with you on not liking to deal with a big rig for one person. I'm sure you will find something smaller that suits your needs. I know I have perception problems and small is good for me.I admire you fortitude to keep on camping.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:49 PM   #6
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Hello Vonda and welcome. My condolences to you on the loss of your hubby. I think you'll do fine with a small Class A, but you might consider a C. They are just as roomy and nice on the inside, but have a smaller cab so they're easier to drive.
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Old 07-01-2012, 06:55 PM   #7
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Hey Vonda,

A couple of years ago we stayed for a few days with a lady who was in your situation. She had traded for a Winnebago View, which is a C class built on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis. We were with friends at the Winnebago factory in Forest City, IA. She was very happy with her View and had a long trip planned when she left Winnebago. She had been traveling in the View for 3 or 4 months and was there having some issues handled. She said she was very comfortable with handling the View.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:08 AM   #8
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Thank you all for your kind words. I was feeling a little down yesterday and needed some encouragement.
I'm wondering if the short wheel base on the 28 footer is what was scaring me. The steering seemed so sensitive. I think I may try to drive a longer one and see how that feels.
I really wanted the automatic levelers on a class A. That seems to be one of those two person jobs.
The driving school is a great idea, but I live way out in the boonies, so don't know if that will work. I do know a former semi driver, and he could probably teach me.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:08 PM   #9
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Hello Vonda, so sorry for your loss. I often wonder what I will do if something happens to DH. I would probably go back to a Class C which I was very comfortable driving. I have not had the nerve to drive the A yet. As with alot of things I think it is a matter of practice and getting comfortable driving. I have seen alot of women driving 40 ft. Class A's. Good luck and keep us posted on your progess.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:58 AM   #10
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Hi Vonda! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the group here! So sorry about your loss.
We were 5er dvrs for 11 years before going to a Class A a short time ago. I can appreciate your first reaction! There's a HUGE adjustment, and the bigger the Class A, the bigger the adjustment! I think it depends a lot on what your lifestyle is going to be like now. If you are comfortable pulling the 5er it wouldn't be hard to learn to back it. You might want to really consider the difference in cost of owning a MH compared to a 5er. Just give it a lot of thought before making your decision. Good luck & God bless!
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:33 AM   #11
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Hi Vonda, Sorry for your loss. There are quite afew options for you out there, look at all of them and see what you think would fit your RVing style. Just don't rush to purchase from a high pressure salesperson. Ask here and get some advice. Some may not fit what your need is, but it will aid you in the right direction. You've already got some good advice here. Good luck on your search.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:12 AM   #12
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Howdy Vonda and welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear of your loss. A little practice behind the wheel of that 28 footer and it will be a piece of cake. Always use those mirrors and trust them, they'll become your best friend. Hope it all works out for you and keep us informed on your progress. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!!

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