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Old 08-11-2014, 09:21 PM   #1
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My wife and I are excited about getting into the RV culture. I guess one could say that we are on the younger side of most other RVers, I am 39. We are not the party animal type, but would rather enjoy the out door life. We have a daughter that will be 3 soon and want another, so we feel to unplug and spend family time that way is best. I have been reading and learning about so many different options on RV's that I think I am drunk on the subject. It seems with all the options there are just as many opinions.....that I take all in, because most have good input off of experiences. We have looked at Class C and Class A, diesel and gas, dutchmens, Winnebago's, Safari's, etc. I have spoken with RV repair shops and it seems as far as standardized parts and cheaper parts, a Class C wins, but as far as space inside, it is the Class A. I am open to almost any input. I am a Ford guy so that helps eliminate some of them. I look forward to learning more and to hear what everyone has to say. Any recommendations are welcomed.

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Old 08-11-2014, 09:27 PM   #2
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Good luck with your choices.

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Old 08-11-2014, 09:31 PM   #3
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Glad you're aboard. Best of luck in your search and decision. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:50 PM   #4
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Good luck with your search.....check out this forum for lots of great info on different rigs....

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Old 08-11-2014, 10:58 PM   #5
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Good luck!

When you narrow down the choices, base it first on the floor plan that you like the best and will suit your style. It may be a good idea to rent some to camp in and get a better idea what you like and don't like to help you narrow your scope.

Enjoy life! Just remember that at your age, even if you make a few mistakes, most likely, you have plenty of time on your side to learn by your mistakes and then chose the best one as the last one.

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Old 08-12-2014, 05:55 AM   #6
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:38 AM   #7
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Welcome to the irv2 gang! Glad you decided to get onboard.

Ted already offered some really good suggestions. Our experience (researched options for about a year) with finding what we wanted was a surprise. We started out looking at smaller units like the Navion with diesel/higher gas mileage, switched to Class C for more space, and ended up with Jayco Precept Class A for more options, floor plan space and much more storage. Since we would not be driving the RV that many miles per year (like a second car), we decided to trade the gas mileage for more livability. Likewise, you will find your own decision points; just take your time and enjoy checking it all out and finding what works for you.

Good luck and get out there and enjoy it all!
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:22 AM   #8
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Glad to have you here with us.

If you have time, find an RV show that you can attend. You can see most models side-by-side. This will help a lot. Considering the cost of most RVs the cost to attend will be well worth it.

Good luck on your search and Happy Trails!!!
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Howdy from SC and welcome to the forums. As stated above, floor plan is the most important. Do yourself a favor and see as many different models as possible. Narrow down what you think you like, then spend at least an hour inside each one with your family. Move around all over, play with the cabinets and pretend you are camping in it. . lie in bed, stand in the shower. Open the sleeper sofa and walk around with it open. Once you decide which floor plan(s) work for you, then start the hunt for the best price on those models. We already had a good idea of the floor plan we wanted and it took a while to find it, and we did with our bounder. Point is, don't rush into one. When the right one comes along, believe me you will know it.
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Welcome to the Forum and we hope you find that perfect RV. Best of luck.

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Old 08-12-2014, 09:55 AM   #11
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Welcome Hdsred. You've already received great advise. Ted said it....rent one......several......try it out & find out what your comfort level is. Floor plan & space..Gadget63 said "live" in it on the lot/showroom floor. They almost always have the slides open for viewing the space available.............have them close the slides so you can see what your space will be like while underway.
Read these and any other forums..........learn from other's mistakes.
If you are not familiar with driving anything bigger than a car or pickup, find a qualified RV driving instructor like RV Basic Training. Driving one of these things: It's not difficult, it's different.
As we narrowed our search for our Precept 31 UL we began following the threads for it to learn more specifics.
Good luck, it's a great life.
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Also there are a ton of youtube vids on RVing....just do a google search and you will be entertained for the next 2 years. LOL
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We started camping when our son was 9 months old. Our first coach had a rear bedroom which was his room in earlier years. This way we could put him down at night or for naps. With his own room we would not disturb him thru out the nite or in the mornings. We liked the class A coach. My wife felt the vacation began as soon as we left the house in the class A. Moving around is alot easier. In the last 14 years, I have had very good luck with Ford's.
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