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Old 05-06-2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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Hello from CA

Howdy, I joined this community because my family is planning to buy an RV of some type (Class A or C?), to drive cross country for our "last vacation together" before sending our oldest off to college this fall. Hoping to learn a lot from all you folks about buying and using an RV, planning this road trip, etc. We leave at the end of this month!
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the bunch!

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One month! That's a lot of information to learn in a month. But I do believe you came to the right place to do it. A lot of info here and a ton of nice people who will share it.
Welcome and safe travels!
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Old 05-06-2014, 02:37 PM   #4
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Happy to have you here. You will find a lot to learn just by reading.
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Glad to have you here. You hae come to the right place to learn and get ideas. Good luck with your search!
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Old 05-06-2014, 03:06 PM   #6
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There are several things for you to consider. I know you said an "A" or "C" but there are benefits to other RV as well.

1) How are you going to use the RV during your trip?
2) Are you going to use it after?

If you are doing a lot of daily travel a Motor Home (MH) is one of the nicer ways to travel. You are all together, can unbelt as necessary to use the washroom and get snacks and set up / take down are quite easy. Towing a vehicle behind would let you park for a time and travel around to local attractions. It is possible in an A class to get a nice lounge area near the driver and navigator keeping a family atmosphere. A C class generally has a pinch point between the cab and body semi isolating the driver and navigator.

If you plan to drive and stay for a time at various locations a 5 wheel (5er) or travel trailer (TT) could be considered. You are able to stop, set your unit up and then use the tow vehicle to check out the local attractions.

You have to consider the number of people on the trip. You say your oldest but do not reference the rest of the family who I assume will travel with you as well. The number of people will dictate the number of beds that are required.

Additional layout should be considered in the event you have to spend some time inside due to inclement weather. Is there room for all of you to read, watch tv, play games should you be kept indoors.

Based on the short time period to departure, have you considered renting an RV for this trip?

Do you already have a vehicle of a size to tow a 5er or TT of suitable size? A month to get everything set up is a herculean task. Not that it can't be done but get started. You will be amazed at the number of details that will come up.

Good luck in your endeavor. And Happy Camping to you and your family.
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Welcome to the gang! Sounds like you have a lot of planning and fun ahead of you. Good luck finding just the right wheels.
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Welcome aboard....Sounds like a great trip....Good luck...
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Old 05-07-2014, 06:47 AM   #10
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Thanks for the Warm Welcome!

Wow, thanks for all the encouraging words!

We are actually leaving on the 23rd, so just under 3 weeks from now. The kiddos are DD18, DS16, DD14, DS12, DD10, and DS7. We will blast across the US to spend as much time as possible in Chicago, NYC, DC, then swing down to GA & FLA to meet DH's family before coming back here. We have 15 days to do it. Yes, we all know it is insane to attempt so much.

We plan to sell the rv as soon as we get home.

Any idea what threads I should be reading first?

Thanks again for the warm welcome.
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Old 05-07-2014, 10:51 AM   #11
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Renting sounds like a better option. You will get a vehicle that has been properly prepared (in theory), and you will have a contact in the rental company to help take care of things if something goes wrong.
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Welcome and glad to meet you!

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