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Old 02-13-2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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Hello from North Florida

Hello, My name is Mike and I have finally talked my wife Darlene into considering getting back into RV'ing after I retire....maybe in another 18 months or so. We have had periods of RV'ing several times during the course of our 32 years of marriage. We camped in everything from a pick-up truck with a topper to motorhome. We been RV'less now for about 8 years...and have had an empty nest for about 4. The kids are grown and gone...but I keep telling her that we'll need an RV when we move to where the kids are after the grand-kids arrive.

I've been studying the current RV market for several months. Trying to decide between a 5'er or a MH. I don't own the right tow vehicle for the MH, nor to I have the right truck for a 5'er...so I'm starting with a blank sheet, with no constraints other than trying to justify my wants vs. my needs.

I'll be lurking around, reading the advice from many people much more knowledgeable than I. I appreciate the site and look forward to joining the reality RV community soon.


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Old 02-13-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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Old 02-13-2010, 04:32 PM   #3
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Hi Mike,

Welcome to you and your wife!

What part of north Florida? My Dad is in Pensacola.

I think that you will enjoy it here. LOT's of knowledge & friendly people in one package

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Old 02-13-2010, 04:48 PM   #4
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Hi From Central Florida

Welcome Mike & Darlene -- We are new RV'ers and are enjoying our 2008 Class C motor home. -- I also had to trade my Buick for a Honda that I could tow 4 wheels down - so we spent lots of $$ to get going -- I too was torn between a 5 er and a MH . We decided on the MH so we could keep our pets close by while we travel. -- But -- now that we have it and have used it some, I wish I would have rented before we bought. -- Our Class C has the TV over the cab -It's way to high to sit and enjoy comfortably. -- We have a built in dinette - looks great, but uncomfortable because of the straight backed booth. -- We have 1 large outside storage compartment , but the rest are on the small side. -- I guess what I'm suggesting is if you can, rent first and then decide whats best for you. -- Good Luck and enjoy retirement, I sure am !!
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We're at Kings Bay, GA for the winter and have seen some very good deals on 'new' 2008 and 2009 MHs. Check some of the bigger FL dealers and you'll probably find one that suits your needs. We've been the MH to 5th-wheel to MH route and, based on convenience and travel-ability, recommend a Class A MH. A diesel pusher if possible, for the power and long-life of the diesel versus gas. These are our thoughts and I'm sure many will weigh-in with other ideas -- whatever makes you and your bride happy!
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Old 02-14-2010, 05:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for the welcomes...Darlene and I are in the small town of Starke along US 301 in north Florida.

I'm planning on a year to figure out exactly what RV rig suits us best. I'd like to have it and get used to it with small trips around here before I hit the road on extended trips after retirement. Unlesssssss....that special deal on the special rig comes along, then we'll just have to bite the bullet early. We'll be out there looking.

If any of you ever travel this way...give a shout...There's a KOA locally...maybe we can grab some dinner or throw a steak on the grill.


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