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Old 06-26-2016, 01:20 PM   #1
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Hello from upstate NY

I'm looking at the moment to figure out what the needs of my 2 kids and wife are - then I have to look at the finances and options and make things happen for Full Time. #1 priority at this point is to tackle the existing debt while looking. I think my children would better learning by doing and applying what they learn rather than the current new "system" of learning...

I've been in the same place for about 20 years now, I'm 36, and can't stand being stuck in one place. If I had my way about it I'd be a nomad but the job doesn't seem to allow this - yet. Looking to fix that problem too =)

I'm pretty thrifty with tools, fix my own cars (I've rebuilt engines,) computers, motorcycle, etc.

Figure my likely option is going to be a 34' Class A from the late 80's to 90's. Any recommendations of great MH's to look for and a couple to avoid during that time range?
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Hi! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect RV for your needs!

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Welcome to the RV lifestyle!!

Your thoughts of buying and older RV are well taken, however, Slides were added to motorhomes in the late 90's. Our first motorhome didn't have any slides and after upgrading to one that has slides I could only recommend that you consider getting one with at least a living room slide. There are plenty of them out there, at very good prices. Also remember that one of the worst things with a motorhome is lack of use. Things seem to break even when they are parked.

This is just a thought for you to consider from my personal experiences.

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Old 06-26-2016, 06:34 PM   #4
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Welcome to the RV lifestyle!!

Your thoughts of buying and older RV are well taken, however, Slides were added to motorhomes in the late 90's. Our first motorhome didn't have any slides and after upgrading to one that has slides I could only recommend that you consider getting one with at least a living room slide. There are plenty of them out there, at very good prices. Also remember that one of the worst things with a motorhome is lack of use. Things seem to break even when they are parked.

This is just a thought for you to consider from my personal experiences.

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Thanks for the info. I intended to avoid slides at this point because of all the headaches I've read about them once something goes wrong.

I believe I'm going to be happily overwhelmed when I get my first unit. I intend on taking her out with the family every weekend at first until I have the systems just about memorized, and then eventually moving over to her full time if all goes well. If all doesn't go well, she'll get used on the weekends.

Slides might be a consideration in the future once I have become as close to having mastered one without slides.

At the moment I intend to lurch and learn. I've found spending many months on forums learning by others experience (positive or otherwise) avoids painful mistakes later on.
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Welcome to IRV2. I'm also from upstate. Outside Syracuse
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

As this is an ambitious lifestyle change, I'd suggest that you rent a class A in the size you want and spend some time in it with your family. You'll soon decide what is needed for the changes you want to make. Personal space will become a luxury.

Happy Trails!!!
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To Wizechatmgr, Were in upstate NY do you live? I live in Skaneateles and when you get established in the RV lifestyle I'm in a couple of RV groups that you might be interested in joining. Good luck in your RV endeavors.

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Welcome! We are in Lafargeville, far northern NY. Went 2001 34' Challenger. Two mechanical slides, love it. It is simple enough to work on and very roomy with the slides out. I am 6'4" and do not have to duck...
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To Wizechatmgr, Were in upstate NY do you live? I live in Skaneateles and when you get established in the RV lifestyle I'm in a couple of RV groups that you might be interested in joining. Good luck in your RV endeavors.

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I'm over in Schodack/Hudson (Albany)

Thanks a bunch!
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Welcome! We are in Lafargeville, far northern NY. Went 2001 34' Challenger. Two mechanical slides, love it. It is simple enough to work on and very roomy with the slides out. I am 6'4" and do not have to duck...
I'm only 6' but I know what you're talking about. Spent a lot of time doing deliveries busting my head on smaller vans.
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