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Old 09-07-2016, 08:09 PM   #1
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Hello from Virginia

New to RVing, but plan to see all fifty states while RVing full time when I retire in a couple years. My wife and I are expecting to spend three to five years on the road full time.

We fell in love with the Itasca Suncruiser. Then I discover the Winnebago Adventure is basically the same with fewer bells and whistles. Looking to learn as much as possible from the iRV2 seasoned veterans. I'm particularly interested in the "do nots". What mistakes can you help a couple of rookies avoid?
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:34 PM   #2
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I am in VA as well...mistake #1 is thinking "I should have known..." You don't know what you don't know. So, we you learn something new don't beat yourself up over not having known it before! And, make it about having fun...
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Old 09-07-2016, 11:57 PM   #3
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:39 AM   #4
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One major do, whatever your final choice of rv: get a GOOD QUALITY rv surge unit for your right before you ever plug it in to ANY shore power anywhere. Learned that the hard way. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 09-08-2016, 04:47 AM   #5
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Welcome and we too are from Virginia. I would recommend a trip to Hershey RV show. See all the brands, talk to mfg rep's, attend some seminars, talk to vendors, etc. We had owned several RVs in the past, but still went up a couple of years asking questions like newbies. It helped us settle on our Suncruiser and we have been happy ever since.
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Old 09-08-2016, 05:30 AM   #6
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Welcome to IRV2! Fellow Virginian here too.

Do not be reluctant to ask questions, although searching a bit first helps.
Do not miss an opportunity to use your RV once you purchase it.
Do not think that there is one right kind of RV. One size/style does not fit all, but many times folks believe that theirs is the only one to have.

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Old 09-08-2016, 07:59 AM   #7
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Welcome fellow Virginian. We live in Glen Allen and also have a home on Smith Mountain Lake near Roanoke/Lynchburg.

One could write a book on do/don'ts related to RV's. You don't say whether you are looking to buy new vs. used so my response would differ based on that answer.

Regardless of new vs used, you need to pick a floor plan that works for you. Spend enough time in any coach you are considering to consider how you will live in that particular coach. Do you cook full meals, do you like the TV viewing angle, etc. How much room do you have to move around when the slides are in?

Gas vs. diesel is another consideration. How much driving will you do and what do you plan to tow and carry with you? If you will spend a lot of time in the great western US climbing mountains, pulling a car or truck, and carrying a lot of skivvies and beans, a diesel pusher may be a better choice. More grunt, air suspension for better ride, quiet since the motor is in the back. Gas motorhome have come a long way for sure, but your only option is the Ford chassis with the V10, unless you are looking at used and find one on the Workhorse chassis. Nothing wrong with it but the engine noise will be a consideration when you work it hard and it will not ride and handle like a coach with air suspension.

The Adventurer/Suncruiser are Winnebago's top line gas motorhome and are very nice. You not likely find any better gas coach than one of those.

If you are considering a used coach of any type, your task is to make sure it has been properly maintained.

Good luck with your search.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 09-19-2016, 09:25 AM   #9
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Went to Hersey

I took the advice of "TomandGloria" and went to the Hersey RV Show. I now have the Tiffin Allegro 34PA as a choice of what to buy in addition to the Itasca Suncruiser 38Q and Winnebago Adventurer 38q.
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Good for you. We looked at rigs for several months to find the things that we did and did not like so when we found one that fit all those needs we purchased. Have fun and enjoy your travels. If you're ever in the central portion of CA wave as you go by.
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I took the advice of "TomandGloria" and went to the Hersey RV Show. I now have the Tiffin Allegro 34PA as a choice of what to buy in addition to the Itasca Suncruiser 38Q and Winnebago Adventurer 38q.
Each of those are nice motorhomes and the hard part is picking one we hope you find the one that really works best for you so you have an opportunity to enjoy this great lifestyle.
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Talking Ear-to-ear

It has been awhile, but I have a good excuse. I've been using and learning about my 2015 Itasca Suncruiser. I can't stop grinning from ear to ear.

I found it online. It was in San Antonio. It was supposedly owned by an older couple that took on more than they could handle. It was priced so well that I had my doubts, but I paid earnest money and flew to Texas. I was not disappointed. It's like new. Just over 5700 miles on it when head back to Virginia.
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Congrats! We sort of found the same thing with ours. Older couple bought it new and sold it 5 years later with 16000 miles on it. We have enjoyed our immensely and now have 45000 miles and she is still going strong.

Maybe our paths will cross some day. Keep enjoying your new to you Motorhome.
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