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Old 03-01-2011, 12:15 PM   #1
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Hi I am new to this site, not an RV owner yet but in about 6 to 10 months see retirement plans went not quite as planned when through a sequence of events we ended up adopting our 6 month old granddaughter who is now 14 months and the adoption will be complete by June so I am doing our home work now so I make the best informed decision on a motorhome I can so we are ready to travel and show the new addition the country from real experience as oppose to pictures in a book.
I have determined that we will need a bunk style and because we will not be doing the full time living aboard we will stick to a gas model. We had liked the Fleetwood's Southwind but now I have been seeing nice reviews on the Tifin Allegro.
Don't mind admitting I am get a bit confused and overwhelmed are there other models I am not giving fair consideration?
Any insight from experienced owners would be helpful, I do not want to rely only on the salesman's experience and preference or which model brings him or her the highest commission.
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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Hi Rich welcome to an awesome and friendly site. Sounds like you have a lot going on and hopefully things will start to slow down in the near future. There are many things you might want to consider before you actually purchase your first rig. Cost will probably be a major factor. I suspect you will want to consider both new and used rigs. You mentioned a gas rig. They are usually less expensive that the diesel pushers. However I will acknowledge that diesels have more power which comes in handy in the larger mountains. Personally if your not in a big rush that should not be an issue. We have a 36 foot Class A gas which has about 47,ooo miles we put on with no complaints. I would suggest that you look at a lot of different rigs, write down your questions and do not be afraid to come back to this site. My experience here has been nothing but outstanding. Good Luck.... bill

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Old 03-01-2011, 08:39 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to iRV2. I am sure that you will find a wealth of information here.

The forum helped me a lot in deciding which class A I should buy.

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Old 03-01-2011, 09:06 PM   #4
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You don't mention whether you're looking new or 'previously loved'. Right now anything new, in a gas class A, will be on a Ford chassis. Anything built in the last several years will either be the Ford chassis or the Workhorse chassis. Both have their fans. We had an Allegro on a Ford chassis and had no complaints. With the exception of the well documented brake recall issue most Workhorse chassis owners will tell you it is also a fine product. The point I'm slowly working up to is, regardless of make or model, it will be on one of these chassis. What you'll really want to focus on is the floor plan and build quality of the 'house'. Does it work for you, not necessarily what others have or will recommend.

There are a number of bunk models available these days. Any diligent search should leave you with multiple rigs to choose from. As mentioned above, don't hesitate to ask questions. You'll be hard pressed to come up with anything someone hasn't already seen or experienced.

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Old 03-02-2011, 07:38 AM   #5
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