Hi everyone. I was a member here from 2004 - 2007 after purchasing our first RV. At that time we lived in a suburb of Philadelphia, and I will be forever grateful to the IRV2 members who greeted us at our first ralley that first weekend we owned it and showed us how to work that old Class A.
We have since retired to an Island off the coast of Washington State, having sold our elderly Class A in 2007, and are now in the market to acquire a new motorhome, this time for use in the winters when we would like to head south to Palm Desert for a month or two.
Our Homeowners Assn rules prohibit us from parking a motorhome longer than 30 feet here, and we are thinking of buying a Class C this time. I was always nervous in the Class A, thinking my DH was going to hit something on the passenger side, plus I would like to be able to get out the door of the "car" instead of walking to the midsection.
We really lucked out when we purchased our 10 year old (at the time) Class A in 2004 for $13,500. It needed very little work except for new tires, and we never had a single problem with it in the 3 years we owned it. We sold it on EBay for $11,000 and for a while I would hear every now and then from its new owner about how pleased he was with it.
Since neither of us is very mechanically inclined....I wonder if we will have the courage to spend more this time, when a good part of what we learned from other campers and here on IRV2 is just how lucky we were because there are some real lemons out there.
So I need to start learning about what's new and available in 2010, and who the reliable dealers are here in the Pacific Northwest, and how best to find a reliable new motorhome for our travels this coming winter. We did purchase the RV Consumer Group package by JD Gallent, but are finding it a bit hard to use.
I am chemically sensitive, so we cannot buy a new motorhome. We need one that has fully offgassed, has never been sprayed with Febreeze or other chemical "freshener" and never smoked in.
We are open to any and all suggestions and would much appreciate opinions, suggestions, etc. feel free to e-mail me.
Glad to be back.