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Old 08-22-2006, 12:04 PM   #1
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Hi, After about a year roaming this great website I have taken the plunge and signed up.
I have learned so much about the RV LIFE STYLE, and about so many different RV's out there.. I have read stories of peoples adventures and experiences, and I say to myself "OH I WANT TO GO THERE" or "WAY COOL THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN".. I can't wait..
I have about another Three to Five years to work, depending how my portfolio performs between now and then.. have not bought my motorhome yet, but I have narrowed down the playing field..
It will be CLASS A new or used depends on the deal I can get.. The Choices are
Monaco
Itasca (winnebago)
Tiffin
Holiday Rambler
in that order..
I wish all you out there happy travels
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:04 PM   #2
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Hi, After about a year roaming this great website I have taken the plunge and signed up.
I have learned so much about the RV LIFE STYLE, and about so many different RV's out there.. I have read stories of peoples adventures and experiences, and I say to myself "OH I WANT TO GO THERE" or "WAY COOL THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN".. I can't wait..
I have about another Three to Five years to work, depending how my portfolio performs between now and then.. have not bought my motorhome yet, but I have narrowed down the playing field..
It will be CLASS A new or used depends on the deal I can get.. The Choices are
Monaco
Itasca (winnebago)
Tiffin
Holiday Rambler
in that order..
I wish all you out there happy travels
Bruce
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:32 PM   #3
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Welcome BLT,
Gee, your name makes me hungry
If you've been lurking for a year I guess I don't have to tell you anything about the site, just welcome aboard
You've got a great list there, not sure I would put them in that order, but sounds like you are doing your homework.
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Old 08-22-2006, 12:50 PM   #4
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BLT, WELCOME to the site!!

Would recommend you keep an eye on Newmar as well, especially given you're several years away...

You list many quality products, I've owned two motorhomes from your list and am on my first Newmar...

Here's even a pic!

Thanks again for joining and I know you'll enjoy yourself!!
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BLT,

Welcome to iRV2.com. We're glad you've joined us!

I look forward to following your selection process as you near retirement - I'm probably 3-4 years from that milestone as well. Many times, the looking and planning is as much fun as the RV purchase itself.

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Old 08-22-2006, 12:59 PM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Three to Five years </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Welcome BLT.

Your comment "Three to Five years" reminded me of when Pat and I met in 1997 I told her I would retire in three to five years and she said it sounded like an sentence. Well I retired in 2005 it came very fast. Time flies when your having fun.

We purchased our first Motorhome, Oct 8th.,2003 it is a 2003 Itasca Sunrise 36M, it was used
with 8,628 miles on it. My first experience driving a MH, drove it home to Michigan from Indiana 360 miles. Enjoyed it. We have a total of 29,000 mile to date.

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Old 08-22-2006, 01:22 PM   #7
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Welcome BLT. We took the plunge a month ago. Although the RV lifestyle was not new to us, having no kids at home and being able to come and go at will was. We too looked at all the brands you are looking at but landed up with our Dolphin 5376. The deal we got was to good to pass up. I know our next rig will be a DP but for now our 37ft W24 fits the bill quite nicely. We might of spent more on a coach but thought buying what we did would be a good test to see how we liked spending time on the road before we layed down 2 or 3 times as much as we did. Something you might want to think about as well. Enjoy irv2, this place is full of good people and good honest advise.
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Welcome from RI Glad you joined us and good luck on your MH shopping.

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Old 08-22-2006, 05:20 PM   #9
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BLT, welcome to IRV2 and RVing. Looks like you have a nice short list for your shopping.

Look forward to your post on the "HUNT".

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Old 08-22-2006, 08:22 PM   #10
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Thank you all for the nice welcome you are the best.. Loren, I was trying to be cute
with the name BLT B is the first letter in my name, L is the first letter in my wifes name, and T is the first letter in our last name, Cute huh LOL.
do you have any insight on what order you would have put them in? we attended an RV show this last year and really liked the Itasca
Suncruiser 38J it had lots of room and really liked seeing the TV down on the floor, my only concern would be the CCC I wasn't able to obtain that information at the time. I would like to have at least 3000lbs of CCC.. Will also have a toad.
I have looked at Newmar new and used will keep it mind thanks Bob
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Old 08-22-2006, 09:23 PM   #11
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I was wondering what BLT stood for, my wife says I'm always thinking about food , could she be right? Nah!
Re. your list; I would put Tiffen first, just for their reputation for customer service. Itasca makes a good unit, though I am not a fan of fibreglass roofs, but you need to evaluate each unit in relation to your uses and desires. Personly, we like our Bounder so well that if we wanted a new motorhome, we would look at them first and then Tiffen and the rest. Of course, you are talking about full timing and that has its own criteria, and you are right to be looking at the CCC; just don't take the sticker as gospel, when you find THE unit see if the dealer will weigh it for you. Better to be surprised before you buy, than after.
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BLT, welcome to iRV2. We are glad to have you join us here and look forward to reading your posts. Good to see you are doing your homework now and then when the right coach for you comes along you can make a good decesion. Good luck and enjoy the hunt!
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OK, I'm a NewBee... What is CCC?
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Old 08-23-2006, 06:02 PM   #14
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CCC (Cargo carrying capacity)
Meaning this is how much of your stuff you can put in your motothome.. If you are going full timing then you need in my opinion the most CCC you can get.. Like Loren said "Don't take the sticker as gospel though..
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