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Old 07-31-2016, 03:20 PM   #1
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Hi, new to RV lots to learn

Hello everyone;

Wife and I just retired earlier this year. I had my own business while she worked at a school and so we were not able to get away for long for many years.

Anyhow we live in central Indiana and are looking at getting either an American Coach, Entegra, or Newmar. Partly due to plants being a bit over 1 hour to under 2hr 30 min from where we live. Also they seem to fit the luxury level that we require to not ignore the coach after we get it.

Reading the forums has already helped educate me some. Plus the 2 plant tours we have taken helped also; not the least of which came from the friendly folks also taking the tours.

Anyhow where is the best place here to ask questions that may pertain to more than one of the above brands? I assume the brand forums are best for brand specific questions. If not enlighten me.

Also since it has been over 15 years since wife used an RV and over 20 since I was camping with over 40 since I used an RV where can we determine some of the basics we will need; not to mention the specifics that pertain to what to look for in motor coaches?

I have already discovered that some floor plans don't have showers I can stand up in which is disappointing since I am only a bit over 6ft 2in.

Our plans are to get a coach later this year or early next year. Use it for trips from 2 days to 3-4weeks at a time. Starting out we plan to rent a car where we stop at least until we (I) get comfortable driving a large motor home.

Well than you for taking the time to read this.


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Old 07-31-2016, 03:42 PM   #2
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Are you considering going brand new?

You certainly picked 3 good brands, and I really like what all of the have going for them.

Newmar, just so nice.
American Coach has a solid heritage.
And Entegra seems to have quite a bit going on with innovation and interior styling.

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Old 07-31-2016, 04:06 PM   #3
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We probably will be going new. Changes at Entegra and Newmar the past couple of years are big ones to me. (Mechanical Engineer so the chassis changes, electronics, and slide changes matter even if they don't.) American Coach might be ok a bit further back but I have not researched it; just way too much in a coach to look at multiple years and everything else. Plus nice new things seem to be added all the time.

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Old 07-31-2016, 05:11 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forum! You've come to the right place to research purchasing an RV.. One of the things I was told was to go to a dealership and ditch the salesman. Sit in the rig for a while, spend time in each room / area. Can you move around comfortably. If it is raining, will you be comfortable for hours or days? DO YOU FIT IN THE SHOWER? You already figured that one out. Is there enough storage for everything you would want to take along.

Start a list NOW of what you think you would want to take along. You will be surprised at what goes on that list and what you can do without.

It's really a choice of what works best for the two of you. What floor plan you want, what do you absolutely have to have and what can you do without. Good luck, but take your time before you buy.

The rest is just time and practice. YouTube has lots of videos on everything RV. (emptying your black and grey tanks / leveling your RV / how to drive your RV) just about anything you can think to ask about.

When you do buy a RV, have the place go over all systems with you before you leave. Video tape it so you can look at it again when you need to and you will need to.

Otherwise, once you get it, camp in your driveway. It's a good opportunity to get used to the RV and how it works. If you forget something It is right inside the house or garage. Local CG"S are also good for this. One drives the MH to the CG, the other the car, and you can ask other campers advice. "Hi, how do you empty your tanks, we are new and need a bit of help.)

Water pressure regulator valve. In-line water filter. Both at Walmart for around $30. CG's can have high water pressure water and not so clean water. You do NOT want to blow your pipes and have dirty water in your tanks and lines. When you are not camping, empty the water OUT of your water heater every time. If you get bacteria at the CG and it sits in the water heater for a few weeks or more, it will stink like rotten cruddy eggs. Save yourself the experience.

See, you already know more than you knew earlier. Every step is a learning experience and it all comes together. This time next year you will be much better at this.

Good luck, Lynne
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Glad to have you with us here in the forum.

Happy Trails!!!
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Hi Tom! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs! Do a LOT of research and tire kicking in the process! The floorplan is VERY important! You will never be completely happy with one that is not right for you!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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