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Old 04-29-2013, 02:44 PM   #15
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If you want solitude, you might want a smaller class C or a truck camper to get in the back woods. Most class A's and C's will fit in state parks which are cheaper than a standard RV park. You can rent a class C to try out, but one days rental is about one month payment on a used unit. There are a lot of used class A units under 20k (and built before 2000) and most if not all at this price range will not have slides so that is a lot less to worry about. Older units will most likely also have all the bugs worked out and you should get a demo that everything works on your walk through. You will most likely not loose too much money on an older fully depreciated MH.

Interest rates are great, I think we got 4.25%, and terms are long (15-20 years) for newer MH, and I believe that interest is tax deductable as the MH counts as a second home if it has a bathroom in it.

Try to determine what your needs are, and what comforts you would like to have. Once you have that, some guidance may be given that will steer you in the direction that will best fit your needs and lifestyle.

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Old 04-29-2013, 02:53 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Marshmellows View Post
If you want solitude, you might want a smaller class C or a truck camper to get in the back woods. .
Those were my thought exactly when I read the OP's comments about his perception of the open house.

The biggest concern DW and I had going in was that we wouldn't really be comfortable in the "trailer park" environment many CGs provide. As it turned out, we didn't mind it at all but in many places we find ourselves crammed in between two other RVs with very little room and nothing which approaches solitude.

Lot's of RVing to be done outside of the CG environment though so best of luck. It'll just mean that that big 45 foot tag axle Country Coach you have your heart set on probably won't be the best for getting you into the back country.


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Old 04-29-2013, 04:30 PM   #17
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Truck camper and back woods...Yikes !
Perhaps "solitude" was the wrong word to use. We're not looking for isolation from other folks. A better description would have been that we prefer a laid-back atmosphere over a hectic environment.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:23 AM   #18
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Hi and :greetings:

Agree with those who recommend renting first.

We bought first and found out after a few months we bought the wrong rig. Fortunately we ran into a great deal on the right rig.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:27 AM   #19
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If you rent - it will be a newer coach with all the luxuries and no problems.... and then you'll want new which may or may not be affordable.

I went to the 'cheap used' route. Learn all I can and then when I can afford a new(er) one, then I will be more knowledgeable and appreciative of the coach.

Ultimately - you have to do what is best for you.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:08 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by RickO View Post
Welcome to the forum and congrats on your retirement.

We too had never owned any kind of RV when we retired and bought a new 40DP. I was afraid that if I bought a smaller, cheaper, older rig I wouldn't like RVing and would sour on it quickly so we bought new.

That strategy sure took care of my concern about dealing with problems on older units but it does involve eating a HUGE amount of depreciation.

In hindsight, we should have bought used but oh well...

If you see yourself spending most of your time in state or national parks you will want to choose the size carefully. At 40 feet we don't fit in many/most of those parks.

Best of luck to you both.

I agree with Rick's thoughts on this one. We bought our "last coach" first, a 40' DP. That was 7 years ago and have been satisfied with it since. Have upgraded some things in it, but see no reason to buy a new or bigger coach. Of course, the wife says if we win the lotto she'll be riding in a Newell.

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