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Old 07-12-2015, 07:01 PM   #1
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My wife and I have been full time sailboat live aboards for the past 10 years and have decided today to sell the boat and become full time RV live aboards. At this point we have more questions than answers and more questions than we know we have. However it kind of looks like that this is much like sailing.

We are looking at a 2008 Winnebago Destination. We have not ruled out older units or diesels. Questions without answers:
When to replace tires?
Gas or diesel?
How old is too old?
Tow vehicle with 4 wheels down, trailer, on top???
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My wife and I have been full time sailboat live aboards for the past 10 years and have decided today to sell the boat and become full time RV live aboards. At this point we have more questions than answers and more questions than we know we have. However it kind of looks like that this is much like sailing.

We are looking at a 2008 Winnebago Destination. We have not ruled out older units or diesels. Questions without answers:
When to replace tires?
Gas or diesel?
How old is too old?
Tow vehicle with 4 wheels down, trailer, on top???
Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

You're gonna get a lot of different answers to your questions, but here goes.

Most folks replace tires at about 7 years from the manufacturer's code date.

I would definitely recommend diesel! Engine is in the back so quiet up front, probably get 500,000 miles on the engine before rebuild, more power for mountainous terrain, etc. I would choose a diesel several years old instead of a new gasser!

I would never have a tow dolly or trailer! Find a nice vehicle that can be towed 4-down. We love our 2013 Honda CRV AWD! Just be aware that the CRV's can't be towed 4-down starting with the 2015!


Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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We are pleased you joined us. There is a wealth of information available to you here just by asking however I recommend you take your specific questions to the respective forums. For example I recommend you take your towing question to the Trailer Towing & Tow Vehicle Discussion forum and your Winnebago questions to the Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum, etc. You will likely receive more replies in the individual forums. I was a boat owner for several years before I sold my boat and purchased my first RV so I understand your desire for good information. Good luck with your search. Post often and share your new RV adventures with us.

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Old 07-14-2015, 08:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for the welcomes.

We have looked at a 38' Winnebago gas pusher and need to compare it to some diesels as well as front end gassers. This one does not have codes on the tires so we are suspicious, good tread, no weather checking but an independent check will be needed.

Parking options are taking a lot of our time now. We are looking at several long term spot here in SW Florida. Also, checking out transient parks in other places.

The saga goes on.
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When to replace tires..Recommend after 7 years some go 10.

Gas or Diesel... Your decision. HOWEVER check the cargo carrying capacity and towing ability (MAX GCVW-GVW) Gassers tend to be a bit...er.. Anemic in those areas

How old is too old: Depends on how well the unit has been maintained.. I spent close to a year parked across from a 23/24 (23 when I parked) Blue Bird Wanderlodge that was just flat Gorgeous But some RV parks will ask "Is your RV more than 10 years old? Plase avoid those parks, they have so much business they have to turn folks away so let's not over work them.

Tow 4 down or trailer: Depends on two things
Gassers you generally need to tow 4 down cause the trailer will put you over the tow limits.

Cars fall into 3 groups
1: Can be towed 4 down as purchased
2: Can be towed 4 down with modification
3a: Can be towed on a dolly only
3B: on a full trailer only.

Google REMCO TOWING, click on the STORE link, then on the left hand frame enter the particulars of your car to tow.. The main frame will give you your answer re that ride.
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Welcome! You've come to the right place. This forum is full of knowledge and experience. Don't be afraid to ask questions and be sure to use the "search" function. Enjoy your journey and hope to be your neighbors in a campground somewhere down the road.
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Hey JVC !!!
There is one big difference btw boats and RVs, RVs don't sink
Good luck and have fun and best wishes on your search.
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