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Old 09-28-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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Hello to everyone!
My wife and I do not yet own an RV but are seriously looking for one.
It looks like we have settled into the Class A Motorhome types which seem
to meet our needs and wants the most.

We are in our 70s and have never camped or traveled by car much in the past. So we are hoping to find volumes of information Newbies need to keep from making a lot of mistakes not only in our purchase but while traveling.

We are shopping used and the brands we have liked so far are Newmar, Tifin, Thor, and just yesterday found a Monaco we liked a lot. We are trying to stay under 35 feet in a gasser if possible.

We are open to all and any advice given and will seriously consider it all.

Glad to be a part of this forum and hope to be able to contribute to it in the future.


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Old 09-28-2016, 09:10 AM   #2
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Hi Deane! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!
Hope you find the perfect RV for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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Old 09-28-2016, 09:13 AM   #3
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Welcome to iRV2.

Have you considered renting a Class A for a few weeks to make sure RVing is a good fit for you ; before you purchase .
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:23 AM   #4
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Hi Deane,

Welcome to the Forum! Two years ago we were right where you are at. Patient gave this website and we came here to learn. The people here were a great help.

May 5, 2015 we bought our Winnebago 33 ft class A MH with a gas engine. Nearing retirement and looking forward to going South in the winter.

I spent a lot of time here and very helpful people narrowed it down for me. I learned a lot about driving, taking care of the rig, and planning trips. We camp regularly. Love it.

Some advice would be to rent something locally and sometimes campgrounds (CG's) have rigs to rent, mostly TT's (travel trailers). Gives you an idea before you invest the money to see if this will really work for you.

Otherwise, watch for RV shows in your area. Go, sit in a rig, ask questions, but never buy on a push from the salesmen. Just go look and get an idea of how it feels to sit in one. There are some used ones advertised on boards there. May or may not be good deals.

Whatever you do , do NOT buy a rig with a leaky roof. Bad idea. Go to a dealership, tell the salesman you are not ready to buy and just want to sit in the rig for a while. See what you want and what you really need. Take a tablet and write a list of what you two agree on and want separately.

When buying used, tires are important. Should not be older than 7 to 10 years or they will need replaced. Will cost around $3,000 for new tires. Take this into consideration.

MAITENANCE RECORDS AND MANUALS are very important! People who take care of their rigs keep records. Oil changes, new filters, tires, grease, updates to appliances and genie load tests. All will become important to you and make your choice a better choice so you will get a well maintained used rig. Ours was a 2004.

Go to PPL Motorhome out of Texas. They have used rigs on consignment. They show floors plans and prices and condition. You start to get an idea of price, condition, and what floorplan works best for you. Look at it every day, write down the brand and rig info of the ones you like.

When done doing this a bit, come back and ask questions. Come on everyday and read an old thread. YouTube has great videos on everything RV. How to empty your tanks, level your rig, change out you fridge and maintain your systems. Lot's of education out there if you are willing to spend the time to look.

Best of luck to you two. You have come to the correct place and are doing this in the right order. Get your education first and then buy your rig. It is a big purchase but I can tell you that in a year you will be so much more prepared and when you decide to buy you will feel more prepared and comfortable with your decision. It's a wonderful way to live.

Retirement is not far off now!
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:26 AM   #5
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and good luck in your search.
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:34 AM   #6
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Wow! That didn't take long. Thanks to everyone. We will be looking again this weekend and I think we are beginning to settle in on a size and type. We will see

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Old 09-28-2016, 09:37 AM   #7
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All good advice so far. I would only add that you should seriously consider 1-2 slides at a minimum. The bedroom slide because they generally provide for more drawer and closet space for clothing. Living room slide just for more elbow room. It can get crowded on rainy days. Good luck!
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:42 PM   #8
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Old 09-29-2016, 05:57 PM   #9
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Take your time, as you can see there are plenty of people here to help you figure this out. Sit in a rig for a bit and think about if it was raining would you be ok inside for a day or two, enough space, things to do.

Take your time, there are plenty out there and they each have something special. You will know it when you walk inside it and it will just seem like home. Remember, no leaky roofs.

Good luck and post some pics when you get it. LB

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