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Old 07-22-2015, 03:18 PM   #1
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New Member, a little advice

I'm recently retired and strongly considering purchase of an RV, I'm in the initial 'investigation' stage. I've looked at a number of types and lean heavily towards a Class A with a diesel, size around 30'.

My question - As a first timer RV'er is a 'smaller' Class A a wise/good choice, I plan on towing a Geo Tracker. Travelling 3-4 months a year.

I've 'lurked' on the site and have learned a lot, but it's never enough, I'm sure I'll be back.

Looking forward to the feedback.

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Old 07-22-2015, 03:40 PM   #2
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You are the only one who can decide that. I went with a 26 foot Class A for the following reasons..

1) only two of us
2) can pull it into almost anyplace
3) I do not need a toad and have no intention of pulling one
4) I use it for one two week trip a year and several small trips.
5) no intention of selling Home and going full time.
6)I can maintain it.
7) setup at site is simple, quick.

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Old 07-22-2015, 04:08 PM   #3
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We started out looking for a 32' MH and ended up with a 36' MH, with two slides and a bath and a half set up. We are really glad we went bigger than planned and have really enjoyed ours. So far using both State and private CG's we have never had an issue getting a spot. You will get used to the length after a few trips and if you plan longer trips you will appreciate the extra room and storage capacity.

We went with a new MH and the gas model for several reason and I can do all my own maintenance. The best thing you can do is take your time and do your research to find the best MH for your needs.

I spent two years looking and researching. Spend some time on this site and read up on all the brands, see what people like/dislike, problems they have had , time in the shop, overall satisfaction. You will start to develop a better sense of what you need/want. Then go out and look at as many as you can and drive as many as you can as they will vary in performance and quality brand by brand. You will then have a good sense of what you really want in quality, price, size and floorplan.

If you spend the time now you will end up with a MH you love, and will have fun with for years rather than regretting your purchase and selling it to get what you really wanted the first time. Pay attention to price as at the starting price point a few thousand dollars more can buy you a much better MH than you would expect. Good luck and remember looking for one is half the fun.
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Old 07-22-2015, 04:29 PM   #4
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

For that much travel, a diesel pusher would be my choice!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 07-22-2015, 05:37 PM   #5
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HI Barti,

Welcome to the forum. The best advice I got from people here was to go to RV shows and sit inside the size you are considering. Sit a while. If it is raining will there be enough room. Do you have enough room in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room? Is there enough storage for whatever you need to take with you?

Were do you plan to travel? Do you need a diesel due to mountain travel or do you plan to stay pretty flat? Do you want new or do you want to buy used until you figure out you really want to do this. Floor plans are important. Does it work for you or not? It really needs to work for you or you won't be comfortable.

Take your time and look at a lot of rigs. Good luck, Lynne
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Old 07-22-2015, 05:49 PM   #6
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Some parks, especially out west, have 35 ft max RV size, you could get away with a 36ft. However there are usually private parks nearby that can take 40 to 45 foot coaches so you really don't have to miss anything you might want to see. If staying IN the park is a priority then stick with a 36 or below.
IMHO there is not much difference in handling a 30 ft. or a 36 fT. Don't be afraid of size as you will soon be comfortable with what ever size you get.
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:20 PM   #7
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We first started looking for an RV in the mid 90's, my wife wanted small <25'. We looked at Class C's because of the bunk setup, my wife was showing smaller dogs and could use this for the crates. Fortunately she was out of town one weekend in 1997 and I found a listing for an RV dealer having a liquidation auction. I went to it and bought a 31' Class C. Turns out it worked just fine and although a little intimidated at first both me and my wife learned to drive without a problem.

Fast forward to the mid 2000's and we started to look for a larger Class A, I wanted a pusher. In 2008 we found a Monaco Windsor 38PKD, 2 slides and all the bells and whistles. We are now spoiled and doubt we could go smaller. We pull a Jeep GC, don't even know it's back there, coach has lots of power. The layout works well for us. Lots of storage and the larger coach has more fresh, black, and grey water storage so we can go without hookups at dog shows longer
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:29 PM   #8
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You can add the NE to a lot of places to camp that cannot handle much more than 30 ft. It's the old campgrounds set up for a car and a tent.

In that size range the only "advantage" I see to a diesel is a significantly higher cost.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:53 AM   #11
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Thanks to all who responded, your feedback is much appreciated.

I'll continue to investigate, and look at the actual vehicles.

and I'm sure "I'll be back" with more questions.

Thanks again.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:48 AM   #12
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Welcome to the forum Barti Ddu and congratulations on your recent retirement (Both DW and I retire in 2 weeks!!!). All who responded offered terrific advice. You are on the right path in your research. It took us slightly over two years to get us to this point. Time very well spent, IMHO. The correct couch will make itself known to you in time. Enjoy the process.

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