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Old 04-26-2011, 05:24 PM   #1
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Hello all, I'm Bill Lynch from Southern California. I have never had an RV before. Still don't but it's time to start shopping and see where the road takes us.

Back in the 1970's I worked for Contempo Campers in California building camper vans and surfer vans. That's as close as I got.

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Welcome, Bill. We've had a few RV's over the years, in our case focused more on supporting other activities like off roading, racing, etc. Take your time shopping, and you'll soon define what style you're attracted to.
BEWARE: I recommend believing about 5% max of what an RV sales person tells you. Most of them have very little real product knowledge, but are overflowing with b.s. The worst I've encountered are the sun baked, high mileage, lot rats that claim to have been RV'ing for 100 years. Take EVERYTHING they say with a grain of salt. find the best RV for you, at the best price.
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:14 PM   #3
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... BEWARE: I recommend believing about 5% max of what an RV sales person tells you.

...Take EVERYTHING they say with a grain of salt. find the best RV for you, at the best price.
Thanks for the tips Automoblist !
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:28 PM   #4
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Howdy Bill Lynch,
WELCOME TO THE BEST RV FORUM AND FRIENDS PLACE IN ETHERLAND!!!!!!!!

DON'T BUY ANY MOTORHOME WITHOUT HAVING AN RV MECHANIC 'YOU TRUST COMPLETELY GO THROUGH IT...TOP TO BOTTOM !!! GET ALL MANUALS
AND MAINTAINENCE RECORDS FOR EVERYTHING IN OR ON IT !!!!!!!!! Find the RV mechanic through PERSONAL REFERENCES or ASK on here for someone in your area... You'll get the good ones and which ones to RUN from... Everybody on iRV2 has 'war-stories' and are not afraid to 'tell-it
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AGAIN, WELCOME !!!!!! Smooth roads & balmy breezes !!!!!!!!!

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Rent first. And welcome.
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Welcome Bill!
I Agree with the crowd but add- go to the nearest campground talk to the hosts, the campers in all different kinds of rigs, bring a notebook and take notes because you will get more info than you can deal with first time out! Make sure you tell them why your asking and you will get some great info.
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Welcome to the forum. Good luck in your search for your RV. Keep us posted as you begin your search.
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Hey Bill, welcome. I'm in same "boat" you are, starting my research, whoohoo! So I'm dove-dailing on advise given you.

Folks w/ 2 dogs & a cat, I need to "talk" to you as that will be my situation. It is a non-option, they are coming with, but want to be realistically prepared so as to avoid disappointment. I'm up for the challenge, they are my family.

I'll go back and find the link to RV mechanic recommendations.

Keep in touch, Bill:^)
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We did rent an Airstream in Las Vegas for a weekend last December. (I'm partial to Airstream).

It was a great experience but since the trailer is permanently on site, you don't tow it or travel with it.

Also, I'm very interested in vintage (73-78) GMC motorhomes but Jane is not on board with "vintage".
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Hey Bill, welcome. I'm in same "boat" you are, starting my research, whoohoo! So I'm dove-dailing on advise given you.

Folks w/ 2 dogs & a cat, I need to "talk" to you as that will be my situation. It is a non-option, they are coming with, but want to be realistically prepared so as to avoid disappointment. I'm up for the challenge, they are my family.

I'll go back and find the link to RV mechanic recommendations.

Keep in touch, Bill:^)
Hi Robi, I found this forum on iRV2: RV'ing with Pets - iRV2 Forums
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Hey Bill, welcome. I'm in same "boat" you are, starting my research, whoohoo! So I'm dove-dailing on advise given you.

Folks w/ 2 dogs & a cat, I need to "talk" to you as that will be my situation. It is a non-option, they are coming with, but want to be realistically prepared so as to avoid disappointment. I'm up for the challenge, they are my family.

I'll go back and find the link to RV mechanic recommendations.

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Robi, I'll give you this food for thought based on our experience travelling two small dogs. We bought a Class A because we liked the room and view while travelling. Little did we know that we also like the view from our 'picture window' when parked in an RV park. ...and guess what, the dogs love it also! It makes them feel that they have some control of their surroundings. ....which can be good or bad depending on how much they bark. Of course, you have always pull the screen!
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When we start fulltiming, we intend to have chips inserted (especially the cat) in the event any of them lose their way. They all travel very well. The large dog (boxer mix) and the cat (never out of his cage) ride in the back seat of the truck and the Jack Russell rides up front. We have doggy seat belts (a must).

Inside the 5er, Ollie the cat, likes the closet shelf or sitting on the dining chair doing his favorite past time - bird watching. The dogs lay wherever they wish. We have a deeded lot and it is fairly large and wooded so they have plenty of room outside. They also do fine at commercial campgrounds.

As soon as the cat cage comes out, they get very excited. Know it's time to go.
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We did rent an Airstream in Las Vegas for a weekend last December. (I'm partial to Airstream).

It was a great experience but since the trailer is permanently on site, you don't tow it or travel with it.

Also, I'm very interested in vintage (73-78) GMC motorhomes but Jane is not on board with "vintage".

Airstream = very cool.

A great way to go would be to get a "vintage" Airstream trailer, but a late model tow vehicle. Plenty of older Airstreams available, and you can remodel it to your heart's content. We've been looking into getting one to make into a cool retro pool house. There are many reasons to avoid an ancient motorhome, though there are some really neat ones: Airstream (yes, they made an awesome version of the roundy trailers) GMC, FMC, Revcon, Travco. Clark's are ok, but really old and only 20'. Look online at the others, and you'll love them. They've got style, versus a clunky old Winnebago, Pace Arrow, Executive, Hawkins, etc.
GMC's are definitely the most popular old motorhomes. Prices seem to run from $3500 for a clunker, to $10,000-16,000 for a nicely redone one, to $50k for one completely remanufactured. You can also get a decent old Airstream coach in the $8k-12k range. Personally, I would choose the Airstream. I would ONLY consider a vintage coach if you're a superb mechanic, and aren't scared of spending as much as 100% of the purchase price on repairs, renovation. Check out airforums com.

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