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Old 08-25-2016, 11:02 AM   #1
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Hi folks--I just joined this forum--My husband and I--both getting close to 60 and approaching a time when we have more time to travel are looking for our first motorhome. We are considering either a class A or C--right now leaning toward an A (the smaller ones--28-32 feet)--not brand new, but probably new'ish (like maybe 2014 or so). Initially we will probably use it for long weekends, maybe 1-2 week trips 2-3 times per year until we have more time on our hands. The soonest we will probably buy one is next Spring--we are thinking a price range of around $60,000. We are more interested in quality than a lot of bells and whistles, but backup cameras and side cameras and simplified leveling are all very important to us since we have very little driving experience with motorhomes. We would also really like an exterior TV and a King size bed (I noticed a lot of the newer units are coming out with those). We have 2 big slobbery, sheddy dogs who will come with us, 1 27 year old daughter who lives on her own in another state who MIGHT come with us on rare occasion for a night or two, no grandkids at this point to travel with us. Anyway, that's us!

I have been lurking on this and other forums for awhile so I am getting lots of questions answered, but we recently talked to a salesperson who was comparing a Thor and a Jayco unit to us and he told us that Jayco floors are made of a sheet of plywood vs OSB. His opinion is that plywood is far superior to OSB. I'm wondering if that is something we should seriously think about.

Another question is regarding generator size--4000 or 5500. At what point does a person decide they need a 5000 generator vs a 4000? It seems to me that some bigger rigs have 4000 and some have 5500. Any insights on generator size would be extremely helpful--also if you buy a rig with a 4000 generator, can you replace it with a 5500 if you decide (for whatever reason I learn from all of you) that you would prefer a 5500?

I know I will have more questions going forward, but for now this is a great start! Thank you everyone--Jane

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Hi Jane! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

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Old 08-25-2016, 01:32 PM   #3
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Hi newbie, me you should rent one for a week. That will give you an idea of what your looking for. Good luck
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Old 08-25-2016, 01:35 PM   #4
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Hi newbie, me you should rent one for a week. That will give you an idea of what your looking for. Good luck

I don't know what happen but that should of said " maybe" not me.
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I expect you probably found "Class A Motorhome" forum by now if not it can be found under the "RV Forums" section. A great place to search and ask questions. It looks like you have started to identify your requirements and seems you have a budget which combined is a good starting point. As to the generator question my take is the generator will be sized appropriately based upon how much power will be required. How much will be required will be determined in part on whether the coach has one or two air conditioners for example. Have fun on your quest to purchase a motorhome!
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:48 PM   #6
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Thanks All! We definitely plan on renting once or twice first and that makes sense about the generator! Thanks so much and I am happy to be a member of this group.
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If you have never used an RV before, I would suggest that you rent one for a week and take a trip. You will find lots of likes and dislikes in a short time and save you for m an expensive mistake.


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