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Old 05-20-2018, 11:41 AM   #1
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Hi all! Excited to be here.

Long story short, my husband and I are going to be purchasing an RV in the next 8 weeks to drive across the country, live in for a few months full-time, and drive back. If all goes well, we may continue living in it beyond that time frame.

Thinking a Class C (maybe Class A) will be best for us and our 3 dogs. We can live comfortably, have it all self-contained, and pull our car behind us (Subaru Crosstrek).

I'm excited to scour the forums for information. Grateful in advance for help and guidance.

Our plan is to purchase something older but reliable so we have something that runs great but that we can pull apart to update cosmetically and functionally. We anticipate upgrading the following:
  • Upgrade AC
  • Composting Toilet
  • Tankless Water Heater
  • WiFi
  • Carpet/Flooring
  • Paint/Wallpaper
  • Upholstery/Windows
  • Mattress

We know we have a long road ahead of us, figuratively and literally!

Other than that general idea of what we're going to do, we're starting from scratch. Neither of us come from an RV family. Any input, thoughts or comments are appreciated!
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs. That list should keep you busy for a while!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Good luck. We bought ours with a plan to keep it for a few years to see the US & Canada, get the travel bug out of our system, then sell it & get back to our boating at home in Bermuda.

Well, 11 years & near 200,000 miles later, we are still at it. Still scratching that travel itch.
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Wife and I can't imagine full-timing in anything less than a Class A or a 5th wheel. We full-timed for 6 months in a 5th wheel and that was a good experience, too. A Class C just seems too small and restrictive to us. C's also don't have the outside storage of the A's.
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Thinking a Class C (maybe Class A) will be best for us and our 3 dogs. We can live comfortably, have it all self-contained, and pull our car behind us (Subaru Crosstrek).

Our plan is to purchase something older but reliable so we have something that runs great but that we can pull apart to update cosmetically and functionally. We anticipate upgrading the following:
  • Upgrade AC
  • Composting Toilet
  • Tankless Water Heater
  • WiFi
  • Carpet/Flooring
  • Paint/Wallpaper
  • Upholstery/Windows
  • Mattress

We know we have a long road ahead of us, figuratively and literally!

Other than that general idea of what we're going to do, we're starting from scratch. Neither of us come from an RV family. Any input, thoughts or comments are appreciated!
The two of you with three dogs and towing a car will need something with quite a bit of room and power. Nothing is worse than being trapped inside on a rainy day and not being comfortable.

If it were me, I would go for a class A and if you can I would get a diesel pusher. The reason? You're going to spend a lot of time in it both traveling and parked. The main reason is that a DP is on a heavier chassis and rides on air bags. Much more comfortable. You can find these in pretty good shape if you look around, and probably won't need to do much upgrading.

A Gasser would also work but you give up the smooth quiet ride. Power is probably no problem with them, they have some pretty good engines these days.

Whatever you do, demand to drive it before purchasing. See how it handles. Run all the appliances. Everything! Check how old the tires are. Ask for maintenance records.

Good hunting.
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That's fantastic! I'm glad you're still loving it!!
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Wife and I can't imagine full-timing in anything less than a Class A or a 5th wheel. We full-timed for 6 months in a 5th wheel and that was a good experience, too. A Class C just seems too small and restrictive to us. C's also don't have the outside storage of the A's.
Excellent advice, thank you so much!! I'm worried about jumping into driving a Class A and have heard driving a class C is much more comfortable. What are your thoughts on that?

Do you need a special license to be able to drive a Class A?
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The two of you with three dogs and towing a car will need something with quite a bit of room and power. Nothing is worse than being trapped inside on a rainy day and not being comfortable.

If it were me, I would go for a class A and if you can I would get a diesel pusher. The reason? You're going to spend a lot of time in it both traveling and parked. The main reason is that a DP is on a heavier chassis and rides on air bags. Much more comfortable. You can find these in pretty good shape if you look around, and probably won't need to do much upgrading.

A Gasser would also work but you give up the smooth quiet ride. Power is probably no problem with them, they have some pretty good engines these days.

Whatever you do, demand to drive it before purchasing. See how it handles. Run all the appliances. Everything! Check how old the tires are. Ask for maintenance records.

Good hunting.
THANK YOU! This is excellent insight.
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You're gonna like it here.

Driving a class A is not difficult and you will rapidly adjust to it. If you're going to be full time on it then the storage of a class A will be what you'll need. You'd be surprised how fast you fill it up.

Happy Trails!!!
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Wife and I can't imagine full-timing in anything less than a Class A or a 5th wheel. We full-timed for 6 months in a 5th wheel and that was a good experience, too. A Class C just seems too small and restrictive to us. C's also don't have the outside storage of the A's.
This is one of those works for some people not for others.

We bought a 28' Class C and spent 6 weeks on the road with a couple weeks in Florida a couple winters ago. Everyone said we would kill each other by the end of the trip.

What they don't understand is we've been together since high school, together close to 40 years. For 27 of those years we've been working together in our business side by side. We are together most of the time.

It works for us and we enjoy it very much.

I agree storage is a little tight but that's easily solved by not taking everything we own.

We're currently considering selling everything and full timing in our 28 footer for a while and then ending up with a small condo or apartment when we're done.
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You do not need a special license for a Class A in most states.

Subarus must be towed all wheels up unless you have a manual transmission.

Get a used diesel class A especially if you plan on mountain driving. Driving comfort of A vs C you will get opinions all over the place as it depends on many factors. All things being equal I doubt there will be many who say a class A is worse.

What state are you in now?

What is your budget?
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Welcome and congrats on the upcoming lifestyle change. I have to agree with most others on the Class A instead of the Class C. We started in a class C two years ago and took numerous 4 month trips. We found it small for us, with minimal storage. We towed a small vehicle and this effected what we could carry for weight allowance (combined vehicle wt.). We just upgraded to a Class A DP with much more room and love it.
I actually found the Class A much more comfortable to drive than our Sprinter Class C.
Do read the various forums here for help and ask questions.
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