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Old 09-03-2016, 02:08 PM   #1
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My wife and I have been researching Class A MH's, both DP's and gas for about 6 months now. We are a bit overwhelmed to how much information there is out there and how confusing it can all be. There are so many makes and models, different packages, good and bad's regarding handling, performance, reliability, entry level or high end models, this chassis versus that chassis, this motor over that motor, hydraulic brakes or air brakes, air brake endorsements, air rides, tires, placement of generator, tanks, etc. Then there's awnings, refrigerators, stoves, AC's, satellites, stabilizers, leveler's and so on. Problem is the more information we get the more daunting a task it seems to be to make a decision. Also, there are so many opinions and so much jargon thrown about its hard to now fact from fiction. Anyway, at this point we are leaning towards a DP. We are looking to spend up to 40K so any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, any advise as to how to navigate through all the info out there would be appreciated.

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Old 09-03-2016, 02:51 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum! You don't have posted where you are from so this might or might not help.

18 months ago we were in the same spot as you with about the same budget. I came here daily trying to learn everything I could so that was and is a great move on your part. Read as many old threads as you can, when you finally buy it will have you that much farther ahead. YouTube is also a great spot for videos on how to RV.

The DP / gasser decision is really personal to each person. If you are great with gas engines, then go that way, if you are comfortable with a diesel, then go that way. If you are going to have all work done at a shop you need to know that the work on the diesel is always about 2 to 3 times as much as a gasser. Whatever you are comfortable with is what works for you irregardless of someone else's opinion.

What I was told was that if you plan to drive more than sit and hit mountainous terrain then the DP is the wiser choice. The gasser will do it, but might struggle on big hills. A diesel works best when driven, a gasser can sit for months at a time and no harm. Again, it is what works for the two of you.

Go to RV shows, lots of them and sit in the rigs for a while. Pay attention to floor plans. Take a notepad with you and write down what you really like and what is not so important. As you visit many RV's, you will eliminate what is not that important. I was told to go to dealerships and sit in the rig a while and you dish the salesman. Sit there, lay on the couch, stand in the shower and pretend you are taking a shower, do your arms fit or is it cramped? This is really important, it is not like you can remodel and move a wall and add to it. Can you both fit in the kitchen and make it work. look at storage, what will you be taking with you and will there be enough room to store it in your rig and remember to consider weight added with each thing you bring into the rig.

TV's, satellite, figure what you have at home as to what you will want. AC's, are you going to go mostly to where it is really hot? If so, make sure the rig has two of them. Leather, cloth, queen or king bed, washer dryer, oven or convection? What works for you.

You can make quite a list but start writing down what you will take along.
extra sheets, towels, blankets, what clothes (winter and summer), coffee makers, toasters, tools, computers, tablets, videos, phone booster. It can be never ending until you start putting it all inside.

I would strongly suggest a in-line water filter and water pressure regulator. CG's (camp grounds) can have high water pressure and can damage your plumbing and the water can be dirty.

Start looking at PPL Motorhomes out of Texas. Their website shows floor plans. You can start to get an idea of what appeals to you and narrow down your search a bit. Are you going to be towing a vehicle behind your MH? If so, what kind and four down or dolly tow?

Keep coming back and reading all you can. It will start to narrow down. At first we felt overwhelmed and the people here helped a lot. I started threads and asked questions when it did not make sense to me. My DH (darling husband or driver husband) and I spent a lot less than our $41,000 budget on ours and fixed a few things. Added a new flat screen TV, new radio with blue tooth and it works well for us.

Good luck with your search, take your time, when you walk inside it you will know. Don't be in a hurry. Lynne
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OMGosh Lynne, that was the most awesome advice. We followed that pretty much when we got our 2nd rig. Looking at lots of rigs helped us eliminate what was and wasn't important to us. Such great advice for someone looking.
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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!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 09-05-2016, 09:37 AM   #7
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Good Advise!!

First of all, thank you so much Lynn for taking the time to share this detailed and very helpful advise and thanks to everyone else for your insight and for welcoming us to the forum. We will continue to read threads and will begin to post some specific questions in new threads. This has been a dream of ours for over 10 years so we're excited to get on the road and begin this new journey. We're taking a few test drives today! Thanks again. Happy Labor Day!!

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