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Old 03-08-2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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I am new to the online RV world. I have decided to join before making any decision of buying and RV.
I mostly enjoy tent camping even though I am not doing that enough as it gets to be hard and rough and keep wondering about the guys rolling in with RV or motor homes. Since I am new I do not even get the lingo correct yet.
I will be around to check what is going on and maybe learning more about RV and if it is the right move for me.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:30 PM   #3
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I am new to the online RV world. I have decided to join before making any decision of buying and RV.
I mostly enjoy tent camping even though I am not doing that enough as it gets to be hard and rough and keep wondering about the guys rolling in with RV or motor homes. Since I am new I do not even get the lingo correct yet.
I will be around to check what is going on and maybe learning more about RV and if it is the right move for me.
Welcome Tom,
I think it's a matter of what makes you happy. If a tent keeps you satisfied, then thats all you need. For me, it was a matter of having my wife enjoy the camping experience. I was happy with my bedroll on the ground but my wife wanted a BIT more so off we went looking to see what would make us both happy. Early on I realized I wanted air brakes and a diesel engine and something short enough to get into state parks. We found a used one that satisfied both of us and gave it a try. After using it for two years and dicovering what would really make the perfect Motorhome for us, we sold it and bought our perfect Motorhome which we still have and love. I loved camping and never thought I would ever own a Motorhome and my wife never thought she would ever enjoy camping (if you can call a Motorhome camping). So now we are both happy and are loving it.
Good luck with whatever you do and are glad that you found irv2.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:58 PM   #4
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Welcome, I know you will enjoy this forum. We joined last August and are on our 4 th class a MH. I will say, in reading all the post and digesting all the info in those postings I would still have a hard time on what to buy if we were trading. It's like Howard Johnsons advertised, 28 flavors to satisfy your tast. As in buying a house it's location, location. In buying a MH it's floor plan, floor plan. All mfg's have problems, you can live and fix them and enjoy you coach better if you love the floor plan. We like lots of slides also. Best of hunting and have fun with it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:10 PM   #5
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Have camped in both tents and travel trailers. Like the non complicated part of tenting (tend to bring too much stuff in the TT). But do like to curl up in a warm dry bed on a rainy mountain morning and read a good book.
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:24 PM   #6
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Welcome to this site. We started off tent camping as well, but the hardness of the ground, plus the lack of amenities for my wife pushed us into an RV. For us the Class worked best because we would tow toys. You probably should rent some before deciding on which type.
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:56 PM   #7
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Funny, I started camping in tents and thought I had it made with an old WW2 army cot. I moved away from that when I started dating and my girlfriend said she didn't go anywhere without stand up showers and sit down toilets and beds up off the ground. I went and got married to her and then bought and old 62 Apachi tent trailer. We outgrew that which was a tent on wheels. I moved into a large tent trailer with a stove and fridge but she didn't care for the dampness when it rained. So, I sold that and bought a tag along and a new truck to pull it with. Well, you get the picture. Now I have a luxury 40 foot quad slide 5er and a 60,000 truck to pull it with... I miss my hard top tent trailer. Life was easier then.
Welcome aboard. I think if I had to do it over again I would rent some RVs to find what I like and what I don't. Maybe you can find something used and not too expensive to buy once you figure out what you need.
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:07 PM   #8
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Yes, that is what I miss the curling in a dry bed. Last camping was bit rough and freezing at night.
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:11 PM   #9
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Steve&Dora,
That is very good recommendation to rent and try different types before.
Even renting is an overwhelming experience to go through. That is why I decided to join.
I would like to thank the entire members responded and making me feel like a family of RV community. I sure did not expect that type of welcome to a newbie like me.
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:16 PM   #10
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Paul,
That exactly what makes me worried. Not knowing what to look for or expect I can be jumping from one to the other with no end in site. Other member recommended renting first I would explore that before anything else.
I just love the family feeling and the warm welcome I am getting from a lot of members.
Thanks again
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:30 PM   #11
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Well, here's what we did. Not having alot of money, & not wanting to make expensive mistakes , we started out cheap. We bought a 1973 16 ft Fan travel trailer for 800.00. We pull this behind our minivan . That we we didn't have to Also go buy a truck. I have about 1200.00 into it. We camped in it 9 times last year. Now we have a better idea what we want next time without loosing a bunch of money.
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Thank you for the post. I would have to consider that as an option but something would be good for a sedan. I am more into the idea of renting and trying it out before diving in.
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We also came from tent camping, a 2 man backpacking 3 season tent. We still enjoy tent camping. We carry our tent, sleeping bags, and tent camping gear in our motor home. We use our motor home as a home away from home for my wifes job & it is always parked somewhere for several months at a time. So when we want to take off just for a couple of days we will pack up the tent & gear & go tent camping. The only thing we don't carry is our back packs, they stay at home in the basement & will get shipped to where we are if we need them.

SOund like you have gotten some good advise already. Welcome to iRV2 & what ever you decide, I think you will enjoy the rv experience also.
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How long ago was since you get your MH?
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