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Old 11-29-2011, 07:52 PM   #1
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Hello All! We are seriously considering a RV purchase but have zero experience to help choose. Only the two of us so nothing too big. I am looking at a 27 foot 2007 Dutchman class C - really clean,low miles. Just unsure if a 5 year old rig is a good choice. Certainly has a better price entry point than a new one, although I love the Thor ACE EVO ( but it's twice the $$ ) .
Also looked at a new Prism with Mercedes diesel. Again, a lot more $$ but am thinking the fuel savings with a diesel might make it worthwhile. Anyone have any exp with the Prism, especially relative to maintenance? My son says the diesel is too expensive to maintain but compared to the mileage a V-10 gets it seems a fair trade off.
I would really appreciate any help and guidance. We are excited about this new venture and are trying to start right.
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Welcome to iRV2 ... You have asked alot of questions..but you need to answer a few yourself... How are you using the RV. Are you going to full time, extended travel..or just weekends? How you use your MH will help determine it's size, the type of engine...etc. Buy the MH that suits your needs.. Alot of Rv systems are the same in all MH's... And you will get plenty of opinions... But you have to love it...The floor plan and livability is what I think is important... Welcome to the group.. And best of luck in your search....D
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Hi folks, and welcome to IRV2! It's a tough choice, trying to look at all the ins and outs of a first RV. Just take your time and weigh all the options before you jump in. Good luck & God bless!
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:32 AM   #4
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Welcome to a follow Jerzeeite! Diesel in a class C I wouldn't think would buy you much since the MPG savings would most likely be offset by the price of the fuel and the high cost of maintenance. I had a Class C with a Ford V-10 and now own a Class A with the same engine. I'm a weekend warrior so it's a great power plant for the way I use it. I towed my Jetta on a Tow dolly with out motorcycle in the back of thew toy hauler through the mountains on the east coast as well as to Key west and back without a single issue as well as the mileage not changing much from the 7mpg we usually get.

We're in Bridgewater if you have any more questions.
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Thanks for all of the replies

What a friendly site! Thanks for the answers and advice. Seems like quite a few people eventually graduate to a Class A. I am curious what aspect of these vehicles drives the choice versus other classes. I'm guessing it's mainly the room and comfort of something that size, but are there other factors that make a Class A superior to a Class C or is it simply a matter of taste?We aren't planning on being full timers (yet) but do see ourselves using it more and more as we gain experience. We're still comparing various models, both new and used. Any advice on major pitfalls to avoid?
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You're correct in that a larger floor plan drove part of our decision to move up. We had a Thor FourWinds toy hauler and moved up to a Damon Outlaw toy hauler. Partly because of the space gained but also things like improved heating and cooling, automatic leveling, more underneath storage, better sleeping comfort since in a class C toy hauler we were sleeping over the cab and that was rough.

There's a lot of discussions here regarding the choice to full time in a class C and you'll see that a lot of people have tried it with not so positive results. A lot of the reason being a lack of basement storage on the C models required for full time living.

There's a big show coming up in January out in Hershey, PA and another in Raritan in the spring that can be a great time for understanding what's out there and how they compare.
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