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Old 02-24-2012, 09:13 AM   #1
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Been Camping over 40 years. Have had many RVs. in that time,from 16'TT to curent 26' ClassC. Mostly Boondock on the side of a Mountain Hunting, Fishinng or Prospecting. Do one yearly trip to Grants Pass Ore. City Camping to ride the Jet Boats and spent time camping with Family. But the Boondocking days may be over for us. DW has Breast Cancer that is stable but uncureable. I had Throat Cancer in 2010 but WHOOPED it. Need to wait another year to say I'm cured, but no sign of it now! Looking for a Class A that would be more comfy for the DW to travel in. May have a couple more years with her by my side, been together 42 years. Maybe do some more Traveling and see some places while she can. Shopping for a 30-32' that we can afford(not much). Will find one sometime.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:24 AM   #2
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John, Welcome to the forum. Too bad I just sold my Damon, but there are a lot of good ones out there. The right one will come along. Good luck...

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Old 02-24-2012, 09:57 AM   #3
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:38 AM   #4
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Hi John! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us! So sorry to hear about your medical problems. I will pray for you and your wife. Good luck in finding the right rig for you! God bless!
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:44 PM   #5
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Hello and welcome to iRV2, blessings to you and your wife.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:25 PM   #6
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Welcome,and good luck on your search for a new MH,lots of free advice here !
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:22 PM   #7
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Hi John, welcome to the forum. Best of luck on finding just right Class A in which to my your wife more comfortable. Our prayers go with the both of you as you fight your respective battles with cancer. Never give up the fight.
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:54 PM   #8
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Wish you both a good time together. A little bit of sunshine in the morning is all we need.

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Old 02-24-2012, 08:28 PM   #9
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Hello and Welcome to IRV2. Praying for you and your wife to have a long time together. Keep fighting! Good luck finding the right MH and safe and joyous travels.
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:53 PM   #10
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Whereabouts in Washington, John? We're up near the top left-hand end of the mainland.

We re-entered the RV world two seasons ago when we bought the rig in our signature. We'd had a 26' Class C prior to that, but it was such a turkey, we took six years off after we managed to get rid of it.

We bought our current MH from the original owners about two years ago. They were very conscientious in looking after it and their asking price was a few thousand less than NADA.

Although I'm not impressed by FR's quality, the rig is working out OK. We like having the two slides, so we have a "Shuffle-round" residential-sized queen bed and a fairly comfortable living room/dinette. The big slide doesn't block access to the bathroom when it's stowed. I was surprised how many of the rigs we looked at did have slides that prevented you getting from the driving area back to the bathroom.

At the time we were looking, Workhorse hadn't figured out how to fix the phenolic brake piston issue, so we concentrated on Ford chassis rigs. So it rides like the 11-ton truck it is under the skin, but for 5,000 miles a year, I can live with it. I'd much prefer to put money into the gas tank and the CG fees than try to make a silk purse out of a pig's ear.

We looked at a few Class C's, but I was scared off by the excessive rear overhang on so many of them. We actually took a test drive in a Forester 31-footer on an E-450 chassis and I stopped at a local weigh station. With half a tank of gas, no potable water and empty holding tanks, the rear axle weight was within 10% of its rated maximum. I was also concerned about the side-loads that pulling a toad would impose, with the hitch being about 15 feet behind the rear wheels.

I'm much happier with the dynamics of our present rig. It will see us out, unless we win the lottery! Then a very nice new 35' DP is definitely a possibility. Of course, lotteries are a tax on people who don't understand arithmetic, but since I was a Mechanical Engineer at Boeing, that doesn't apply!
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Howdy John and welcome to the forum. My best wishes to you and your wife.
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:56 AM   #13
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Thank You everyone for the WELCOME and best wishes on our Cancer Battles.
Frank, we are just off I-5 on the way to Birch Bay SP. Just N. of Ferndale.

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