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Old 04-24-2014, 02:36 PM   #1
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Hello All,
We were bitten by the bug last year and have been researching researching and researching to the point of being close to reaching information overload. We will be going to an RV show this weekend at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona. We are hoping to gather more info to determine if we will go with Coach or 5th Wheel.

Look forward to gleaning as much information from all your pros as we can.
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:50 PM   #2
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The first thing to do is understand that there are no right and wrong answers, there are only choices. Each one of those choices will have its own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

Before you can determine which RV is right for you, you must first honestly determine how you will actually use it. I would be far more interested in knowing things like what, where and when you plan on doing things with it, what your family composition and ages are, and what your mechanical and technical capabilities are. of course a huge factor is what your budget to purchase the vehicle, and your ability to regularly afford fuel and maintenance costs. All are huge factors in picking a vehicle.

Once you know what it is you are trying to do while using it, then it is far easier to determine which vehicle will best accomplish those goals.
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Old 04-24-2014, 02:55 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum and good luck with your search. It sounds like you are doing what we did. We looked at many MH and fifth wheels and decided on a MH for fulltiming. It all depends on what you want to do. A MH is better suited for traveling around all the time with up to two weeks at a time and then moving. A fifth wheel is better suited for staying longer in one location for longer periods. However, many people stay in there MH's in one spot for months and people with fifth wheels will move around all the time.

Even when you make your decision to go with one or the other there are still so many other factors. What size truck will you need to pull the fifth wheel around or will you pull a car behind the MH for sight seeing? Will you flat tow the car or use a tow dolly or trailer for the vehicle.

Best of luck and have fun in your search.

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Old 04-24-2014, 03:13 PM   #4
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Hello All,
We were bitten by the bug last year and have been researching researching and researching to the point of being close to reaching information overload. We will be going to an RV show this weekend at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona. We are hoping to gather more info to determine if we will go with Coach or 5th Wheel.

Look forward to gleaning as much information from all your pros as we can.
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:30 PM   #5
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When going to a RV show, just remember that the RV show price can be gotton after the show also. There are no special prices so take you time and get the one that will fit your needs.

If you get a coach, a must is looking when the slides are closed and what can not be used. Example, our TV can not be seen when closed and some models that have a rear bath is use less unless you crawl over the bed to get to it.
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:33 PM   #6
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Welcome aboard and glad you joined us. Fun time isn't it??? You've gotten plenty of good information and I won't try and confuse the issue. Deciding which rv is best for you has to be a sit down discussion or two. Hope you enjoy the show and have a great time shopping. Good luck in whichever you should choose and enjoy all your miles down the road.
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Old 04-24-2014, 03:40 PM   #7
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RV Dreaming...
Another Glendale resident here, and we went through the same thing. Hours upon hours of reading, youtube videos, discussions with current/past RV'ers and that doesn't even include RV shows (here and in Oregon), and looking at units new and used. It certainly was all worth it, however. But, like you, we got soooo burnt out (information overload to the MAX!!). After MONTHS (like 7-8 months) of looking and all that goes with the "hunt", we are now a few days away from closing on our FIRST RV. (2013 Thor ACE 29.2.)

I agree with Raining Star and all he had to say about it's all about what you want and your particulars.
Either way, welcome to IRV2 and good luck on your search.
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Put it in the back of your mind there may be a few other bugs that will get a bite or two out of you once you start.
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I am retired and my wife will be retiring. When she does, we will become full timers. It has been our dream and it looks like it finally will come true. We feel like little kids again waiting for the day we actually buy our rig...whichever it is.
I am 66 and my wife is 58. My mechanical ability is fair and my technical ability is a little better.
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I am retired and my wife will be retiring. When she does, we will become full timers. It has been our dream and it looks like it finally will come true. We feel like little kids again waiting for the day we actually buy our rig...whichever it is.

I am 66 and my wife is 58. My mechanical ability is fair and my technical ability is a little better.

Welcome to the board and I hope and wish you and your wife many happy miles, views, and fun!!!!!
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:18 PM   #13
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I am retired and my wife will be retiring. When she does, we will become full timers. It has been our dream and it looks like it finally will come true. We feel like little kids again waiting for the day we actually buy our rig...whichever it is.

I am 66 and my wife is 58. My mechanical ability is fair and my technical ability is a little better.

My situation is the exact opposite as far as our ages and retirement status. When I also retire in five years we plan to full time.

Because we favor long miles and shorter stays we found that a Class A best suited our needs. You didn't mention budget, but if your asking for opinions, I'd say go Class A if you can afford it.
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Glad to have you with us.

You are going through the same thing most of us have done in the past, and while I can't speak for others I thought the search was part of the fun. Good luck with your search. Keep us posted!
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