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Old 05-11-2012, 06:40 AM   #1
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Hello everyone, I am new to the world of RVing, actually will be for awhile as I am still active duty in the Army. I have not purchased an RV yet but plan on it within the next few months. I am currently deployed to the wonderful world of Afghanistan, am the proud owner of 75 highly motivated, dedicated and downright hard working Soldiers. I am scheduled to return from Afghanistan this next month and have been doing my research on a Motorhome. I have my eye on a 2011 Monaco Knight with no miles. I have been trying to find out on the internet the best motorhome for me because I plan on living in it. I have two more years before I can put in for retirement and have decided this is what I want to do. I do not own a house, plan on selling all of my furniture and everything, except the essentials I need for the Motorhome, i.e. linen, dishes, silverware, toiletries, tools, bicycle and the like. I am wondering and I will take any criticism, help, ideas, from everyone that can help me to find the best motorhome for me. Thanks for reading this and providing me with any advice that you can.

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Old 05-11-2012, 07:22 AM   #2
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G'morning elkhntr4evr:

Hi from the prairies of South Dakota and THANKS for your service over there!! Also, a great BIG WELCOME to the iRV2 gang.

We're kinda guessing from your forum handle ("elkhntr4ever") that you'll be spending alot of time in the Colorado, Wyoming mountains once you retire. Using whatever RV ya end up with as a base camp might work out pretty well. Wonder how big a horse trailer ya can tow?

Anyway, Welcome Again to the bunch.

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Old 05-11-2012, 07:24 AM   #3
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Thank you for the welcome, and actually I am from Montana and I do plan on going back there, not necessarily to retire but to maybe do a little hiking, hunting. Again, thank you for the welcome
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:37 AM   #4
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Hi elkhntr4evr,
Welcome to the site and thank you for your service, A very good group here and if you need any help just ask. Here's hoping that your remaining time over there goes by fast so that you can enjoy your dreams. Good luck on your retirement. Stay safe.
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:03 AM   #5
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Elkhntr4evr, thank you for your service in Afghanistan. We appreciate all that you and the men and women of our Armed Forces have sacrificed for our freedom here in the United States. Finding the right motorhome for you will come down to personal choice. You can practically live full time in any motorhome on the market today. It will boil down to the floor plan that you like and the amenities that you want in your coach. Since you didn't say whether you have a wife and kids, I would assume that you are single, so you should have no problem finding that perfect coach for yourself. Good luck and I hope that you find what you are looking for.
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Old 05-11-2012, 08:48 AM   #6
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Thank you for your service to our country, and please say thank you to each of the 75 soldiers there with you. Everyone has their own idea of what kind of MH fits them, so you will probably need to set your criteria and search from there. Good luck and safe journey home.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:03 AM   #7
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First, I'd like to join my fellow iRV2'ers in thanking you and your men for your service to our country. It is because of the sacrifices you make that we enjoy the freedoms and opportunities the USA affords us. God bless you, and I hope you all come home quickly and safely.

Given the limited insight we have into your plans for retirement, it is difficult to make any specific recommendations as to what type of RV will best suit your needs.

You have indicated that hiking and hunting will be your focus. Perhaps a 5th wheel and pickup truck might be the best fit. Allows you to set up camp, and get in your truck to get back to where the elk are hiding.

There are also toy haulers that have living space and a garage at the back that allow you to carry an ATV, motorcycle, etc.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:06 AM   #8
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Howdy and welcome! Thank you for your service to our country, and come home safe. There are as many opinions about motorhomes as there are brands, so when you get home try to walk through as many as you can. Take your time and post all the questions you have. Good luck.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:59 AM   #9
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:00 AM   #10
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