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Old 12-12-2018, 02:33 PM   #1
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Greetings all and Happy Holidays, my wife and I are brand new to the world of RVing but have enjoyed the insights and tips from all of your blogs...Thank you for that.

About us: We live in the Northern Sierra foothills where we (well, mostly KD) run a small alpaca ranch and spinning/knitting business. We also have a home in Boise, ID. I am a retired USAF pilot and preparing to retire shortly from the civil airline community. After spending years traveling the globe and seeing the earth from above, we've decided its time to keep the wheels on the ground and enjoy the sights of our own great nation (and our grandchildren (even more great!!)

We are getting closer to "making the plunge and may purchase before the end of the year. As it will usually just be KD and I, and our three little "American Teddy Bear" dogs, we are leaning toward a smaller Class A. The forerunners are the Winnebago 27PE or 29VE, the Entegra 26X or 29S Vision or the FR Georgetown 3 GT3 30x3 (that would be the largest we would consider, but do like the floorpan and options). We have seen that every make/model has loyal members, but it appears the Winnebago and Entegras have the best reliability reports, so leaning toward them. Any thoughts about any of these models (or alternatives) are certainly welcome.

Thanks for letting us join the community. We are excited (and nervous) about new adventures ahead, and looking forward meeting you, new friends on the road.
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Old 12-12-2018, 02:52 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard!

Have you ever owned or used an RV?
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:29 PM   #3
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Glad to have you here with us. I was USAF flight instructor.

Let us know if we can help you.

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Welcome aboard. We looked at the Winnebago 27E which we liked. The only thing we did not like was that the one we looked at did not have a bedroom slideout. We wanted a little more room to walk around the bed.

We had the same issue with a lot of the 28 and 29 foot models we looked at. Of course we did not see as many as most do.

We decided on a 31 foot Winnebago and love it. It is just me and the wife as well as our Sheltie. Perfect for the three of us.

Good luck and maybe we will see you on the road.
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Welcome to the forum and good luck on your search.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share.

Enjoy the adventure.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

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Thank you all for the welcomes (Im currently in China, so internet access and chances to respond are spotty)

To answer your question Arch, no we have never even driven an RV or used one....hence the anxiousness about the decision.
It sure seems like something we would enjoy however, and have talked about it for some time.
We are test driving the 27' and 29' Vistas at LaMesa in Sacramento on Saturday. We'll let you know how it feels
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Hi Arch, Thanks for the welcome, but no, we have never even driven an RV or used one....hence the anxiousness about the decision
I suggest you go rent a class C for a week. You will gather knowledge that is not to be found on the internet.

It's like learning to ride a bicycle, you can read about until you are blue in the face but still won't know how to ride it.
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Old 12-13-2018, 04:42 PM   #11
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Welcome neighbor, welcome to the site.
I also would advise renting a coach for a week before buying.
Who knows maybe after flying jets an RV might be to slow and to close to the ground.
La Mesas indoor showroom is great.
Good luck.
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Old 01-09-2019, 08:44 AM   #12
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Narrowing the search

Hello again all and Happy New Year
Thank you for the welcomes and advise. We have been actively investigating and driving various makes and models and have decided that class A is the way to go for us (most comfortable driving for us, and we like the roominess).
We are looking to stay 30' or under at this stag of our adventure however. This is based mostly on rumors that we have heard about many state parks not allowing larger units into the smaller parks (and that size feels the most comfortable to us).
We have test driven 27-31' Winnebagos, 26 and 29' Entegras, Newmars 32' BayStar Sport and a 32' BayStar. Our favorite test drive so far has been in a 30' Bay Star.
We are thinking of purchasing a 3014 model Bay Star, but are also looking at a 29V Jayco Precept. I havent driven the Jayco yet but am hoping to this week. If it handles nearly as well as the BayStar, I think that may be our purchase. I'm not expecting the same cabinet quality as the Newmar, but we do like the warranty (2 yr) and all the extras the Jayco offers for about the same floorplan (outdoor kitchen and entertainment for example).
Any thoughts or insights you motor homing veterans may have are always welcome. We hope to see you on the trails out there by this spring/summer.
Thanks again!
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