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Old 09-18-2016, 05:10 AM   #1
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Hi everyone and thanks for letting us join,

I'm a little frustrated but it's so typical of me and computers. I wrote a long intro last evening and it/ I didn't get it posted. I'm Rick and 66. Sstill working full time but planning to transition to full timing soon. My wife of 36 years is employed full time as a home maker and gardener. We have a huge vegetable garden and eat fresh, organic vegetables way up into Nov. We currently live in the Willamette valley of oregon and it's a super place for horticulture. In fact it's so good that I'm a little ambivalent about leaving, but my wife really wants to go full timing so we're trying to find a class a rig we can afford. And like so many newbies, we need help and advice choosing. So, cot now I'll mosey over to a Q&Aforum and then comeback with more intro. Thanks again for extending the hand of friendship
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Old 09-18-2016, 05:31 AM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2! There is a wealth of information here, and great people to share it with you. This is a common thread. You are going about it right in my opinion. You are researching and asking for information BEFORE you purchase a motor home!

If you can give us a little more information it will help people to help provide more information to you. For instance:

Any experience driving big rigs, or towing trailers, etc?
Are you considering a motor home or a fifth wheel?
Long trips or short trips?
Long stays or short stays at specific spots?
Considering full hook ups, or boon docking?
Traveling with pets?
Budget?
Mechanical experience, are you a do it your selfer?
Looking exclusively at new, or would you consider used?
Eat out, or dine in? ( sounds more like dine in!)

Once again, welcome, and good luck in your search!
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Old 09-18-2016, 06:26 AM   #3
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Darn, I just wrote another 1 hour long post asking for help making a choice among 5 rigs that are on our possible list. When I tried to post it gave me an error that it couldn't because I had or hadn't logged in in the meantime. Push the back button and reload it said which lost the post Now I'm really frustrated because this is too big a decision. To make without help
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Old 09-18-2016, 06:38 AM   #4
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Have not driven a big rig.
Class a motor Home
Full timing for a couple years staying places up to several months
Hookups and boondocking
Pets yes two big dogs
Dine in, want a nice kitchen and prefer 4 door fridge
Do it yourselfer up to a point. Not on engines or motors
Used
Budget depends on how long we can get financing. 20 years? Up to 100k, 15years 85k, 12 years about 70k. My preference is 60k.
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:57 AM   #5
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Hi Rick! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:34 AM   #6
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Darn, I just wrote another 1 hour long post asking for help making a choice among 5 rigs that are on our possible list. When I tried to post it gave me an error that it couldn't because I had or hadn't logged in in the meantime. Push the back button and reload it said which lost the post Now I'm really frustrated because this is too big a decision. To make without help
Rick, I have had problems also with long posts. Maybe the site signs you out if you are working on a long post and then drops your letter. I've started writing long posts on Microsoft Word and then cutting and pasting to my post when I've finished. Worth a try!
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Old 09-19-2016, 06:46 AM   #7
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Have not driven a big rig.
Class a motor Home
Full timing for a couple years staying places up to several months
Hookups and boondocking
Pets yes two big dogs
Dine in, want a nice kitchen and prefer 4 door fridge
Do it yourselfer up to a point. Not on engines or motors
Used
Budget depends on how long we can get financing. 20 years? Up to 100k, 15years 85k, 12 years about 70k. My preference is 60k.

If you plan on staying at one location for several months, not planning on doing a lot of driving (over 10,000 miles per year would be a good figure), and can get by with a 37' long or smaller, I think you would be perfectly content with a gas motor home. That will give you more options in your price range.

One question I did not ask was if you are planning on towing anything. Specifically, if you plan on towing anything heavier than 5,000 lbs loaded, than that probably means you need to go diesel. 5,000 lbs or lighter a gasser should work just fine for you!

A 4 door fridge will probably restrict you to maybe 2007 or newer, unless you can replace an older fridge with a newer larger one, with associated cabinetry work required to enlarge the space (will result in some lost storage in your kitchen though).

We are perfectly happy with our 2001 Dutch Star, pre emissions, pre Diesel Exhaust Fluid, and pre-reburner technology, but it also restricted us to only two slides. Would have loved to have a third slide, but two works okay.

Good maintenance history, backed up with WRITTEN proof in the form of receipts is a must in my book. Check date code on tires, there is some difference of opinion in the forum, but most agree that after 7 years your tires should be replaced, regardless of how much tread is left. Tires can run you $4,000 and up depending on whether you have a tag axle or not. If tires are 3 years old figure new tires in 3 to 4 years.

Have your coach and chassis batteries professionally checked using a load tester. Will generally require removing battery cables from each battery and testing individually. Replace as necessary.

Just a few thoughts. More will chime in I'm sure!
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Always such good advice here. Enjoy your travels.
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