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Old 09-13-2016, 08:06 PM   #1
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Hello forum friends.
I just joined the community because I want to start my journey of rving.
I did rving as a child. Now Ihave 4 of my own, and want to enjoy the life of rving with them.
I currently do not own an rv, but am in the market. I am leaning towards a 31 ft class C.. I would not know what make to get or how to option it out, but am doing alot of reseaech. Any tips for a newbie would be appreciated. I am leaning towards a used unit around 40k. Again, any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 09-13-2016, 08:32 PM   #2
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Welcome to irv2.
Below in my signature are links to many more that will have items in what ever coach you may eventually buy.
Here is some info to help decide what you may want and the floor plan will be the driving concern in most cases.
Beds you will need to check out and how they are setup and the over head bunk you may have to draw straws like we did for being fair, have fun and check out PDI lists to check out you coach.

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Old 09-13-2016, 08:42 PM   #3
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You will do d lots of help here. Think your options through. We decided in a travel trailer, for more options at the destination. Lots of choices.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:45 PM   #4
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Spend lots of time looking at the various units at dealers. Take the family with you and pretend you are stuck for a day during inclement weather. How would everyone deal with the situation, especially the parents.

Obviously floor plan and amenities are a prime consideration. Can you keep all of the kids entertained in a tight space without going crazy?

Then the size of the food preparation area, water tank size and holding tanks should be considered.

No matter what you decide good luck. Make your decision sooner rather than later as every day you procrastinate is a day closer to them going away to college.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:48 PM   #5
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Welcome! Many of us purchased used. Expect to have to do some repairs once you get your rig home. Include at least a few thousand dollars for repairs into your budget. Also, you can save yourself many headaches by finding an inspector. A good Pre-purchase Inspection can save you thousands of dollars.
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Old 09-14-2016, 07:04 AM   #6
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Given what you said you want many choices are already made for you. You will be driving a Ford E-450 chassis with room for two house batteries under the step on a frame mount. You have roof space for some solar if you want it. You can tow around 5000 lbs.

With a dual fuel 120 VAC/propane refrigerator you can comfortably dry camp overnight. If you get a unit with a residential refrigerator you may have problems making it overnight. You will probably have a 30 Amp service and a 4000 W Onan generator that will work well enough but you will need to do a bit of personal power management.

That leaves the house layout as the major issue. Sit on everything that can be sat on, lay on everything meant to be laid on. Get an idea of how you will handle sitting there for a cold rainy evening. A lot of things after that get into personal preferences where you should ask specific questions.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:29 AM   #7
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Hi ! 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 09-14-2016, 10:49 AM   #8
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I have owned 2 class C's. My favorite was a Jamboree 31-M. We got ours with the entertainment center over the cab instead of the bunk. The best years were '05 to '07. You'll still find a half dozen or so in your area more than likely. They will average from 25 to 45k approx, in good shape. They were the best class C I've seen at any time and at any price. Their simplicity was a strong factor and so was gas mileage (11 mpg for me). I also towed a boat from time to time. As a family of 6 you may want the bunk option...that will give almost everybody their own sleeping space.
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