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Old 03-24-2019, 01:11 PM   #1
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Smile Ready to take the leap as a full-time RV family!

Hey iRV2 Family! My family of 5 + dog are preparing for full-time RV life!
We are first-timers for all of it. Never even stayed in an RV!
So are currently shopping for a Class A that sleeps 8.
Having a ball with the journey and this major life transition.

Thankful to have this forum and all of you as a support for what's ahead.

Have a blessed Sunday!


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Old 03-24-2019, 01:13 PM   #2
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Hi Sandra! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Better get busy, you've got a lot of tires to kick!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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Old 03-24-2019, 05:20 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. Be warned that RVing is very addictive. Enjoy!!!
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Old 03-24-2019, 05:28 PM   #4
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suggestion, whether new or used, rvs are expensive... huge investment.
be wary of what the salesmen tell you.
find some friends you trust who have rvs and see if they will give you a ride!
read and research the rv sites and this is one of the best!

then as you begin to narrow down your search, go rent one for a week.
i didn't do this.. i bought a c. and couldn't stand the teeny shower...
and the narrow confines and the 2 steps to get out of bed in the middle of the night.

trading up to an A was very expensive lesson.. it would have saved a pile of money to have rented one or two of each before my first purchase!

enjoy the process.
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Old 03-24-2019, 08:47 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share. See lots of RVs and from various manufacturers before making any decisions. And test drive prior as well. Make sure the floor plan will work over the long haul.

Enjoy the adventure!
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Old 03-24-2019, 09:22 PM   #6
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We had a '99 Thor/Four Winds "Infinity" class "A" gasser (model 34-H Non Slide Out) that slept 8...had 2 sofa/beds and the dinette made into a short bed for the kiddies..
GM P-30 chassis and GM transmission... 6 mpg down hill with a strong tail wind..going up hill was lower gears, slow, and deafening LOUD engine noise.

Had 60 gal gas tank, 60 gal fresh water and a 30 gal black/30 gal gray tanks... very limiting..
AND was over weight even before you filled the gas tank or added fresh water, let alone your camping gear and stuff....

It was NOT a very good coach any way you could look at it ..OTHER THAN.. It was a very good "learning tool" for What WE DID NOT WANT.

Pay attention to the "tag" lines at the end of the responding members replies..
Then "google" what they list as their RV..(including ours)

This will give you an idea of where they are coming from with their suggestions & how it may affect your decisions.

Transporting & Sleeping that many bodies limits your options and the availability of various RV configured floor plans and coach type(s) ... ie" Class A gas, Class "A" DP, 5th wheel or Travel trailer.
DEPENDING on your budget...
You may want to investigate older former "Entertainer" buses that have multi (6 or more) bunks that have been converted into a family use RV..
Or a 5th wheel/Travel Trailer that is a bunk house model... But Then you have the issue of transporting everyone in the tow rig..

Keep in mind..
Your 1st coach is a learning tool..

When You tour/view "In Person" any perspective coach..
View it First with all slides retracted, (this is how you will be traveling with 8 ppl)
If the coach is fully usable without the slides extended, then give it a second look.
(Think wally-docking,rest areas,truckstops...any where that you cannot/do not have room for the slides to be extended)

BUY USED! & buy one with everything you "think" you want and will need..
IF the perspective coach seems a bit small but still "DO-Able" .......REMEMBER!!!
What seemed small... becomes unbearably TINY after being Coop'd up" for a week or more due to weather...
(AKA.....Cabin Fever)
And.... You WILL make mistakes and have booboo's We all have.....(sometimes more than twice..)
Within a year or two you will discover..about the RV

What you love about the RV...
What you can kinda-sorta tolerate with the RV..
And what you absolutely hate about that !@#$%^%$#@! RV.
Then you can go get what you should have gotten in the first place..
Happy Hunting
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:49 AM   #7
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:50 AM   #9
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Appreciate the advice!
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:51 AM   #10
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Thank you! Appreciate your advice!
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:55 AM   #11
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Thank you SO MUCH for all of this advice - it means a lot for you to take the time to help out our family. <3
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Old 03-26-2019, 12:34 AM   #12
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Welcome aboard!

I lurked and browsed for years while renting and shopping to buy. Excellent resources and people available on this site.

You will find enthusiasts for every variant of the RV lifestyle and every price point.

Saddlesore and Rockriver make good points for you to consider. “Outdoorsy” is one website that puts individual owners together with renters for a wide range of vehicle types, makes and models for you to try, and you can get good insurance coverage for yourself just in case.

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