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Old 02-20-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm Wayne from PA. I'm a high school math teacher. I don't own an RV yet, but I plan to retire to a motorhome fulltime. I need to work at least one more year, maybe 2 or 3. I'm a solo, so I figure a 30-34 footer should be more than comfortable for just me.

I've been lurking on RV forums and blogs for a couple of years now and I'm determined that this is the way to go. My camping experience includes some tents (years ago), my parent's old popup tent camper, and one of the old VW camper vans with the popup top.

I won't have the money to rent a unit first, so it's all or nothing. But I know I can do it. Besides, I just gotta get out of the cold winters and head south.

Anyhow, I hope to get lots of help and ideas from all of you. I've had several careers and adventures in my life. I suppose this is my last big one. Hopefully I'll get to meet many of you somewhere along the road in a few years. I've already started buying some items that I use in my house, but plan to move to my RV when the time comes...polycarbonate drinkware, silicone cookware, that sort of thing. As I get closer, I plan to start a blog of my trials, tribulations, and adventures.

Anyhow, any ideas and suggestions are welcome. But be aware, I'm a stubborn ole cuss and probably won't take most of them. lol

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Hi Wayne and welcome to the forum!

Sounds like you're doing a good job of planning the next phase of your life. I'm sure you'll do just fine and end up loving it.

IMO the size rig you're talking about is probably OK for a solo. Are you thinking of a Class A... Class C... towable?

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Old 02-20-2012, 11:55 AM   #3
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I'm looking at a used class A. I'd like diesel, but looking at prices, I think I'll have to get a gas rig. I also plan to get a small car for a toad...maybe a Honda Fit Sport. I love my Mustang convertible, but realistically, it weights too much to tow full time.
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Sounds like a good plan. Gas is much more popular in the shorter lengths than diesel... but the diesel probably would give you more towing capacity. You'll find that choosing the right rig is a series of trade offs and it's easy to get very expensive very quickly if you're not careful. ie: I'll go with diesel so I can tow more... but that'll mean a 36 footer... and the toad will be more expensive... etc.

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Old 02-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #5
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Hiya Wayne and welcome to the forum. You won't find any shortage of opinions around here...haha. The best thing to do is to pick an RV that suits YOU...especially the living area. Good luck!
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Hi Wayne! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you decided to join us! Hope your retirement plans work out well. You'll find lots of good folks on here who can answer just about any question you come up with! You'll find the moderators fair and respectful, unlike some forums I've been on! Just jump in when you see something that interests you. Good luck and God bless!
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:41 PM   #7
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Wayne:

We went from a class c gas to an air ride 40 ft diesel and not a day goes buy that we regret it. Buy the biggest machine you can afford and if diesel is what you want then save up and get it. Don't short change yourself you will be keeping the unit for a long time. Used Diesels in Ontario start at around 60 k. See Sicard RV - Ontario's #1 RV Dealer! - 1.800.688.2210. This is where we got ours and their service is amazing.
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:43 PM   #8
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Howdy and welcome aboard Wayne. You have time to start looking so as mentioned be sure the moho you pick out has the living arangement that works best for you. Good luck shopping and do keep us posted on your progress. That 1 to 3 years can go by pretty fast and you'll be out on the road before you know it.
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Thanks everyone for the great welcome. I really appreciate everyone's support.
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Welcome Wayne - like you, I am a retired educator, working on a second career and will retire in 15 months from it. My husband is looking at retirement about the same time and we plan to travel extensively in our "new to us" 05 diesel Newmar." We also did lots of study before we decided on our Motor Home. We found the diesel ride to be smoother but tried some gas rigs that were really nice. Good luck in finding what you want. Happy retirement and happy travels
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Welcome to iRV2. Since money is tight, look at used, but be very careful and have the unit inspected by a 3rd party (you hire) inspection on the motorhome. Next, motorhomes are not cheap to own and operate. I hope you are mechanically gifted as it will save you about $100.00 per hour on labor.

As, set aside a fund for maintenance and repairs....tires, brakes, oil and filters, etc.
Most campgrounds will not allow you to work on the RV unless you arrange an approved RV service do the repair.

I would still recommend you spend the money on a short rental and see what you like and dislike in a motorhome.

Best of luck.

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Hello Wayne, welcome to the forum. Ken above gives good advice. Heed it and you should do OK. Come on south when you get ready. I think we can squeeze one more in down here Florida.
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Good luck and I hope your plans work out. Here is a dealer you might want to keep an eye on.

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