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Old 11-06-2016, 04:41 PM   #1
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Thanks for the Add - New MotorHome Owner here

Hello everyone,

My husband and I are FT RVers and have been traveling for the last 2 years in a 2015 Jayco Pinnacle up until 11/2/16 when I ran across a great deal on a 2008 Monaco Camelot 40 PDQ. So now we are new owners of a Motor Home and We have a lot to learn but its exciting and scary at the same time.

Hubby is getting the driving part down pretty good, I on the other hand took a week to find a spot for everything I pulled out of the 5er - LOL

We are Texans and both Military Veterans - Phil was in Navy 6 years and I was in Army for 10 yrs. We want to thank you for the add to the group and look forward to the many conversations. From the way it looks, we will be researching lots of information. This coach has so many buttons and operating systems that its all taking a bit to get adjusted to.

If you see us out and about please stop and say hello.
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Hi Ronda & Phil! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 11-07-2016, 02:27 AM   #4
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Hi, Rhonda.
I'm new at this RV stuff. Would you mind telling me why you moved from a 5er to a motor home? We are starting with a small TT, but I'm already needing more interior space. It's just the 2 of us, so I don't need a lot of beds. The MHz just look so large and difficult to Maneuver. But we may move to something Iarger.
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

Happy Trails.
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Welcome to the forum! Glad you joined.
Hope you have a great time with your motorhome.
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Welcome folks, enjoy your new to you Monoco, as they are a great high end build coach. We also are full time since 2011, hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
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Welcome. Nice upgrade! Enjoy your travels. If you ever get to CA wave as you pass through.
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Old 11-08-2016, 10:03 AM   #9
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Hi rv8apilot,
July 2014 we started out with a new Jayco Eagle travel trailer - 30fter after we sold our home because we weren't sure if we would like the RV life or not, well after 6 months I knew I loved it but knew I needed more room especially if I was living in it full time. So we traded that 30ft TT in for a 40ft 2015 Jayco Pinnacle fifth wheel and we really liked it and realized how easier it was to pull vs the TT. We actually went from Tx to Maine and back and had no problems. There was nothing wrong with the 5er, the problem was our age and physical shape. My husband 65 and me being 100% disabled Veteran are not in the best of shape and climbing in and out of back of our truck bed to unhook pin lock of 5er was challenging especially since our truck being one of those F350 KingRanch on steroids - LOL. Then there was the leveling - well not so much with leveling it , just the bending over to put pins in place before you had to level it and putting the pads down for the jacks down.

Don't get me wrong, the 5er was mostly automatic and took us about 45 minutes to set it up. But, we had no generator. Sure we could of bought 2 of those Honda generators (8 grand) or had one installed (10 grand) for that's what it would of taken to run the 5er since it had the residential kitchen in it.

So I wanted something easier for me n hubby and it made sense to buy something that already had generator in it and not so physical to set up.

With this particular motor home, it solved our problem because it has a generator and the leveling system is on airbags and not using any jacks.

Also I forgot to mention that riding in our big truck was hard on my back and now I'm not in Paine when we get to our destination.

Hubby was amazed at how easy it was to drive and believe it or not it's even easier to back into a spot vs the 5er. Hubby is much happier and our set up now only takes us 5 minutes with just a push of one button. As far as the water and septic we don't have to hook up until we are ready to dump or refill our tanks.

Plus, now we can boondock or park in a Walmart parking lot and save that $30 for one nite stay when just traveling through.

I think a lot of people probably go through these steps when they first start FT. Once you learn the ropes and figure out what you like or if there is something out there that makes life a little easier then you find yourself buying something else and that's what we did. However, I can tell you the 5er has more room but that's ok, I've adjusted LOL

Best of luck to you in your new adventure
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Thank you and if we ever get CA way we will wave. LOL
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Ronda, thank you so much for your detailed note about your experience with 5th wheels and the move to a motor home. This is very valuable information to people like me who have just started the RV experience. I'm 64, but still athletic and relatively free of physical limitations. Still, it's nice to know the considerations for choosing the various options available for RV's. Right now we are camped in a small Jayco TT, a 195RB. We are definitely moving to a larger trailer, and I'm already thinking about the possibility of 5th wheel or motor home for the "final" rig. We will probably never be full timers like you, but cross country trips post retirement are in our plans. Thanks again!
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