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Old 02-12-2019, 06:21 AM   #1
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Hi everyone:
I'm new on the block and I'm looking to purchase my first RV camper...AGAIN. I'm 50 plus a little change, and I've been wanting to hit the road for s-o-o-o long. Probably since I could walk. However, life happens
for one thing, and for the other thing I think I was a little intimidated to go it alone -- partly because I'm female but partly because I can be a big chicken when it comes to taking risks and stepping into the unknown. Well, there's one BIG unknown coming up (just as sure as I'm living!) that I can't do nothing about so might as well start practicing for it now!

I bought a VW van back in 1985 when I was 23 yrs old that was gonna be my escape mobile. Got it for $800 at a used car lot. As it turned out it wasn't worth more than the $100 down payment. I found a great guy named Harry who kept it running..well, until he couldn't. That piece of crap van died but the dream lived on constantly in the back of my mind. Every couple of years or so that itch to break away would send me off daydreaming with the classifieds looking for an older model class c RV I could afford. And then life would happen and lull me back into its mundane routine of things to do, responsibilities, paying the bills, and yada, yada, whatever

I'm not 23 years old anymore and the birthdays just keep coming which I'm both thankful for and a little freaked out about at the same time. I feel fine and all but hey, I'm not sure I how much longer I can keep putting this thing off. So that's my story and I'm tired of sticking to it!

Hope to meet and get to know some of your stories. I'll post my Class C RV hunt in forum. I'll probably call it My Class C RV Hunt or something creative like that.
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Welcome aboard! Looking forward to hearing more about your journey. Good luck!
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Welcome from the Bluegrass State.

Have you given consideration to renting a RV for a trip or two to see if this is for you? RV's are great, traveling is great, meeting new people is great, hiking in new locations is great but fixing everything that breaks is a PIA!

Good luck and I hope to see ya on the road someday!
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Better get busy, you've got a lot of tire kicking to do!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome to the forum. Congrats on the new upcoming life style.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:40 AM   #7
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Hi Sunny!


Welcome to iRV2. Lots of friendly and experienced folks here to help out, and a few resident curmudgeons to spice things up a bit. I think you'll find the forums informative and fun.


I'm a single guy a couple years older than you but not yet retired. I'm in a small Class C that was formerly a rental unit from Cruise America (I didn't buy it from them, there was an intermediate private owner between). I'm happy with it, considering the very friendly price I got, the very good purchase experience from Bob Hurley RV in Tulsa, and the condition of the unit for the age and miles on it.


I second the suggestion to rent and travel, at least initially. I pretty much knew what I was getting into at least from a lifestyle/travel standpoint but under-estimated how much interior space (not necessarily storage) I'd need. Having my knees hit the closet door when pulling my pants on, or having to use the space between the dinette and galley as a dressing space, for example, and I'm not a tall guy. Things like that tend to aggravate me because unlike things that break or fail, there is no "fix" to perform. These also can't be discovered until you've spent a few days in the unit.


There aren't a lot of clever floor plans in Class C because there are only so many ways to slice and dice 160-250ish square feet... but find the floor plan that fits you best and see what options and considerations that leaves you with.


What do you think will be your primary use - boondocking without electric/water/sewer hookups, or will you be staying primarily in camp grounds with utilities? Towing a 'daily driver' vehicle so you can keep the RV hooked up in camp while sight seeing, making runs for groceries, laundry or other stuff?


Just some things to think about.


Good luck and safe travels always.
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Hi everyone:
I'm new on the block and I'm looking to purchase my first RV camper...AGAIN. I'm 50 plus a little change, and I've been wanting to hit the road for s-o-o-o long. Probably since I could walk. However, life happens
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I bought a VW van back in 1985 when I was 23 yrs old that was gonna be my escape mobile. Got it for $800 at a used car lot. As it turned out it wasn't worth more than the $100 down payment. I found a great guy named Harry who kept it running..well, until he couldn't. That piece of crap van died but the dream lived on constantly in the back of my mind. Every couple of years or so that itch to break away would send me off daydreaming with the classifieds looking for an older model class c RV I could afford. And then life would happen and lull me back into its mundane routine of things to do, responsibilities, paying the bills, and yada, yada, whatever

I'm not 23 years old anymore and the birthdays just keep coming which I'm both thankful for and a little freaked out about at the same time. I feel fine and all but hey, I'm not sure I how much longer I can keep putting this thing off. So that's my story and I'm tired of sticking to it!

Hope to meet and get to know some of your stories. I'll post my Class C RV hunt in forum. I'll probably call it My Class C RV Hunt or something creative like that.
First off Welcome - -

As there is just one of you a Class B might work - 2015 Winnebago Travato 59G - RV & Motorhome Classifieds

https://www.lichtsinn.com/product/us...-59g-938880-13

Budget is Critical and that is likely the first thing that needs to be determined.

Second is How will you use it - FHU's or Boondocking?

Where and when - Heat and Cold - Furnace and A/C

Amount of Time you intend to do this?

Is there an End Strategy? -If it does not work out?

After you have determined the above then you can work on the where.

Best of Luck,

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Old 02-12-2019, 12:48 PM   #9
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There is a lady that has a YouTube channel that does exactly what your talking about doing. I don't remember the channel name but you might search for it. She has alot of videos about traveling and dealing with things like repairs which is just one of the things you will have to learn about.


There may be others, so that may be a good source of information for you.
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:57 PM   #10
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I didn't start until I was in my late forties.

I guess the first thing to say is, don't be intimidated. Which is probably the hardest thing not to be whenever you're approaching a new endeavor.
The second the second thing I suggest, if you're purchasing a used one, is to be patient. Again, I speak from personal experience when I know how hard that can be. You want to get out there and start enjoying it yet you have to be patient and wait for the right one to come along.
I started out in an 18 foot travel trailer. I spent a year scouring Craigslist until I found the right one. And it was the right one in every way; length, floor plan and price ( since then I've owned two class A's, also from Craig's List).

The the fun part was not just taking her out on trips, but to make mods to her that made her your own. For example my TT didn't have an awning I added one, it didn't have an air conditioner I added one. I added a microwave and the list goes on. But every little thing that I did made it that much more mine.


One modification that I highly recommend you're getting is an Oxygenics Showerhead and a shutoff valve. it will save you a ton of water and make it feel like you're getting more water on you than you do. Water is rather a premium in an RV. Most especially if you plan on boondocking.

Also to keep in mind is most RVs have 6 to 10 gallon water heaters. That's not a lot of water. Therefore you need to make it go a long way.
Good luck with your hunt!!!
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Welcome! I am a female solo RV owner. I encourage you to explore & enjoy. I took my time & found the right floor plan then modified it (that’s the fun part). Please message me if you have questions. So far I changed the seats to leather; added an electric element to the water (now I have propane & electric options); removed carpet & replaced with laminate flooring; added portable washing machine & a Haier dryer; upgraded to smart TVs; added lighter adapters with 200 watt inverters in various locations; added solar panel; additional battery bank; upgraded converter; added 3,000 watt inverter; added a petite sink in the toilet area; expansion water heater tank; dc/ac freezer under the dinette table; shower head. I took my time & did the work myself.
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Welcome to the forum! And hats off to you for making the move to do something you have wanted to do! Good luck on your search for a class C and there's a lot of good advice and suggestions to be found here. And....maybe we'll cross paths at some point!
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Carolyns RV Life is one YouTube channel, another is Pandamonium. They are both single female RVers. However if you do a search, I am sure you will find another dozen or more.


Good luck and have fun!


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