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Old 06-16-2014, 05:51 PM   #1
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My wife, Linda, and I have not yet purchased an RV. Our plan is to leave central Illinois after the first week in January each year, travel to places like Texas, Arizona and California (as long as it’s at least 45 degrees, and not too hot, we’re happy), returning to Illinois in middle-to-late March.

First, let me say that we have been researching this topic for quite a while from and understand the differences between small trailers, large trailers, 5th wheels, and Class A, B and C motorhomes. We have read a lot about the pros and cons of each and frankly, they all seem good; but everything I have read indicates that, in the end, the choice of RV comes down to personal preferences. So, here are our requirements:
- Live and cook in it for 10-12 weeks at a time
- Take the cat with us
- Be able to go back to the living area while in motion to use the bathroom or take a nap
- Should be small enough to drive into town to shop or on side trips
- Not too difficult to park
- Want to bring my Honda Gold Wing Trike along
- Would rather not pull a trailer or vehicle, but would consider it if it makes sense
- Budget $35-60,000

While Linda doesn’t care much for riding on the highway with me on the Trike, she does enjoy scenic rides. In past years, she would pull an enclosed cargo trailer behind our pick-up truck and I would ride the Trike. When she got tired of driving, or in inclement weather, I would pull the Trike into the trailer and drive the truck. That worked out pretty well, but Linda didn’t care much for pulling the trailer, even when empty.

Although we are fine living in close quarters (we are perfectly happy in a full-size bed), we have very different lifestyles. Linda is very happy just sitting around or riding her bicycle. During the spring, she likes to work in the garden and she always does the yard work on her own. She hates to fly and would prefer driving. I, on the other hand, have traveled for a living the past 25 years, flying around the country, and love it. I am always doing something: riding the Trike, target shooting with revolvers and rifles, socializing, etc. If I’m out gallivanting about on the Trike, it would be convenient if Linda had a way to go to the store, visit goodwill, go to garage sales or take a side trip.

I had considered a used Class C Toy Hauler, but 1) they tend to be pricey, 2) the availability isn’t all that great, and 3) I’m thinking it might make more sense to pull the Trike behind on a trailer, because Linda would probably be more comfortable driving a smaller RV while I’m somewhere else on the Trike.

We would appreciate any advice as to the type of vehicle that might be best-suited to our needs, based on your personal experiences.
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Lots of good facts provided for seeking advice.

I am sure folks will be right along to make suggestions.

The one concept I agree with is "Buy your last RV first."
Might not actually be the last, but think about what you really want and don't compromise too much or you will be trading in a short time (a waste of money).

Best luck
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:11 PM   #3
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It's a conundrum! As I see it you have 2 primary requirements. Taking the trike and a vehicle Linda can deal with as a driver when you are off on the trike.

I can tell you that, long term, Linda will not be happy trying to drive a vehicle to the store that's robust enough to carry the trike. There is also the issue of the inconvenience of hooking up and unhooking the RV anytime she needs to go somewhere. The used toy hauler with a car/truck of some kind towed 4 wheels down will get you where you want to be. I don't know trikes but I assume it won't fit the the bed of a full sized P/U.


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Old 06-16-2014, 06:21 PM   #4
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Right, Steve--the Trike is 54" wide. If we were camped and I wanted to go somewhere with the Trike, I'd disconnect the trailer first, so she wouldn't have to worry about it when she was ready to go.
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Sounds to me like you need a good size trailer to put your trike and a small car in to make both of you happy.your not going to want to disconnect the RV every time one of you want to go somewhere if one of you is off on the trike. Good Luck!
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:43 PM   #6
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Shorter A or C class with a cargo trailer, trike and smart car or miata.
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We have a Class A that's under 30' (and it's for sale) and it's fairly easy to maneuver BUT there is NO WAY that I'd want to pack all the stuff up, disconnect water, sewer & electric, drive to a mall or grocery or go sight seeing in it. Then... have to park, drag all the stuff out that I had to pack up before and hook all the utilities back up. We tow a Jeep and use it to run around in.

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We have owned every type RV. 3 or four pull behind trailers; three large fifth wheels; three motor homes. We came back to motor home & pulling toad. I am not worn out from pulling trailers when I get where I'm going. Can be totally set up in 10 to 15 minutes. If raining, turn on generator, and go to sleep until morning.
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Shorter A or C class with a cargo trailer, trike and smart car or miata.
Can you clarify your statement? I could pull something behind the shorter A or C, but only one thing, right? Either a car or the Trike, but not both.
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Can you clarify your statement? I could pull something behind the shorter A or C, but only one thing, right? Either a car or the Trike, but not both.

I think he's referring to pulling a stacker type trailer with room for both the trike & a small car.


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I think a 20' or shorter enclosed trailer would haul both a small car and your trike. So you both would have a ride without unhooking.
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Seems to me a toy hauler would best meet your needs.
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Look at these:

2015 Outlaw Toy Hauler Motorhomes: Gas & Diesel, Class A & C RVs
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