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Old 03-20-2015, 08:15 PM   #1
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Class A, class B, class C??

I have been reading different threads, getting overwhelmed with info! Makes me keep changing my mind about what we should be doing. I would appreciate some feedback regarding pros/cons of Class A (gas),B, and C's? Will be for extended vacations two adults, occas grandkids, occasionally another couple and hopefully warm climates during winters within next year. We think we will want to tow a car (pros/cons?) (I think that is what a "toad" is, right?)
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I have been reading different threads, getting overwhelmed with info! Makes me keep changing my mind about what we should be doing. I would appreciate some feedback regarding pros/cons of Class A (gas),B, and C's? Will be for extended vacations two adults, occas grandkids, occasionally another couple and hopefully warm climates during winters within next year. We think we will want to tow a car (pros/cons?) (I think that is what a "toad" is, right?)
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Take a look at this site for starters. It may help with some of your concerns.

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Old 03-20-2015, 08:28 PM   #3
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Hit the shows and look at the layouts.

Whatever you buy the first time will be the wrong one so buy something cheap and used. Use it for a season and sell it to the next newbie. You will learn more that way than you will reading everything you can find.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:37 PM   #4
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Hit the shows and look at the layouts.

Whatever you buy the first time will be the wrong one so buy something cheap and used. Use it for a season and sell it to the next newbie. You will learn more that way than you will reading everything you can find.
Best advice I've seen. You need a season in one to decide if its for you.You can't tell from a test ride, or even one or two outings. This is why there are so many used units around.

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Old 03-20-2015, 08:51 PM   #5
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Don't forget the Super C class, there may be some options that might interest you.

Keep reading and looking, the RV lifestyle, part time or full time is wonderful. You will meet some of the niecest people when traveling.....Good Luck....Bob
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Glad to have you here with us.

I would suggest that you look into renting a class A and a class C. Take them out for a weekend. You will get a feel for which type will best suit your needs.
Class B are smaller and if you are planning to winter in it it will become tight especially if you'll have your grandkids with you.

Best of luck in your search and Happy Trails!!!
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Old 03-20-2015, 10:27 PM   #7
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We started out looking at Class B's for just us and our Golden Retriever. After checking them out we decided there wouldn't be enough room for the three of us.

We purchased a 26' Class A with one slide in the bedroom and it was comfortable but close living. Having more than one adult guest was not an option.

We traded it for a 35' Class A with 3 slides and now we are satisfied and we can have guests without too many hassles.

So my suggestion is if you are going to have guests is to get a Class A with as many slides as you can afford.

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I agree with renting one of each for a weekend. Take notes about what you liked/disliked about each.

It will give you a knowledge base to work from, with your own experience.

Most important, take your time buying. There are a lot out there, one will cover your needs. It just takes time to find it.
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Everyone's needs are different and may even change once active in the hobby.

Fortunately, we bought a used, high end class A rig 13 years ago and still own and use it today.

We looked for about a year at online listings, RV shows and dealer lots then found our desired rig.

In our state, sales tax is charged on the full value of the purchased rig so we did not want to be changing rigs at all.

Since a new Class C or Class A can exceed $100,000 that would be $8,500 in sales tax or more on each transaction.

Call us cheap, resolute and happy.
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Hit the shows and look at the layouts.

Whatever you buy the first time will be the wrong one so buy something cheap and used. Use it for a season and sell it to the next newbie. You will learn more that way than you will reading everything you can find.
We were dead set on buying a class c. I started researching and saw a lot of comments similar to this one. We ended up going a bit over our budget and bought a 35 foot a class with a slide and I couldn't be happier. It is a lot easier to drive than I anticipated. The best advice I saw was " buy your 3rd motorhome 1st".

Good luck in your search.
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Get the April 2015 Motorhome Magazine and it has a writeup on 13 affordable entry level Class A motorhomes.

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I will try to answer the TOAD question. A toad may not be necessary for short vacation type excursions but you will want one when spending extended time on the road. If you access RV sites some have classified sections and used toads are available. Good luck and ENJOY!
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We have had a couple of C's and more than a few A's. Don't mind the C's but the class A's really are a lot nicer to own. There are just so many extra's like basement storage, front seats that swivel for 2 more places to sit, better ride, more room everywhere. I wouldn't worry about trying to buy your dream coach first, second or third try. I'd worry more about buying them for the right amount so if you decide to change you can afford to.
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Good advice "buy your 3rd MH First!'
One of the reasons we bought the 'C' home first was to not have to tow a car, and have the freedom to camp anywhere. it worked so well with the exception of being too small for comfort at our age. Bumping heads, no storage, living room too small.

Well now, two years later we have advanced to a diesel 35 footer, and it's not so easy to 'stop anywhere', and not so easy to park. But the comfort and space is wonderful. Something to help you decide....tall people don't fit well in the smaller class RV.
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