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Old 03-01-2008, 06:07 AM   #15
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Most of my points have already been made about the RVCG. Disregard them completely. I actually joined at one time hoping that they would bring some sense out of the confusion of multiple choices. Their biggest yardstick is the wheelbase to total length ratio being the one things that determines handling. They would not like my DP which has about 48% ratio but handles great with nearly no sway except in extreme conditions. I do have springs instead of airbags but I feel that the rear diesel engine may also help. RVCG appears to be the equivalent of Consumers Report but they aren't. They do no testing. For that matter even Consumers Report is of limited value to me and servers only as a first source to tell me where to look. These type of reports tend to be too persuasive to people entering a market. I never see them in posts or discussions by experienced owners. If Consumers Report had their way we would all be driving Japanese cars.

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Old 03-01-2008, 03:10 PM   #16
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Last I looked, Toyata was the largest car manufacturer in the world. It used to be GM. We're all free to buy what we want but it still sounds like Tiffen took a hit.


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Old 03-03-2008, 03:06 PM   #17
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Check the CCC (Cargo Carry Capacity) rating to make sure it will handle all your clothes, food, equipment, toys, etc. I've read that 2000-3000 pounds is average for full-timers. (Our first MH only was rated for 1000 pounds and that was just not enough for full-timing.) Also check the hitch weight to determine if it will tow your toad. Check to see what areas are not accessible when the slides are in. Although it doesn't happen often, when we need to load it and use it with the slides in, there is a cabinet I cannot get into with the slides in. Make sure you can open the frig, bed, and bathroom door with the slides in. Use as many "things" as possible - just like you were living in it. Get in the shower, close the door, stretch yours arms and bend down. Take your time and good luck.

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