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Old 08-25-2014, 11:18 PM   #1
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Post Seeking advice on what RV to get!

Hello, all. I'm new to iRV2 and favorably impressed with the people and ideas I see represented here.

I'm a single woman in advanced middle age (you don't honestly expect me to say "elderly," do you?) who has had a tiny RV for some years, a 1992 Sportsmobile on a Ford E250 chassis, regular length (she's 17' 7" long). Her name is Maybelline. She and I have made numerous trips in the 600-700-mile range, last year going across the country and back.

I'd like to become a full-timer together with my 3 cats as long as my purse, health, and mobility permit.

My goal is to visit and stay in areas near scenic mountain wildernesses, while the weather permits. I'm not big on beaches and deserts; I live in California, which has lots of both items! So my traveling/staying will involve winding mountain roads and fairly high elevations (up to 10,000' or more).

Where there are mountains, there I want to be, especially in California's many lovely ranges.

I've been considering the small Class A Winnebago Via 25P and 25T but am also attracted to the much smaller, Class B Roadtrek SS Ideal and E Trek -- ideally, I'd combine them to have the Ideal's slide-out with the E Trek's solar system, plus a composting toilet in whatever unit I get.

The Mercedes Sprinter chassis with its diesel engine seems a very sturdy, reliable, and relatively good-mileage basis for the new-to-me, almost certainly used otherwise, RV. I plan to tow a tiny car like a Smart car.

Definitely, reliability, ease of use, good mileage, environmental friendliness, and lots more space and storage are very important! I also don't want to drive something longer than about 25'.

Have any of you any suggestions about my proposed choices, or suggestions for other RVs I should consider?

Thank you!

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Old 08-25-2014, 11:38 PM   #2
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Glad you're aboard. Best of luck in your search and decision. A Friend has a Sprinter chassied RV and it works well for him. Reliable and very good mileage. I am not sure of the towing capability. Possibly a search here for Sprinter will turn up some threads with info on that and what manufacturers use them Enjoy your adventures and be safe.

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Old 08-26-2014, 12:15 AM   #3
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Best luck on your search.
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:20 AM   #4
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Sounds to me like a well thought out plan already! A diesel Sprinter will make a great small rig for a single person and three cats.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:26 AM   #5
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Good luck with your choices.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:31 AM   #6
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Seems like you've thought this out already! Find one that the cats will like and go while you can!! Don't over think it!
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:37 AM   #7
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I have seen some nice Sprinters and see their advantages. I don't know what the towing capacity of them are but their are threads in here that I'm sure deal with it.

I am a believer that an RV should be comfortable all the time. I always ask what size MH would I not mind being couped up in if the weather did not permit outside activities. Going up to a 25' whether a Class A or B would most likely make more sense.

Good luck with your choice.

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I would vote for a small Class A. Better for towing, future plans insofar as length of stays and more critters (including humans) coming on board.
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Hi kmsquared,
Welcome to iRV2. In order of importance consider:
1. Floor plan. None are perfect but one should fit your needs.
2. Will the unit carry all your stuff, pets and people? GVWR minus UVWR
3. Will the unit tow what you want to tow? GCWR minus GVWR. Also check the receiver hitch weight rating.

After that, the decision can be made as complicated as one wants to make it. Consider going to the Tampa RV Super Show in Mid January. Yeh, I know it is all the way across the country, but everyone needs an excuse to be in Florida in January. Go to Florida RV Trade Association - Florida RV SuperShow and check it out. There will be literally hundreds of RVs there that match your OP.

All I can recommend is to consider a holding tank(s) instead of a composting toilet.Jan
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What everyone has said.

You sound like someone who knows what they want and have researched the options. Pick the one you like best.

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Old 08-29-2014, 08:51 PM   #12
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You may want to consider a small Class A, better towing capacity, and better carrying capacity.
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Don't be afraid of a A in the 28 foot size with two slides. The xtra 3 foot will not limit the parking but for full timing will add so much space. A bigger Ford motor will tow anything you want. You are the only one that can tell how much space you need st look, look, look then do what your comfortable with. Also solar can be installed on any rig, but you will still need a gen now and then, AC will not run on solar although it is coming.
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:30 PM   #14
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Actually, the Winnebago Via 25 is a small (25.5') Class A on a Mercedes Sprinter (diesel) chassis. The chassis seems to have a very good reputation....Don't really know about Winnebago, except that they seem to have been around forever. Thanks!

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