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Old 09-13-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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Thoughts on right vehicle for cross country trip

Newbie here been searching and reviewing since about a year ago, I'm interested in something that is easily handled by 1 father and 2 girls ( most of the time) for a summer long trip across the country from NJ and back.. Initially was focusing on class A because of the space afforded similar to itasca 27N. Both my wife and I are over 6 ft tall and our kids while only 10 and 6 are tracking to be over 6 ft as well.

But concerned about "single handing". As my wife would only be able to join us for 2-3 weeks of the 8 week trip. Also concerned about as mileage which started me looking at the Reyo, Via, Navion , Thor chateaux citation, all on the Mercedes sprinter chassis. I would love to hear from those of you that have been putting lots of miles how the daily or every other day drivability of these rigs as well as livability comments.

My intent would be to campground a lot with occasional boon docking or Walmart docking. My thought with these smaller rigs is it might be easier to park at various tourist sites along the way such saint Louis arch, Mount Rushmore, Seattle sights, driving the mountain highways etc as well as when we visit friends along the way easier to park in their driveways etc.

Thanks in advance for your replies,

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The smaller class A MHs might get better mileage, but have considerably less space. Just consider spending a couple of days in your living room with the 2 kids and your wife. Cabin fever might be mild in comparison. Gas mileage is important, but not the only consideration. Just my 2 cents.
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Hi Grant! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

As Medico mentioned, those small units are gonna get awfully cramped for that long a trip. If you're getting one for a lot of traveling in the future I would think seriously about a Class C or Class A. It it's gonna be primarily for local camping after this trip, then consider a 5th wheel or TT.

BTW, I would suggest that you post your questions over in the specific areas of the forum for best results. Not many folks hang out here in the Welcome area so your responses will be limited. Enjoy the forum!

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X2, posts in the specific MH forum will provide many more answers or opinions.
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scarletbison,

Welcome to IRV2! Where are you located in NJ?

We have two motorhomes that have both done cross country trips from NJ to CA.

My son's just took our 21 foot class B from NJ to CA. One son drove it out via Niagara, Canada, Chicago, Rushmore, Yellowstone and points west. Other son picked it up in San Fran and drove back via Yosemite and KC. Both sons said it was a bear to handle in the crosswinds of NE and KS. However ease of parking, camping anywhere because you can fit in a single parking space, 11+ mpg, etc. were the benefits. On the way out, 2 adults, cat and dog. On the way back, 4 adults.

We also have a 40-foot diesel pusher that has been cross country a few times pulling a towed Jeep. In previous years, we drove to California in a 35-foot gas Class A. Smooth ride, plenty of room. However, 6 mpg and you have to find a place to park it. For example, in Yosemite there are hundreds of campsites but only 12 will fit a 40 foot motorhome. We will be driving from NJ to Sacramento in October for my son's wedding and taking the big DP. The wife says the little motorhome is MY motorhome, not hers...

We are in Hunterdon County so PM me if you want to come by and see the two sizes side by side.
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X2, posts in the specific MH forum will provide many more answers or opinions.
Which forum would you suggest? I did pose this question in a thread about the Mercedes based RV's.

Should I post similarly in the Class A, Class B and Class C forums?

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Probably the best forum to get all sides of this discussion since duplicate threads are not allowed would be the MH General Discussion forum.

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Probably the best forum to get all sides of this discussion since duplicate threads are not allowed would be the MH General Discussion forum.

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