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Old 03-23-2014, 06:27 PM   #1
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Which of these do you feel would be the most comfortable to drive everywhere fulltime

I have narrowed my search down to a few nice coaches that are within my price range and I think I would feel most at peace in. I would like your input as to which you would prefer cruising full time in. Assume they are all in perfect condition since they haven't been seen yet. They are all between about $20-50K. What are the advantages of your choice including things like seating comfort, driving/steering comfort, manuevering comfort, cost effectiveness on the road such as mpg, upkeep, easy to care for, initial investment, and whatever. Keep in mind that I am a single elder man who wishes to get my money out of my home and use it to live the last few years of my life traveling where and when I want on a meager monthly budget which would demand a lot of boondocking, rest stops, and Costco parking lots at night.

1. 29' Class B+
2. 36' Class A
3. 31' Class A
4. 27' Class A
5. 26' Class B

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Old 03-23-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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I only looked at #2.....the 36' as I felt that would be the only one that would be large enough for a diesel engine. Can you see where I'm headed? You asked for an opinion, here's mine. Heavier is better for fulltime traveling. A diesel engine will provide a more comfortable driving experience. I think you can find a good quality used diesel pusher coach for less than $50K but it will take some looking and negotiating.

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Old 03-23-2014, 06:39 PM   #3
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Check out the dodge , Mercedes , sprinter diesel. We had 26j navion with one slide it got grate milage drove like a car we just loved it but it was just a little to small for my wife and I and our poodle
We have a big diesel pusher now that we love but We still miss my little sprinter
We put over 35000 miles on that little motorhome towing a jeep !!
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:44 PM   #4
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Single guy boon dock ing , I would go for a b+ merc or similar , we have 36 ft DP and love it but it's not the most inconspicuous or easy to maneuver
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:45 PM   #5
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I'd say its going to all be in the chassis not that it's a 27,31,36ft class a they probably all have the same ford or workhorse/Chevy. A single person might choose a smaller class B or a smaller class C if you are not going to stay in one place long.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:49 PM   #6
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Also we were getting a solid 16.5 mpg. Towing the jeep at 65 to 70 miles per hr average and 19 to 20 mpg solo
It's a grate rig
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:08 PM   #7
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I personally like the Newmar they have a good track record and I like the floor plan of the one you have listed
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:21 PM   #8
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If you plan on a lot of boondocking, you better pick the one with the best generator to help keep things together for ya! (b) No#2
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:39 PM   #9
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You really won't know ( for sure ) till you step into them, and you will say either "I can do this" or " this ain't happening". YOU have to live in it....
When you actually see the RV's , you'll know........
There are A LOT of variables, even something as seemingly incidental as your height could be a determining factor.
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For driving comfort, I like the class b or c because of the smaller size. That said, i think Fpfor full running, go with the Newmar. We have a 35' A, with the same running gear. I got used to driving it pretty quickly. Although many will say go with the diesel, I much prefer the Workhorse chassis.
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I'm reading that there are a few key factors. Here is the order I THINK you are looking at.

1. Budget
2. Drivability
3. Comfort

I am also sensing some mistaken concepts on costs and expectations so there is a lot to look at with your info request.

Let me start by saying I love my 43' DSDP that carries me, wife, 2 big German Shepherd Dogs and lots of STUFF. OTOH, I have seen folks (even as couples) who have spent many nights in something as small as a SCAMP trailer and seem quite content. So, a lot of what you are looking for will be just how small of a living space you are looking for. If your goal is to sit outside reading and your RV is simply a place to sleep, fix meals and get cleaned up, there are lots of options. Depending on your own stature, health and mobility you will have another set of factors to consider.

Could you give us a few pieces of info such as any health issues you will need to work around, what it is you really want to do/see and such? Do you want to fix your own meals or will you be eating out? Do you think you will travel with little more than clothes or are there other things, including pets, that will be with you.

Let me say this about boon docking...If you are thinking you will spend lots of time in free camping spots it could get old real fast. There are lots of good CGs with full hook ups that can be rather frugal and then there are parks and such which can be free/very low cost and much more enjoyable.

Let me make a couple quick suggestions. If you want something that you can drive without pulling a second vehicle, a small class C or class B would seem to be your best move. Both of the Class B examples you showed seem capable but the 29' model showed it had nice features including a generator. If the 26' also had a generator it would nearly capable and a tad smaller.

The 27' Class A looks a bit more "homey". The one thing I like about the Class A vs Class C or B is the rear view mirrors. In a class A you are looking down the flat side of your coach and to me that makes a more natural picture of what is around you. With the Cs or Bs you have part of the coach extending to the side so your mirrors have to be wider out. Perhaps the Cs and Bs are a tad narrower but I don't know that for a fact.

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Class B's are the easiest to drive and maneuver. The smaller it is the easier it is to drive everywhere.
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:43 AM   #13
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For fulltiming, I would choose the floorplan that will be best for you. Driving is critical, but most fulltimers, move and stay somewhere for extended periods of time. I beleive the chassis and engine are important, but you don't live in the drivers seat. JM2...
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I would go with #2. I don't think I would want to fulltime with anything less than a 36'. JMHO

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