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Old 10-11-2011, 07:29 PM   #15
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THANK GOD .... someone questioned what DW was. I have only been a member since AUG 2011 and did not want to ask however I assumed it had to be our better half :-)

I have have camped with Tents, (Class A ...1983 Winnebago) and (Class C... 2008 Winnebago). We talked about a TT but for us a Class C seemed to be the best of all worlds. Our Class C is big enough @ 31 + feet but small enough to take anywhere we want to go.

DW :-) is very happy and we all know a Happy Wife = Happy Life.

If I had an extra $400,000 a DPMH might work as well but they are so heavy. This past weekend (10-8-11) we were next to a beautiful Class A but @ 40,000 lbs as stated by the owner they run into problems due to it's size. It had settled in the softer ground and was stuck. Our 16,000 lbs Class C did not have any issues. I realize this may not happen often but just another problem to worry about.
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Damn Wife and I love our New Class C. (ducking)
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Old 10-11-2011, 07:55 PM   #17
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We had a truck and 26' TT and traded for a 26' Winnie Aspect last year. The Aspect just seems to work better for us at this stage in our lives. I love the maneuverability of it; its like driving a big van. The truck and the TT were great, and I think we had more room, but it was a pain to maneuver, especially in tight gas stations, don't ask me how I know....
When we arrive at a site, hookup is SO much easier and faster now without cranking levelers, dealing with weight distribution bars, wheel chocks, etc. If I need leveling, I throw a board under a wheel. We're usually State Park people, so I usually don't bother with a sewer hose until we dump.
Sometimes I miss the space but all in all I know we made the right choice. Besides, most of the stuff we hauled around in the TT we never used and haven't missed it at all.
Another consideration for us was our desire when we retire to travel to remote, out of the way parks, most of which are older and cannot easily accommodate larger Class A MH's and travel trailer rigs. It depends on how you want to use your rig.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:15 AM   #18
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There is hardly any set up with a C, and we have small fuel efficiant cars that get great gas millage as our daily drivers. If we had a TT, we would have to have a decant size truck or SUV to pull it and that would mean spending a lot on gas all the time instead of just while camping. TT just dont make sence to me.
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:59 AM   #19
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We feel the same as CamperKirk. We just bought our Class C 1994 Gulftream Conquest 102 and love it. We are just planning on getting a scooter or two for traveling once on site.
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. We just bought our Class C 1994 Gulftream Conquest 102 and love it. We are just planning on getting a scooter or two for traveling once on site.
We love our Conquest 102 I have a honda ruckus for putting around the CG. Does yours have the double door bathroom. How long is yours. Did you get a slide out?
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Ours is 26' with no slideout. Doesn't have a double door on the bathroom. We love the floor plan of ours. The sofa faces forward with two bucket chairs behind the cockpit. Twin beds in back, kitchen and bath in the middle.

Will check out the ruckus
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I think the big difference is that trailers are for sitting, while motorhomes are for moving.

The other, in the case of a bad back, is that a motorhome usually has a bigger more comfy driivers seats, plus you can get up and move around should you need to.

And yes, look into a small class A.

And no, a big DP doesn't cost $400k. A whole lot less if it's a few years old.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:57 PM   #23
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Class A, all the way.



The view from the ginormous windshield is worth the price of admission, imo. And, a used smaller class A in the 26-30 foot range is very comparable in price with a class C.

We debated the whole TT vs. class C vs. class A issue for many months. After researching, we ended up with a coach that just keeps us grinning from ear-to-ear.

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Old 11-03-2011, 12:29 AM   #24
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Class A, all the way.



The view from the ginormous windshield is worth the price of admission, imo. And, a used smaller class A in the 26-30 foot range is very comparable in price with a class C.

We debated the whole TT vs. class C vs. class A issue for many months. After researching, we ended up with a coach that just keeps us grinning from ear-to-ear.

Check it out !

I too thought about a class A till I saw the mantainence cost . Just can't wrap my mind around a thousand to fifteen hundred dollars an axle for brakes....I don't know if your rig is that much but another post talked about a $500 set of brake pads ....ouch
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slow down there Tony... Brake jobs don't cost anywhere near 3k on a gasser. I don't think we've jumped the op all the way into a DP yet. And brakes on any class A chassis are pretty much lifetime deals, lasting 100k plus.
As for the other stuff, Ford based gassers have the same powertrain as most class C's
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If you want to talk about costs how about TIRES. I have read on here 700 bucks or better seems to be the norm for cost. That could kill a trip real fast if you have a flat. I just replaced all 8 of my tires for what 2 tires would cost on an A. I can also do my own oil changes with no hassles since they are standard truck sizes. The cost for DP oil changes are insane I understand they aren't done as often.
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I'm not sure where you heard $700 is the norm. My Dads big class A has 19.5 radials on it, he replaced his this summer out of an abundance of caution after he blew a steering tire, albeit caused by road debris.

Also because the drive tires were a very aggressive tread and so were a little noisy.

I bought the 4 drive tires for my 5 ton.

He replaced all 6 with nice Cooper highway ribs. They cost $236 a tire, installed & balanced. That works out to almost exactly $1,600 with tax.

That was about $500 more than 6 new tires on my E-350 based class C cost me.

Considering the 16" on mine will be shot in about 60k miles and his are rated (commercial heavy truck tires remember?) for 100k miles his are actually (by the mile) a real bargain compared to mine.

In 'real' dollars, his tires are then about 15% CHEAPER than mine.
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Class c vs. TT

Well, after many tirps to RV dealers in several states we decided on a 2009 Jayco Grey Hawk............have not camped in it yet but will after Christmas!!!!
thanks for all of the helpful info!
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