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Old 09-26-2012, 10:55 PM   #15
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RV selection.

Hi, I noticed that nobody brought the subject of roof material on the coach, for me personally this was the diciding factor to have fiber glass roof.
It's simple, clean it does not require any maintenance and dose not leave any streaks.

Leveling system is VERY IMPORTANT to me.

I prefer no slide outs, because that raises floor height, invites squeaks, water leaks etc.-but everyone has their own opinion on that.
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:27 PM   #16
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One more reply. Is this going to be used for getting from interesting place to interesting place, or is it going to be used as a second home.

It seems to me that Class B people like the freedom an RV gives them as they travel from mountain to friends to stream to lake to National Park. I think Class A, C and 5th wheelers tend to travel from neighborhood to neighborhood, socializing with other Class A, C and 5th wheelers.

Obviously there is quite a bit of overlap, but a 40' vehicle is a lot more like home than a 19', and won't go a lot of places a 19' will. So what is necessary and what is surplus would seem to depend upon what your purpose in owning one is.

And I think that one buys their first RV the way they pick their spouse. They buy it for one reason, but stay with something for other reasons.

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Old 09-28-2012, 05:00 PM   #17
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We just started fultiming (3mo) in a 31 ft class c Jayco Granite Ridge and so far the only thing I would like is a slide in the bedroom because climing in and out of bed is a little hard and also a full size shower, my DH is large and the small shower is a little confining, oh I guess one more thing would be a larger hot water heater - six gal goes in a hurry.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:15 PM   #18
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Try to find one with an island king bed that is not part of a slide...if it is not- it will make you feel like you need to maneuver in/out of bed. Look for an rv that incorporates the baggage compartments within the slide.- Otherwise, it makes the storage space almost useless. Find one built on a Ford Chassis if you're looking gas.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:28 PM   #19
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IMO - How and where you will be using it makes a big difference in priorities. Weekend or week-long only trips will be different than multi-month trips - think storage space. Staying a long time at one campground vs. moving daily is different - think manual vs. power levelers. Climate conditions are important for heating and A/C choice - will you be using the rig only in mild weather, or hot and cold seasons also?

Once you have defined your expected usage, many decisions will be obvious.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:42 PM   #20
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:20 PM   #21
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What I look for is what I feel many should consider. I start out with the fundamental "meat and potato" options, then move on from there. Top 7 "must haves", and top 7 "could live without, if I had to" options

1. Engine: For me the more powerful V10 was important, and mileage was also important
2 Construction: Smooth sided panels with aluminum subframe. I didn't want it to fall apart.
3. Large Generator w/low hours. Self explanatory, gotta have a genset big enough to power it all.
4. Floor plan - Had to have a spacious floor plan that worked well for us.
5. Leveling jacks
6. Storage, and lots of it
7. Jack knife sofa vs hide-a-bed sofa.... Hide-a-bed preferred

the things that are nice to have, but not so important. (# 1 being the least useful to me)

1. Satellite
2. Washer/Dryer.
3. Tub/Shower combo
4. Self Contained bathroom....having everything in the one room
5. TV in bedroom
6. Power inverter
7. Self Contained bathroom....having everything in the one room

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