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Old 10-04-2019, 12:18 PM   #1
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Need some suggestions

I am planning on moving into a class A motorhome in a few months. I will be living by myself with 2 small dogs. Can anyone suggest a good length that would be suitable for full time living, but still be able to use to travel and pull a car on a trailer. I am a recent widow and going to give my home to my son, so I am looking to start a new chapter in my life. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-04-2019, 04:13 PM   #2
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If it's a dolly trailer I'd suggest the biggest coach you can find. My coach is 43' and at times, it's crowded. If it's a full size trailer then maybe a 34 to 36' coach would be the thing, mostly due to length and RV park accommodations
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Old 10-04-2019, 04:27 PM   #3
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We have a 36' class A with 8,000 lb tow capacity. I don't think you need to go as big as you can... you need to be more concerned with whether the class a you choose can tow your toad.

I think there are options out there even under 36'.
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Old 10-04-2019, 05:00 PM   #4
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I admire you for getting out there! There are a few RV groups geared to singles traveling in RVs. They are NOT dating sites. They are just singles getting together at different places throughout the country having fun. They do many activities together and naturally, have potlucks and Q&A sessions hashing out issues as they travel. They'll help you in any way. After the big group gathering some may break in smaller groups to travel to the next spot. I think it would be worth your while to check them out.

Look at the pictures and you'll see that single travelers travel in all sizes - from small van campers to Class C's (which can tow a car) to motorhomes of all sizes and trailers and 5th wheels. We visited one of the larger group gatherings in Arizona at one time and we noticed that many use Class C's or A's in the 30' range.

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Old 10-04-2019, 07:19 PM   #5
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Thank you for the suggestion. I'll look into it.
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Old 10-04-2019, 08:12 PM   #6
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Let me throw a few things out there.

For 1 person you never get in your own way. I stayed in a 22' travel trailer just find but when I had the company it all of the sudden was way too small. For one person and a dog I would go as small as would be comfortable.

I am looking for my 4th RV. All have been towables. What I am looking for is comfortable reclining chairs. A couch I can take a nap on. A island bed and a rear, larger bathroom.

Soon (6 - 12 months) class 'A' motorhomes will have a new gas engine from Ford. Typically a new engine will be more refined and more powerful.

If this is your 1st RV a Class 'A' is a good way to go. So is a travel trailer or 5th wheel or class 'C' or even a 'B' plus. Lots of ways to do it. If I found myself single with a furry friend I would buy a car like 150/1500 series truck and a small(ish) 7,000 lb. travel trailer. A trailer sits still better than a motorhome.

Oh, if you spend any winter time in a southern RV park watch out for the single ladies there.
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Old 10-05-2019, 09:28 AM   #7
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Why not a Class C? You might find that would work for you. My first priority would be to get a car you can tow 4-down. If you put a car on a trailer you are going to limit yourself to where you can go, etc., because often the parks have no places for trailers. Now if you have a car that could be towed on a dolly that could slide under the rear of the MH while parked, then maybe, but one that can be towed 4-down would still be preferable.

How much RVing have you done before? If not a lot (or none at all) I would suggest you rent a Class C and spend a week or so traveling not that far from home, but far enough to give you a feel for how things will go doing it by yourself. About 36' for a Class A would be my recommendation. We' have a 38' class A (diesel) and when Dave's back goes out I find that I can do everything myself to get us up and running and moved to our next destination. Just a matter of taking my time and doing most things the night before so that I can get us up and going. Thankfully, his back has been behaving for the past 3 years, but it is nice to know I can do it if I need to.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

I don't think that anyone can really answer your question. It depends on what size rig you will feel comfortable driving. For us, we had been used to a 36' 5th wheel and felt like the 40' motorhome would give us the same floor space that we were accustomed to. Hope the venture works out well for you!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Try looking at a class B the better ones are a miniature class A, full bathroom generator etc. They're easy to drive and you may find that you don't need a toad. Good luck.
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Try looking at a class B the better ones are a miniature class A, full bathroom generator etc. They're easy to drive and you may find that you don't need a toad. Good luck.
Class B a minature class A ????
I dont think so.
In what way ???
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In between the class A and class C is the Thor Axis / Vegas line.

They call it a RUV and it has the room of a class A, but built on a class C chassis.

The ones on the E450 chassis list a 8000 lb towing rating.

Test drive, on highways and bumpy roads, to get a feeling for what your going to be driving for hours at a time.

If the salesman says he can make it ride better, take that with a grain of salt.
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Try looking at a class B the better ones are a miniature class A, full bathroom generator etc. They're easy to drive and you may find that you don't need a toad. Good luck.
What are you talking about? Class C is more like a Class A than any Class B.
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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks with good info to share. I agree look at various Class Cs. You will have enough room and still have the power to pull a small car.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure.
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Go visit RV dealers and get a idea what you like. My advice is to go small in size and $$, you can always go bigger later if you decide to. A large rig can be intimidating unless you have been around them much in the past. Most people are surprised at how little space they need to live in, especially if you will be outdoors alot. Check out renting a RV for a week once you get the size chosen.
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