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Old 11-30-2016, 11:19 AM   #15
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Nope I didn't think there would be those who dropped out of motorhome-ing would still be on the forum. I thought some of you may know some who dropped out and why they did so?

Not from age or sickness reasons of course. Just from the "don't like it or it isn't what expected standpoint"!
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Honestly, we haven't met anyone going from a motorhome to a trailer. Yes, they might have downsized to a Class C or B but not to a trailer.
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Old 11-30-2016, 11:32 AM   #17
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I don't have a class A but I read the postings. Some of the reasons I've read are:
Maintenance time and cost
Fuel costs
Illness

But I think one of reasons not discussed is the dream not matching reality. A lot of baby boomers say when they retire they want a rv and to travel. They do a circuit of the USA and then get out of RVing
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Old 11-30-2016, 11:33 AM   #18
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Going to have to drag us kicking and screaming from our Class A.
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Old 11-30-2016, 11:41 AM   #19
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Lots of folks get out because of unforeseen costs... Especially those of us who enter this world with an older RV. Had I not been able to do all my own repairs and maintenance, we would have gotten out almost immediately after we got in. To this day, I still question my sanity for staying in... but I've never had more fun or made better memories with my wife and kids than when we were on a scenic adventure somewhere in this great country.

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Old 11-30-2016, 11:47 AM   #20
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Folks that I've talked to have mentioned only two reasons for quitting the Class A life. First is being away from the grandchildren. The other reason is being scared by looking out the side window. I do 99% of the driving. However when passengering the view takes a little getting used to. Going through the mountains gets the DW agitated, though not enough to force us to part ways with the MH!
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:08 PM   #21
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I can see that happening to us in the future. At 74 (almost) years old, we still enjoy rock crawling with our Jeep in the SW mountains. However, in another ten years, I doubt that I will want to drive our 75' rig down the highways. Our winter home in Lake Havasu is close to the best trails in the country, so no need to haul the Jeep elsewhere. Our summer home in WI is on the WI river, so recreation is close by. The time will come when it will just be easier to drive back and forth in the car. We have had some great times with the motorhome and will relive those times, but our needs and desires change and we will change with them...................someday.
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:32 PM   #22
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I would appreciate if only those with Class A Motorhomes responding to this post. I think we can all agree that a motorhome is a different experience than other RVs!

Ive been reading a lot lately about wives who have been very unsettled with riding in a motorhome. Im not really going to comment on that other than to say they must be totally different than my wife. With mine, if she was nervous about riding in a car Id of known it well before putting her in a motorhome! But that could be just with my wife...
My question is this; How many folks do you know who got into a Class A Motorhome and got out of it shortly thereafter? What Id really like to know isnt that they go out?
What Id like to know is WHY THEY GOT OUT?
Rather than my speculating, Ill let you good folks answer... Thanks
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I have a friend who "got out" because he found he did not like the life style and bought a condo in Florida....and another who had many problems with his new class A in the two years he owned it.

BTW both have little mechanical ability and both expected that coach ownership would be as simple and as inexpensive as owning and maintaining an automobile.

(Sadly...all to often the "dream of a lifetime" turns out to be a nightmare).
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:51 PM   #23
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Why do folks get INTO and then OUT OF a Class A Motorhome?

We did exactly that.

After years in tents, later a mtcyl-towed pop-up we procured a van camper. We pulled a car or bike trailer for years. We needed more living space and purchased a 34' class A gasser. I was the only one who would drove it. DW intimidated. Cutie would make me coffee/sandwiches and had the run of the MH while traveling. No rest stops. We towed mtcyls or a car/dolly. We had a great time. We took it over 30K in three years. Then the limitations made for another revision.

The MH would struggle to climb towing the xtra two some tons. We always goto Colorado but never dared attempt I-70 west. We used the car or bikes to explore close-by attractions. We could either tow the bikes OR the car...not both. A much longer trailer would weigh even more for the gasser to drag. We were stuck. We would walkabout camps and chat w/couples and look at rigs. We really liked the 5th wheel toy hauler concept.

Solution for us was an F-350 big-hips tractor and a 44' 5th wheel toy hauler. Now wife drives the tractor as the trailer doesn't scare her. She loves driving this monster. Diesel pulled all 13 tons combined up I-70 to Grand Junction. Effortless and no drama compared to the class A gasser. Now when we camp we have the tractor to runabout, or up to three mtcyls stored in the garage of the hauler. We haven't looked back.

I miss the hot coffee and sandwiches...I now have a thermos and we prepare sandwiches before we leave camp.

You can make the case that we didn't properly explore this class A issue...and we didn't really know what we were doing nor what we would wanna do with it later...but now everything is the way we like it.

Sometimes you make mistakes and sometimes not...but the requirements kinda changed while we had the class A...but even if we had a blown diesel MH we still prob'ly couldn't take all the bikes AND a car and feel comfortable with all the inertia...AND wife wouldn't ever drive it so...
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Why do folks get INTO and then OUT OF a Class A Motorhome?

We did it...

The class A was a 1985 Itasca Sunflyer. In year 2008 we downsized back to a NEW travel trailer. Why? because the class A had problems: Delamination around the fridge vents, brake lines rusted out, gas lines rusted out, power steering leaking, exhaust leaks, the outside was faded and worn, the interior was dated, etc. We loved that beast! Yet, we wanted to camp without drama.

The guy we sold it to was ecstatic. Lol. I hope he is still camping in it.


New, it was fabulous, at almost 20 and 50,000 miles...not so much.
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My opinion most will get out because of age,health reasons,some might be be financial.
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My opinion most will get out because of age,health reasons,some might be be financial.
This is my take on reasons why along with the few people that I have known in the past that just get tired of it and move on to other things.
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Old 11-30-2016, 03:05 PM   #27
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I know of one couple who took early retirement when he had health issues. She got her OTR truck license and they drover truck for a while then bought a fiver and MDT to pull it with. Worked well until they totaled the fiver. Bought an A and she hated driving it. *Did not* like the big view up front. Sold it and bought a S&B then bought a small C to continue traveling. Always brought up the problem of sitting in the front of the A with the huge windshield. That, and my partner who won't sit in the front of the bus have sensitized me to A's not being the end game for everyone. Some people just don't like to be up there.
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Old 11-30-2016, 03:11 PM   #28
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I wasn't surfing this forum but just noticed the thread in the 'Recent Discussions' notice. As we had jumped in then out I thought that I would join in.

Each type of RV has it's pluses and minuses. In our case I really didn't like driving the Class A. Felt much comfortable in our Truck. Also maintenance was a hassle when with the truck it was so easy to get things done.

Went the truck camper route for 7 years. Loved the TC, but DW didn't. I lost. Picked up the 5th wheel in the Sig and all is perfect for us. Still loved our TC.

We also have a 2nd home in Lake Havasu, AZ, and a Polaris RZR to explore the back country of AZ. Noted another member posted his use of a Jeep at Lake Havasu. It's a great place for a jeep, or any Off Highway vehicle. Our RZR is street legal in AZ. Use it for anything. Took a 10,000 mile trip in the 5ver this summer. Perfect!

The 5ver is really cheap to maintain. And it sits for most of the winter. So for us the MH is not optimum. But I can see how it can be the perfect choice for many members.
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