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Old 11-10-2020, 12:24 PM   #1
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Motorhome search assistant

I am about 3 to 4 years from retirement and plan to do some traveling like so many others these days. We have a Class C now and I plan to change that with new requirements.

I want to tow my Ranger pickup with a motorcycle in the bed and 2 kayaks on a roof rack. I estimate 5400 LBS for the tow.

I also assume a loading for myself and my wife, two adult children, and possibly (hopefully) 2 more adults with a grandkid or two.

The number of possibilities in the market started to make my head pop and trying to screen the different options was getting to be very difficult. So, true to the anal engineer in me, I made a database. At the moment it is in Microsoft Access but if I get the time I want to convert it to Base in LibreOffice so it is a free solution.

Would anyone be interested in seeing this in action and adopt it? If you are searching for something in a few years it may also help you keep everything you are looking at organized for future reference.

How it works is I have a form where you put the year, make, model, and specs from the manufacturers website. The all important ones are GVWR, Cargo Capacity or empty weight, GCVWR, and trailer hitch capacity. I have been getting the Cargo Capacity from Matt's RV Reviews where he reads the yellow sticker in his review. Some sites, like Coachmen and Newmar actually publish the empty weights.

Any way, you then establish a load plan with fixed weights like pots and pans, tools, oil or supplies, cleaning stuff, etc. Then the people weights. Then the junk each person brings like sleeping bags, tablet, phone, chargers, clothes, etc. Then you can specify what % of water, waste, and propane you are carrying and those are used as multiples against the motorhome specifications. You can save these as load plans to apply to each motorhome.

You then apply the load plans and it computes the risk to the weight ratings. You can then choose to add these to a list to check.

I then have a form to use on in-person reviews and put them on a short list. Handy at an RV show.

Then you can price or search the short list to find the unit(s) you want and price them out.

Let me know and I will try to figure out how to post the database here.
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Old 11-10-2020, 10:05 PM   #2
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I want to tow my Ranger pickup with a motorcycle in the bed and 2 kayaks on a roof rack. I estimate 5400 LBS for the tow.

I also assume a loading for myself and my wife, two adult children, and possibly (hopefully) 2 more adults with a grandkid or two.
Sorry... not interested in the database but..... WOW! at how you're planning on traveling!! Possibly 6 adults plus children plus all the 'stuff'! The Ranger pickup isn't big enough to take all of you siteseeing!
Plan on a BIG RV.
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Old 11-11-2020, 08:02 AM   #3
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I am still in the learning phase, not even close to the shopping phase my RV retirement plan.
I think your database idea might be helpful to me at some point.
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Old 11-12-2020, 11:07 AM   #4
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Sorry... not interested in the database but..... WOW! at how you're planning on traveling!! Possibly 6 adults plus children plus all the 'stuff'! The Ranger pickup isn't big enough to take all of you siteseeing!
Plan on a BIG RV.
LOL...It started out as riding all over the country on the bike. DW said no. So I thought get a bike trailer and then tow it around and ride it at the destination. No transportation for the DW that way. So, get a truck and tow that, then put the bike in the back.

As far as the passenger loading is concerned we still have two adult college age kids in the house and they frequently travel with us. The other son and his wife live 5 hours away and only join us on the road so you are correct that they would not be riding with us but joining us for camping. So, the load while driving would not be so severe.

However, what I discovered so far is that there are some coaches that would still haul it all although many are still limited to 5,000 lb hitches but some do have 8,000 pounders. The Class A gas on the 20,500 or 22,000 lb GVWR chassis pull it off; the 18,000 lb chassis do not. So an A with a 20,500 lb GVWR chassis and an 8,000 lb hitch satisfies this as a worst case.

In addition, I have found 1 or 2 Class C's that will do it too if you manage the water weight and keep the waste tanks about 25% or less.
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