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Old 03-18-2015, 09:41 AM   #1
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Hi everyone ! Just looking for any and all helpful info on Rv's . My honey and I are looking to buy a new motorhome. We are quite interested in the forest river fr325ft . We do know we don't want to go bigger than 30ft . I should mention this would be our first time buying a motorhome.we want to be able to go not quite off-road but not to be stuck just in campgrounds only ! We live in Calgary Alberta Canada . We want to go all over North America in our Rv and fish and just enjoy life !
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And best luck on your search.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:42 AM   #3
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:56 AM   #4
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Glad to have you here with us.

Good luck with your search & Happy Trails!
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:11 AM   #5
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Cathy, take your time and do your research first before you even go looking. If you are looking new don't be shocked by sticker price as you can generally get about a 26% +/- discount off the MSRP, depending on brand, size and equipment. That will give you a ballpark figure when you are considering new vs used, as well as how big you want to go. The thing is when you get to your starting price point, you will find that depending on what you are looking at you may be able to buy a MH that has everything you want for a few thousand more, which is wise when spending this much money to start with.

What we did was we went on IRV2 and read all the different manufacturer forums, and read what people liked/didn't like about their MH's, Customer Service, problems, how easily they were fixed, downtime in the shop, handling issues ect. You will start to develop a sense of what qualities you want in a MH. Then go out and look at and drive as many as you can. You will start to see some of the plus/minus you have read about and see that there can be huge differences in quality in about a $10k price range. If you are financing you are talking about $70 month difference in payment to get what you really want/or something that is just ok. After looking you will develop even a better sense of quality and what you really want. For some it's price, others it's build, others it's not having it break down and being in the shops for weeks/months at a time. The biggest thing and most common decider though is what floorplan best fits your needs. Don't worry about going a little bigger than you originally planned as you will get used to the bigger MH in a few trips but buying too small for your needs lasts forever, or until you buy another one.

Once you narrow it down to what you want then pick the dealership that works best for you and start your negotiations, if you can't get what you want go somewhere else. Not that you need to, but we spent about two years doing this. What we ended up with is a MH that we love, which we were able to buy brand new for a few thousand dollars less than some used ones we looked at with the same equipment but not the lifecycle change on the body. Good luck, looking for one is half the fun.
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:21 AM   #6
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Welcome & good luck in your search. Lots of good info here.
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:38 AM   #7
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Hi Cathy...................Good Luck to you both and enjoy the ride.
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Old 03-18-2015, 02:46 PM   #9
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Good luck with your search .... take your time and have fun with it ... we also took nearly 2 years to find the right coach ....
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Old 03-18-2015, 07:29 PM   #11
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Thanks so much ! Holy crap , now that's a nice motorhome!
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:07 PM   #12
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Welcome to the forum.

I second Mike and Cha's advice.

My wife and I are planning a trip, much the same as yours... But it includes both your side and our side of the boarder. Both countries have so much to offer to those that take time to see and experience it.

Lots of luck in your research, and eventual purchase.

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Hi Cathy! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Hope you find the perfect RV for your needs! Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Hi Cathy We are glad yall joined us. Good luck finding your RV
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