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Old 04-19-2017, 02:13 PM   #1
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Hello From Phoenix

Hello everybody, My name is Jon and I am an aspiring RV'er.

We have always wanted to travel around the US and love road trips. We are now reaching a time of life where we hope to have more available time and flexibility to do just that. We have relatives in Edmonton, Canada and are planning on taking a month in the summer to drive there and back.

We have gone back and forth on the best way to do this (with 2 dogs) and are still discussing the merits of RV/trailer vs hotels etc.

I have a gazzillion questions so I hope you folks can help. Please point me to the right place to start asking a bunch of newbie, how do I and what should I buy type questions.

Thanks to all in advance


P.S. I really really want an RV and have done for years. My wife is less keen :-(
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:33 PM   #2
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Welcome to iRV2.

If your DW isn't keen on RVing you might have an issue. Maybe a rental for short trips around AZ , before you really venture out with the purchase cost and long distance travel.
With the cost of everything RVs and motels going up; and RV parks and motels , coming up with wild pet rules and costs, travel is becoming more problematic every day.
If you iron out your DW's objections , and get down to choosing an RV type , you'll get a lot of help here in the forums.
No matter what you decide on . Safe Travels .
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:35 PM   #3
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Hi Jon! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:27 PM   #4
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We did rent a mid size C class last year for a short 4 day trip around AZ. We had a good time although the weather was not ideal.

My wife is not against Rving in general she just seems to be concerned about owning one. I get that and fully understand that owning an RV comes with many potential unforeseen costs. I think that given our general desires to travel the US it is a worthwhile investment. Short term rentals are OK but from what I have seen so far if I tried to rent one (mid size A class) for a month and the 4-5000 miles of our trip it could easily run $15K or more.

Even though I do want to own one long term and I realize selling an RV is no slam dunk I figured I could buy a used one do our trip and then sell it afterwards and not have cost $15K!!!

I have lots of math to do and much convincing of my wife. I will post some more specific questions in the main forum.
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

Start by making a list of pros and cons concerning a MH. You will soon realize that the pros usually outweigh the cons. Get your wife involved in the process. Pictures of things others have done while RVing may have a big influence. For us having our kids and grand kids on trips with us was the deciding factor. Plus we had done tent camping in the past and had a good time, the MH now makes it a great time.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:40 AM   #6
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Welcome and good luck on the adventure. Lots of good info here. You might want to look at the multiple threads concerning MH type. There are threads on Class A, Class B, Class C. Diesel vs Gas, MH vs Travel trailer, Taods (tow vehicles). And then when your head is swimming with information just ask your questions. It is a process.

And yes over a year or two it will be much cheaper to own then multiple short and long term rentals.

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