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Old 03-12-2016, 11:41 AM   #1
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Wife and I are still looking for our first Class A used purchase. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated. Happy traveling :-)
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Old 03-12-2016, 12:01 PM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

You might want to poke around in the Class A area and post specific questions there!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 03-12-2016, 03:13 PM   #3
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Hi jstalvey,

Welcome to the forum. There is a lot of help here and a lot of info just for the look see.

We were in your shoes 16 months ago or so and I can tell you what we learned and did.

Budget: Stay within in no matter what. We wanted a Class A, used, not over 36 foot. I wanted a floorplan where if we stopped for the night and didn't want or could put the slides out we could still reach the fridge and bed without crawling over each other. I did NOT want a corner sink.

The two of you will figure out what you absolutely need to have and what is an ify item. Look at PPL Motorhomes out of Texas at their website. Floors plans are easy to see there. Start getting an idea. Then start looking at brand. We went with Winnebago because it worked for us. There are a lot of brands there and you have to decide which one is right for you.

Go to RV shows, Ask questions, walk around inside RVs. Then go to a dealership and tell them you just want to look, you will not be buying today. Sit inside and lay on the bed and get in the shower (can you move around, raise your arms to wash your hair, bend over to wash feet) to see if there is enough room.

Storage. There has to be enough inside and in the basement system to have enough room for the things you want to take with you. Keep weight of items in mind. Do you want a DP or a gasser? Are you going to pull a car with all four tires down (tow 4 down) or tow a car with or without a dolly?

Check Craigslist, often good deals there. RV shows have used RVs on boards for sale, check that out also. When you have a question, come back and ask. If you let us know where you want to go, sometimes that changes a bit of the answers.

Take your time, don't let anyone rush you. When the right one comes along you will know. Good Luck! Lynne
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Old 03-12-2016, 06:18 PM   #4
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Hello and welcome to IRV2. There are a lot of great Class A rigs to choose from. We researched on here, looked at dealers, in person and on the internet. Good luck with your search.
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:05 PM   #6
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Welcome to IRV2

Glad to have you here with us.

If you go to the top of the page you'll see a tab for owners forums. You can visit the different rooms and get feedback from owners of various models.

Search the internet for RV dealers, especially ones relatively near you. Visit some of the big ones. It's worth driving to some of the big places, or if you can wait go to one of the large RV shows. Or just ask folks in here about the units your look at and you'll get plenty of feedback.

Good luck with your search. Keep us posted.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:27 AM   #7
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Thanks all!

The wife and I really appreciate all of your feedback. Great help and many thanks to Lynne for the additional insights. Trails :-)
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:05 AM   #8
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welcome.................there are many good coaches out there.......I have a 2007 Monaco knight, good coach for us....I would advise getting a professional to give it the once over before you buy it..........also, FIND A GOOD RV SERVICE PROFESSIONAL TO TAKE CARE OF ISSUES AFTER YOUR PURCHASE..............while there are many service facilities out there, a great number (in my opinion) have employees that are not trained in working on a motorhome.............and if you are like me, you want someone else doing the work.......
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We're here in Myrtle Beach, but you missed out on ours as we just sold it to a couple from the Charleston area. My best advice is to search out the good RV sites, then start comparing the different brand names, floor plans, whether you want diesel or gas, what type of traveling will you be doing, there's a lot that goes into choosing. You might want to look at RVTrader or PPLmotorhomes, or in some cases you can do a simple google search for a particular year and model. As already said, walk around a dealers lot, but don't get caught up in the hype by a salesman. Go in non-committal. And remember glitz & flash doesn't get you down the road. If you can, go to one of the big RV shows so you can walk through the different models. If you know your budget(used), then www.pplmotorhomes.com which is a consignment dealer in Texas, that posts what the actual sales prices have been, is a good place to get a feel what particular RV's are going for. The search can be fun, but also frustrating. It took us almost 2yrs. before we retired to find ours. So welcome, it's a fun lifestyle full of great adventures...the good and the bad.
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Keep checking IRV2 classifieds, members are listing their coaches all the time. Good luck with your search.
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