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Old 12-01-2020, 06:08 PM   #1
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Hello all,


I've been lurking and researching for a couple of months and have been very impressed with this site.


I've just retired last June and the wife and I are looking to get a small class C (24-29 ft). We plan to take our time which appears easy to do right now since inventories are pretty low right now. We've always tent camped in the past and know very little about the RV world.



Looking forward to getting to know fellow RV'ers and gaining knowledge on what to look for when buying an RV.
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The first thing you should try to identify is the type of camping / or RVing you plan to do. And yes, this may change over time. But you have to start somewhere.

Do you plan on traveling mostly or sitting in one spot mostly? Do you plan on boom docking, or want full hook-ups (water, electric, and sewer), or a partial site, say with electric only?

Do you plan on visiting state parks, private parks, for national forests and such. Mountains or ocean travel.

If getting a Class - C will you be towing another vehicle. If not, how do you plan on getting around once you are set up at your campsite?

Do you have special medical needs, special medical equipment that you need to bring along. Space is everything in a camper of any size, make, or model.

Who will be traveling with you? You alone, your spouse? Adult kids, grandkids, friends, another couple? This will determine how much bed space you need, storage for clothes, and the amount of food you bring along.

And, what you think today you'll do WILL change over time. Will the camper have enough flexibility when your needs change?

Are you looking at a brand new unit with the warranties and possibly all kinds of defects and a whopping depreciation the instant you sign the dotted line. Or looking for a used unit that's already taken the depreciation hit?

Questions, questions, questions you should ask first. If this is your first RV / camper, more than likely in 2-3 years you'll be trading or selling it for something different, bigger, or with a floor plan that fits you better. If you get a loan, in 3 years you'll still be upside down if you trade for a different one. Can you afford a horrifical financial loss.

You may be one of the very few that get it right the first time. But the track record is usually the 3rd or 4th RV is usually the one that should have been selected first. But who would have known back then? Hum?

Once you can identify your personal style, then you start searching for the type of camper that fits you best. That means studying everything you can find on the internet and it also means actually going out and visiting RV dealerships and talking, talking, talking, educating yourself, asking questions and talking again.

Your thoughts will change and morph the farther along you go as you begin to narrow down a decision. And then, don't be surprised at the last second you get cold feet and wonder if you are doing the right thing at all, especially if you get a loan.

That's another question you have to answer also. What's your price range? And if you do not have the ready cash, can you get a loan. And if you get a loan, are the monthly payments do-able. Remember, payments come due if you use the camper or not. They come due just the same in winter storage as they do in July during peak camping season. And don't forget about insurance, and with a motor home, you'll have engine maintenance to keep up with.

Decisions, decisions, decisions yes. Lots of things to consider. But, this is the starting point in your search. It really is not as easy and as fun as purchasing a $200 tent and shoving it in a closet when you return home. Motor home or trailer or truck camper or pop-up, where will it be kept when not camping? In the winter? Do you have space for storing it over the winter. You may comfortably fit a 25 foot vehicle in your driveway, but a 30 foot might be too long? Narrow down length.

Again, lots and lots and lots to consider. Take nothing for granted.

On the up side, they are a lot of fun! and the life style is fabulous! But identifying your personal life style and needs is where it all starts.
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Old 12-02-2020, 07:06 AM   #5
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Welcome aboard. This is a great site to learn about all the different types and models of RV's. Dutchmenspor pretty much nailed it when making a decision about which way to go.

We started with van camping but found it needed some life friendly amenities, like heat and ventilation. Moved onto a toy hauler so we could haul and camp. Recognized that Trailers are mostly for stationary use, i.e., set up camp and stay for awhile. Upgraded to a Sprinter Class C since we found we preferred to move around quite a bit.

Our RV diesel gets 13-15 mpg, is large enough to camp in comfort, small enough to use as a regular vehicle (think grocery shopping and going to pick up building supplies) and has enough power to get out of it's own way. Since it is only my wife and I we aren't concerned about sleeping more than two and our cat likes the dashboard where he can look outside.

What you might want to do sometime is to drive to an RV park and just walk around to see what people drive, the size of the vehicles, ages of the campers, and how many are with each group. It seems that young families with kids have 5er's with lots of storage room and sleeping spaces, older people (likely full time retired) have large Class A coaches, in between are the folks that travel casually and don't want to invest gobbs of money. See what people drive and how they camp and then envision yourself actually camping like them. Campers love to talk about their rigs, places they've been, places they're going, experiences they've had. It's almost as good at reading this site. Good Camping...
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

You've got a lot of tire kicking to do!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome to the forum.

We started off with a Isata3 Class C sprinter (25 ft) and enjoyed it but found not enough room or storage for us. Hence after 18 months upgraded to a DP Class A

You are joining a good group of folks here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up or add information if you can.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Welcome! As you have already discovered, great info and friends here.

Not sure how and where you intend to wander, but, there are a couple of Facebook groups here in Virginia that discuss campground options within the state. The larger one is called "Virginia Campers". Lots of helpful info about prices, experiences, local attractions, and more.

Again, not sure your intentions, but if you are looking to buy used, consider Commonwealth RV. Their lot is where banks place units that have been repossessed. They also have units on concession and lot-owned rigs. They are just down the road in Ashland...within a couple of miles of the big RV dealers that you see along I-95.

Good luck with your adventures!
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Thanks

Thank you all for the kind welcome. Really appreciate the Commonwealth RV tip, I now have it bookmarked for future searches.


Take care all.



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Welcome! As you have already discovered, great info and friends here.

Not sure how and where you intend to wander, but, there are a couple of Facebook groups here in Virginia that discuss campground options within the state. The larger one is called "Virginia Campers". Lots of helpful info about prices, experiences, local attractions, and more.

Again, not sure your intentions, but if you are looking to buy used, consider Commonwealth RV. Their lot is where banks place units that have been repossessed. They also have units on concession and lot-owned rigs. They are just down the road in Ashland...within a couple of miles of the big RV dealers that you see along I-95.

Good luck with your adventures!
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