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Old 08-04-2017, 03:00 PM   #1
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Randy and Brenda here from NE Indiana with a Winter home on Pine Island, FL. We Live on a lake in NE Indiana, and I have been retire for 4 years now and Brenda will be taking "early" retirement as soon as I get done buying our toys.

We are foodies and love to fish and boat and beach days. Use to love to hike, but foot issues limit my walking to a couple miles a day. Brenda is a sports and history person, and is one of those peeps that reads or sees something and remembers it forever (she calls it worthless trivia, I call it having my on Google search sitting on the bar stool next to me when peeps start arguing sports statistics!

We a have been kicking around every type of RV that is out there, and are leaning (today) toward a travel trailer.

We are planning on traveling 4 weeks each year, couple trips out West , Northern route 1 year and Southern route the next, and then of course East Coast, and then wherever we go for a few weeks each year.

Look forward to seeing our great country the way it should be seen, by road and camping in the great outdoors.

Look forward to meeting new friends during our travels.

Randy and Brenda
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Hi Randy & Brenda! 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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Hi Randy & Brenda


this place is great

Safe travels
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I sort of hate to say it like this, but I have done it all. Now that we are traveling more than we are camping, a motorhome is a good (but not always best) choice.

I strongly suggest that you rent a motorhome for at least a weekend if not a week and do a local run. You may like it or you may hate it, but you will know which then.

If you go places in a motorhome and do not tow, you are stuck where you shut it off.

If you tow, you have the towed for a worry, but you are free to go places once it is unhooked. Flat tow if you can, tow dollies are a PITA, but allow more flexibility in towed choices. (We carry bicycles. They have their own set of disadvantages.)

If you use a towable, you have the TV (tow vehicle) for transportation when the rig is separated. It may not be the best choice for supplementary transportation, but there it is.

I have found that reseting the towed to the coach is no more difficult than making up a TV and TT or 5er. (IMHO) Both are aided by having help.

The singular advantage a MH has over towing is the immediate availability of both the head and the galley when underway.

The singular advantage of towing is that if you take a hit in the TV driveline, you still have a house available.

When you go looking look at recent used. Do not look twice and anything with square roof edges that shows any evidence of water leakage. Just be kind and walk away.

New RVs take a very heavy hit in depreciation when they leave the lot.

What ever you choose, avoid rushing and enjoy the journey. There is a lot to see out there, and if you are in a hurry, you will miss things. Work the internet for all it is worth so you don't find out later where you might have stopped.

That is what I have to say, some others may not agree, that is for you to sort out.

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Old 08-06-2017, 07:22 AM   #6
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I sort of hate to say it like this, but I have done it all. Now that we are traveling more than we are camping, a motorhome is a good (but not always best) choice.

I strongly suggest that you rent a motorhome for at least a weekend if not a week and do a local run. You may like it or you may hate it, but you will know which then.

If you go places in a motorhome and do not tow, you are stuck where you shut it off.

If you tow, you have the towed for a worry, but you are free to go places once it is unhooked. Flat tow if you can, tow dollies are a PITA, but allow more flexibility in towed choices. (We carry bicycles. They have their own set of disadvantages.)

If you use a towable, you have the TV (tow vehicle) for transportation when the rig is separated. It may not be the best choice for supplementary transportation, but there it is.

I have found that reseting the towed to the coach is no more difficult than making up a TV and TT or 5er. (IMHO) Both are aided by having help.

The singular advantage a MH has over towing is the immediate availability of both the head and the galley when underway.

The singular advantage of towing is that if you take a hit in the TV driveline, you still have a house available.

When you go looking look at recent used. Do not look twice and anything with square roof edges that shows any evidence of water leakage. Just be kind and walk away.

New RVs take a very heavy hit in depreciation when they leave the lot.

What ever you choose, avoid rushing and enjoy the journey. There is a lot to see out there, and if you are in a hurry, you will miss things. Work the internet for all it is worth so you don't find out later where you might have stopped.

That is what I have to say, some others may not agree, that is for you to sort out.

Frank
Thank you for your input Frank. We would have liked to go the MH route with a toad, but we will be needing a vehicle to tow our boat to FL in the Fall and a vehicle down there for the Winter.

We are leaning towards and TT pulled by a van that we will be able to use to pulled the boat to FL and also room for our cats in the back.

Our plan is to travel 4-6 weeks the first 3 years and then maybe sell it. If we sell the TT, we build a bed and sink in the van and will use the van for weekend "camping" trips.

We looked at this yesterday, and it looks like it would fit our needs and with a 9' 10" height, it will fit in our garage if I leave some air out of the tires?

https://www.rvtrader.com/dealers/RV%...3RSS-121267273
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Randy and Brenda here from NE Indiana with a Winter home on Pine Island, FL. We Live on a lake in NE Indiana, and I have been retire for 4 years now and Brenda will be taking "early" retirement as soon as I get done buying our toys.



We are foodies and love to fish and boat and beach days. Use to love to hike, but foot issues limit my walking to a couple miles a day. Brenda is a sports and history person, and is one of those peeps that reads or sees something and remembers it forever (she calls it worthless trivia, I call it having my on Google search sitting on the bar stool next to me when peeps start arguing sports statistics!



We a have been kicking around every type of RV that is out there, and are leaning (today) toward a travel trailer.



We are planning on traveling 4 weeks each year, couple trips out West , Northern route 1 year and Southern route the next, and then of course East Coast, and then wherever we go for a few weeks each year.



Look forward to seeing our great country the way it should be seen, by road and camping in the great outdoors.



Look forward to meeting new friends during our travels.



Randy and Brenda


Hi guys & welcome. We love Pine Island and Matlacha. Also enjoy visiting the NE Indiana Amish communities.

Good luck with your prep work.
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Welcome. We have a Class C with a tow and it works great for us


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