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Old 11-28-2017, 08:08 AM   #1
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Hi all,
Just joined today and my boyfriend and I are still researching our first RV purchase. It's a long story best told over a campfire, but suffice it to say we started looking at small towables with a tow vehicle (which we would have to purchase), to looking at class A's, to now settling on purchasing a class C and towing a smaller vehicle for excursions. Initially, we'll be weekenders and long holiday users but are seriously planning full-timing it once we retire, hopefully sooner rather than later.

And by researching, I mean everything - soup to nuts!! After much confusion on other forums and tiring of Google searches on rig reviews (which were fruitless), I decided to search for forums and found y'all. I'm very excited to be here! I think I'll find everything we need from people who know what they're doing.

Once we decide on our rig I'll put it in my signature line.

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Old 11-28-2017, 08:46 AM   #2
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Hi ! 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 11-28-2017, 10:35 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forum! You really did come to the right place to get the info you need prior to purchasing your first RV. Knowing a few key things will help you to make a better decision.

Don't know your budget and whether you want new or used but here are a few recommendations.

Go to PPL Motorhomes website to look at floorplans. Not suggesting you buy from them (unless you find something you want) but the website is great for looking at floorplans. You will also get an idea of what the price should be.

This is a consignment place and all vehicles are used. Some fairly new and some much older.

Most of us feel the floorplan is the most important because we have to LIVE inside the rig especially if the weather is bad and we can't go outside. The kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, storage all need to work for you two.

That being said, step inside the shower, can you put your arms up and wash your head or is it too small? Can you work in the kitchen to make a meal? Pretend you are doing so and see if there is enough room. If it is raining and you need to be inside, is there enough room for both of you to do a hobby or read or watch TV?

Is there enough storage? RVs have basement storage, is it big enough for what you would want to take along? Start making a list and figure out what you would want to take along. While looking at a rig, figure out where you might put things. Is there enough storage.

The BEST advice I received here was to make sure when looking at a rig that all slides were in. Slides add a LOT of space but they also take it away when they are in. If you are stopping on your trip for lunch, or to stay at a Walmart for the night, can you get to the fridge, the bed, whatever. Can you live in it, get a meal in it with the slides in?

Lot of info but that is what you came here for. There is a search engine at the top of the page. Enter a subject: What's wrong with my water heater? , How do I _______?, you get the idea. Then start reading. Best way to learn what you need to know.

YouTube is also a great place to learn how to anything RV. If you have more questions, ask! Other than the above, my advice would be to buy a Class A if you intend to full time in the next five years. Why buy now and get another rig in five years?

Good luck to you. Lynne
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Old 11-28-2017, 12:07 PM   #4
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Good luck with your search

this place is great

Safe travels
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Old 11-28-2017, 08:48 PM   #5
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You're gonna like it here.

Good luck with your search. Let us know if we can help you.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:31 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forums. There is lots of good info here and good folks to help. Do look at the Class C thread here with lot of discussions on various rigs.
We purchased a 24 foot Isata3 two years ago and tow a small car with no problem. Our trips are at least twice a year for 3-4 months at a time. In fact we leave again the end of January for a3 month trip.
We like the class C because it is small enough to travel around in, we have the tow vehicle to get around in and we love camping in the state and national parks rather than in large "RV resorts".

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