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Old 12-20-2016, 06:42 PM   #1
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Hello all. We are in the prolonged research stage. We have never owned an RV and are doing tons of research. At this time we're still at least two years out. We're leaning towards a Class A vehicle. Depending on what we wish to do will depend on our purchase. At this time if we were to pull the trigger we'd be looking at a 2002-2008 Beaver, Monaco, HR, Tiffin, Newmar or something similar. We have friends which own both new and used. They all own 30 footers. Two gas and one DP. We have yet to decide on the status of our travels, i.e.: full time or just seasonal or a few weeks at a time. We in the NW part of the country. I've been enjoying reading all sorts of post on here and I thank you for all the information that I've gotten here. Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!!
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:53 PM   #2
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:34 PM   #3
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

Good luck with your search. Let us know if we can be of service to you.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 12-20-2016, 08:26 PM   #4
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Welcome and good luck on your search. It's all about what works for you. Happy hunting and travels. We're in the middle of CA so if you ever get down this way send a wave out.
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Old 12-21-2016, 08:49 AM   #5
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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!

Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-21-2016, 11:39 AM   #6
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Welcome folks, you have a number of good high end builders on your list. you may also want to include Country Coach, Travel Supreme, and American Coach. Good luck with your search.
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Old 12-21-2016, 12:04 PM   #7
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Welcome and suggestion

Welcome to the forum.

I have two suggestion that may help.

1 - There are many locations that will rent you a motorhome for a week at the time. While the price may seem a little steep, it is much less than purchasing a white elephant that no one likes. For that reason I suggest a week long rental. Pick it up on a Friday so your first try driving is on the week end. Pack and take picnic lunch instead of trying to figure out what to take to cook and a bedroll like for a tent will work for a couple of nights bedding. Think of it as a camp out in a rolling box. Not too far from home, perhaps 100 miles. Far enough so you are not tempted to just drive home at the first sign of trouble, but not far enough that you can not get home if there is a major catastrophe.

2 - When selecting a motorhome make the first purchase a used one. All motorhomes have problems initially, yes even new ones. It is an unfortunate fact that a new unit loses a significant amount of value the moment you drive it off the lot. A carefully selected used one should sell after 6 months for about the same price as you paid. This limits the down side of the purchase in case you want to opt for a different unit shortly after you purchase.

With that said, after over 50 years of camping - starting in a pup tent in the back yard all the way to the current 40 ft diesel pusher throughout Alaska, there has yet to be a camping device that did not come packed with tons of fun and laughter. There were times when it took a little hind sight to see the humor but manny happy/funny stories are still told around my household. (Daddy did not latch the old refrigerator door then went around the curve too fast and dumped mom's coleslaw on the floor. By the time we go home the smell was so bad that dad had to replace all the carpet in the motorhome. - Ok so it was funny to the kids.

Once again welcome to the forum.
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Old 12-22-2016, 02:49 PM   #8
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Thank you all for the welcoming and for the advice. We have added Country Coach, Travel Supreme, and American Coach to the research list. This could become the full time job. Gotta be an informed consumer.
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Old 12-22-2016, 08:47 PM   #9
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Welcome! I suggest renting MHs to get the feel of what works for you. Also decide on where you want to camp....RV parks, boondocking or a combination.
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Old 12-24-2016, 09:57 PM   #11
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Welcome and Happy Trails. Good Luck!
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