Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > COMMUNITY FORUMS > New Member Check-In
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-29-2015, 08:51 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 13
Noobies looking to make the jump to full time soon

Hello. We are a couple in our early 30s. We just sold our house and we're starting the process of making the transition to full-timers. We're new, and we still have a lot of research to do.

We've been camping and backpacking for years, but we've never spent more than 5 minutes in an RV. So we decided the best thing to do would be to rent an RV for a weekend and see what it was like. And this is what ensued...

Day 1 - rental, first night in an RV

Day 2 - Black water disaster and packrafting

Day 3 - Review of our Cruise America 30 foot Class C

Day 4 - Attending church in a new area and heading home
themoreweexplore is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free! RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-29-2015, 08:53 AM   #2
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 13
We're still not sure which RV we want. Since we're new, we don't know exactly what we need, so we want to avoid getting into an RV that's going to lose a lot of value.

Part of us is tempted to build a school bus up, but the other part of us just wants to get an RV and hit the ground running.

We still have a TON of things to work out (jobs, health insurance, vehicle insurance, etc), but we figure we'll live in a local RV park for a while 'till we have all that worked out. That will give us time to adapt to the RV lifestyle and still keep our jobs and slowly ease into the transition.

A couple of our criteria:

- 30-35 feet long class A
- diesel pusher is ideal
- able to tow 5000 lbs
- if it had storage where we could fit our mountain bikes that would be ideal, but we - can work around that
- ground clearance is always a good thing
- under $50k
themoreweexplore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 08:53 AM   #3
Community Administrator
JohnRR's Avatar

Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Marquette, Michigan "Da UP" & Lehigh Acres Florida
Posts: 21,661

It's good to have you here.
John & Cathy R.
06 Pace Arrow 38L Workhorse W24
08 14 Lincoln MKX AWD 06 Lincoln Mark LT 4X4, 2020 Lincoln Corsair
See My Pace Arrow Upgrades
JohnRR is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 08:54 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 13
Thanks John, this seems like a really nice forum.
the more we explore
themoreweexplore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 09:40 AM   #5
Senior Member/RVM #90
MSHappyCampers's Avatar

Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 50,513
Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
Joe & Annette
Sometimes I sits and thinks, sometimes I just sits.....
2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 09:45 AM   #6
Senior Member
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Western WI
Posts: 688
Welcome, we are glad you found us
2001 Itasca Horizon 36LD Cat
Retired Air Force, One lovely Angel, 2 Cats and three birds.
the_vfox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 10:19 AM   #7
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 13
thanks everyone.
the more we explore
themoreweexplore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 10:36 AM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 8,055
DP is nice but you will get a lot better MH for $50K with a gasser. Either one will tow 5,000 lbs. You will be looking for something else in a few years either way as you learn what is really important to you. Most folks will tell you what is important to them and assume you will want the same thing.
nothermark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 11:10 AM   #9
Senior Member
gbstewart's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 400
Welcome, and I have seen you on the skoolie site as well.
I had class a, b, and c motor homes , tow behinds and fifth wheels,
There all great in there own ways. When I got back to rving we look and looked for a class A , almost got one nice dp but in the long run it wasn't right for us, so then I built a school bus for us to use for a while. Long story short 25000kms later and almost 5 years later still using it, haven't found the right class A . Been down some real bad dirt roads to my fishing hole, to halfway cross Canada , have lived in it, and even entered a few swap meets and sold stuff to pay for our fuel. Plus I can repair anything on it was well. This is a great site to be on these people can help out even us skoolie folks
gbstewart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 06:01 PM   #10
Senior Member
denlock's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Sterling Heights, MI
Posts: 2,723
Tricia & Dennis Lockhart
2010 Ventana 4333
Spartan MM w/Cummins 360 ISC
denlock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 07:24 PM   #11
Senior Member
Country Coach Owners Club
Retired Fire Service RVer's
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Ocala, Florida
Posts: 6,295
Welcome, glad to meet you!
FMCA #F431170, GS #822128658, Escapees SKP #112655
2012 Airstream Mercedes Interstate Class B
Medico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 09:51 PM   #12
Senior Member
hal1phx's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Everywhere USA
Posts: 2,106

Good luck with your search
Hal & Jackie .... 03 TS Select 45DS01
02 Haulmark 20' Edge .... 02 Corvette Rdstr

hal1phx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2015, 11:53 PM   #13
Senior Member
HavingABlast's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 2,805
Welcome to the forum. You will learn many things about RV's, and the RV lifestyle here. Lessons will come in the favors of humor, opinion, and fact. Sometimes individually, other times as a Neapolitan.

My wife and I enjoyed your videos. The documentary of your experiences are so similar to most if not all newbies. Best of luck in finding the perfect rig for the three of you (can forget fender).

2015 Newmar Ventana 3636 (in production), Cummins ISB,
2014 JKU Wrangler, SMI AF1, Blue Ox Baseplate and Tow Bar
HavingABlast is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2015, 04:45 AM   #14
Senior Member
Chiefbvfd's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Buffalo, IA
Posts: 2,825
Terry & Brenda - From the Iowa Banks of the Mighty Mississippi
2011 Winnie Journey 34y, Freightliner / Cummins , 2012 Chevy Colorado Toad

Chiefbvfd is offline   Reply With Quote

full time

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Soon to join the pack full time Old Car Nut New Member Check-In 19 02-17-2015 12:31 PM
Are these Units Are Any Good For Full Time (One Location) Living? ART RETIREIN Full-Timers 7 02-05-2015 09:48 AM
Home Ownership or RV Full Time? Resist Class A Motorhome Discussions 44 06-08-2014 01:27 PM
Bounder: Bounder 35K for Full Time Living sundown08 Fleetwood Owner's Forum 45 05-25-2014 11:25 AM
Entegra - Six Months Today Full Time DSL417 Entegra Owner's Forum 4 06-29-2013 11:56 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:09 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.