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Old 01-14-2014, 06:02 PM   #1
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Very, Very Green!

Hello, My friends call me Big Mike, and I am getting ready to take the biggest adventure in my Life! Now I know everyone says that you should rent before your Buy, but that is not going to work for me. I have sold the farm! So I am going for it all of the way, and if I find out that I don't like it, I will never let my friends Know! I am going to Fake It Tell I Make It! Yes, I am talking about full time, no light weight stuff for me, I want the full nelson experience. I have been looking and researching for about 4 months, to the point most of my friends are walking the other way when I show up. I like Winnebago, and I understand that a gas Class A would be best fit for a green horn like me. But I am not sure what is the right size that I should buy that will be the best for full time living, and I want to buy used, and how old of an RV, and the most mileage I want stay under. Also, I am open to suggestions on other Models that will be best for someone like Me! Thanks in advance for all of your inputs.

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Old 01-14-2014, 06:13 PM   #2
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If you can afford it a DP diesel will last longer and be a better ride. To me it's like the difference between a 110V Table Saw and a 220V one. I went from a Gasser "C" class to a 37' DP and really haven't had any problems adapting.
We lost some money in the process, so if you find the floor plan you want and take the usual precautions, I'm sure you will get an earful about them with this thread, you could save money in the long run going right for the throat and get a pusher. They are tighter and in general the OEM equipment is higher end, especially when buying a used one. The new gassers are a lot closer in quality to their Diesel brothers. I'm not knocking gassers here, there are a lot of nice ones out there and they cost a good deal less, but if your in it for the long haul the DP will be worth the added costs. Drive both and see what you think.

Winnies are well made and the factory support is really quite good even long after the warrantee has expired. You know schematics and parts availability, phone support and stuff like that.

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Old 01-14-2014, 08:12 PM   #3
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Howdy and welcome! Spend some time reading the various sections of the forum...particularly the Owners' sections. You can ask all the questions you want about all the types and brands of RVs. Have fun! (And naturally, I'd recommend a Fleetwood. )
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:45 PM   #5
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:57 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard and good luck on your choice. You won't regret going with Winnebago. All things being equal they can hold their own with anyone. But like Dick above said, if you can work it into the budget, a pusher would be a better long term value, and would be a better overall platform for Full Timing....JMHO...
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:09 AM   #7
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Well, if you want to go full nelson (as you say) I would have to suggest a DP for your platform. You'll be able to carry much more with you and tow more as well. Good luck in your search and hope you find the coach that works best for you. Oh, I guess I would recommend NEWMAR as my choice.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:20 AM   #8
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Get someone with real owners experience to do a thorough inspection of any rig you look at. Take everything a salesman say with a grain of salt. Tires after 7 years need to be replaced (worn or not). Get everything in writing or run away. There are plenty of coaches out there that have been well cared for. Don't just look in your area and consider how the coach was used and stored. Generators need periodic use; a generator on a 5 year old coach with 100 hr on it is not a good sign. our rig 42k mi has 1100 hr on the genny. The chassis is the same as the genny on a dp. If someone says this or that rig has never had anything go wrong chances are they are lying. I don't live anywhere near the west coast but every bump in the road feels like an earthquake to the coach so test drive on a variety of roads to see what rattles. If a salesman says they all do that go elsewhere and see. REMEMBER if a salesman tells you something to assure you he/she most likely lied
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:45 AM   #9
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Good luck and welcome. I agree with other that is you can swing a DP do it. You will be full timing and it should last you longer and will have more power. Just have fun!
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Hi Mike! Welcome to IRV2! We're glad you joined the gang!

Hope the fulltiming works out good for you. Personally, I would go for a diesel pusher, even it that meant getting one a little older. JMHO!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-17-2014, 09:22 PM   #12
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Hi and welcome to the forum,

What's your timeline? I'm a noob so take what I say with a grain of salt. I would recommend looking at Itascas as well at a minimum Get out there an look at as many units as you can. Hopefully there will be at least 2 similar units to the one that strikes your fancy. You'll see a few mods in some units you like. Make note of them (heck take cell phone pics). Take you and your better half if appicable. When you do find a unit you like. Try everything. Open every drawer. Look everywhere you can. Step in the shower and make sure you fit. Sit the way you would sit. Even if you won't use that chair much see how she fits. Get a unit that's mechanically sound. Try to get the history of the unit you like. Open up the registers and see if you can see dog fur if that type of thing is important to you. Remember every trade-in was lady driven only on sundays Being cynical to a point can help.

Remember TV from tube to flatscreen is easy. That should be a non-issue just build it into your mental price list. If the chairs on the dinette aren't nice there are furniture stores all over There will be some little "mods" and repairs you'll probably do like any new owner. Plan a little fund for those things.

If possible take a look under the unit look for rust, take a looksy at the roof if you can. Drive the thing, see how she handles.

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Old 01-17-2014, 09:41 PM   #13
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1) Recliner facing the TV.
2) Windows in the bed room for a cross breeze.
3) Counter space for meal prep.

These are the top 3 for me.

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