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CraigH 09-15-2012 05:09 PM

Hi, newbies from Northern CA
Just joined the group today. My wife and I will be retiring in a year or two and are anxious to join the RV lifestyle. We have never owned an RV before (just tent camped) and are trying to decide what would be the best for us. Right now I'm leaning towards a Class C or B+, but open to any and all suggestions. I've learned alot just reading the forum posts today. I'm sure I'll have more than a few questions to ask.

MSHappyCampers 09-15-2012 05:49 PM

Hi Craig! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad to have you in the group! Boy, it's a touch decision on what to start out with. As for towables I would always choose a 5th wheel over a TT, but that requires a truck to pull it with. First thing is to decide what size RV you need. Go to a large RV show if you can and spend a day looking at all of them. One thing I would suggest is to post your questions over in the appropriate areas of the forum for better results. Not too many folks hang out here. Good luck & God bless! :thumb::D

Ronnie Bledsoe 2006 Dutchstar 43' 09-15-2012 06:14 PM

Welcome. We started with tents, truck and camper, small- 25' gas class A, 36' DP, and now 43' DSDP. Size and class decision should be floorplan, chassis and how you intend to use. Look forward to seeing your choices.

SarahW 09-15-2012 10:23 PM

Howdy and welcome! :wavey:

historyljc 09-16-2012 12:27 AM

Hi Craig, welcome to the forum. Best of luck on your decision. Mine was that a Class A was the way to go. Haven't changed my mind yet.

SteveLevin 09-16-2012 04:01 AM


As others have said, it really depends on what you want to do. My feeling is that we all tend to get intimidated by size and go "oh my, we'd never be able to go anywhere we wanted with something XX feet long!"

Then after you start towing/driving, you get comfortable, and you realize "gosh, I could have gone several feet longer and it wouldn't make any difference where we go."

At least, that's how it worked for me.


flbluerunner 09-16-2012 01:28 PM

For us the Class A DP had the most livability and comfort. My wife likes to be able to get up and move around.
After traveling for 10 months I am glad we went that way, now the FL Keys are calling me to come home before winter sets in in the NW.

CraigH 09-19-2012 11:57 AM

Hey everyone, thanks for the welcome and the very much needed advice. We are heading out this afternoon to look at motorhomes. We went to an RV show a few weeks back but were overwhelmed at all the choices and styles. Today we are going to try and narrow down what we "think" we want. I've noticed that a lot of you own Class A's and at first I thought they were way more motorhome than I needed, but you must own them for a reason so I'm going to take a closer look today.

UFO Pilot 09-19-2012 12:09 PM

Based on our future travel plans to see as much of the USA as possible, we jumped right into a Class A. Just got back from a 4 month, 34 State, 11,000 mile trip and I don't know if we could have done it in a Class B or small Class C. We found some days (due to weather) that we had to spend the day inside, and a small RV would have been tough. We stayed in State Parks, County Parks, City Parks, Elks Lodges and private campgrounds and never found a problem fitting the Class A into a site.

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