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Paul Spr

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RV choice
« on: October 05, 2019, 10:46:45 AM »
It is about 6 months before my wife and I go full time. Just curious of your experiences on which rig might be best. I know it is more of a preference on which we actually choose.. Just wanted some input on durability verses features. We would be work camping / volunteering so we would be parked for extended periods. We have a car to tow.. probably need to keep because of the depreciation hit we have taken.
Any feedback would be very helpful.

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Re: RV choice
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2019, 12:12:12 PM »
I'm guessing you want a motorhome. If you are fulltiming, it pays to get a better finished rig. By that I mean one with a better grade of cabinetry, wall & floor covering, upholstery, etc.  Long term maintainability will also be important, meaning construction details like labeled wiring harnesses, access panels for plumbing,water shutoff valves, etc. All that leads toward a higher priced unit, probably a diesel pusher since they are more likley to have the better stuff.  I'd be looking for a used higher-end unit to keep the price rationale but still get good stuff.
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Re: RV choice
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2019, 12:12:50 PM »
Durability versus features isn't really something to worry about. How durable a unit is will be totally dependent on how you treat it and how well you maintain it. Even the cheapest RV will last a long time if properly taken care of. If you spend a lot of time driving off road with it and never do maintenance on it then no RV will last long.

If you are going to be parked for long periods of time then a fifth wheel is your best bet. Motorized RVs don't like to sit for extended periods of time. Seals dry out, rubber dries out and that is not good. You could also get a travel trailer but I think you would like a fiver better. Go to the largest RV dealer in your area, don't take your checkbook, and look at as many different RVs as you can to start getting an idea on what you like.
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Arch Hoagland

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Re: RV choice
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2019, 01:46:43 PM »
What kind of car is it that you want to tow?
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Paul Spr

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Re: RV choice
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2019, 09:20:15 AM »
Thanks for the info. Had thought about a 5er but we just bought a Kia Forte 2 yrs ago and the depreciation is ridiculous.  Wouldn't want to take a bath in it and then turn around and do it again with a tow vehicle .
That's why I was kinda leaning to a class a.

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Re: RV choice
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2019, 09:44:52 AM »
Remember you will need a tow dolly for the Forte (unless it is a manual tranny).
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Re: RV choice
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2019, 09:46:16 AM »
Thanks for the info. Had thought about a 5er but we just bought a Kia Forte 2 yrs ago and the depreciation is ridiculous.  Wouldn't want to take a bath in it and then turn around and do it again with a tow vehicle .
That's why I was kinda leaning to a class a.
If you are going to be parked for extended periods of time then your wife could drive the Kia and follow you.
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Re: RV choice
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2019, 10:17:13 AM »
Thanks for the info. Had thought about a 5er but we just bought a Kia Forte 2 yrs ago and the depreciation is ridiculous.  Wouldn't want to take a bath in it and then turn around and do it again with a tow vehicle .
That's why I was kinda leaning to a class a.

Wait until you see the depreciation hit on a Class A.  You could buy a few Fortes.  ;)  (unless you buy older, and this is fine, just do your homework and have it professionally inspected)
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Paul Spr

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Re: RV choice
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2019, 07:22:47 AM »
I have already been pricing trailers to tow the car. I would rather have the car on a trailer verses a dolly.

My wife doesn't like to drive because of poor sight.
So I do the driving anyways.

We are definitely looking at gently used Rv's
And yes it will be inspected. We have an Rv repair shop locally and I have already been in touch with them.
Thank you all for the input.
I appreciate the information.


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Re: RV choice
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2019, 10:13:12 AM »
I have already been pricing trailers to tow the car. I would rather have the car on a trailer verses a dolly.
Not a good idea. Your best bet is flat towing -- using just a tow bar. Otherwise, you'll always need a pull-through campsite unless you plan on unhooking the trailer at EVERY stop. PITA. Plus, you'll most likely need extra room to store that trailer.


We are definitely looking at gently used Rv's
Nobody asked . . . how much can you spend on your "gently used" Class A?
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