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New member
Oct 11, 2012

I'm considering getting an RV.  It will be used for four things:

1.  Family camping with my wife and two kids (5 and 3) ... and maybe our small dog.  Most likely weekend getaways and the occasional week long adventure.

2.  Fishing trips with my buddies.  4-6 guys loading up and heading to Canada for a week at a time.

3.  Guest house for visitors.  I can park it behind my barn with water and electric hook-ups.  It will be used to house friends and family when they come to visit (we only have a three bedroom house). 

4.  The kids (and me too) will play in it.  Movie nights, sleepovers, etc etc.

I've traveled in a mid 70s class A and a mid 80s class C.  I've walked through lots of newer As and Cs.  I like them both, but don't know which one to pick.

I'm looking for something around 30'

My budget is around $20k.

I'd like it to be a 2000 or newer.

I prefer the Ford V10.

My biggest concerns are:
1.  It needs to be nice enough that the wife will enjoy spending time in it, but functional enough for fishing trips with 6 guys.
2.  It has to be rock solid when parked ... if it sways when walking around inside my wife gets kind of sea-sick.  We walked around in a big Class A that swayed and made her feel really sick.
3.  It needs to be able to tow my fishing boat (2,000 pounds)

I've looked all over Craigslist and there seem to be a million units that would match my criteria ..... how in the heck to I narrow it down?


Well-known member
Jun 9, 2009
You need 31 ft class C with bunk beds at the rear floor plan and with the hydraulic jacks option on it, check out places that rent out RV`s, good deals on some older units.


Well-known member
Mar 12, 2009
My old '02 Winnebago Brave would have fit most needs except for the 4 to 6 guys. Someone would have to sleep under it.
Would sleep 5, if you really liked each other.
Had jacks for stability, we towed a 4500# For Explorer, had the V-10. Really nice entertainment center inside and outside.


Gary RV_Wizard

Site Team
Feb 2, 2005
At my Silver Springs FL home
Sleeping space appears to be the most important thing in your list. Finding a rig with beds for 4-6 adults (your fishing buddies) is going to narrow the choices down, but that is going to depend a bit on how fussy they are or whether they would use tents in addition to the coach. Ditto for the goods (I don't suggest asking your wife to tent out at night!).

In the price range you are looking at, Class C floor plans are more likely to have multiple bunks. Class A's that sleep 4 or more are fairly recent on the market and therefore cost more.

Jeff Brown

Well-known member
Feb 23, 2010
So Cal
My 93 30 ft class A could sleep ~3 adults and a child possibly 2 children.  It was in great condition and commanded around a 10k price tag.  My current Bounder is 7 feet longer (37 feet) and includes a living room  slide out.  The Bounder will sleep 2 couples and a 2 kids in the beds and we have actually had 3 kids with one on a small cot as well.  That is about as family friendly of a coach as you are going to find in the 25-35k range.  Much past that is well beyond the capibilities of anything other than a "Bunkhouse" model, which is a newer concept.  We dont particularly like having the bunk beds in the master bedroom so none of them have appealed to us.  But as previously mentioned it is a newer and by default more expensive concept.

Good luck.


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