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Postby glindsley » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:24 pm

I have dreamed of purchasing an RV and heading across the country for many years. I have lots of family and friends I could visit and so much of the United States that I have not seen. I am finally retired and think it is getting closer to a real possibility. I continue to research RVs. I had my heart set on a Class C, thinking I could manage that by myself, but have recently been looking online at Class B's. I don't have a lot of money, so I think a Class B would be overall more affordable. It would be me and my two small Shih Tzu's. I do get a little afraid of breaking down. May I ask if that is a frequent issue?? I'm excited and also nervous, but at age 67 I figure - what am I waiting for and what do I have to lose!! I appreciate any feedback!
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Re: Introduce myself

Postby JudyJB » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:19 pm

Welcome to the forum!

Class Bs are not necessarily more affordable, but the important thing is to find a unit that is in good condition and not too old so that you will not be paying for a lot of repairs. As a motorhome gets older, it will have more repairs, but a lot depends on how well it has been cared for. I'll let the others who have bought used comment on this, but I know you definitely will need to get something inspected by a competent RV mechanic before you buy.

As far as breaking down, most of us have a road service company such as CoachNet that will come and tow us or fix a tire or whatever.
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Postby OregonLuvr » Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:55 pm

Your RV is just like a house. Things break, and things need to be maintained. House needs a new roof, MH needs new tires. Maintenance is ongoing in an RV for sure but some of the routine maintenance is not a spendy item. I put so much money away each month into a maintenance fund that covers my car and my RV for any repairs I might need. Sometimes it gets a good balance in it and then I need to fix or upgrade something and the balance goes back down ha ha But I love the RV life for sure.
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Postby Rufflesgurl » Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:05 pm

Hi Glindsley - welcome to the forum from No. Central CA. I am on my 2nd RV (each purchased new). Current RV is a 2016 Winnebago Navion
24G (Class C with 2 slides). My almost 8 month old little Shih Tzu will travel with me. New RVs usually have warranty work that needs
taken care of. Maintenance on your RV is very important and a roadside assistance service is very important. Enjoy your RV search and
subsequent trips!! Where are you located?

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Re: Introduce myself

Postby Bethers » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:47 pm

Welcome. Class B's generally cost more than Class C's. That said, go look at both and determine what would work best for you, then start looking. New vs Used ... Both have advantages and disadvantages. I could never have purchased new when I started and looked until the right used at the right price was found. It was perfect for me for 9 years. It was easier and more cost efficient for me to trade my old baby in when the time came... Which is how I ended up getting a new rig in 2014. Both have been shorter Class C's.

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Postby snowball » Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:51 pm

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Re: Introduce myself

Postby Liz » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:22 am

Welcome, browse the forum threads and jump right in anywhere! I have owned both Class Bs and a small Class C. Both worked for me. I just downsized recently from my Class C back to a Class B. So visit the RV shows and check out the layouts. Good luck finding the right one for you.

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Postby BirdbyBird » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:43 am

Welcome to the forum from snowing cold Ohio. Research and look, look and look. There are many of us spread around the US so depending upon where you are there might even be someone who will meet up with you to kick tires. I think it helps to have someone with you that has used an RV to ask about or notice options or configurations on units that may otherwise go un-noticed. There are no perfect units but some will be more perfect for you than they might be for someone else. Don't be afraid to buy a used unit if it has been well maintained. It can get you out on the road and leave you some money to fix the small stuff that comes up. In the end no matter how carefully you research and think about how you want to use a unit, the reality of getting out on the road often reshapes our lists of wants and needs..... You don't know what you don't know until you learn about it from experience..... :shock:

Any way have fun. The search and dreaming about the finding is all part of the adventures!
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Re: Introduce myself

Postby Cudedog » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:13 am

Welcome to the Forum!

I am sixty-nine years young (soon to be the big 7-0 :o ).

I have a converted cargo van (that I converted to a camper/rv myself - see link below) that I bought new.

I took what is unquestionably one of the most amazing and wonderful trips of my life (so far!) this past August, when I traveled from my home in Northern California (near Sacramento) to Eagle Lake (near Lassen volcano - Lassen Volcanic National Park - where I did my first GTG - Getogether - with ladies I "met" on this forum - camped three days there) to the Medicine Lake Volcano (Lava Beds National Monument is located here - camped one day here) to Tumulo Oregon - camped three days there (drove to Madras, Oregon, the morning of the eclipse - saw the amazing totality!) to Mt. St. Helens volcano (wonderful and truly amazing - camped two days there) to Grant's Pass, Oregon - camped two days there. Plus a couple of other overnights here and there. :lol:

Oh, did I mention? This was a solo trip for me - well, not completely solo - I had with me my wonderful dog Big Joe (Staffordshire Bull Terrier - around fifty pounds of muscle!) and my cat - all within the confines of a small(ish) camper/cargo van.

Reading about the "adventures" of the ladies on this forum, over the years, was truly a motivating factor for me.

Thanks, Ladies!! Thanks, Beth!!!

If I can do it, you can do it too!!

I say, GO FOR IT!!! :D

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