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 12/4/2001 1:38 PM
 
To Tika ee on 7/31/101
Wow, thank you for this valuable advice. I am too new to this life and really appreciate all this advice. I signed up for Caming World's free catalog and actually found a real mattress advertised on the site while I was there - those foam ones really scare me - back pain waiting to happen!

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 12/5/2001 6:53 PM
 
I second Ken's recommendation to contact the RV Consumer Group and obtain their books on how to buy a motorhome. Before you consider the wheeling and dealing, safety comes first in my book.
The RVCGhas a simple formula to apply to any motorized vehicle to predict driveability. Divide the wheelbase (in inches) by the total length of the vehicle (also in inches). Values of 53% or .53 or less are unsafe. There will be too much tail wagging the dog, so to speak. This affects handling and is accentuated with uphill/downhill grades, towing a car and bad weather.
I never forgot the near turnover our family experience one dark night outside of Moncton, New Brunswick. The wheelbase on that Class C had a lot to do with almost rolling us in a ditch when Dad turned off to the unpaved shoulder. Unfortunately, the total length of a motorhome is no predictor of how it will handle.
Some manufacturers load 32 feet of "house" on a chassis designed for 28 feet because there are no laws to stop them. There is no deterent to manufacturers doing this until a class action litigation pops up.
Amazingly, there are still motorhomes being produced that exceed the weight in the front or back or one side to the other. The only way to find out if your rig is carrying the rated weight for each axle is to drive it to a weigh station and weigh each tire, front together and back together. If the rig is too heavy in the back, besides wearing out the shocks, it will affect steering control in the front. Designers are still loading the water tanks behind the rear axle, limiting how much more weight you can add to the axle with packing your gear.
I'm not trying to scare you off buying, I'm just sharing what features I look to avoid in a used rig.
I have no doubt that you can handle driving, living in, hooking up, etc.. You raised a college age child, eh?! That's a feat in itself!
The RVCG book on dealing with sales people is priceless, too. I saw all the sales pitches pulled on me the last time I was on a lot. I knew more about the product than the sales people did...including the fair price to pay.
Good luck with your adventure! Terry P Ken Wilson on 7/31/101 2:50 PM said:
>>This is form a guy....what am I doing checking the ladies board? >> >> >> >>First rent an RV and try it to see what you like or dislike. Next vist several shows and dealers and shop >> >> >> >>Next see if the unit you like is livable. Does it have enough storage space. Sit in the RV and go through the routine of fixing a mea and cleaning up. Do you have a place to store all of the pots and pans, plates and flatwear? Some RV's are short on drawers. >> >> >> >>Make sure that the batroom fits. stand in the shower, sit on the toilet and see if it can be used with the door closed. Is there room for all of the linens, makeup, etc. >> >> >> >>Is the bed comfortable and easy to make up? Corner beds are a bear to makeup. >> >> >> >>Is there sufficient outide storage for chairs, fishing tackle(?), BBQ suplies and so on. >> >> >> >>If you can't find everything a place to fit, look at another one or change your life style. >> >> >> >>If you go with a trailer, above all make sure you have enough vehicle to tow the trailer. Do not believe the salesman. Get an actual weight on the truck and trailer and go by the GCWR of the truck. Do not go by weight ina brochure. >> >> >> >>Once you get ready to make a deal, get everything in writting if it was promised...only in writting as part of the contract. >> >> >> >>First of all join RVCG, RV consumers Group...www.rv.org. Best $100.00 you will spend to help sort out the problem manufacturers and how to make a deal. >> >> >> >>Also consider a good clean 3 to 4 year old RV to save on the $$$$. >> >> >> >>Ken W >>

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 12/8/2001 6:14 PM
 
I'm thinking of buying a safe for my RV to keep personal valuables in. With all the crime today I think it would be a necessity. What do you think?

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 12/8/2001 6:33 PM
 
I agree that keeping valuabes in a place where only you can get to them is a good idea. However in my RV there are lots and LOTS of nooks and crannies to hide stuff in: like up under the sink, under boards in the closet floor, under the bottom drawer of the stack, under the board below the cushions of the dinette, etc. So if I were wanting to take lots of valuables, I'd build a little lockable wood compartment or two somewhere like that. It would probably cost a lot less to get someone to create something like that for you, than to buy and install a safe. If you are a full-timer, and have a lots of items, then I think a real safe might be worth it. Also if you have some sort of glove compartment, you could buy and install a lock on it if it doesn't have one for about $10 I would think.
Just my opinion.
Tika (the frugal)


Debbie Seko on 12/8/101 6:14 PM said:
>>I'm thinking of buying a safe for my RV to keep personal valuables in. With all the crime today I think it would be a necessity. What do you think? >> >> >>

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 12/9/2001 1:07 AM
 
Patty Carlson on 8/11/101 6:47 AM said:
>>Hi! My husband and I are planning on full-timing in about a year. We are planning on getting a class A MH. One of our concerns is our two cats (Sugar & Pepper), and where does all there stuff go in the RV (litter box and food bowls). Plus, they are the nervus types, so they have been known to toss their chow, so to speak, when things start to change around them. Would any of you ladies have some advice? We are thinking we will have to find them a home, but, of course we would rather not. Thank you for any advice you can give!>> >> >> We travel in a 22 ft motorhome with one 5 year old cat. From the time he was a kitten we took in on short car trips around town. We camp nearly every weekend and 2 weeks per year. He can sense when we are getting ready and he's at the door ready. He sleeps on the sofa, dinnette or floor between the two front seats. He loves it. If the weather is nice and we have grass outside, we will let him out with a harness and leash and set him up a run on a rope between two trees. He eats grass, throws up and then goes back in. He doesn't throw up inside. We don't use our shower, we use a shower house, so we put his litter box, food and water bowls in the shower and that makes it fairly easy to clean up. It's the best we can do in a motorhome that small. We enjoy traveling with our pet.

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 12/9/2001 3:47 AM
 
Debbie
We had a fireproof floor safe installed in our 5th wheel about 4 years ago for under $400.00. (and its welded in so nobody can walk off with it). I keep all sorts of valuable papers in it including stuff from my house. I think it was well worth the money for the peace of mind. Do I think its necessary, NO would I do it again YES.
Al (Valley Forge) 52 days

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 12/10/2001 5:29 PM
 
Alan Frick on 12/9/101 3:47 AM said:
>>Debbie >> >> >> >>We had a fireproof floor safe installed in our 5th wheel about 4 years ago for under $400.00. (and its welded in so nobody can walk off with it). I keep all sorts of valuable papers in it including stuff from my house. I think it was well worth the money for the peace of mind. Do I think its necessary, NO would I do it again YES. >> >> >> >>Al (Valley Forge) >> >>52 days >> >> >> It takes about 5 minutes for fire to totally consume an RV. FIRE is the main reason I have a fireproof safe in the closet of my fiver. It contains all the valuables that are irreplaceable. So, you betcha, they are worth having.

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