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 2/2/2007 1:08 AM
 
Hi.
We are complete newbies. We have yet to buy our first RV, drive one, and travel the world!
Any information you can give, books you can recommend, best RVs to buy, things to avoid, places to stay clear of, etc, would be greatly appreciated.
We would hate to make any big mistakes and learn the hard way.
Thanks. :)
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 2/2/2007 8:45 AM
 
Welcome Hippychick, First things first. Only YOU can decide which RV is right for you. Some people swear by a Class C. I personally felt claustrophobic when in the cab. Some people love the 5th Wheels. You have a vehicle you can tour in without hauling your home everywhere. Others love their Class A's. You switch off the engine, turn round and you're home! Then there are Travel Trailers. Look look look! Once you decide which type is for you, look more for floor plans. A real bed was a must for me. Then decide what length you want to pull. Older used models with low milage are cheaper than new. Like a car they depreciate the minute you drive off the lot. 1984 Class A Allegro(Miss Piggy) Jean the Scot Bogie the Pit (rescued) Shona the Calico Cat

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 2/2/2007 3:03 PM
 
Welcome - I'm just starting out myself, first with choosing the RV I plan to purchase. I've been looking a lot on the internet to take virtual tours of the types and models out there. Look at ebaymotors.com, under recreational vehicles, and you'll find a huge variety in once place and the sellers tend to post large amounts of pics.
Sparkle is right, everyone has different needs and wants so getting to know what you want or need is most important. Next week, with some knowledge of my preferences in hand, I'm going to attend an RV show and start learning more about the vehicles themselves.
Good Luck - everyone here is very helpful, patient and kind. Sandy and Bella (da dog)

Sandy and Bella (da dog)
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 2/2/2007 8:08 PM
 
Welcome
There are quit a few of us who are 'in the process'. so please....share all your experiences, both good and bad, of the looking and buying. getting my ducks in a row

getting my ducks in a row
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 2/3/2007 11:58 PM
 
Hi.
It is too soon to say how much I love all of you? :)
Thank you so much for the information and advice you have given so far. It has truly helped.
I will now give you an idea of what I am considering buying in case you can give more input.
-Class A Newmar Dutchstar, Kountrystar, or Northernstar.
-39 to 43 feet.
-2006 or 2007 but my budget fits a 2003 or 2004 (or I would have to settle for a 35 or 37 footer in a newer model).
-4 slides but I would settle for 2 or 3.
-Plenty of storage compartments below.
-No to a toyhauler? (Better to have the extra living space?)
-Tile flooring (no carpet inside!)
-I like the table and chairs but the advice given on the storage which the benchseats offer was excellent. The more storage the better.
-Lots of closets in the bedroom.
-Bikes or small towcar.

Any advice?

(A warm welcome to another newbie Sandy and Bella!)

HippyChick
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 2/4/2007 8:38 AM
 
That's a whole lot of RV! Are you sure you need all of that? If you tow a car the length would be something else. 4 slides is a lot of weight, does 4 miles to the gallon suit you? Why do you need a toy hauler? 1984 Class A Allegro(Miss Piggy) Jean the Scot Bogie the Pit (rescued) Shona the Calico Cat

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 2/4/2007 1:29 PM
 
Wowser - myself, I'm looking for a 5th around 30 feet mostly because even 30 scares me a bit. I'll be traveling alone and doing all of the driving, parking, backing up, hitching and unhitching, hooking and unhooking, dumping and filling - yikes what am I doing?? Seriously, I am trying to keep my visions workable.
From searching the internet, I like the Heartland Bighorn a lot for the floorplan and storage although it may also be out of my price range. I'm hoping they have one at the RV show next week so I can walk around one.
I'm leaning towards a 5th simply because I won't have to haul another vehicle, insure it, maintain it, and I like the space a 5th has with two slides. I do agree that I'd like to do away with the carpeting and am leaning towards hardwood floors but I do like the freestanding table and chairs. I'm not much of a booth slider inner, even in a restaurant. And I like to sew small quilts and a table with removable chairs would work much better.
All this just goes to show that we have our preferences for different reasons and there is no one right answer. Just finding the one that fits for me will be great.
Sandy and Bella (da dog)

Sandy and Bella (da dog)
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 2/4/2007 5:37 PM
 
Hi. HippyChick Welcome to the forum. When you fint the right RV for you, you will know. I also agree about the booth. Didn't like it, never failed when I was next to the wall I would have to get out for something. Just too much trouble for us. A Friend is one who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with love, and encourages you with hope. Liz

A Friend is one who strengthens you with prayers, blesses you with love, and encourages you with hope. Liz
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