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 6/11/2007 1:32 PM
 
Yes Laura, My quest would be to travel to the "other side" of this country as there are so many places of interest I have not seen. I told my husband many times this is what I would do if he died first so guess I'm working on fulfilling that dream. I just hope I have the fortitude to do it alone, albeit with my dog and cat. Right now I feel a little insecure. Barbara
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 6/25/2007 3:13 PM
 
TravelB Welcome to this forum. I own a Rialta and couldn't be happier. It really depends on what your needs and wants are including finances, type of traveling you will be doing, etc., in making your individual choice of an RV I lived in the RV six mos last year and am presently saving money at home (and getting house ready for sale) here in south Florida. I have a 2000 HD. When I was deciding what I wanted, first priority was gas mileage. I wanted something that was not "work" to drive and wasn't too big. Then I narrowed the search to what type of Rialta I wanted. Wound up buying it through e-bay for a fair price. Those units that are 2002 or younger have a slightly larger engine but from what I have read on-line in Rialta groups it doesn't make much difference. I had no engine trouble while traveling and no major coach problems. I averaged 20 mpg and was happy with that with today's gas prices. I did buy an extended warranty but finally cancelled it when I started feeling more secure with the unit and how things worked. The only advice I was given about "best way to maintain it" from an RV tech was to USE it. He said most problems are from Not using the machines rather than overuse. It was a great learning experience and I am Still learning. Good luck in finding what you want. Keep in touch and keep on shopping for exactly the best for you! :) Marysdream Its all good!!!!!
2000 Rialta (little Sweetie)

Marysdream Its all good!!!!! 2000 Rialta (little Sweetie)
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 6/25/2007 5:55 PM
 
TravelB - Did you look? Buy? Let us know - we have enquiring minds!
I agree about the price on the Navion - but I wouldn't consider anything new - I'm a strong believer in finding the gently used models with great prices :)
I knew Mary would chime in - her Rialta is a cutie - I've been in it and love it. Smiling is contagious - try it!
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 6/26/2007 11:56 AM
 
:) Hi I am still here -- somewhat detoured in my RV search. I have been traveling between AL and Memphis, TN visiting my family- children, grandchildren. I have decided first to look for a new home place before I venture out in the RV buying world. I thought I needed a permanent space first. BUT---I have not forsaken my quest for a suitable RV. I plan on looking at a Class C motor home while here in AL. I have not been in the Rialta YET - but I have not written that off my list. I like the idea that it travels and parks anywhere and is good on gas mileage. Barbara
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 6/28/2007 10:08 AM
 
Mary I am assuming your name is Mary from Marysdream? Anyway, interestingly my home base was also South Florida. I am originally from Ft. Lauderdale - most recently Melbourne, Fl. With no more family living in Fl. my husband and I moved to Bowling Green, Ky. KY being his birth state. Our 2 children had moved to AL and Memphis so that put us in the middle. But he recently died so I have decided to move closer to one of our children, thus looking for a home in AL, outside Birmingham. Would like to hear where you are in S. Fl. as well as where you are headed. Are you planning on full-time RV-ing?
Barbara
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 6/28/2007 10:50 AM
 
Hiya Barbara; I know you said you didn't want to tow but I just read an article in "Camping Canada: RV Lifestyle" magazine. It was called "4 cylinder towing" and in it they had tested a PT Cruiser!
Here's some of the info: Performance with the PT Cruiser is excellent and few RV combinations are as much fun to drive. 0-100KPH takes only 23 seconds with a 19' Airstream. As you might guess, maneuverability is excellent, and you can easily whip in and out of tight spaces. It has been completely reliable and never had a warranty claim...towing this combination at 100KPH delivers 16.4 miles to the Imperial gallon.
Just thought you'd like to know, it may give you another option. ~Kitty with warmth and a strong hand of friendship Tristan (son) & Bear Storing up my pennies & gumption to get on the road.

~Kitty with warmth and a strong hand of friendship Tristan (son) & Bear Storing up my pennies & gumption to get on the road.
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 6/28/2007 2:31 PM
 
WOW - KITTY - THANKS THIS INFORMATION DOES OPEN UP A WHOLE NEW AREA OF RV CHOICES TO ME. I'LL LET YOU KNOW WHAT I FIND. Barbara
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 6/29/2007 7:30 PM
 
Hi, I thought I would chime in about Class Bs. I just graduated to a B+ ( which I would call a C, except there is no overhead cab).
You might look for a used Rialta, or check out the Roadtreks. I loved my little Roadtrek, and only moved up because my dog and grandson kept getting bigger!!!!
I personally think the true Class B is a wonderful little RV. Carole
2007 Itasca Cambia Pepper- Heinz variety dog

Carole 2007 Itasca Cambia
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 6/29/2007 9:37 PM
 
Hi And thanks for your input. I love this forum. And I am so grateful for so many nice suggestions. Barbara
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 6/30/2007 1:45 AM
 
Barbara, There are a few of us in Alabama. Or should I say - in Alabama part of the year anyway. I'll be back there for at least part of the winter- hope we can have a lunch. (I'll be closer to Huntsville - but another lady from this forum is closer to Birmingham - and I'm sure we can convince her to join us :) )
As far as the PT Cruiser - 2 people at the cg I'm at now have them. I believe they both like them. But I was surprised to hear they don't get such good gas mileage. If I ever decide to tow - the tow vehicle will have to get excellent gas mileage - but that's just me :) Smiling is contagious - try it!
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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