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 3/3/2009 2:42 PM
 
Hi Everyone I just signed up for this forum because I got a crazy idea a few weeks ago of spending a year or more when I retire driving around the country in an RV. To my surprise, none of my friends has tried to talk me out of it. They all think it's a great idea.
My retirement is a few years off, but it's fun to think about it now. I have a million questions, and I hope that people here can help me with some of them.
First, I wonder what kind of rig I should get. I've never towed a trailer or driven a motor home. (Do you wonder my friends haven't discouraged me? I do.) I figure if I practice, I can do it, though. I would plan to stay in a place for a month or more, so I'd need a vehicle for driving around. Do any of you have any advice for me?
Thanks.
Maggie
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 3/3/2009 4:55 PM
 
Maggie, Welcome. I did the same thing. Bought a motorhome in Sept, retired in Dec and just drove and lived in it for a year. I didn't start out with a toad (vehicle behind the motorhome) but I had one once I got a home base! Don't recall were I got the itch, probably just tired of staying in motels, enjoy driving and wanted a transition between my life changes. Pros and cons to all RV's. Again, welcome to the forum, one thing all of us have in common is an opinion on the different styles!! Sue Paradise has far more to do with the person than the place... it's also were Jesse Stone lives ;-)
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 3/3/2009 5:19 PM
 
Hi, Maggie, and welcome! Woohoo, I like your dream! Mine started out like that but the economy took a huge chunk out of my dream and it doesn't look like I'll recoup any time soon. Have you started looking at RVs yet? Here's a few things I did to get started; Go to dealerships and RV shows and check them all out. Sit in the driver's seat in the motorhomes and vision yourself on the highway. Check out the different sizes and see what feels roomy enough for you. Do you need a slide? Will you be in places where you'd need a generator? Will you always travel alone? If not, think about how another person(s) will affect the living space. Do you like to cook? Check out the kitchen area. Is a bigger bathroom to your liking? Stand in the shower area and pretend you are showering and see how roomy it is, or isn't. Even sit on the potty. I did that once and my knees hit the cabinet in front to the point where I had to sit sideways! And most importantly, just have fun looking and making lists. Listen to your heart.
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 3/3/2009 6:02 PM
 
Hi Maggie and Welcome
Over the years (first truck camper in 1970) my husband and I had travel trailers, class c, 31 ft class A, and then full time in a 40 ft class A. We had to quit due to illness. Last summer however we bought a 21 ft travel trailer. Now I'm alone and though I hadn't pulled a trailer since the 1970's, I pulled the new one from Alabama to Arizona last month. I'm glad I did and I know if I can, you can. Motor homes are of course considerably more money but also have more room and amenities like a built in generator. If you can get to a snowbird area like AZ or FL there is more to look at. Absolutly sit on the toliet. One time I hit my head on the cabinet behind the pot. You might try renting one or more to see which you like best. The rental fee might save you lots of money in the long run. Good luck. Linda & Zac, the very small wonder dog.
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Linda & Zac, the very small wonder dog. 2008 21' FunFinder 2005 GMC Envoy Denali
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 3/3/2009 10:23 PM
 
Welcome Maggie! I agree with the others. Sit on the potty. Stand in the shower. Lay on bed. Move around... is it comfortable? I think we all went thru Class A, class C, 5th wheel,etc. It's really a personal thing! I went 31ft Class C. I plan to move around alot so I wanted something that was easy in that regard. I did alot of research before I bought. I went to buy a Class A but found the Class C to fit my life right now. It's easier to drive for me. The other thing you might want to think about. Is the company going to be in business in the future. I also went on line to the different makers. Does the company make getting info easy. Like manuals etc. I found Winnebago web site the best. As you can see alot to think about. But that's the fun part!! Enjoy the adventure! Good Luck! Denise Kids-Chins - Jack & Mischa Poms - Martini & Flower Cat - Baby Birds - cocketiels (13)

Denise Kids-Chins - Mischa Poms - Martini & Flower Cat - Baby Birds - cocketiels (13)
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 3/4/2009 8:13 AM
 
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Welcome to our Forum, Maggie!! You are so welcome here and happy you chose to post so we can get to know you.
I'm glad to hear your friends are supportive of your RVing plan! That makes things far simpler --- and helps not to wonder if you are indeed nuts! Ha!
Driving a motorhome is like a car, just bigger. We have many threads on this Forum about WHICH RV to go for...I suggest reading and studying. Particularly following this Newbie thread, to garner the answers given to previous gals.
We have a trailer, have had all varieties of RV's in the past...and if I were alone, I'd want a "C". But you'll find votes for all the varieties of RV's and what you select is such a personal thing.
Enjoy the "hunt".. Come back often. We are all happy to answer any questions.
Happy RV hunting!
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 3/4/2009 1:10 PM
 
Welcome Maggie ! Sounds like you have a great plan :D I had never towed anything before getting my 5th wheel, so I know you can learn !!! The only disadvantage to having a 5th wheel is the big truck with be your only vehicle, so you need to see if you'd be comfortable driving it to the store etc. I love my 5th wheel (now anyway - I didn't at first) it's really roomy and very homey ! For what I spent on the 5er and the truck I feel I got allot more room then I would have if I'd spent the same ammount of money on a motorhome. You just need to look at all the different types of rigs and decide what works for you ! Good luck and be sure to keep us posted :D Trudy, Molly & Murphy 37' Montana 5th wheel - "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 3/4/2009 2:39 PM
 
Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm so glad I found this forum because I can tell already you're going to be a great, friendly resource for my dream. Unfortunately, I've just hit a pretty big snag in my idea job-wise. Nobody's immune from the current troubles, I guess. Hopefully, things will still work out for me. Thanks again for all your thoughts and tips. I'm sure I'll be checking out the resources here. This message was edited by maggieonwheels on 3-4-09 @ 2:41 PM
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 3/5/2009 8:09 AM
 
Awww Maggie, I'm so sorry about the "snag"!!
You are always welcome here, RV or not. We have many members who are dreaming of a one day RV--- and we've seen many fulfill that dream.
My wish for you is your dream comes true really soon!
Keep on coming back as we enjoy all our Forum Friends.
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 3/5/2009 10:26 AM
 
Welcome, Maggie -
Look on the glitch as just more time to do your research and find just the right type of RV for you! Sometimes the fun is in the looking, not the buying.
Hope you get to enjoy your dream soon.
Evie with fur people, Spike & Pia and "Flitter", 26' Itasca Spirit

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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