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 6/30/2007 1:39 AM
 
Welcome - but I won't suggest a brand. You will hear good and bad on all the brands. Actually - you'll hear from the best to the worst horror stories on most every brand out there. I probably wouldn't have bought my rv if I'd read all the stories in advance - and I LOVE mine and couldn't have done better for myself.
It's kind of like saying what floorplan you should get - or even what type of rv - we're all different - with different likes and dislikes. I really think you can find good in all of them - and lemons in all of them. Most important thing you can do - is find the right design and style for YOU - then make sure when you go hunting that you do your homework and avoid a lemon (if buying used like me). If buying new - that can be a little harder :) 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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 6/30/2007 8:48 AM
 
Yes that is exactly the way it came. I have enjoyed it very much. Figure if someone is looking the best thing they can do is look inside one and get the specs. Get ideas and go looking at other brands then and see if they find what they want.


Nan 2003 Forest River Lexington 23 feet

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 6/30/2007 9:41 AM
 
What brand? Oh my goodness you are so right when you say that there are so many to choose from. And the others are right when they say it's hit or miss on troubles. Someone here might have a brand or model that someone else would never choose to get because of problems they've heard of or even had themselves. If you google a brand of RV and the word problem ie, Fleetwood problems or Coachman problems it will probably give you hits on threads that people have written detailing any problem they ran into. Then sift thru and see whats what. Echo (who is a) future full timer a mom with her daughter back home again, single, stifled and ready to cut loose with a Pom named Shade!

Echo (who is a) future full timer a mom with her daughter back home again, single, stifled and ready to cut loose with a Pom named Shade!
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 7/2/2007 5:41 PM
 
Hi Ladytdybear and welcome to the forum. We are still looking for our RV; have decided on a 5'r and it will probably be a HitchHiker. I have chosen the model I want based on nightstands and a desk. I am probably the only one on this forum that requires a nightstand next to her bed and a desk. This is just an example of how we are all so different and why there are so many models and floorplans to choose from. Another deciding factor is how you are going to use your RV - short trips, two-week vacation, or fulltime.
Try to get to as many RV shows and dealers as you can and your list of possibilities will get shorter. Also try not to be taken in by the superficial cosmetics; look over, under, and inside of everything to see how well it is made. Also remember the salesman makes his living by “selling” his brand of RVs.
Good luck with your shopping and I hope your RV is everything you want it to be. Fancy I intend to live forever - so far so good. (Anon.)

Never take away anyone's hope; that may be all they have. (Anon)
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 7/4/2007 10:47 PM
 
That's some good advice given. We looked for about a year before we bought ours. We went to many RV dealers and looked at floor plans. We looked online at various layouts. We read a lot on various forums and researched many hours before we decided what layout we would like. So visit those dealers, look at pictures on eBay, and other places online.
Before we went looking I always wanted a 5th wheeler but when we went and looked at them I quickly realized that I could not do the stairs all day long. So then it was looking at other kinds. We decided on a Class A gas model. Gas models are cheaper than disel models. We liked our floorplan because the bathroom is totally closed off and you don't have to walk through it to get to the bedroom. I also thought we'd have to get one with twin beds so that I could comfortably get in the bed but our model has enough room to walk around the queen bed and I can get in and out comfortably.
Since you mentioned that you're both disabled you need to think of features that will make it easier for both of you.
Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present. http://www.macandchris.com

Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present. http://www.macandchris.com
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 7/5/2007 9:04 PM
 
Thank you all for the warm and great welcome.
The advice helps. I went to a dealer the other day and looked around nothing to talk able. Off to Memphis next week to see what thay have. Dealer there was really nice he is going to set with us and go over everything there is to know. Said he use to be a full timer and didn,t want to see us get off to the wrong foot.Even if we didn,t buy from him. So thanks again ladies your all great. Ruby--- pug Chopper---chitsue

Rosie--- pug Chopper---chitsue
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 7/6/2007 1:42 PM
 
Welcome Ladytdybear! What a neat place to be - planning and searching for an RV that suits you and your partner! When I first started inching toward RVing, I didn't know Anyone who had chosen the lifestyle but when I started asking questions soon there were a lot of folks who could give me their opinions. I was first told a diesal-pusher was the best motor. I had heard the brand Winnebago but knew nothing about any other manufacturer. Agree there are good ones and lemons in all. I considered finances first of course, what kind of traveling or parking I wanted to do right now, and just what fit the bill. After about a year's search on internet, dealers, etc, I realized I wanted to travel the country first and see as much as i could. Gas mileage was a consideration, handling ability was also, and since traveling alone with my dog, space was not as important. I got a 22' Rialta. After I get the traveling out of my system(if I do) and am more willing to park for a season, I may consider a larger unit(but still a Class C). I think once your type of RV is clear to you, you will find it and love it. Unless you have a LOT of money - buy used. They all depreciate pretty fast. Happy investigating!!!! Marysdream Its all good!!!!!
2000 Rialta (little Sweetie)

Marysdream Its all good!!!!! 2000 Rialta (little Sweetie)
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 7/9/2007 11:19 PM
 
Hi Ladies; Any one out there have a four winds dutchmen. If so what do you think of it?
Thank you Ruby--- pug Chopper---chitsue

Rosie--- pug Chopper---chitsue
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