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    OK, I am an expert on RV's, Fifth Wheels, Trailers, etc. Have bought so many I have the knowledge to sell them ! We just bought a Fifth Wheel last Saturday and will be selling our trailer this next week. I will tell you right now that the most important thing is having a slide in the living room. It adds so much space and you really do need it. The second thing is if you are going to pull a car behind you: that makes it extra longer and that might be a problem. I have so much information, maybe you might want me to email it to you ? We have camped in Canada, 49 of the states many times, usually camp for 4-5 months a year. We have relatives in Toronto who come down to Florida each year in their camper. I love having my own bed/sheets, cooking my food, seeing the countryside.

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    If he's mechanically inclined and maintains his vehicles like my DH does, go for it. I would love if we could do that. Don't miss this time with him. This is an opportunity knocking at your door. Lock the house up and go. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryMo View Post
    I've dreamed of doing this but my finances make it almost impossible ... unless there's a lottery out there with my name. I envy those who are enjoying their RV, seeing lots of the country and meeting lots of people. Many of you share your exploits on You-Tube for the rest of us to live vicariously. Thank you!
    Lots of good advice here. Do your homework and Go For It!


    My finances are the same as yours I've been widowed x3. so I stay home n dream.

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    We have a 32 ft. 5th wheel......I pull it and set it up and tear it down as needed. I host in a state park and I have my quilting and other crafts I'm working on (Christmas stockings and sashay scarves) as well as 2 sewing machines, cutting mats, etc. I can find lots of room to "tuck" my stuff away. We don't travel all over the country.......just fairly close to our home - as in 2-5 hours. If you aren't totally sure, maybe you should rent again. AND if you do decide to buy.......be sure to walk thru with an idea in mind of where you will put what. RV's are SO different in the amount of storage they have. Good Luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by granny64 View Post
    My husband and I have been Rving since 2006. We love it. Have seen many beautiful places and each area of the US and Canada are beautiful in their own ways. You sleep in your own bed each night and don't have to worry about bed bugs. We have a 39 ft. motorhome and tow our car. Had a tow dolly at first and that was a nightmare. Tow a car on all fours. It is easier. Don't drive into a campground at night. You can't see well and it can be a nightmare. Most campgrounds can accomodate large rvs. Join Good Sam's or Passport America and they send out books that list campgrounds and describe each and what they accommodate. My motorhome has 4 slides and is very roomy. I also carry my sewing machine and projects to work on at night or when we are not sight seeing. It's not for everyone so weigh your options before you buy.
    some good advice here, mattress. Good Sam. 17 years and had to give it up because of DH's health. Had 2 flat tires on last 5th wheel and Good Sam was there, no trouble. DH would spend the winter planning our next trip. miss it

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    I just deleted a very long list of why not to own an RV. I guess it is better to try than to always regret not trying. It is costly and resale is slow. Wish we had rented and taken it on a cross country trip prior to buying one. If we had rented then I would not have agreed to the purchase. Be prepared to always be buying something for the initial start up especially if you tow a small car. DH quickly traded in his truck for a HHR (?), then had to buy whatever it is to attach to the car so it could be attached to the RV, then wind breakers to attach to the awning (which can't be used if it is windy ). So much to learn about that lifestyle. Good luck.


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    We love it. Had a 24ft trailer very nice but bed was a short queen! Didn't like the wind in Texas! It was a struggle. Loved having our own "stuff" just pull into a rest area unlock the door and have lunch - sick of restaurant food. Upgraded to a class "A" diesel love it more! Have a basement - we can take anything we want. Have not had any problem with where to camp. We are totally self contained - the generator takes care of any need we might have. No problem with the car following behind, you see the motor home has 3 outside cameras and we can see everything anywhere around us so changing lanes is no concern. If I can do it ---- Full size fridge - king bed - closets storage galore. We both drive - no problem - drove around Miami FL just fine - turning radius is amazing. Now Texas is a breeze we love the "hill country" just beautiful. You know the very best is meeting other RVers along the way, sharing a meal or a cup of coffee, trading Email addys. We take the 3 pets. When we visit relatives we have our own place as none have the space for guests w/pets (LO). Thinking about selling our 4bd 3bath 3 stall and downsize to 2bdrm as the home port. Talk to lots of people and get on some RV sites. Enjoy our country and the people in it.

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    We would love to have a pop up, but our issue is having a vehicle to tow it with--we really don't want to have to buy a truck and the rv as well and, for the amount of time we'd use it, it is not worth it. Both of our vehicles--a Honda Element and a Honda CRV are great for us, but their tow capacity is limited to 1.5k lbs and there do not seem to be decent pop ups to get for that amount...so I have joined those who are dreaming

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    We bought a 32' Keystone Cougar Xlite. We (by we, I mean DH) tow it with a Ram 2500 which has more than enough power. It has one slide, a bedroom with a door for DH and me, queen size bunks for the two boys (11 and 13), a fold out couch and a dining table that makes into a bed for anyone we decide to take with us. We took a 38 day road trip this past summer and loved it. I wouldn't buy longer than 32' because as has been mentioned, it can be hard to find a spot to park them, even in an RV Park.

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    For several years, dh and I travelled in a vintage 1967 Scotty Serro - those were some of our most memorable times together!! It wasn't small, it was 'cozy' ! Wish I still had it today!

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    My husband and I and our sons RVed for over 42 years. We loved it and so many places that many travelers will never see as there are not nearby hotel facilities. Our dog enjoyed it as well. We had a Golden Age passport from the government so we could enter many National Parks free and paid half price for camping. We would still be doing it to this day, but unfortunately our home, its contents and our RV were burned to the ground in the Pacific Gas and Electric explosion of 2010. We are in the process of rebuilding a home which has taken all of our retirement leisure time. But, we loved RVing for many years and hope to return to it.

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    Just an update- DH and I are going on Saturday to see two RV 's that we really like the looks of. He is over the moon, so I guess we have decided, lol! I sat down last night and read him all of your posts and there were some really good points made. Thanks so much for all the info and advice, soooo appreciated! What did I do before I met you wonderful ladies???

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    Lots of good information on these posts. We have gone through 3 fold-out campers as our two kids were growing up then went for about 15 yrs not camping and missed it. We are on our 3rd travel trailer-24 ft Aerolite by Dutchmen. If you do shop for an RV sit on the toilet to see how much room you have, get into the shower/tub as some are downright treacherous to get out of esp. the older we get. The walk-around bed is a plus. My husband and I would never get a 5th wheel since they are not made for the older adult--to many steep steps for us. I back my trailer down our long driveway to store it, do most of the driving and can set it up and take it down by myself. My husband has health issues and I said I needed to learn this if ever I get stuck alone somewhere. Make sure the vehicle you have can tow the RV you are looking for, do not rely on the RV salesman since they will tell you a certain vehicle can tow the RV but they are going on the premise you won't be fully loaded. I argue with the sales people all the time and they don't like it, for instance they will have flyers attached to the RV showing a picture of a certain vehicle stating "I can tow this" when in reality it can't. Go by your vehicle's specs. I know my GMC Envoy can tow up to 5900 lbs. Go by the GVWR or the combined weight of the trailer and load capacity weight. We never fill our water tanks as it affects towing and its a lot of excess weight! We went through 3 trailers in four years trying to get the right one! Good Luck!

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    We had a "Leisure Van" which was an oversized van that was self-contained (sofa folds to bed, stove, micro, sink, fridge, toilet and makeshift shower) The downside was once we were parked we were there unless we wanted to unhook and drive. We sold it and bought a SCAMP 16' trailer to pull. It has everything the other had. Shower is nicer. A little less storage. (but we have the truck for that). Black and Grey water storage not as large. Now we can hook up to electric sewer and water ... take the truck and explore. We have never wanted one of the BIG RV's that you tow the vehicle behind.

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    When married, we camped in a ten (NEVER AGAIN).

    Later have a 23 ft. travel trailer (liked it - but I could not back it into a space).

    I (if I could affored it) have considered living in a Motor Home
    (but am afraid something (heat, A/C, refrigerator, water heater, etc.)
    would give out on me and I would be stuck
    (as replacement items for camper are very expensive.).
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    My daughter has one but, with the price of gas, the cost of the campground, and the number of times they use it she said they could stay in nice hotels just as cheap. When we used to camp, the campground prices were cheap. We still got tired of it with all the traffic and then the crowds once we got where we were going. Depends on what you like. I'd be worried about re-sale value with the gas prices being what they are. Of course you may love it and never sell it. We only had a pop up and my husband hated pulling it.

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    And someone else can cook and clean. Especially if its a vacation. Who's vacation is it, if you have to take all the housework with you. No more RV for me. I'm done

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    I resisted my DH requests to buy a trailer/motor home for years, to me it just meant more meal planning and cleaning, laundry etc. Now that our kids are grown up with their own children, my son got a 23' trailer with kitchen and bath etc. Now it's a wonderful way to spend time with them!! I agreed to buying a trailer 26' with super slide, it's great. A year later, we have a group of friends and family who all book campsites together once a month or so. We have potluck meals, so cooking and clean up is a cinch. I get to see my grandkids, my son, daughter and their spouses regularly. We like camping closer to home so it doesn't become such a chore and exhausting, we have so many wonderful campsites in the beach areas, it feels like vacation there. (I get carsick, so long trips are not enjoyable for me) When we are all out camping together it feels like my family and friends all live on the same block and we come out of our trailers to hang out. I highly recommend renting a nicer trailer/motor home to see if you will really like it. We bought a trailer because we already had a truck, the trailer costs less, insurance on the trailer was an extra $20 a year, registration is also much cheaper, if I had unlimited funds I would get a motor home though.
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    It is a great way to travel. And you always know who has slept in your bed the night before (we had a bad experience in a motel once). You also know who cooked your food. Before we bought our 1st one, I got a bad case of ptomaine poisoning from a restaurant as we were coming home from California. Well it isn't fun driving as fast as you can from one rest stop to the next rest stop, across the dessert, (95miles apart), and feeling like you are about to die. We enjoyed our first one and also the 2nd RV after that. I helps a lot to have a husband who is very mechanical, as my husband was, because sometimes things do crop up, but as you said, your husband is very handy and can keep it up. I loved the RV as you also take your bathroom with you..........which really comes in handy ( we learned from the ptomaine trip) . We have traveled from one border of the USA to the northern border and also into Canada. and from the Pacific ocean to the Atlantic and had a blast. Then age caught up with us and my husband passed away in 2010, so I sold the RV and house and moved into a apt. for seniors. Another phase of life, that eventually comes to all of us. So enjoy every minute you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilts rock View Post
    My DH and I are seriously thinking of buying an RV and I would like any input, stories, or advice you may have. We went on one trip in a rented RV and enjoyed ourselves but did have some mechanical problems. My DH is very handy- thank goodness so he was able to manage them and says this wont happen if we buy one as he will keep it maintained. So, I would appreciate any thoughts you have on this.
    We are on a motorhome trip now. We have owned rv's most of our life - travel trailers, fifth wheel, class c and class a motor homes. We now have a 30 ft class a which is perfect for us at this time. We won't have a longer motorhome because it would limit places you can take it. We don't tow a vehicle - don,t feel the need to. If we're only staying in one place fo one or two nights we don't hook up to anything. Having a handy husband is important. We love the lifestyle. Go for it!

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    DH and I are on our 5th summer RV'ing. We're out at least 5 months. We have traveled from South Florida to Seattle, down the California coast, Las Vegas (twice!), Upper Michigan, Montana and many, many more places than I could list. We're big, 42 ft Class A, Harley on the back, and towing a truck! Finding a place to stay isn't that hard, between the campground/rv park book from Camping World and a great website rvparkreviews.com we never make reservations and travel wherever "the wind blows us". This week we're staying in a RV & B with gourmet organic breakfasts prepared by the owner. What a treat! We have seen so much of our great country and have met so many nice people.
    Regarding Wally World, they actually encourage campers unless there is a city or county ordinance. Usually anywhere near a tourist area will be no camping but most elsewhere is fine. There's a app for finding Wallys and a camp/no camp rating. For a safe place to park after a long day you can't beat it. Just be sure to obey any signs posted, if it says no camping the cops will show up at 3 am, just ask me how I know
    I take my Featherweight and kit as many projects as I can in 2 project boxes. I like to do miniature paper piecing so I can pack quite a few. I sew at our table or outside on a picnic table. I keep my rulers and mats under the mattress and keep a cupboard just for stashing my "finds" from all the quilt shops I visit on our travels. When I start packing my clothes in those suction bags I know it's time to get home
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    My hubby is a pro racer. We use our motor home as a home during the racing season. We have a 43 foot Monaco with a 13 foot slide (living room/kitchen). Behind us, we pull a 28foot stacker trailer. We have 2 race cars (one stacked on top of the the other), a 4 wheeler that I use to pull the cars and get around the track, and all the equipment to maintain the cars and motor home. We are not able to have a car to use to get around, since 2 race cars fill the trailer, but this year we may leave one car home for a few races and take my little jaguar to run around in. We are completely dry docked at the track. When we are going to the races, we usually go to truck stops, some rest areas, and sometimes sam's club or Walmart to park. We are the length or longer then most semi/tractor trailers. We have yet to get stuck anywhere, nor have any problems backing up 75 feet of motor home and trailer. If we want to "sight see" there are areas to park the trailer, but since the fear of theft of the trailer and the contents, we rarely drop the trailer unless it is at another racer's shop. Hundreds of thousands of dollars is too easy a target.
    I have everything in the motor home that I have in the regular home. I just updated my sewing machine to a brother innovis 1250 so I can have a larger embroidery frame. We went from Ohio to California in 2009 to do a commercial for an automotive manufacturer. We spent over a month traveling there and back. The commercial took 5 days to set up, shoot, then take down. We then went to Las Vegas and put the race at on display at the track there. We had a blast. I would do that trip again, less the car, and more the sight seeing.
    We have been using a motor home since 1998, when my husband won the world championship and Winnebago was the sponsor and gave us a new 28 footer to use for the season. I refuse to race without one now. When we added up the cost do a pickup truck heavy enough to pull a trailer, the cost of hotels, food on the road, fuel, etc. we found the motor home was so much more cost effective. PLUS you can write off the interest of you payments as a second, or vacation home. Most race tracks are not close to towns, making hotels hard to find. If you have to be at the track at 8am, you have to get up early enough to get yourself dressed, find someplace to get a decent meal for breakfast, then still have to drive to the track, and then you either have to have packed coolers with food to last 4 or 5 days or eat track food. Now we wake up at 7. Get dressed, walk out to our kitchen, have a healthy breakfast, prepare for a long work day. Lunch? Sandwiches, grilled chicken, stew from the crockpot? Dinner? Steaks, salmon, anything we choose, and healthy, fresh foods. My own clean shower and my own comfy bed. The Holiday Inn does not approve of me going to the lobby in the morning for coffee wearing my jammies and fuzzy slippers!

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    Camping is a lifestyle, you don't do it to save $$. We're on our 2nd travel trailer. No more putting up with kids running down the hotel hallways, ice machines not working, loud drunks coming back to the hotel at 2AM, lugging suitcases up a flight of stairs. You'll find the campgrounds usually strictly enfore their quiet hours. Check out the different forum at Woodalls. Lots of info there.

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    I would divide the cost of it plus the cost of upkeep, insurance and gas (4 mpg vs. 20+ in our car) and the parking cost, both when you're using it and when it's just being stored (many neighborhoods don't allow them on driveways), and I would figure out how many nights of average price motels I could get for that instead. Someone else cleans the room and breakfast is often included. We used to camp when the kids were young, and I reached a point where I had enough of cooking, cleaning and child tending under conditions that were more difficult than at home. I wouldn't consider it a vacation at all. But that's just me. Hope you enjoy your RV and get many happy miles out of it!

    Something about this thread reminds me of an old Lucille Ball movie that we went to see at the drive-in when I was a kid. Gosh - I hate to admit I can remember that! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long,_Long_Trailer
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    My husband and I RV'd fulll time for about 3 years. We loved it. Saw so many places, met some very wonderful people and felt so free of the stress of maintaining a home and yard. Guess we must have had some gypsy in us as we couldn't wait to see the next place we wandered into. We had a 5th wheel and IMHO that's the best. That way you can unhook and still have a vehicle available for sightseeing locally or shopping. If you are a novice to RV'ing there are a few things to remember. 1. Always remember to lock the fridge before traveling (if you don't want to find a big mess on the floor..ask me how I know) 2. Remember to turn the gas off on the fridge if you are not parked level, after you are settled in a spot and level, you can use the gas full time. 3. Get that rubberized shelf liner for your cabinets as it will keep your dishes from shifting all over the place. We used melmac service for plates, etc. 4. Turn off gas tank (propane) while traveling on the road....

    Good advice from others regarding size...most campgrounds in the national parks and rural areas won't have room for anything over 30 ft and some are only for about 25 ft., so be sure your rig will fit before you get somewhere late in the afternoon and can't fit the rig in the spots. We belonged to 1,000 Trails and the Escapees Club, but most of the time we camped in off the beaten path places. We enjoyed all the backroads and forests. If DH were still alive we probably would still have an RV although maybe now not full time as I'm 79 and he would be 89. Too darned old now but we sure had some great times and made some wonderful friends. Go Enjoy!!
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