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Posted: 09/10/17 11:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

IMHO, what you should do is based upon what does "RV'ing mean to you"? IAW, your "philosophy of RV'ing". For us an RV is for exploring places other than where we live in a mobile vehicle, in as simple a way as possible, combined with more comfort than tenting or popuping.

Summing this up for us meant a Class C that was small enough for no-towing simplicity, while also providing access to about any size camping spot and being fully self-contained enough for at least 4-5 days of heated and air-conditioned comfort, including showers and good sleeping provisions - with or without hookups. For us a Class A is too large and complex to maintain, A Class B/B+ is too small for basic sleeping and bad weather living comfort. A TC is too high to get into and too small to be comfortable once you get up there. A TT or 5'er is too large, too complex, and when underway can get too dangerous too quickly in unexpected roadway and weather conditions.

We chose a 24 foot wide body, slide-less, toad-less, Class C with generous tanks and a quiet generator on a simple to maintain and very stable Ford E450 chassis. This matches our "philosophy of RV'ing" to a tee. We can stay at RV resorts, use small NFS campgrounds, or come nightfall when we're out in the middle of nowhere exploring ... camp off-road right there without having to drive a towed vehicle back to some other place where the coach is parked.


FWIW, as far as going into debt is concerned to acquire an RV ... being debt-less should not be the goal. Having assets well in excess of indebtedness should be the goal. We opened a mortgage on our house to buy our RV, new. However the equity in our home was way above the loan size and the cheapest money is usually mortgage money.

* This post was edited 09/19/17 10:02pm by pnichols *


Phil, 2005 E450 Itasca 324V Spirit

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Posted: 09/13/17 07:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

(Financially) it is better to trade your too small a truck for a used truck that you can PAY for and get OUT from under the bank notes.
sac89 wrote:

Is it better to buy a truck to tow a TT or 5er or buy a Class C or A and tow a car? The MONEY you can save will pay for any needed repairs/ upgrades. The deals are out there, you just have to look.

Reson for the question, I have a truck towing a TT right now, I need to upgrade my truck very soon. It is too small (IMO) for the trailer. If I add up my current truck payments and my current TT payment, it is quite hefty. Any new truck will increase that payment.

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taking that total payment for the two, and purchase a Class C or A or even a Diesel pusher and tow a car that I already own.

Thoughts?


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