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saenzm

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Posted: 01/04/18 08:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mile High, yep. I could see that.

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My wife and I lived in our 5th wheel when we first moved here in 2012. We were in it from middle of Oct. to the middle of Feb. I learned a LOT about living in the snow (my first experience) and how to handle things. Several have mentioned if you are not going to be moving a lot, then a trailer might be a better option. It can be done if you are prepared. We had a heated water hose which kept the fresh water supply available, but the dump valves kept freezing up. Most the locals told us it was a much colder than normal winter. We had 37 days straight of not getting above freezing. I had to go refill the propane tanks about every 3 days. Good luck on what ever you decide.


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I find my 20 year old 34' quite enjoyable to drive. Some things need attention and you should anticipate hills to minimize the downshift but otherwise it was quiet at 55-65mph.

I would drive a couple to see what you like before you decide gas is a bad thing


She may be old but she is paid for (the rig that is)


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saenzm wrote:

Team,
Looking for a little wisdom and guidance here. I am leaning towards buying a used class A. I am new to the Class A scene and don;t know much about them. Hoping I could get some nuggets from you guys.

From some research I have done, looks like Diesel Pusher is the way to go. Is that the consensus?

What else should I consider when going used besides the obvious = records? Any brands I should stay away from?

I am considering selling my house and buying an RV site and living in it. Goal is to simplify my life. So do I need to consider the age and length (park mandates)?

Thanks!
-Mark
You've got a lot of homework ahead of you. Good luck.


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My only input is get a rig long enough to have a separate bedroom. We started out with a weird Class C, but sold it within the first season. We did much more research and decided on a Class A that was 32' long and had a permanent bedroom in back, with its own slide-out.

One major advantage was that the sale was local (30 miles from home) and it was being sold by the original owners since they weren't able to use it any more because of medical problems. At 8 years old it had 12,000 miles on the clock and 44 hours on the generator.

We found one major problem after our first trip - the topper over the bedroom slide leaked. Not a difficult fix, and no major damage. I only had to replace the cabinets over the bed.

After 4 years and about 8,000 miles, we concluded that, although 8 mpg was pretty good for a rig its size, we couldn't afford the gas prices. They were around $4.50/gallon at the time and we were digging into our IRA funds to pay for it. We sold it at a significantly lower price than we expected, but "que sera sera".

The rig was an '02 Georgetown 325S, bought in 2010 and sold in 2014. Though it wasn't a top-of-the-line unit in terms of engineering design and build quality, it served us well for 4 years. Towards the end, the generator refused to start and its electronic control card had to be replaced. Nothing else failed,

DW and I and our two Labradors enjoyed having the use of it and were sorry to have to give it up.


Frank Damp, DW - Eileen, pet - female Labrador (9 yrs old), location Anacortes, WA, retired RVers (since Dec 2014)

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