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3 dog nights

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Posted: 08/16/19 05:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Be careful what you wish for. We "upgraded" from a 40' 5ver to a 38' MH. Wanted to get rid of the Duelly, crew cab and just tow our jeep. Found everything we wanted and made the switch. Worst mistake we ever made. MH just can not compare to the living space of the 5ver. If all of your travels are 1 or 2 nights and moving on, might work for you. Our trips are 3-6 weeks in one spot.

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Posted: 08/16/19 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

3 dog nights wrote:

Be careful what you wish for. We "upgraded" from a 40' 5ver to a 38' MH. Wanted to get rid of the Duelly, crew cab and just tow our jeep. Found everything we wanted and made the switch. Worst mistake we ever made. MH just can not compare to the living space of the 5ver. If all of your travels are 1 or 2 nights and moving on, might work for you. Our trips are 3-6 weeks in one spot.



What was different about the living space between your 5'er and MH?

The MH I'm going to look at has two slides, like my TT, and is 4' longer. Also has way more basement storage than TT.
All areas of MH can be used with slides in or out. TT could only be used to eat, use bathroom, shower or sleep with slides in (LR is not usable with slides in). MH is shorter (36') compared to almost 60' of truck and TT. Not sure what the downside would be.
Thanks for your input.

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my 5ver had 4 slides and 425 sq ft of room. So much storage we didn't use it all.
We were 65' bumper to bumper with the truck. Now we are 55' bumper to bumper with the jeep. We have far less storage and find that a 38' MH gives about 35' of living area,We find the cockpit area to be useless, although you can turn the chairs around, it's too much of a pain to fool with. With three slides (one is full body) we have about 325 sq ft of room. Not to mention the learning curve of driving the MH,and the fact that my wife can't ride in the passenger seat. Too nervous riding in the window over the bumper. Just saying, be careful what you wish for. It might be the right move for you but it was certainly regrettable for us.

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3 dog nights wrote:

my 5ver had 4 slides and 425 sq ft of room. So much storage we didn't use it all.
We were 65' bumper to bumper with the truck. Now we are 55' bumper to bumper with the jeep. We have far less storage and find that a 38' MH gives about 35' of living area,We find the cockpit area to be useless, although you can turn the chairs around, it's too much of a pain to fool with. With three slides (one is full body) we have about 325 sq ft of room. Not to mention the learning curve of driving the MH,and the fact that my wife can't ride in the passenger seat. Too nervous riding in the window over the bumper. Just saying, be careful what you wish for. It might be the right move for you but it was certainly regrettable for us.



Well, I had a '97 class c motor home. Traded it for a 5er with 4 slides, 1 1/2 bath, blah blah blah. I missed the "little" motor home the FIRST trip out in the 5er. Took WAY too long to get ready to go, WAY too long to set up. Wife & kids couldn't move around while in motion.
Had the 5er 5 years, traded it in for a Class A. We'll never go back to a trailer.


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Thanks 3 dog nights, I haven't figured out the Sq Ft difference yet as I haven't seen the MH in person yet. Really won't make too much difference to me, 80% of the time it will be just me. My DW doesn't camp much. I'm retired, she is not.

I want to take a trip to VA to visit kids/grandkids that I only see once a year and FL to visit a daughter/grandson and brother I haven't seen in almost 20 years and a MH will be much easier to maneuver on narrow streets and park in the driveways.

Who knows, the MH may turn out to have too much wrong with it to buy after I check it out. Pictures always look better than seeing it in person.

malexander, thanks for your input.

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Posted: 08/16/19 01:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

George3037, what ever the outcome of your search I hope it turns out right for you. Safe Travels!


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I Can tell you what I think of the upgrade.
I went from a 13' Scamp TT to a 38' triple slide out Class A 14 years and change ago.. NICE (Bath and a half. 2 holes .. Now waiting)

Now as for the used model you are looking at.. All I can suggest is the same as others. Have a competent both drive train and RV technician fine tooth comb it.

I have seen a lot of "Excellent condition" RV's that were one step removed from the RV bone yard.


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Tiffin makes a great motorhome. Went from a 33 foot trailer to 35 foot motorhome(see sig). Less room for sure, but in my opinion the layout fit my needs better. They are expensive to fix if you can't do it yourself. Hard to find people to fix the chassis on older motorhomes
I've had mine for a couple years after running the gamut of rv's. Figure about 20% of the purchase price to fix stuff that's wrong with it. Awnings, Jacks, flooring, fluid changes ect. If you need tires you can add to that number.
It's a great way to travel though.


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Well, I made the deal and I'm now the owner and member of the money pit club. It has a few electrical gremlins I've been repairing the past few days.

1) BR slide sometimes worked/sometimes not, re-soldered some poor solder joints on the slide module.
2) R.F. ABS speed sensor bad - new one ordered
3) 12V power at door entrance wasn't working. Turned out the house batteries were shot - replaced them.
4) Also made a new steel plate to mount the 12V switches. The plastic one was broken.
5) Rewired power steps and installed a new switch.
6) Drivers door power window doesn't work. Found it's not getting power. Applied temporary power to motor and window works fine. Still have to trace wiring to find the cause of power loss. No fuses are blown.
7) Hours of general cleaning done.
8) Sanded and polished headlight plastic lenses that were fogged over.
9) Pulled and cleaned taillight sockets that had some corrosion.
10) Crank up TV antenna needed to be lubed.
11) Going to replace hyd. jack return springs that are weak. Previous owner supplied them with the rig.
12) Tires are good this year but will need to replace them next year. And the list goes on.

Got it inspected today.

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Posted: 08/28/19 05:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congratulations! Hope it's everything you want it to be.

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