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RE: First Time Buyer...Updated 03/06/2006

The information was abundant and informative. Thanks. I have never owned an RV and am contemplating going out full time with my wife and two teen aged kids. As much as I think a fifth wheel would possibly give us the most living space, I feel the cost of a truck and suitable sized rig(both used) would be prohibitive, as compared to a used class a. I've seen units ranging up to 50K which is around where I would like to be, but I'm afraid to lay out that money when there are usually no warranties on used vehicles. Are there ways to protect myself from this through insurance or private warranty companies. Any advice on any of what I have shared would be appreciated. $50K will buy a lot of MH. The newer the better typically. 10 year/100K miles can be a sweet spot for some people. Diesel engine/transmission rebuild costs can be $10K-$20K in worse case which would be very rare I expect. Gas MH's cost less but come with less bells and less $$$ for repairs typically. RV living is full of risks so getting over worrying about what can go wrong ASAP is key for many. Warranty companies sell the policies to make money so I would never support their cause but some do. As long as you do not go new no mistake should cost over $20K in the first year or two to correct or get out of RV'ing. Best of success.
Gale Hawkins 11/19/16 09:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wish I could save this one...

I'm familiar with this RV! My next door neighbor in Port Orchard, WA. owned it for many years and never went camping in it! He sold it to a young couple in Port Angeles, WA. I had to lend them my battery charger so they could get it started so they could take it to Port Angeles. If the roof is good based on what you stated it could be an OK project. The club house idea is valid. When we bought our 1993 GBM in 2007 when the kids were 9 years old that was what I was going to do with it had it had serious drive train issues. Turned out to be a fine MH drive train wise but the house part was OK for an old MH. I guess the doors are locked too?
Gale Hawkins 10/14/16 11:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exceeding GVWR

I agree on getting a quality set of tires that can carry the real load weight with some margin of safety. Weighting each corner and each axle might help give you a better picture as to how to manage the over weight issue. Best of luck and know you are not alone with this issue.
Gale Hawkins 10/14/16 10:58am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Hurricane Matthew

I started watching Matthew this morning for the first time because we provide PC and web based property claims handling solutions. My early thoughts this storm as the potential to become like the 1992 Andrew another election year hurricane. I like the suggestion to head west first from the east coast. Having been over 10 years since the last major hurricane I am concerned that adverse weather is not on the top of the minds of everyone. A last minute blow out or breakdown in a MH could be fatal so I agree moving too soon and too far is the safe way to go. IF things were to go PANIC stage that might be more dangerous than the hurricane. Best to the safety of all and may it turn back to sea before land fall then NOT circle back to make landfall a few days later.
Gale Hawkins 10/06/16 12:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rent a House/Duplex Rather than RV??

We like to spend a couple of months each winter in the Mesa/Apache Junction area in our RV. Towing the 5th wheel out and back each year is getting to be a chore as we age. Depressing, yeah. Have any of you considered renting a house, flying out and back? I know the logistics and economics would be so different. Have to find a house to rent, rent a car, rent storage for kitchen utensils, etc. Any experiences/advice in this area? Like they say time changes all things. The excitement RV'ing brought the kids was a big motivator in my case it seems now. RV'ing is not going away however.
Gale Hawkins 10/04/16 09:51am Snowbirds
RE: Hurricane Matthew

I just saw it on a map and the red area is huge. If it keeps slipping westward it may cause much damage for sure.
Gale Hawkins 10/04/16 09:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 98 34' Allegro - Chevrolet - Runs great and then just dies

had something similar with mine even though it's a older unit. Ignition switch was getting very warm and cutting out. Since it always restarts without anything having to cool down this is a strong possibility. I have never seen this with a fuel filter personally.
Gale Hawkins 10/01/16 11:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold ran on gas, now does not

It sounds like you are closing in on finding your issue. Since it worked fine for 30 hours I expect your issue is not major. On our 1993 I finally broke and reconnected every electrical connection which did help.
Gale Hawkins 09/29/16 06:59pm Class C Motorhomes
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