Get a Winnebago Vista. You should be able to get a 31 footer brand new for about $100K. You should be able to get close to 25% off the MSRP if you shop around.
Thanks for the suggestion, why do you recommend that? Is it a better quality more reliable brand?
others will disagree but we've had two Winnebago Industries MH's...a 1985 Chieftain and, currently, a 2000 Itasca Suncruiser. we've found that Winnebago stands behind their products and takes care of customers. but as with anything there are now and will be those who have had a different experience. ask around and get different opinions.
shop carefully. if you're going to get a model with slideouts have the sales critter retract the slide outs and then see what you can, and more importantly, what you cannot access while the slides are in.
and while the slides are in move the driver's seat (and the front passenger seat if there is a slide on that side) as far back as you can and then see if that is comfortable for you for that will be the farthest back you can move that seat while driving.
weights: pay very strict attention to the weight ratings especially if you are planning to tow a vehicle behind the MH. there are all sorts of weight ratings that, in my opinion anyway, do more to confuse than educate. but at a minimum you need to understand the following:
- GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: this is the maximum amount of weight the MH chassis can support including itself.
- GCWR: Gross Combination Weight Rating: the maximum amount of weight the MH can propel including itself.
- GAWR: Gross Axle Weight Rating: the maximum weight each axle can support. each axle will have a separate GAWR. the sum of the GAWRs should not exceed the GVWR.
the following weights are no longer in general use and that's a shame because understanding then can be very useful.
- Empty Weight: generally means the weight of the MH as it came from the factory. includes all of the factory-installed options as well as all of the dealer-installed options. does not include the weight of gasoline, fresh water or LP but does include oil in the engine.
- Wet Weight: Empty weight plus full tanks of fuel, fresh water and LP. (gas = 6lbs/gal, water = 8lbs/gal, LP = 4 to 5lbs/gal). you can easily calculate the wet weight.
- Payload: the GVWR minus the wet weight. this is the total weight you can safely add to the MH (food, clothing, supplies, pets, people and misc. stuff) before exceeding safety limits. but...and this is important...you need to calculate this by axle. it is possible to overload an axle but still be under the GVWR total. i know this from personal experience.
please note that the total amount of weight you can tow is NOT the difference between the GCWR and the GVWR. the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following:
- the GCWR minus the actual weight of the MH as it is loaded for travel (food, fuel, water, LP, clothing, supplies, pets, people and misc. stuff); OR
- the weight rating of the MH hitch (Class II 3500-lbs, Class III 5000-lbs, Class IV 10,000-lbs); OR
- the weight rating of your towbar
most people find that floorplan is king. when you look at MHs don't be mesmerized by this and that. think about how you're going to use the MH on a daily basis. chassis is important too. gas or diesel? diesel will, everything else being equal, be more expensive to buy.
there is a lot to take in and a lot to know. don't be in a rush. act in haste...repent in leisure.
ask questions when you think of them. we were all first time buyers once and there is a ton of experience here.
You know, when I retire, I thought of using 55+ parks when snowbirding, but then I realized that, if I were to do that, my daughter couldn't visit us with the grandkids over the holidays if we did that. There is a negative to everything.
a lot of 55+ parks that we've used allow children to visit X-times per year for Y-days per visit. I don't think we've ever been in one that didn't.
Hmmm, I wonder if there are any 'Nobody over 55' RV parks as well, for anyone that doesn't want to be around grumpy, intolerant older folks when they camp?
Or maybe some 'No dogs allowed' RV parks, for those that don't want to deal with dogs?
Or, maybe a 'No diesel rigs' RV park, for those that can't stand the smell of diesel fumes?
Or, maybe a 'No outdoor activity allowed' RV park, for those that just want to sit inside their RV all day and watch TV, and don't want to see others outside having campfires, cooking/eating outside, etc.
I mean, if we're going to try to selfishly exclude folks that aren't just like ourselves, might as well cover all the bases, right? :)
Don't buy an Extended Warranty (really just a limited service contract) from anybody.
i'd second that notion. use the $ you would've spent to start a maintenance/repair fund and add $ to it periodically.
Been fulltiming for 9 yrs and been using the white drinking water hose that most of us use. What a pain!! Just try to roll it up to store away. You know the problem.. Tried the type hose that extends with the psi of the water and then shrinks after the water is turned off. Worked well until blow out in a month. You guys got any suggestions for Drinking water hose?
sure. I have two 10-ft lengths of white drinking water hose and another 25-ft length on a hand-held reel. 8 times outta 10 I can hook up to the fresh water spigot with a single 10-ft length. if that's not enough then I add the second 10-ft length. only rarely do I need the 25-ft reel. but when I do the hose rolls up quite easily on the reel.
We are fairly new to the motorhome crowd. Do most of you who flat tow leave the tow bars attached to your MH? I see many in the storage yard who do, minus the wires and cables. Of course most are probably locked.
Our Blue Ox were over $700. I have been removing them, but they take up space and a little heavy. Anyone have them stolen? I suppose if locked a thief will probably pass on them. I don't know how easy it would be to pry the locking end cap off.
yes, we install the towbar at the start of the season and leave it on until the end of the season. just be sure to lock it to your hitch with a locking pin or padlock. but...be sure you carry the key with you so the towbar can be removed quickly if need be.
I, on the other hand, want VZW to continue to make a profit and expand their coverage and business. expansion means jobs and more/better coverage for users like us. profitability means support for stock prices which makes shareholders like us happy. and yes if you have a 401k, 457b or similar investment you probably have shares of VZW in your portfolio. greedy would be a deserving label if prices were high but really poor service.
Purchasing a new 2014 Thor SR 24ft., I have a year warranty. Do I need an extended service plan now? If so, what company offers a good plan. Heard of many complaints with Good Sam. What should I look for in good coverage? Towing? How far? And towed to an acceptable repair shop accepted by the EW provider. Theft of items inside and outside the rv? Damage to roof if I hit a tree branch? Food and hotel if necessary to wait for repair? Any other coverage that is a MUST in the warranty? Thanks.
i'd recommend you do what we did and that was to take the $ we would have spent on an extended warranty and use that cash to instead start a repair and maintenance fund. add X dollars to that fund each month or pay period or whenever. if you have repairs or maintenance then you have the cash to pay for them. if nothing major happens then you'll end up with a pile of cash. if you buy an extended warranty and nothing major happens you'll have, well, nothing.
We will be spending four months in the USA. What is the best (and the cheapest) cellphone that we could use there?
ps: I have a late model IPad with +3G. Would it help?
go to any taget, wal mart, k-mart, etc. and simply get a "burner" phone...a pay-as-you-go phone. it's a pay-as-you-go. most, like the one my bro-in-law bought for his visit here a few months ago, come with 'X' number of minutes good for 90-days.
An idea was brought up to me regarding a Parking Aid for RVs. As there doesn't appear to be anything out there that does this specifically, I'm curious to get some feedback from you seasoned RVers. (Or perhaps new as well).
I would really appreciate any feedback to these questions (plus more, of course).
1. If there was a low-cost product out there to assist in parking your RV, would you buy it?
2. What are key features would you see as valuable and required in a product such as this?
Thank you in advance for your answers.
interesting problem with OL2007 that cropped up overnight. I use a custom sound to announce new e-mail. been working that way for many years now. as of this morning when a new e-mail arrives OL2007 is using a different sound even though the custom sound is still selected for new mail notification. I have deselected and reselected the new sound but no changes. when I test the custom sound it plays so the file is intact and working. no OS or office updates between last night and this morning. i'm puzzled.