Good Question. I don't know the carrying capacity but will find out. We are selling our house and I am in the process of getting rid of pretty much everything. As a former Army Brat, I am a pro at cleaning out closets and getting rid of stuff not used and not needed, so that won't be a big issue. If all goes well, the storage bays will be used for lawn chairs/table and grill. But, we are just getting started, so really won't know what reality is until we are on the road.
What do you suggest for chassis capacity?
There is a 2006 Coachman similar to the one we are researching at a CW nearby that we are going to check out tomorrow. But the CW one doesn't have a King bed or the table/chair set up for dining. I just don't think I will like a built in dining table with benches like more RVs have. But it will give us an idea of size, etc.
We want to travel in comfort with as many S/B luxuries as possible. Yep - we're spoiled and too old to change.
We really like a 2006 Coachman Aurora 365T we have found for sale. It has everything we want - nice decor colors/furniture, washer/dryer, king bed, bath and 1/2... If any of you have one, we would love to hear your thoughts - the good, the bad, etc. The one we are looking at has 31K mileage and we will be full timing while seeing the USA and Canada for a couple of years.
We are also shopping for a Class A in the 50K price range. 30ft or bigger as we plan to full time and want to be comfortable. I have seen comments about some campgrounds/RV parks not allowing RVs 10 years old or older. Is this really a problem? Why?
Woodglue: I have been on RVT.com many times but my husband is leary of buying from a private owner and prefers a dealership, therefore my interest in Camping World.
Dick B: Thanks for the suggestion and web site. First I've heard of it and I'll check it out today.
I am shopping for a Class A and have been looking at the Camping World web site. It would be great to be able to narrow down the search options some. Is there a way to include some keywords like King Bed or Washer/Dryer, etc. Right now I have to wade through all of the Class A's for sale to try to find one with a washer/dryer which is the deal breaker for me.
Like the OP (I'm guessing this was his intention), we will be full-timing after selling our house, but not indefinitely and, based on the messages already posted, ya'll will consider us on an extended vacation. Although we plan to live in the RV, we want to travel and sight-see, but at a very leisurly pace. Drive over there, stay until we are tired of it, then drive over there. If the weather is bad in one place, move to another. When we feel like we have seen the sights and can't stand being in the RV any longer, we'll buy or rent (probably rent) a house, probably in the same town we live in now.
After my husband's health crisis last Fall, we want to enjoy life while we can. Yep - we'll be living off his SSD check and will have to pinch a few pennies, but we'll be having fun and seeing something besides this small town. And if we dip into our savings some to survive, so be it. After all, why have it if you can't use it. Can't take it with you!! And that crisis that causes you to spend everything (winding up in the hospital for a long time, spouse dying, RV dying) can just as easily happen while you are living in that S&B.
I had a lot of time to think about it while sitting in the hospital with my husband last fall wondering, at times, if he was going to live or die. Now my motto is: go while the going's good! Get While You Can!!
I just read all of the comments and find this topic very timely for us. DH is now an amputee (lesson: you can't ignore diabetes!) and we are now living off his SSD check. I work part-time as a genealogist which brings in some money, but not much. Our house is 40+ years old and has become a money pit. We get one thing fixed and another breaks. Sitting in the hospital with him last Fall, wondering if he was going to live or die, I had a lot of time to think and my biggest thought was "I wish I could run away from home"!! Now that he is recovered and the crisis is over, that's exactly what we want to do - but in comfort.
So, the For Sale sign went up in the front yard about 3 weeks ago and I am online daily shopping for RVs. We're looking at used and have found several in the right price range with floor plans we like. Our plan is to sell the house and most of the furniture, storing the stuff we don't want to get rid of, and full-timing for a year or so and enjoing life. After all, hubby's health crisis taught both of us that life is short and there is no guarantee of tomorrow. What are we waiting on????
If we have figured it right, we have enough house equity to be able to pay off all debts (mortgage, etc.), buy the RV and pay for it that day (no payments - yea!!) and put $50-60K or so in the bank - then live off hubby's SSD and the little bit I bring in from time to time via genealogy clients.
We figure after a year or so, we'll be tired of full-timing and ready to settle back down. We'll rent and let the owner worry about the property taxes and maintenance. The RV will be paid for when we buy it, so we can use it for vacations whenever we're ready to hit the road again.
Of course, we may fall completely in love with full-timing and die of old age on the road somewhere. If we find we hate the RV and full-timing, we'll park it or sell it and find a house to rent. Either way - we'll be out of this money-pit we live in and we'll get to see something besides this little town we live in.
We are completely new to the RV world and have no idea what to look for or at or why, thus think an inspector will be a must before we buy. Thanks for all of the suggestions.
On to a different topic: so far all of the RVs we have looked at have incredibly ugly or boring (white, off white) couches and furniture. If we decide to buy new furniture, does it have to be bolted down or strapped down so it won't move when we are going down the road? Seems like a heavy recliner or couch wouldn't move anyway. What are your thoughts?