Rather than narrowing down the brand of major well known manufacturers how about narrowing down your anticipated use and the floor plans. We just purchased our Next motorhome and some of our requirements were: Must have passenger windows on both sides, we often travel with grandkids and when we say look at the buffalo they should be able to find a set and look. We insisted on a booth dinette, as again with grandchildren they need to be in a firm seat and maybe seatbelted while traveling and coloring or reading. Just these two requirements greatly narrowed the field of available rigs. Play the game and see what you come up with. I final choice ended up being an Allegro by Tiffin. This even though we loved and still enjoy our Winnebago Adventurer. Would I purchase another Winnebago product, Absolutely. But the floor plans this year didn't meet my demands. I owned a Southwind, no complaints. We kept our Holiday Rambler for 12 years, great RV (now a different company). Think less about the brand than your needs.
I am the now the owner of an Allegro Red. The next step is to be able to tow my 2009 Sienna Van. Have any of you in the SoCal, Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley area dealt with a shop you would recommend for this work? Any comments on towing the Sienna? Thanks in advance. Gary
Many private RV campgrounds that we have visited have pet restrictions, either by choice or because of insurance requirements. Most common are a 2 dog limit and/or weight limit of 20 pounds. Many also restrict breeds. I have been to parks with limits that have allowed guests with show dogs, often exceeding the weight or number limit. It would be wise to travel with a camping directory, like the Good Sam, Trailer Life, or some other book. Also cross reference with RVparkreviews.com and with the campground website. And always call ahead and make your reservations with full disclosure.
Wow you are new to RVing. But that's OK, we were all new at one time or another and we all had similar questions. I started some 35 years ago with a 28ft Class C. The term Class C comes from the construction, it is a "cut away" from a truck body. It in no way defines a level of superiority to a Class A, for the right motorhome is determined by your individual need. The Class C usually permits a Queen size bed in the rear and a Queen or double over the cab. Additionally the couch or dinette can be made into a smaller bed. Many motorhomes are now being presented with a table and chair instead of a dinette. Personally I like the dinette, remember it would be rather unsafe to sit in a freestanding chair without a seatbelt while traveling. I am in the process of purchasing a new RV now, some did not have the dinette I wanted. My research shows that a custom dinette of your choice can be fabricated by the many custom shops that advertise in RV magazines for about $3500. Just putting out some numbers for you.
Better made (reads more expensive) RVs tend to have more insulation. Even so the roof air in an RV will keep you really cool just about anyplace (except Las Vegas in the Summer). At 30ft or less one a/c unit is customary, larger rigs will have two a/c units. In a full hookup campground you can plug in and run your electricity all the time. We have often been to places where we have run our generator all daylight hours since we were not plugged in. The generator is rated for continuous use, but the oil level needs to be checked periodically. Propane is usually used as a heating fuel, cooktop, heater, water heater. Since we like warm weather camping a tank will last us for a year or more, as we plug in for electric water heating, and only use our 20 gal of propane for cooking.
Get Motorhome magazine and see if any of your friends get FMCA magazine or check FMCA (Family Motor Coach Association) on line. Also go to some of the many RV shows sponsored by the dealers in your are.
When you decide to purchase, since it is a big ticket item, it is just like purchasing a car...or even a house. Prices are negotiable, but personally I don't like to haggle either, negotiation is something a little different. The dealer needs to make money, that is his business and he supports an employee base. I need to get a far price. Given research and an understanding of what you can afford I think an agreement can be accomplished without too much anguish.
Good luck, and keep asking questions.
I took my Holiday Rambler with a 454 to Desert GMC for warranty service. They have large truck motorhome bays. Since it was warranty service they had to call the local Chevy dealer and offer them the job first. This was many years ago, and GM has since been reorganized. But try a GMC truck dealer.
Pet fees are common. Sadly, many pet owners feel that their pet's poop is too good to pick up. Parks put out pet bags, they maintain dog runs, some go as far has having you sign a waver that if your pet poops and you don't pick it up you will be charged a fine or be evicted. Still, even at the nicest parks you can often find dog poop that has not yet been policed. Therefore, the park must give an employee the lovely job of picking up poop, they must fill the poop bag holders, rake the runs, and maintain extra liability insurance since they allow dogs on the property. Guess that is why we pay extra for each animal.
In my Saturn pulling the fuse isolates most of the systems that would draw down the car battery. Before I installed an extension to a remote fuse under the dash I would occasional be lazy and not pull the fuse for short trips. True, there was no problem as the battery could easily handle the one or two hour draw. However, once, either because the battery was weak or I left the radio on or whatever, I stopped to find the car battery "dead". After that experience I made the fuse extension and ran it to the dash. I see in the RV magazines that you can now purchase a similar product with a switch. I just shorted out a 30amp fuse, soldered an appropriate wire to the test points on the fuse, put the wires through the firewall of the car, and placed a new 30amp fuse in line. Jerry Built but it works for me.
We stayed at West Yellowstone KOA. Lovely campground with cabins. After leaving West Yellowstone we drove through the park to Jackson and stayed at The Virginian. A clean gravel park behind a older but well kept two story hotel. RV guest have access to hotel facilities of pool and laundry and snack bar. Right in the center of Jackson. I recommend both.
You paint with a very broad brush. To date, the policy I have from Wholesalewarranties.com has been trouble free. I did have one claim rejected, but I knew in advance that is was not covered, but submitted anyway just in case I missed something. The claims I felt should be covered were always covered without a problem. That said, when I purchased my car I was talked into the paint/interior protection plan by the dealer. When I tried to make a claim getting coverage was next to impossible, so I gave up. It would have required taking the car to a detail shop first at my expense to see if it could be cleaned off, then going to one of the "recommended" shops to file the claim, none even close to being local. The dealer was no help, they just sell the product, and of course, they no longer sell "that brand" product. So I understand your frustration, but some warranties seem ok. Depends on the company. JMHO
I'm about to trade in my gas rig. My experience so far has been take low NADA and subtract about a third. I see similar units on the lot for about NADA. Gives the dealer 1/3 profit margin but they must assume the detailing and find qualified buyers.
Guess it all depends on what you love in sightseeing. The South Rim is the tourist attraction. Lots of well marked viewing areas, walking paths, rest areas. If you basecamp in Williams you will be about 1hr easy drive from the park entrance. From the basecamp you can visit Flagstaff, Sedonna, Sunset Crater, and the historic town of Williams. We stay at the Williams KOA Circle of Pines. Since we are not really into hiking anymore, and at the elevation of the Grand Canyon even walking is strenuous, We prefer the South Rim. One of my kids and family who love hiking the back trails and wilderness enjoy the North Rim. I have no personal experience there.
Although the Class C almost always comes with a cabover configuration I have seen a few where the cabover was used as a storage entertainment center. Not sure if this was custom or factory work, but it was lovely. Front cabinets and large TV. The Pomona RV show is this month, might be a nice day trip.
I'm about to make a bid on an Allegro Red 38ft. In my 30 plus years of RVing I have always owned a gas rig. My question for Allegro owners is: Is the Cummins 340 engine sufficient to handle the mountains of the West? How heavy a toad do you pull with your Allegro?
It is a beautiful MH, and the floorplan fits my family's needs.
Thanks in advance for your responses.
They are worth it for me! On a previous MH it covered a transmission rebuild and a frig problem. On this MH it repaired the basement air twice, a new cooling coil in the Norcold, and repair of HWH jacks. After the air cond repair, after a few months without much use, the unit started making noise. The dealer said it was a new problem...the warranty company checked and said it was the same thing it had just paid for...the dealer apologized for an error and fixed it without charge. Contact Wholesalewarranties.com. They offer an assortment of products and act as agents if you have a claim.
Glad it worked for you. My experience was that the CN tech was reading the same HWH owners manual that I had in my hands. They could not find a mobile tech to come out on the weekday. A tow truck could not come until the following day...this was on a weekday in the summer on highway 101 in Washington. I found my own mobile tech through the RV park. And I now have Good Sam. Will it be any better??? Whatever. Anyway, glad your back on the road and Happy Trails.
My children borrowed my MH for a fun week last year. Daughter called me to check the hookups, and said there was no water pressure in sink.???? While talking about it she screamed the toilet was overflowing!!!! Yup, she hooked the water up to the black flush line. No damage other than to her pride. They still borrow the MH regularly.
A sense of humor, a sense of adventure, and lots of patience. That said, a few good astronomy charts creates some exciting evenings. There are a few good easy to read books on different cultural views of the stars. The American Indians have their own star stories. Also a calendar of satellite passes makes viewing for satellites a fun evening activity. We always gave each of the children a small storage box and a blank photo-type album, so they could collect memories and put together a travel log during the drive. Patience is a must, as you cannot send the kids out to play on the highway. You just have to create a firewall from the noise and conversation. Also, they must understand that there is no tattling, we are a team, we work together, and it is nobodies fault.
Enjoy, create lasting memories, and Happy Trails.
I've stayed there 4 or 5 times, most recently this summer. It is a wonderful in city campground. Lots of shade, large sites, clean pool, spotless bathrooms and laundry. A very large park with adjacent long term park making it nice for walking or biking. Central location to Salt Lake City, with the Temple Square just a few miles away. If you have time consider a few hours at Temple Square to walk through the gardens. Brio's restaurant in the shopping center across from Temple Square was excellent. If you have an extra day take the drive to Antelope Island. But as for Salt Lake City KOA I offer my highest recommendation to the park and to the employees.
Pete's Tire is in your area, they are regularly at the FMCA Rallies. They have several locations and they are mobile. I'd give them a call for suggestions. Mobile Tire Repair is also in Irvine. I have no knowledge of the company, but they may assist and at least get you started with a company for other services. FMCA is having a Western Area Rally in January in Indio. Even if your not the club type of people (we certainly aren't) the rallies are fun and informative.