Depends on your personal needs. We started full timing in a '91 Beaver Contessa (37') with no slides and a 250hp Cat. Before we retired it served us well as a weekender and occasional vacation accommodation. But a funny thing happened to it when we started living in it full time: it started getting narrower and narrower and didn't want to go up the hills when we came out west. Going down long steep grades was just too much of a thrill for me.
Two years in, we bought the present coach: 2006 Beaver Patriot Thunder, 4 slides, 525 hp Cat, Jake brake. Oh yeah, washer and dryer on board (no sitting in laundromats for 1/2 a day once a week). The workmanship was not as nice as the '91 Beaver but it suites our needs quite nicely and we could afford it. YMMV
In any case, that was just an example of how your needs may change. If you buy a new MH now, how do you know it will fulfill your needs when you go full timing and your needs change.
In the mean time, jump into your MH and head down the road. "Boldly go where no man has gone before. Live long and prosper"
My last 2 rigs had BadYear tires on them when purchased. The developed the known BadYear edge wear. No help from BadYear, never again.
Love your name for these tires. I had them on my Beaver when I bought it. The steer tire rivering problem quickly developed and Goodyear denied any blame. Said it must be my alignment. Truck alignment shop did all 3 axles and said the front was within spec but adjusted it closer to nominal. Upshot: I'll never have Goodyears on any vehicle I ever own again even if they are giving them away. Not beacuse the tires developed a rivering ware problem but because Goodyear blew me off even though it's known problem.
I've been reading this web site for many years and to be fare with Goodyear, other posters on here report other brands do develop rivering wear as well, some don't. What I have also read is that some brands mold a "decoupling groove" into the edge of the tires which prevents the rivering. I've not been able to find anybody who can confirm this or if the additional groove really works. I talked to a tire shop that does regrooving and the service manager there said he has never heard of a decoupling groove. Any thoughts?
I had a 37' Beaver with a 250 HP Cat. Towed a gokart race trailer with it. It served me well for 10 years when I was on the East coast. I moved West when I retired and found I was most unhappy with it in the Rockies. It made it up all the hills OK but going down the other side without a jake brake was pretty scary. I now have a 45' Beaver with a 525HP Cat w/ a jake and things are fine. As Tim the Toolman Says, "You can't have too much power. woff, woff"
I'm getting ready to head back East from PHX to NC next week. My preferred route is I-40 but I seem to remember a post on here a while ago that its all orange construction barrels through all of Arkansas (did a search but can't find the post). I could take some surface roads but my rig is pretty big and heavy. Local traffic can be difficult.
Anyone have any current info on I-40 road conditions and any suggestions to avoid problems?
Thanks for the replies. Our departure date from PHX will be 5/7. We will spend the 1st night in ABQ.
Keeping an eye on the weather, I hate running the gauntlet across tornado alley.