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stevekk

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I am new at all this.
never owned an RV.
Would like to get something small, maybe a short Class C or a Class B.

Just the two of us and 5 chihuahuas.

And just hate the idea of getting 10 mpg or less !!

any advice?....beside... just staying in a Motel 6 HAHA

And... I can afford it, but just CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP

Or should I just bite the bullet and enjoy life !!

PS I am 66 years old.

Yea I know, can't take it with me.... THANKS...

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A Mercedes / Sprinter diesel van gets the best fuel eco.


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and slow down and smell the roses. speed is the worst thing for poor mileage. at 66 you already knew that

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I saw a really neat small camper. I believe it was called a revo. It had the 3l Mercedes diesel that supposedly gets 15+ MPG. The down side is when I looked them up, they start at $137,000. Me thinks it would take a whole lot of rving to make up the difference that my Cummins gets, which is about 10.


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You could put the five Chihuahuas on a treadmill tied to the drive train to increase the fuel mileage and get classed as alternative energy vehicle.

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There's a good lyric in a Bluegrass song:

"The last pants you wear won't need any pockets."

So if you can afford it, do it !!

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Too extreme? You can see the fuel mileage I get on my two rigs below in my signature.


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I would look for a smaller A with the 5.9 Cummins, the folks that have them talk of 10+mpg, they'll have the room for you and your 5 chihuahuas, although you may run into limits at campgrounds, we do with 4 mutts. You won't burn up any hills but you'll smile when you fill up and when you're not tripping all over yourself and the "kids".


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'05 Lance 845
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The newer Sprinter based models get good mileage (upper teens) but you give up interior space and carrying capacity. Just about every manufacturer has one or more models based on this chassis. Two people and five dogs in a small rv can get cramped. Find a size that will fit what you want to do, has the holding tank capacities you will need for how you use the RV, and the space you need when forced to stay inside for hours or days when raining. Make sure your bride agrees....


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An Aliner or one of the retro tear drops will be the cheapest being pulled behind a small SUV. But they offer very little room. You could also consider designing and building your own van conversion. My brother did several of them and they were great for two people to get away from it all. Starting with a used van and doing the work yourself in a couple of weeks you could be camping for under $10K.
Also look at tent trailers. Smaller ones can be pulled by almost any car and offer at least a moderate amount of room. Larger ones can be quite luxurious, but will require more tow vehicle.


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