having owned 2 TT's prior to our coach--traveling is much more pleasant and setup/breakdown is easier for the upsides, the downside is they can be money pits (registration, maint, insurance, etc) but for us it's worth it the way we use it...
I noticed a lot of post here saying how a class A cost more to maintain and how its a money pit, I would have to differ on that statement, if you buy a simple class A without all the bells and whistles it's no more different than a truck and TT..
I would have to agree. I do not find the rig to be a money pit. It's a choice of enjoyment.
Do your own service work or find someone for $20-$25 per hour to do it.
Would not want to be without my Class A.
Just pick the setup that works the best for you. Myself, I've gone through everything from a tent, to tent trailer, motorhome, back to smaller sized TT. There were things I didn't like about all of them. To us, the motorhome really didn't suit our purposes without a toad, which to me seemed as much trouble if not more than a TT. I liked the motorhome better in route, the TT more once at destination.
I suppose the big question is what are you doing that makes setting up your trailer so difficult. It rarely takes us more than maybe 15 minutes to back into a spot, level, stablize, and disconnect the trailer and be ready to go. Getting the charcoal ready for the dutch oven is generally the hardest part of the trip.
It's threads like this that make me enjoy the Toyota Class C we have. Easy setup, easy to drive, parks in a regular spot, 4 cylinder will get 20-22mpg @ 60mph, and there is actually room for all 5 of our children. The ONLY complaint is the tanks are a bit small for my bunch. Otherwise its a great setup. They should start making these again with the current gas prices.
That said, if I had to have anything else, and if it was my wife and I, I would get the smallest casita they make with a bathroom. Keep it simple and have fun.
4 whopping cylinders on Toyota RV's. Talk about great getting good MPG. Also I have a very light foot on the pedal. I followed some MPG advice on Livingpress.com and I now get 22 MPG! Not bad for a home on wheels.
Class A is the only way to go, as long as you understand the cost involved.....
New TT 20-50k
New class A 200-500k
How are those chains looking to you now?
Where you getting 200k for starters? I bought a brand new class A for $65 k. Most gassers can be had for less or near 100k. Brand new Palazzo DP for 139k. A LOT of new FREDS and DPs can be had well under 200k.
Takes me 10 minutes tops to set up or break camp. Most of that is hoses and cords (dumping and stowing) which you will not avoid in any RV. Other pluses like, being able to use the rest room, or grab a snack, watch tv, lie down on the bed or couch, etc. All while going down the road. There simply is no more confortable way to travel. Get at your destination, slides out, level, power awning, Hook up elec, crack open a brew.
If you go to a class A,we will be loosing some of our entertainment. I love to watch someone set up a 5th wheel,or TT,usually gives me a good hour of fun watching the show. However,switching to a class A is going to cost you a lot,in maintenance,and operating expenses.
Just me, my wife, our 11 year old daughter and our two big, hairy Goldens.
2004 Coachmen Cross Country
370DS - 300HP - 2 Slides