TraceyCar is shut out of replying by Internet police, we guess.
Her(our) reply: Thanks for the quick replies, having trouble posting, with our several devices. We have been researching this for about a year. Never have owned one but taken trips in them. Taking trip ourselves(kitty too) in in-law's this coming weekend. We know how that sounds.....LOL...but that is our plan B...
Like many folks we started out with a rig that was too small. We had a 30 footer with no slides and after a year we traded it in on a new 35 footer with two slides.
A couple of years later we wished we had bought a 40 foot diesel pusher. Didn't want to take that much out of savings so stayed with the one we have.
The point is the first full timing RV is rarely the last one.
Clay (WA5NMR), Lee (Wife), Katie (cat).
Full Timing in a 2004 Winnebago Sightseer 35N, Workhorse chassis, Honda Accord toad
We thought about it for a couple years and decided we would rather travel 6 months out of the year and winter at our house in California. We started a business 8 years ago that was by design one we could operate anywhere in the world where we can have an internet connection (Costa Rica was great and Fiji was impossible for this reason). We make a lot less with our business than we had corporate jobs but a lot more than we would make by getting jobs at places along our travels and we have no obligation to be anywhere for any period of time.
The comment about changing RV's is a good one. We have friends who paid over $250K for their first motorhome and then paid two years later for a upgrade that cost them over $400K, and less than 4 years later for health reasons they were forced to park it for good and the MH is loosing value day by day as it sits idle. People switch from motorhomes to travel trailers or 5th wheel trailers or truck campers and vice versa as their needs change or them become more aware that their first choice for an RV was not a good one.
Before buying I would rent a few RV's of different types and try them out for several weeks on the road. We did that with a large truck and camper setup in Canada and with a Class C motorhome in Arizona and Colorado. I would also spend time at local RV camping areas talking to people about what they like and dislike about their RV and there you can find people with travel trailers, 5th wheel trailers, Class A/B/C motorhomes, and truck campers, all in one place. Much better than going to RV dealers and talking to sales people.
Just like closets and barns, we always want them twice as big.... Growing up, my folks went from a pickup camper then popups and eventually a BP trailer. So I get the size issue. At odds with the big rear swinging on stuff as big as 37' class A we looked at and liked. Once you see the basement storage, it's hard to accept less, no? I think I'd hate the limited view in a C, as we do intend to be in mountainous areas(but do like the overhead bunk). Decisions, decisions....
But thanks again for the input. Getting a taste of the maintainence on dads '98 25' BP. Two cracked vent covers(easy) and sealing up a loose window(elastomeric and gorilla tape). Sweat off AC must getting in somewhere, waiting for pm heat to relent for cover removal/closer inspection.