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RE: Reliability of older Class C’s?

I don't know, maybe she thinks it will be a fun, exciting adventure that will test her skills and abilities, give her a sense of accomplishment and provide priceless memories? Like maybe the same reason most of us get into RVing??:R That’s my hope anyways!! :D
Tortiemctortiepants 11/17/20 07:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reliability of older Class C’s?

I wonder why a woman, with no previous RV owner/operator/maintainer experience, would want to buy an older used RV to take a trip (alone) from VA to WA. It seems to me that driving a car and staying in motels would be safer, easier, and much less expensive taking all actual and potential costs into account. You could take a tent, an air mattress, propane stove and ice chest for occasional camping, where it is safe to tent-camp, in attractive patrolled camp settings if desired. Well, there’s lots of reasons, but this idea originated from my desire to relocate back to WA and thinking about how to get there with all of my pets. I think that having all of my pets in an rv would be less stressful for everybody than sneaking them into motels every night, and it would be more enjoyable to stay at campgrounds than motels. Once the idea took hold, I started to get excited about it and thought, I’m not tied down at the moment and will have all summer to explore, so why not turn it into an adventure? Plus I’ll have an rv for future trips, which would be handy since I have family and friends spread out all over the place.
Tortiemctortiepants 11/17/20 07:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

I do need to look into class A’s... for some reason I had it in my head that they were all really big so I had ruled them out. I’m not sure what the difference between a’s and c’s are, so I’ll have to do some research. Thanks for the suggestion!
Tortiemctortiepants 11/16/20 08:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome vs travel trailer for cross country with pets??

Okay, that is good to know!! Thanks for the tip, it seems water damage is a very common issue to be on the lookout for so it’s good to have ideas of where to look for it.
Tortiemctortiepants 11/16/20 08:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reliability of older Class C’s?

Thank you so much for all of your replies! You are an extremely helpful bunch!! It seems that I will really need to have it inspected prior to purchasing... I don’t know enough to even really know what to look for exactly, especially the less obvious things, like secret water damage! are there typically mechanics who offer an inspection service who will travel to the unit, or do I ask to take it somewhere? Is that pretty usual or will people be weirded out by the request? I’m hoping to stay in the under $15k range (the lower the better), and I would like something on the smaller side... I think somewhere in the 24-28ft range would be good. I’m not worried about cosmetics as long as everything is functional and it’s not so ugly that I’d get kicked out of anywhere! I will need to find out age limits on roadside service providers since I will definitely need to be able to have that! I was considering Good Sam as that seems to be a pretty popular one. I like the idea of an auto maintenance class... I never even thought of that. Someone else had mentioned an rv driving class she had taken, so I wonder if there’s a general rv driving and maintenance class somewhere too.
Tortiemctortiepants 11/15/20 07:53pm Class C Motorhomes
Reliability of older Class C’s?

I posted this as a question within another thread/topic, but thought that it may make more sense to post it as it’s own specific topic in the Class C section... I am considering a Class C for a cross country trip from VA to WA, but most that I am finding in my price range are older (1980s/90s/early 2000s)... Given low miles and no major current issues upon inspection, are these generally reliable enough to be trusted for a cross country trip? I am feeling the need to be extra careful as I will be traveling as a lone woman (not including the several pets along for the ride). Are there any makes/models that have a particularly good reputation for longevity? Or conversely any that I should avoid? Would it be better to absolutely find a newer model? And if so, from what year on would be best? Thank you so much!! I welcome any and all advice!!
Tortiemctortiepants 11/14/20 10:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome vs travel trailer for cross country with pets??

I can’t thank you all enough for all of the great information and advice! I was leaning toward a van/suv with travel trailer combo, but I am now reconsidering the class c as a possibility, for two main reasons... One is that I am used to driving ambulance sized vehicles (well, because they are ambulances :D) so the idea is much less overwhelming to me and seems like it would be easier to maneuver in general. Two is that when I was trying to plan out where to keep the pets in each place and to move them back and forth between tow vehicle and trailer... it got really messy and I think that might be more stressful for the small pets being transferred into travel cages for the day and then back... versus just setting them up nicely in one spot in a motor home and letting them settle in. I could even potentially keep most of them in their current enclosures, depending on space available, rather than having to downsize everybody. I’ve been thinking hard about the break down scenario, as that was the biggest reason for my tending toward a travel trailer... and I think I can work it out. I will still have tiny travel enclosures that will fit into backpacks and/or duffel bags for everybody in the event of needing to take everybody with me somewhere. Instead of being an everyday transition thing though this would just be in case of a break down. I’ve found ways to stay in hotels before with pets (I did that every night on the trip from WA to VA) or if push comes to shove I can maybe stay a few nights in the small car I plan to tow behind (I think I could trade my Rogue in for something small that is flat towable). My original concerns about reliability of older class c’s remain though as most in my price range are 1980s/90s/early 2000s. Are there any makes/models that just have great reputations? Or ones I should avoid? I am still thinking this through and am very much in the planning stage, so I continue to welcome any advice!!!
Tortiemctortiepants 11/14/20 09:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

So I have been doing some thinking, and I think I’m putting a Class C back on my list of possibilities... I’m honestly more attracted to the class c idea for the simplicity of not moving pets back and forth between a tow vehicle and a trailer, and I feel more comfortable with the idea of driving an ambulance sized vehicle with something little behind in comparison to a potentially large tow vehicle towing something even bigger behind... I’m sure I could learn either system though... so I’m back at my original drawing board of older class c vs tow vehicle/ travel trailer combo... so I must continue my research.. I still welcome any advice and am so thankful for everyone’s words of wisdom so far!!!
Tortiemctortiepants 11/14/20 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

Very close, dedmiston! I’m impressed! Just subtract 1 cat and add 1 dog, 2 birds, and a bunny. :D I'd better start taking notes. :B For what it's worth, I'm enjoying your research, and I appreciate your tenacity. With some of the advice you've been given, I would have ditched the plans already. I admire your commitment to your critters. I'd do the same for mine. Haha! Thanks! I am pretty stubborn once I get an idea stuck in my head... which can be a good or a bad thing! :D Your critters are lucky to have you :)
Tortiemctortiepants 11/14/20 09:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

"And perhaps tend toward a van for the greater payload capacity..." Vans don't necessary have more payload capacity than a pick up. Depends on the van. They have more space. Yep - understand the numbers and consider them carefully. I would suggest that you will be in full-size SUV or van territory. As a single traveler, you might be able to get by with a properly equipped full-size SUV depending on the weight of the animals and gear. You may find that it needs a van. The former will be much more accessible on the used market, and would likely work better as a daily driver when you arrive. I’m still trying to wrap my head around all the different important numbers... I understand them theoretically (I think...) but I have no frame of reference to be good at guesstimating how much weight I’ll likely be looking at carrying around once loaded up.
Tortiemctortiepants 11/13/20 08:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

Most trailering packages include the hitch rated to suit the vehicle, a larger radiator, plus a transmission cooler. Will vary with different manufacturers. A full sized van will tow just about any 20' trailer you find. Many of the front wheel drive SUV's come with the trailering package. GM's, Traverse, Acadia, Enclave, they are all six cylinder engines but get close to 300 hp. Ford Explorer also a great tow vehicle for the smaller trailers. Just find the trailer first, then select something you will enjoy as a daily driver that has the capacity to tow your new trailer. Also, good idea to put you total package together a few months before you begin your adventure. Take a few small trips an get used to your vehicle/trailer package. Good luck. Do you think the V6 engines could handle a cross county trip? I had eliminated them from my search thinking that they wouldn’t hold up... but if they could handle it that would be good news on the daily driver and gas mileage fronts!
Tortiemctortiepants 11/13/20 08:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

I don't know, I am not agreeing with a lot that is being said. Tow packages are not created equally. What you need is a hitch 5point wiring harness and a brake controller. Factory packages will also include a transmission cooler. That E-350 could be an ideal machine for you. Good price not a lot of miles.Of course 350,s are usually bought by businesses so it may have been ridden hard and put away wet. I am much more casual than some of these guys. I have towed hauled and carried stuff in all manner of vehicles for over fifty years. Do not get a half ton. your twenty foot tt is probably going to gross between 6 and 7k giving you a tongue weight ofabout800 pounds. When you are looking at vehicles open the drivers door. There will be a stickers that says "Weight of cargo and passengers must not excced xxxxx" In my opinion you want that figure to be a minimum of 18oo pounds 2200 would be perfect. Most important is proper wiring harness brake controller transmission cooler sufficient cargo capacity. Thanks! It is from a private seller, but must have been used more for work/hauling I’m assuming as the rear seats are gone. But I need mostly space anyways. Would an inspection be able to tell me if it had the proper brake controller/wiring harness/transmission cooler?
Tortiemctortiepants 11/13/20 07:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

Would an older vehicle with low miles and no major mechanical problems after an inspection be reliable, or should I really try to find a newer vehicle? For example, I found a 2007 Ford E350 with a tow package and only 60k miles on it for $8500, and I am interested in it but hesitate because of its age. Heck that is just "broken in" ! Which engine ? The 6.8L V10 has a lot of power, but it is thirsty. Like any used vehicle it will need "maintenance" items which can add up. Brakes all around, shocks and a front end alignment including replacing worn items. This could easily add up to over $1,000 if you are having it done. Find a good independent shop. Dealer charge too much. It is the 5.4 liter V8, would that be adequate?
Tortiemctortiepants 11/13/20 07:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

Oh also I forgot to mention, my in laws tow a 25' travel trailer or a boat (obviously not at the same time) with their Toyota Sequoia and it does just fine. Oh! That is good to know!
Tortiemctortiepants 11/13/20 12:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

Okay, thanks! So it sounds like I should add factory tow package to my must-have list. And perhaps tend toward a van for the greater payload capacity due to all the pets and their supplies and my things that I will be moving with me... I was hoping I could make an SUV work just because it would make a nicer daily driver when I get to WA, but I’m thinking I might need a van for my travels after all? I will check out Sue and crew as well, thanks!
Tortiemctortiepants 11/13/20 12:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

Very close, dedmiston! I’m impressed! Just subtract 1 cat and add 1 dog, 2 birds, and a bunny. :D
Tortiemctortiepants 11/13/20 12:31pm General RVing Issues
Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

Thanks to all of your excellent advice, I have decided to find either a full size van or SUV to pull a travel trailer (I am thinking around 20’) for my cross country trip this summer, primarily because of all the pets and needing to have somewhere to stay with them in the event of a breakdown. What needs to be on my list of “must-haves” when I’m looking for a tow vehicle that will be able to reliably carry me and my menagerie over a variety of landscapes and conditions, mountain passes, etc? I’m assuming I should only be looking at something with a V8 engine? When I’ve been searching I have been narrowing my searches to vehicles already with a tow hitch with the assumption that this would mean that it’s equipped to tow, but I’m wondering if that is incorrect... must the vehicle have been originally manufactured with an official “tow package” or can an otherwise capable vehicle be outfitted with a trailer hitch after I buy it? Would an older vehicle with low miles and no major mechanical problems after an inspection be reliable, or should I really try to find a newer vehicle? For example, I found a 2007 Ford E350 with a tow package and only 60k miles on it for $8500, and I am interested in it but hesitate because of its age. Any thoughts on these vehicles that have come up in my searches, pro/con or something else I should be looking for entirely? SUV - Nissan Armada, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Sequoia or Land Cruiser, Chevy Tahoe or Suburban, GMC Yukon, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator Vans - Nissan NV, Dodge RAM Promaster, Chevy Express, GMC Savana, Ford E150/250/350 Thank you so much for any advice!
Tortiemctortiepants 11/13/20 11:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome vs travel trailer for cross country with pets??

Certainly not at the same time, at least not generally. I suppose it may be at least theoretically possible for a flatbed tow truck to haul both if it has an ordinary hitch receiver and the right sized ball and so forth, but that would definitely not be something to count on. A wheel lift tow truck definitely isn't going to tow a disabled vehicle plus a trailer behind that vehicle. You can of course get the tow vehicle towed for repairs and also make arrangements to have the trailer towed to some other location, either by renting a vehicle that can tow it (and is permitted to per the rental agreement), or by hiring someone, or by relying on the kindness of some helpful person you somehow meet or know. Oh my! That sounds like it would be quite the ordeal to have to arrange towing for two things instead of just one!
Tortiemctortiepants 11/11/20 06:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome vs travel trailer for cross country with pets??

Thank you everyone!! I knew I was lost but now I’m realizing how much I really don’t know about this... it had never occurred to me that campgrounds would have age limits for rvs or pet limits... your advice has been really helpful. I’m still torn between the class c and travel trailer options.. but I’m ruling out the truck idea as I think I am going to need the pet space I would get with a van/suv (with ac in the back area) , if I go the travel trailer route. I got scared off of the SUV idea because people told me that I would burn the transmission up towing... I’m guessing that it would be okay as long as I was within the correct weight limits?
Tortiemctortiepants 11/11/20 06:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhome vs travel trailer for cross country with pets??

The pet thing is hard. I would take some time to consider some examples of campgrounds in which you'd be interested and then explore their pet policies. Make sure you'd actually be able to do what you want to do. As for an older RV - that's a tough one. Reliability is about far more than just the chassis. A 25 year old class C could be great, or not - and the mileage is only part of the story. Water damage...appliance issues...water system... all of these things can be problematic. Some would actually need to be addressed right away, others you could limp along with. Frankly, it can often be easier and faster to get the chassis issued addressed on the road than the house issues. You may find a great unit. You may not - and breakdowns for any class C, much less one of that age, are a risk. One related concern that has not been addressed in this is the question of what you will do if you do break down and need extensive repair. No hotel is going to take in all of those animals. If your house needs to go into the shop for a few days, where do you plan to stay? From this angle, a towable could be beneficial as you'd have the option of staying in the RV while the truck was repaired, leaving you less likely to be caught without a back-up plan. That’s true that it would be better to still have a place to be with the pets in the event of a break down... but If my towing vehicle did break down, say on the side of the road, do tow trucks tow both the vehicle and the trailer?
Tortiemctortiepants 11/11/20 06:10pm General RVing Issues
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