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RE: Limited selection

I'm currently in the market for a new 5th wheel, and as a 10+ year travel trailer owner, I agree with the comment about brand loyalty and cult followings. Right now, I'm looking at small 5th wheels in the 32-36' range for our family of 4 and our dog. No luxury brands for us. The usual suspects are being considered. Jayco, Rockwood, Grand Design, Keystone. While there are certain makes that I like a little better than others, I can't for the life of me imagine getting so burdened with brand loyalty that I lose sight of what I consider to be other significant purchasing data points. Dealership, COST, location of the dealership, etc. For example, I really like the Grand Design, but the nearest dealer is located 200+ miles away in another state. The Rockwood, which I also like, is located 8 miles away. The Jayco, is located 25 miles away. Even if the Rockwood has 4-5 service issues, I'll be able to zip it over to the dealer in 20 minutes. That's pretty important to me. I guess for me, having climbed in and out of so many campers, I don't see *that* big of a difference in build quality and fit and finish between the different makes within the class that I'm looking at.
bobbyg123 07/19/19 12:46pm Fifth-Wheels
Small 5th wheel bunkhouse suggestions

Hi everyone, I'm a longtime frequenter of this site and 10+ travel trailer owner, and I've reached the point in my life where I'm considering changing things up a bit. At first I was thinking about a small Class C motorhome, but as a single Dad, I need the flexibility of having my tow vehicle serve as an around town vehicle once we set up camp, so that brings me to the 5th wheel. I've got a 2017 F350 long bed 6.2L gas engine, and I'd like to keep the weight of the 5th wheel below 10,000lbs. Length and "upscale" amenities aren't too important to me, but I would prefer a floorplan with a queen bed in the front, and 2 full size twin bunks in the back, as I have 13 year old twin boys. One floorplan I really like is the Rockwood 2781WS, but I'm open to comparable makes. Any suggestions on floorplans and general thoughts on smaller 5th wheels would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
bobbyg123 06/17/19 05:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 24’ - 27’ floorplans.

So far, I think I like the 25B the best as well, but the waste tank sizes are really small. That's a bit of a concern. After much looking....we kept coming back to the 25B also. Very happy with the decision. Just enough room for....the two of us. We never feel cramped, or wish for anything larger. Love having the sofa to relax, comfortably watch TV, etc. Not much of a kitchen, but we easily make it work with some pre planning. Easy to drive. Easy to park. Easy to keep clean. Easy to cool. Easy to heat. Easy to maintain. Glad to hear you like your 25B. That's the frontrunner for me so far. I can tolerate the tank sizes, and I have a portable waste tank if I ever need it. We'll normally be 3, sometimes 4 people on trips. I suspect it'll be a little tight, but as you know you pick your poison with floor plans. With my travel trailer, I made the mistake by selecting a huge floorplan for the 2 trips a year when we have a lot of people. Not this time. If friends and Grandparents want to come, they can join us at state parks and we'll pitch a tent outside for extra sleeping.
bobbyg123 12/17/18 01:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Negotiating price on a used class c.

I’ve been in sales my entire career (not vehicle sales though), and I understand the variability in used vehicle pricing. My question involves the list pricing on used RVs. For example: 2017 Minnie Winnie 25A $69,999 18,000 miles Now, if this was a brand new rig, I’d immediately offer the dealer 25% under their listed price. Does that strategy apply to used vehicle list pricing too?
bobbyg123 12/10/18 10:25am Class C Motorhomes
Negotiating price on a used class c.

For those of you who have purchased used motor homes from a dealer, how much of a discount off of their listed price were you able to negotiate? Is there a source out there that accurately blue books the value of used rigs?
bobbyg123 12/06/18 11:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24’ - 27’ floorplans.

So far, I think I like the 25B the best as well, but the waste tank sizes are really small. That's a bit of a concern.
bobbyg123 12/04/18 02:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24’ - 27’ floorplans.

You might also consider the Leprechaun 260QB if you are willing to go a bit longer than the Winnebago 25B and want a small slide to open up the interior some. Its corner bed is a bit more accessible, it has a separate room, and you get the dinette and sofa. https://i.imgur.com/JV8tT4Fl.jpg I like this floor plan. What's the consensus on the Leprechaun brand?
bobbyg123 12/04/18 10:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 24’ - 27’ floorplans.

Boy, it's like clockwork on here. I specifically tell everyone that I want a smaller unit for easy, spontaneous trips; and you guys tell me to go with a 32' land yacht. LOL j/k Seriously though, thank you for the feedback. I know I'd like the larger unit on some trips, but most of the time, it'll just be me and my 12 year old boys hitting road for a night or 3. Not a lot of cooking (if any) will be done inside. The reason I want to go smaller is because, after 10 years of travel trailering, I've seen the writing on the wall. Our trips are now about convenience. I want a small profile, stealthy little camper that I can park at the grocery store, load up and go.
bobbyg123 12/03/18 03:12pm Class C Motorhomes
24’ - 27’ floorplans.

Ok, after over 10 years in a long TT, I’m closing in on the floor plan decision for our first class c. My twin boys are 12 now, and instead of planning trips well in advance, hitching and hauling everything, we desire more spontaneity. Weekend, get up and go trips and tailgating for sporting events. I’m looking at floor pans between 24’-27’. My boys and are I small, I’m only 5’8, 175lbs, so a bunk over cab and rear corner bed or slide out bedroom would suffice. I’m not certain about whether or not one u-shape dinette will be enough space, or if we should maybe go 3’ longer and add an adjacent sofa with a dinette. If you’re bored, look over these 22’-26a Minnie Winnie floor plans and give me your pros and cons. I’m torn between all of the smaller ones; both 22s, the 25, and 26. Minnie Winnie floorplans
bobbyg123 12/02/18 10:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thoughts on manufacturers

One of the big issues with selecting any type of RV is regional availability. Not all makes and models can be readily found. Sunseekers and Thor products are all over the place, new and used. I like some of their floor plans, but feedback on these brands is mixed.
bobbyg123 11/20/18 11:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Driving differences between 25', 31' class C's.

These are great replies everyone. Thank you. I’ve been towing travel trailers for over 10 years, so I get the pros and cons with regard to length. It’s completely subjective, based on individual need. Back in the day when Grandma and Grandpa came all the time, we needed space and we went to state parks all the time. Now they don’t come as much, and I use it more for tailgating and spontaneous weekend get always. Given that, I don’t think I need more than 30’. Me and my boys aren’t big people. I’m 5’8 / 170lbs. My boys are 65lbs. We’d like a bunk over can, a dinette, a small sofa, and an RV queen in the back. I don’t even care if it’s not a walk around bed. 28’ sounds perfect for me.
bobbyg123 11/13/18 10:20pm Class C Motorhomes
Driving differences between 25', 31' class C's.

I'm a longtime travel trailer owner, and now that my boys have gotten older, I'm excited to step away from hitching & towing and move to a motorhome. My current F350 longbed and my 34' trailer makes me feel like I'm driving a semi. We do a lot of tailgating for sporting events, and trying to maneuver in crowded parking lots is too stressful for me anymore. For those of you who have owned and driven different length class C campers, what key differences did you experience with regards to driving, parking, etc.? Like everyone, I'm trying to decide between a 25' - 31' camper, but I don't want to go so long where I'm running into the same problems with parking that I currently have with my TT. Thoughts and feedback appreciated!!
bobbyg123 11/12/18 12:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How used is too used?

I am not a fan of short class C's, need a rear bedroom with RV queen bed. I’m early into my research, but I’ve come to that conclusion as well. I’ve got 12 year old twin boys, so 2 sleeping areas with a bunk over cab and a rear bed would be ideal. Comfortable seating during travel is also important to me. I want to keep it under 30’. So far, these are my favorite floor plans. Sunseeker 2700 Four Winds 28Z Jayco Redhawk 25R Minnie Winnie 25B
bobbyg123 11/11/18 11:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thoughts on manufacturers

Some are put together better than others, and in some cases, better materials such as a fiberglass roof. Out of the brands you mentioned, I'd go with Winnebago. Thanks. I should have been more clear on what I was asking for. Things like roof quality or other "extra" build quality touches that some manufacturers use over others.
bobbyg123 11/09/18 03:58pm Class C Motorhomes
Thoughts on manufacturers

Since I'm in the market for a used Class C, out of necessity, I'm open to a variety of different manufacturers. Without wanting this to turn into a brand loyalty debate, what can you guys tell me about the different Class C makers? I'm in the market for a 25-31' camper, and the makes I'm consistently running into here in the Pacific NW are Thor, Sunseeker, Minnie Winnie, Tioga, and Jayco. Any input on these would be helpful.
bobbyg123 11/09/18 03:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How used is too used?

What I need to start digging into now are the brands I can trust, or more importantly, those I should stay away from.
bobbyg123 11/08/18 02:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How used is too used?

DON'T FALL FOR THE LOW MILLAGE TRICK!!!!!!! I have an RV rental company. They only units that work well are the ones that have been used regularly. I have sold units with 300K miles ex-rentals and they are still rolling around. I have bought units with more than 100K miles, ex-rentals, not one mechanical problem. As long as they were maintained propperly. All the units that I got with low millage for their age ended being a money pit. New appliances, new hoses, new seals, so on and so forth. Look for signs of water damage, specially in the cab over. Maintenance records are important. I always look at the little things. Light the burner cover in the stove, see how clean it is. Look at the steering greasable joints, check they are not dry. Age of tires and condition. Brand of oil filter used, how clean are the battery connections. Basically, little things that tell me the owner took good care of it. A new air conditioner is $600. A new transmission a year from now is going to be $4000. If it was propperly maintained, I would not doubt buying a high millage RV. The V10 and the Ford transmission will do over 200K with no problems if it was excercised and used. That was my inclination as well. If it's a 2012 unit with 10K miles, for me, that's a red flag in some respects. If it has 60K miles, at least you know the owner was out on the road with it.
bobbyg123 11/08/18 01:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How used is too used?

Thanks everyone. Regarding mileage, my concern is what some of you have mentioned. While 60K miles for a 2012 is high, at least I know the vehicle was being used actively and was driving down the road. Of course there are some potential pitfalls with that logic, but the same could be said for a 2012 unit with 12K miles. Did they even drive it? Thing is, I camp up to 40-50 nights/year with my boys, but we still probably won't put more than 10K miles/year on it, as we don't typically venture too far from home. You've all mentioned what I expected, and it's the same for travel trailer purchasing. Leaks are my #1 concern, and I know how to inspect for those. Engine & mechanical problems *shouldn't* be big of a concern for a Ford gas engine with less than 75K miles, provided it's been maintained. The good news is that there are a ton of used rigs out there. Just have to find the right one.
bobbyg123 11/08/18 01:04pm Class C Motorhomes
How used is too used?

Hi everyone. I'm a longtime (10+ years) travel trailer owner, and I'm strongly considering moving to a class C rig as my camping lifestyle has changed over the years. My question is fairly generic, but I'm wondering what criteria you experienced class C owners would look at when considering a used camper. The usual stuff like mileage, how many owners, the overall condition of the unit is what I'll typically go by, but are there other hidden factors with Class C units that I should keep in mind? There are a TON of used Class C units on the market, and even rigs that go back to 2007 often times only have 60K miles or less on them. I'd just like to hear what you would be looking closely at if you were in the market for a used camper. Thanks in advance.
bobbyg123 11/08/18 12:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New tow vehicle: hitch height question

Yes, I will be using w/d bars. I'm going to tinker with the setup tonight. I store my rig offsite, which is why I'm asking about baseline height measurements. I'm going to start with the hitch maybe 1/2" above the trailer coupler (unhitched). I figure if I'm completely hitched up with the W/D bars and there's only 1" or less of decline (trailer nose down), that should be good enough. I'm somewhat caught in the middle here. As I mentioned previously, my drop shank will either have to be at the highest DROP setting (the inverted L pointing down), or at the lowest rise setting. If I configure it for the rise setting, then my hitch will be a full 1.5" above the trailer coupler (unhitched). I'm not sure that with the W/D bars, there will be 2" of sag. I'd rather the nose of the trailer point down than point up. We'll see tonight! Thanks guys.
bobbyg123 09/04/18 04:54pm Towing
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