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Triker33

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Posted: 03/01/18 08:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For only 3 months. Rent a Class C. When done just return it. No hassle with registering, a RV sales tax to pay that will be gone. Up keep and deprecation loss. And time spent trying to sale it at a loss in a buyers market now.


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Triker33 wrote:

For only 3 months. Rent a Class C. When done just return it. No hassle with registering, a RV sales tax to pay that will be gone. Up keep and deprecation loss. And time spent trying to sale it at a loss in a buyers market now.


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Park and walk away when finished.
If something happens and you have to cut your trip short-return it and walk away.


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First off I am motorhome over travel trailer for such a trip, where it sounds like you will be spending a lot of time on the road.

The second point that I want to mention is that I have seen message threads posted by foreign visitors to the US doing much what you describe where they managed to work out deals with used motorhome dealers to buy back a motorhome at a pre-set price after 4-6 months, assuming it was still in good condition. This allowed them to avoid a rushed private re-sell in the limited time they had before leaving the country and was still cheaper than renting.

Also if you end up with a small class C it is certainly possible to travel without a TOAD. We have a 28 ft class A, and no TOAD, we have put over 7,000 miles on it since buying it in 2016 and have been able to get into see 90% of the places we would want to go without a TOAD. Though this does require a bit of planning, sometimes using taxis, shuttle buses, etc. Though at under 30 ft and with a 178 inch wheel base we can easily fit into 2 standard parking spaces end to end, or back in if in a location where we can over hang a curb.

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I'm not sure I necessarily agree with the rental option; that's about $15,000 dollars (plus taxes, probably plus mileage) from e.g. CruiseAmerica. With a little care, it should not be too hard to come out better off with buying and selling a used motorhome or trailer.

It sounds to me like you aren't going to be staying at any one place for too many nights most of the time, but rather moving on every day or every few days, and having a lot of time on the road. A motorhome is in my opinion much more convenient for that kind of travel. Lunch can be had just by pulling off in a parking lot somewhere and walking a few steps to the kitchen. Likewise, a glass of cold water from the fridge is right at hand. It's entirely possible you would not need a towed vehicle, too, as you could fairly easily do your shopping etc. en route. I took a ten week trip to Alaska and back last year without a towed vehicle, and only once or twice did I really feel like it would have been particularly beneficial...but it is worth observing that others have different experiences and opinions there.

I may be all wrong, but I rather suspect you might not want to give up the RV after this trip.





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I have done MH and TT, both. Unless you are going to tow a car behind the MH for trips to the grocery store or sightseeing, I would vote TT. You are really going to want a vehicle to get around that is not the MH, itself.


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I need to go a little off topic here, just to satisfy my own curiosity even though it may be a little personal to you, but, why only 6 months, is there NO interest in RV'ing/traveling beyond that point, I mean there can be many more trips, I don't believe you can see everything of interest in the US in 6 months especially when you add Canada to the mix.
Now back to the subject, I can only give you my personal opinion, as everyone else has, I prefer a Class C.


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The advantage of most class A/C is having an on board generator with the touch of a button. This allows you to stop, eat, shower, and anything else just about anywhere.

The advantage of smaller sprinter class C/B+ is their limited length so you don't really need a toad, their ability to park almost anywhere an F350 can park, and better gas mileage than any other RV class.

For three months, I would go for a 24' or less class B+/C with no toad. If the smaller size gets to you, you can always stay in a hotel room for a night or two.

Cruise America sells their rental stock for pretty good prices with a 90 day warranty.


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Thanks everyone for your responses, it sounds like most people prefer a MH. Since that is what my wife also wants us to get, I think that is what we will do. The largest hassle with a MH seems to be the towed vehicle, perhaps we don't really need it (mapping out our route will determine if we get one). Thanks everyone!

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nosebreaker wrote:

Thanks everyone for your responses, it sounds like most people prefer a MH. Since that is what my wife also wants us to get, I think that is what we will do. The largest hassle with a MH seems to be the towed vehicle, perhaps we don't really need it (mapping out our route will determine if we get one). Thanks everyone!


For a one big trip dedicated camping rig, I'd lean towards a C with a little 4x4 toad (we like to explore, off road back country, etc).
The "rent for 3 months" crowd is the folks who fear the mechanical unknown. If that's you, then maybe renting is a good idea. I'm opposite end of the spectrum and would consider it a challenge to buy right and sell right and get out for little to no cost/depreciation. And if you do have some repairs, they would have to be significant to cost more than a huge rental Bill.
The chance of a newer F350 or a newer E350/450 coach having a major mechanical breakdown is statistically the same. They're both ford trucks, same drivetrains basically.
Buy right and get the setup you think would serve you best for the trip.

In your situation you don't want a big pickup after the deal, so Moho/toad is about the same venture as pickup/TT.
Kids will love the C more.


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Posted: 03/04/18 01:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Purchase your RV keeping in mind that you just might love RVing after the 3 months around the U.S. and you'll want to do more.

We full-timed for 16 years, traveling constantly, and still didn't see the 'whole' U.S.! If you could see my paper atlas book with all the roads highlighted that we drove, you can hardly read any notation on the maps for all the highlighting. We don't do interstates. We travel the secondary roads to 'really' see the U.S. (& Canada, Yukon and up to Alaska).

Trust me.... you are not going to see the U.S. in 3 months! [emoticon]


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