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larry barnhart wrote:

After hearing the cost to maintain a large MH from many MH owners we know or have during happy hours I feel we are almost like traveling for free. Repairs, tires radiators many etc's. One was a banker but he didn't feel my thinking was correct.

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To carry on with Larry comments.

Fact one! I cost considerably more to snowbird in a nice DP MH than a nice 5th wheel.

Fact two! If you have propane heat in the MH then you pay a higher cost for propane on site from the delivery truck.

Fact three! Some MH repairs require the rig to go to the shop! there goes your home!

I was once told by a salesman selling a friend an American Dream DP that if you want to travel a lot, then go MH, if you want to sit a lot go 5th wheel.

We spent you first two years retired with a 31' 5th wheel and travel Western states part time. We then for 8 years snowbirded with it. We then purchased a 39' 5th wheel and lived in it full time for over a year. We then built a nice park model with AZ room in the same park that we had be coming to for all those years. LOL we have two golf carts, a gas one at the Northern park that has 22 miles on roads inside the park on 360 acres and an electric one down South.

Many make similar transitions over the years. Even my parents did it. We now have the Bighorn as a summer home in Washington and the park model as a winter home in Arizona and the little Laredo as a side trip commuter rig.

Here is our route documented in pictures.

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Bighorn now our summer home
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Our little guy commuter bumper pull.
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Nice setup Chris!

I'm curious about that roof covering the Bighorn. That looks like a nice protector for the regular roof, but how does that fasten to/set on the rubber roof?

You have to be quite the handy guy, if you did most of those builds yourself!!

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MFL wrote:

Nice setup Chris!

I'm curious about that roof covering the Bighorn. That looks like a nice protector for the regular roof, but how does that fasten to/set on the rubber roof?

You have to be quite the handy guy, if you did most of those builds yourself!!

Jerry


Roof on the Bighorn just rest of top of the trailer according to county zoning rules. A guy in the park a lot younger that me built it last summer. I designed the Arizona room/mancave build of the park model, however it was built by the parks parent construction division.

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Chris,

So you are saying that the roof is just sitting on top of the Big Horn, with NO tie downs? Are you worried about any large wind gusts?

Love the setup by the way
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Face boards go down over sides. Many those roofs in the membership park. Not a problem.

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Our truck sits in our garage from April to the time we hit the road so 6 months on and off. MY wife would not want to ride in a little car in Arizona traffic. Happy wife well ya know the rest of the story.

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He sets among tall Fir and Cedar trees so wind is not an issue.


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There’s a great video on you tube, just look up motor home vs. fifth wheel. It lays out the differences fairly succinctly. I think so much of the decision depends on budget, your age, and personal preferance concerning floor plan and the way you plan to use your RV. Do you plan to stay put or will you move frequently? Good luck with your choice, it isn’t an easy one to make, but doing your homework really helps to make the correct one for you.

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