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belairbrian

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We considered moving to a C from 5th wheels, but for now we just don't travel enough. Just don't like having a vehicle sit that much.
We have looked at several. One thing that stuck us was a smaller good floor plan beats a big bad floor plan. There were 2 in particular we looked at. A 26 with a good floorplan and a 31 with a bad one. The 26 felt much bigger.

We'll keep looking and make the move to a C one day. Not really interested in a Class A. Maybe I'm wrong on this but the C has a chassis and drive train that you could find service for much easier than a Class A.


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The 5th wheel is a bit of a pain, backing in and parking level. Also when visiting family I have to go about an hour away to find a decent park. 2014 chevy 2500HD 4X4 LTZ with 38K.. Trailer is payed for as well. Retiring soon, and may travel much more. Probably best to stick with what I have, it is proven. But the Jayco at 2011 is at the sell by date. Either sell it now or keep it till the junk yard.

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I have owned every type of rv on the market. Each has their own pros/cons. This is what I discovered.

Before you sell your rig. Rent a class c before you buy one. It will be money well spent.
Please don't be discouraged by my list of negatives, I just don't like people being surprised after dropping $70-$140k on a 'C' after giving up something they liked. Remember you need to earn 2x that amount in order to spend that amount.

Think about towing or not towing car behind you. Research flat vs dolly towing, only certain model cars can be flat towed, all 4 wheels on the ground. Could be $3k to set up a towing system. Coming from a trailer, you'll be giving up a vehicle to explore and sightsee.
You might not like the way the 'C' rides or handles, especially coming from a fiver which is a solid tow. Many owners have to spend a few thousand in aftermarket parts to find a comfortable ride. The longer rv body on a short wheelbase can react to crosswinds and big rig bow waves. Some gas powered A's have those issues as well. I never had to deal with that with any trailer once I set up the hitch properly.

You have to watch the rear overhang on certain 'C' floorplans because the rear can scrape . That's why some of the rears angle up.
Therefore if you have a steep driveway apron you better check into the clearance before you buy.
Some add air bags to help with clearance but keep in mind AB's are designed to bring a loaded sagging rear back up to normal ride height. If you already sit level an AB will only offer you approx an inch more height, depending on the configuration. Changing the tire size could give you a additional 1/2" and that combination might just be enough that some owners need for clearance.

MH's are going to be more noisy than towing because you are riding inside the same cabin as your pots/pans and whatever decides it wants to rattle. What's not making noise today might make noise tomorrow.

If your pickup is a top of line model , the class c cab might be bare bones without the bells n whistles. If you like those comforts, then make sure you have them when you make your choice.
Remember the bigger you go and the bigger the slides the closer you have to monitor your payload. The 450's are 14,500.

With all the negatives, I would still prefer to own a 'C' or a 'B' because I use my rv for day trips all year round. They fit my style so I deal with it.

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In 40+ years we've had pop-ups, hybrid trailer, small 5th wheel. 7 years ago we purchased a 10 year old Winnebago 31 ft. Class C and still are enjoying it. The MH is my top choice for many reasons; easy backing, onboard generator, good sized tanks and easiest set up and take down. But they all have +s and -s. The MH doesn't drive as nicely as a truck. For us we need a car to drive and towing one is no picnic. As far as money, I think you can set any price over $20000 or so and get a decent used one. Personally, I'll stick with Winnebago but with a used one, condition and service history might be as important.


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Condition is key when it comes to used RV's. You can tell alot by speaking with the owner, and looking at the small things. Decals faded? are there any hack job repairs visible? Is the owner knowledgeable about RV stuff? Look under the unit for rust. Many RV's only get 3-4k miles per year in the summer, and otherwise sit. If you can find one of the queens you can get a good deal on a nice motorhome that will last as long as something bought new.

Age? I dunno. Sounds like you are looking at new enough units for it not to matter. The 6 spd is a bit better than the 5 spd, but not significantly so.
I have the old 4 speed and it does great.

It's really all about individual unit condition.

I personally ruled out Coachman, but I was looking at much older units (2003-2005 range). Winnie's are nice, but I saw some beat ones too, so you never know. ANY signs of water leaks or delam, walk away.

I ended up with a Fleetwood, and it's a good rig. Mid level quality, rubber roof, but all the appliances and stuff are pretty much the same on all manufacturers. Mine was barn stored and in good shape with a new roof, new tires and new batteries, I was able to buy it from the acutal owner instead of a dealer so I got to speak with them in person about the rig instead of just a blind inspection.

We went from TT to class C and absolutely love it. No toad takes a little adjusting to, but we've been fine. And the family loves being able to use the house while in motion.


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When looking for my used motorhome, along with personal vehicles, I buy new from a dealer and used from the owner. My C now was from the original owner and I flew from Ca to Mn to pick it up.

Oftentimes a dealer purchases units from auctions. Having no history of maintenance you are throwing the dice. Many times they are re-possessed. if a person cannot afford the payment they surely could not afford regular maintenance.

Service records, i walk away if they are not available.

5 or 6 speed, most drivers could not tell the difference. My coach has 5,my truck 6 and my Jeep 8 . All deliver as expected.

Leaks and water intrusion. Overhead bunks leak, maybe not now but eventually. My Cambria has the sleek entertainment set up in the front.

When you find one, pay an experienced RV mechanic to look at it. A few dollars spent now can save you tons when you drive down the street.
Take your time, thousands of units out there. Travel if needed.
Self insure, extended warranties benefit the seller of the item, not the buyer. Ford V-10's are highly reliable and strong along with their transmissions. 300K miles is nothing to either one.

Enjoy your search and see you on the road......

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Have also had travel trailers.
Just bought a 2014 Forester 3011ds with 6,800 miles with no issues. This class c has plenty of both inside storage and out, a kitchen with nice counter space, double door frig., pull out couch, u shaped dinet, and hydraulic leveling. It’s perfect for the 2 of us.
Buying used saved us a lot of money and being 5 years old the previous owner had taken all the bugs out which were hardly any...I talked to previous owner.

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Stick with a "newer" model E450, one with the V10 engine.

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Lots of good info, thank you all. Didn't think of the rear overhang, could be an issue depending on the location. I'm pretty well versed in RV isues, they all have them, no matter the type or class. Next couple of months will tell. Thinking of one 5 to 6 years old that was taken care of. Not like a 5th wheel, maintainance records would be a must. Generators are another issue, what is a lot of hours? How long do they last when cared for?

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Onan generators last many hours if cared for and used regularly (thousands of hours). Most RV generator problems come from lack of regular use as much as anything. If it starts readily and runs well (under load) and the oil has been changed on a reasonable schedule, I wouldn't be concerned about the generator.

I would avoid a propane generator if you think you'll be using it much at all.





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