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way2roll

You're ignoring the numbers in my complete example when you compare $35K yo $90K to try to make your point.

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You spent many years owning towable units. I spent many years as a CPA

I'm not going to spend any more time pulling up examples to prove my point. A Class A + Toad is significantly more expensive than a comparable Fifth Wheel + Truck.

Believe what you want.

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Yes but I'm on the road before you hook up and minutes do count in some cases being alive counts more then your numbers CBA


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crawford wrote:

in a advent you need to evacuate my class A ready to go with my whole family yes my husky's are my family also i left no one behind. I keep can foods bottle water.fuel with treatment full,cloths,Locked box with copy of important papers needed. Up to date maps, Up to date,weather radio,Up to date GPS. You never know If fire, storms,Floods or a great get away may happen but which ever happen remember restock .


This is exactly what we do! [emoticon] We keep the water tank full, stocked with sealed shelf stable non-perishable food, and at least two cases of bottled water. We also keep clothes and other critical items in the rig. If we have a major Cascadia Earthquake we will be ready! I did try to keep the trailer ready before we had the motorhome however since it took so long to hook up to move it wasn't nearly as "ready" as I would have liked. Funny anecdote, when my daughter was younger and had piano lessons I used to drop her off with the RV so I could sit in comfort and watch TV while I was waiting for her to get done. I would never ever consider doing that with a towable. We also sometimes use the motorhome for day trips simply because it is so much more comfortable than riding in a SUV or car. We did the same thing when we were touring a national park when our twins were still infants and required feeding and changing every hour or so. We just dropped the connections on the ground and left camp. Parking was harder but we didn't have any problems seeing what we wanted to. Never, not one time did we ever do this kind of stuff when we had a towable. It was simply too much work!


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Lots of talk about comparisons - but one thing is missing... we all have different situations and different preferences.

If I already owned a capable truck, a 5er would be cheaper for me.

I already own two toads, so I would never count them in the calculation comparing a motorhome to a 5er.

I would never buy less than a well equipped turbo diesel truck for towing, but I would gladly buy an F53 with the 3 valve V10.

Case in point? A motorhome is a cheaper option for me because I own two toads and would prefer better than a $35k 5er. Unless some day I decide to re-tool and own a truck. A 5er is always a cheaper option for my neighbor... because he already owns a truck with a Power Stroke.

The original question was about preferences... My vote is motorhome any day, but if I owned a truck -- I'd strongly consider converting to a 5ver for the cost savings alone.

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You are correct. Cost isn’t a factor to me. I can. I can make either choice fit my budget.

I’ve had long pickups and Suburbans and I don’t want to drive a big hard to park truck at flea markets and restaurants etc.

I enjoy driving a nimble decent mileage SUV.


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well the obvious advantage of the A vs towable is being able to use the house while driving. That was the decision point for us going from TT to class C last year. Personally, I love driving and camping and would be fine in anything. But if a motorhome makes the wife/kids happy and keeps them wanting to travel, then that's good enough for me. No one liked long days in the van. Long days in the motorhome are great. I'm often 100 miles down the road before anyone else is even awake now. And when they do get up, they can make me some coffee and a sandwich between card games. [emoticon]

If you go to one place and set up for a while, this is negated. But if you travel, it's definitely a valid consideration.


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WilsonCampers wrote:

Lots of talk about comparisons - but one thing is missing... we all have different situations and different preferences.

If I already owned a capable truck, a 5er would be cheaper for me.

I already own two toads, so I would never count them in the calculation comparing a motorhome to a 5er.

I would never buy less than a well equipped turbo diesel truck for towing, but I would gladly buy an F53 with the 3 valve V10.

Case in point? A motorhome is a cheaper option for me because I own two toads and would prefer better than a $35k 5er. Unless some day I decide to re-tool and own a truck. A 5er is always a cheaper option for my neighbor... because he already owns a truck with a Power Stroke.

The original question was about preferences... My vote is motorhome any day, but if I owned a truck -- I'd strongly consider converting to a 5ver for the cost savings alone.

I get what your saying in terms of already owning a big truck or a capable toad.
But for comparison sake you need to compare the cost of tow vehicle and 5'er vs. class A and towed. The fact that you already owned it does not impact the comparison. The idea is to compare the value/cost of each type of RV.


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Pro: ease of use, everything is near by.
Con : with everything near by you can hear everything rattling, and bouncing around.
Pro: No tow vehicle needed.
Con: You have a toad, or load up the whole rig to just go to the store.
Con: Maintenance required on motorhome even if you don’t move it, tires, fluids, hoses, plus smog checks, I could go on and on.

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If you can rent one for a week it would give perspective on how it works for you.


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The heated arguments comparing costs are a red herring. The OP never asked which was cheaper.
People have a budget for an RV. Pick your reasonable price point. You can find a suitable class A and toad combo for the price of a fiver and a truck.

We happen to like the view in a class A and being able to use the head easily.

We like driving a smaller car instead of a dually monster truck when I get there.



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