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PatAbago

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Hello Folks!
We are about to buy our first RV and have several questions:
1- What is the ideal length to navigate across the US without problems (including national parks)?
2- Diesel or GAS and why?
3- Are slideouts to be avoided or no known problems?
4- Ford or Mercedes?
5- For the same price, brand new Thor Axis 24.1 2018, or used Forrest SunSeeker 2800 GTS 2018 (2800 Miles) and why?
Thanks a lot for your help and hope to see you soon on he road!!

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I’m surprised PATABAGO is asking about a Thor.

You all know what I think, but please, someone help the newbie and maybe suggest where he can spend the night between campgrounds in his new-to-him RV. [emoticon]

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Review this chart for National Park RV lengths.

https://outdoorsrvmfg.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/National-Park-Trailer-Length-Chart.pdf

A slide or slides make a small RV much larger at the campsite.


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If you are talking about class c units, before you buy one go and rent one from cruise america for a week than you can figure out what you like and don't like.

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First thing to do is ask the wife what SHE wants....4 slides, walk-around bed, dining table and 4 chairs, 2-AC's, a recliner and a full-size bathtub....in a 22' coach.

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I'm in a similar position (I have a 20ft Toy hauler/Transit) but have
been looking at a Class C or B+ for a couple of cross country trips.

This will be for my wife and myself; I've been looking at max 24ft.
Easier to drive and able to get into tight spaces, easier to park
at shopping malls.

Diesel or gas - don't think it makes much difference for me. I looked
at Mercs - very nice but the diesel Transit has caught my eye. Why?
if you breakdown in the middle of nowhere there is always a Ford dealer nearby.

I prefer a slide-out for the extra room - I've never had a problem
with my slide out on my older TT. Also you get tend to get a better
sofabed with the slide out and room to move around.

Axis or ??? : I've looked at a couple of Axis - you do get a lot of RV
for the money. The Axis is on my list as I probably won't keep the
RV for more than a couple of years; I still prefer a pull behind TT/TH. I was not TOO impressed with the workmanship/quality but then
it's built down to a price; The mechanicals are all FORD.

One item to think about. A Class B/B+/C will have to be packed up
each time you want to go anywhere (like the local restaurant).
Unless you are willing to tow a car - which kind of defeats the
object of buying a small RV....


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Retired and travel quite a bit.

Prefer pull behind, 25ft box feels just right for 2.
To small, you start feeling confined on long trips,to long your limited to where you can go.

Newer gas engines have much better towing capacity today,less maintenance cost.

Don't even consider an RV without a slide,had both.

Class ABC's wouldn't work for our style but appeal to others.

After all these years we still prefer State parks all over the country and carry a small Bass boat in truck bed, won't be without it.

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25 feet max if you want to fit everywhere
Diesel
Slide outs are good but add weight.
Mercedes
Take your pick

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Diesel if you plan to tow anything, much easier going in and out of trucks stops at the diesel pumps.

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packpe89 wrote:

Diesel if you plan to tow anything, much easier going in and out of trucks stops at the diesel pumps.


Better look at the 3.0 Mercedes diesels power vs the typical Chevy 6.0s of Ford 6.2s before making the statement about towing.

And don't be that guy using the big rig pumps to fuel up a glorified "van."


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