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martymain

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I just read Tucker Ballister's article, "The Best RVs for Full-Time Living." I was disappointed not to see some of the high-end manufacturers and their quality products listed. Manufacturers of 5th wheels like: Spacecraft, New Horizons, Luxe, DRV build sturdy and very well quipped and beautiful RVs that will stand the test of fulltime living and travel. And manufactures of Class A motorhomes like: Liberty, Country Coach, Marathon, and Newell (to name just a few) do a stellar job on the best coaches (most built on Prevost busses) out there.
And to me, conspicuously absent were Super Cs motorhomes (those built on Heavy Duty (semi tractor) Trucks. Again high end manufacturers like; Showhauler, NRC, Haulmark, and Renegade RV.
While all these brands are VERY expensive, most of these RVs are not built in a production-line fashion, but are constructed in a partial or complete custom manner, one copy at a time. For the most part, these units a very well built and last many, many years of fulltime living.
And thought most of these units, new, start at $250k and can rise to at least $1 million each, used units can be had for considerably less. Then they can be upgraded/updated. We did this with a New Horizons 5Th Wheel trailer (see See the Watts on Wheels YouTube video interview and now have a quality unit they can house us for years to come.
Perhaps a future article can cover these high-end units and every updating/re-decorating them.





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Ok…


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Posted: 07/16/21 11:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Salesman for high end RVs?

You see people full timing in a wide variety of units. If you don't abuse it, you don't need top of the line. Dual pane windows are nice along with better insulation but even that isn't critical.


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martymain wrote:

I just read Tucker Ballister's article, "The Best RVs for Full-Time Living." I was disappointed not to see some of the high-end manufacturers and their quality products listed.


Quality products? LOL. I have found the quality only exists in the RV Industry on websites and brochures. Go high end, something on a Prevost foundation. Do that and it's clear you have enough coin or credit line/debt to have others maintain and make the repairs which will be needed at some point. High price is no guarantee of anything, especially so quality, which is subjective in itself.

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Not likely any two people would fully agree on what constitutes a full time unit. Or most anything else for that matter. People full time in million dollar rigs. People full time in $25,000 rigs. And each are happy doing it. I don’t put much faith in some writer’s opinion of what is best. Too much personal bias.

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Most articles along that line are geared toward mainstream units and brands. Folks who are just starting to look into the possibilities.
Going after the Half Mill and up market is generally folks who have already been using RV's for a while, and wont look to an article like that for guidance, they already know what they want from having seen them on the road and in the camping resorts.

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

Most articles along that line are geared toward mainstream units and brands. Folks who are just starting to look into the possibilities.
Going after the Half Mill and up market is generally folks who have already been using RV's for a while, and wont look to an article like that for guidance, they already know what they want from having seen them on the road and in the camping resorts.


The scary thing is you do come across people who buy these high end units with no experience and then 6 months later they are dumping them because they don't like the lifestyle.

Keep in mind the high end units have more complicated systems that cost more to keep up.

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could be he didn't do very much research on RV's before he wrote the article

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Fidel Gastro wrote:

martymain wrote:

I just read Tucker Ballister's article, "The Best RVs for Full-Time Living." I was disappointed not to see some of the high-end manufacturers and their quality products listed.


Quality products? LOL. I have found the quality only exists in the RV Industry on websites and brochures. Go high end, something on a Prevost foundation. Do that and it's clear you have enough coin or credit line/debt to have others maintain and make the repairs which will be needed at some point. High price is no guarantee of anything, especially so quality, which is subjective in itself.


Well said I totally agree.....


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A good friend of ours full timed with a teardrop and a minivan for nearly 20 years until ill health took her off the road. All RV's are "full time capable" if they fit your life style and are properly maintained. We've full timed in modest gas Class A's since 2008, and have no desire to move up to higher end RV's.


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