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klutchdust wrote:

before you purchase whatever unit you decide on, be sure and have it inspected by someone who has experience with RV'S. One of the most important inspections needs to be for water damage, especially around the front above cab area. Appliances and systems, air conditioner, heater need to be checked. How about the service/maintenance on the chassis. Money well spent before you purchase.
There hasn't been one trip made where I haven't had something require attention. I keep a note pad and write down what to take care of before the next trip. Appliances are easy to replace and the builders use
the same brands. I have used mobile mechanics when out and about and you can get a quicker response than a brick and mortar repair shop. If you get a Ford V-10 buy a few spare ignition coils and carry them with you.
Best of luck in your adventure, see you in the Sierras!


Yes, but some dealers offer their own inspection. I thought of just going with dealer's inspection results if it's offered - other dealers do not offer inspections and do more of a consignment thing, withotu pre-checking the unit, this concerns me as you pay $$$ for inspections on a wild card and may be out of inspection money and no RV and I need to buy a motorhome and hit the road asap.
Mobile mechanics is a very good idea, I didn't even know they existed!

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Also the sideview. Its fine when going straight. In a class c the cab portion is narrower than the coach portion. You have take intersections at more of a right angle otherwise the coach will block your side vision.


To think of it, I have some experience driving big pickups I rented from Home Depot, that was easy. I hope class C isn't terribly hard as I'd be driving off the lot with my sedan car in tow, towing for the first time too (need to tow car quite a long distance where I'll put it in storage)

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I have bad eyes.
Also, my eyeglasses' plastic frames limit my field of vision. No one to help parking. I get very tired on long drives, become no good at parking from fatique. Had adventures with my Camry's bumper meeting pine trees and boulders, definitely and a 20' campsite can be hard to back even a Camry into when you're tired. Can't imagine what happens with long vehicle. Shorter RV is definitely safer bet in terms of not hitting things and not scraping.


Remember that with ANY motorhome, your visibility is much more limited than in a car. If you already have difficulty backing in to spaces in your camry, you're going to be miserable with the motorhome.

You can't see out the back of the motorhome. The only way to see behind the MH is with a backup camera and that's going to be a small view. In addition, it's not just what's behind you, it is what's above you. Tree branches hanging over the site in particular.

Trying to back in and park a motorhome, especially by yourself, when you are tired is not fun. Doing so with bad vision, etc, - well don't camp near me. [emoticon]

In addition, the body of the motorhome is not as sturdy as the body of a car. That slight dent you got in the camry when you backed into a boulder is going to do a lot nore damage to the motorhome.


Well I have to buy a motorhome and learn to park it.
That's what I'm going to do.

Overhanging branches never been a problem in types of sites I usually end up, rather, lack of shade is usually a problem.

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For what it's worth, the picture below shows the non-slide floor plan of our 24 ft. Class C that's built on a Ford chassis that provides decent ground clearance ... along with 55 gallons of fuel, a 4000 watt built-in generator, and an 18 gallon propane tank.

It's wheel wells are not under the dinette, they're under the refrigerator area and galley area. All of the areas under the dinette benches are available for storage, so the dinette table and two benches can be completely removed to make room for one or two full recliners. Installing only one recliner in that area would make room for a nice table right beside it to eat on, hold a laptop, hold books, etc., when camped. Also note the stock rotating and sliding lounge chair opposite the dinette area.

One can sleep in the rear corner bed, and use all of the large overhead cab area to provide a huge amount of storage. Seven(7) outside storage areas provide additional storage.

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That is exactly the layout I want to avoid in a 24', because dinette would have to be removed (versus situations where sofa/chair have to be removed) to make space and dinettes are harder to remove and reinstall, seems like. I'd rather not have queen bed in 24' since it takes so much space but given the dearth of available to me options I won't have much choice as to the layout.

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I might end up with a 26'. Seems like 26' is very close to 24' except few campsites are going to be unavailable but I'm hearing about people fitting in RVs 9 feet over limit into places, this is encouraging.

The reason I might end up with a 26', even though I prefer 24' now, is because there're very few options with low mileage in older RVs I can afford, and they're popular, plus some dealers and consignors are clearly very shady operations, so I'm thinking that the most trustworthy seller and price being closer to NADA valuation should determine the outcome.

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bobndot wrote:

Also the sideview. Its fine when going straight. In a class c the cab portion is narrower than the coach portion. You have take intersections at more of a right angle otherwise the coach will block your side vision.


To think of it, I have some experience driving big pickups I rented from Home Depot, that was easy. I hope class C isn't terribly hard as I'd be driving off the lot with my sedan car in tow, towing for the first time too (need to tow car quite a long distance where I'll put it in storage)


How are you planning to tow it ?
Renting a dolly or car hauler ?
I think that would be less expensive.
Setting up a dingy to tow is expensive , i spent $3k to set up my car.

I have to ask you if other options are open for you because a motorhome will be limited to where you can go. You can get hung-up if you try to go into places that too tight or too rough. Those places can experience less sunlight to dry out the ground. Damp ground or mud will be your enemy and cell service for help might be a problem.

Too bad you didn't keep the pickup. Is that an option for you ?
Doing your type camping into rough places, a truck camper would offer you ground clearance, 4WD and no low rear overhang.

Have you considered modifying a van ? The Ram and Transit offer taller roofs so you can stand inside. There are many YouTube's on basic insulation and wall coverings.

Driving a motorhome requires using the sideview convex mirrors. Will that be a problem for your vision ?
You also will find it easier to tilt down the sideview mirror when backing into tight spots, especially with heavy bush cover, stumps and rocks. Its a big plus to be able to see your rear bumper and rear wheels. Its easier to judge your distance. Most class c’s don't have power mirrors. Tilting down the drivers is usually enough for me to see. Power side-views would nice .

* This post was edited 12/21/22 07:09am by bobndot *

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This thread is like a bad car wreck (figuratively, so far). You know it’s not good. But can’t look away….


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Grit dog wrote:

This thread is like a bad car wreck (figuratively, so far). You know it’s not good. But can’t look away….


Then just stay away...

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mountaintraveler wrote:

bobndot wrote:

Also the sideview. Its fine when going straight. In a class c the cab portion is narrower than the coach portion. You have take intersections at more of a right angle otherwise the coach will block your side vision.


To think of it, I have some experience driving big pickups I rented from Home Depot, that was easy. I hope class C isn't terribly hard as I'd be driving off the lot with my sedan car in tow, towing for the first time too (need to tow car quite a long distance where I'll put it in storage)


How are you planning to tow it ?
Renting a dolly or car hauler ?
I think that would be less expensive.
Setting up a dingy to tow is expensive , i spent $3k to set up my car.

I have to ask you if other options are open for you because a motorhome will be limited to where you can go. You can get hung-up if you try to go into places that too tight or too rough. Those places can experience less sunlight to dry out the ground. Damp ground or mud will be your enemy and cell service for help might be a problem.

Too bad you didn't keep the pickup. Is that an option for you ?
Doing your type camping into rough places, a truck camper would offer you ground clearance, 4WD and no low rear overhang.

Have you considered modifying a van ? The Ram and Transit offer taller roofs so you can stand inside. There are many YouTube's on basic insulation and wall coverings.

Driving a motorhome requires using the sideview convex mirrors. Will that be a problem for your vision ?
You also will find it easier to tilt down the sideview mirror when backing into tight spots, especially with heavy bush cover, stumps and rocks. Its a big plus to be able to see your rear bumper and rear wheels. Its easier to judge your distance. Most class c’s don't have power mirrors. Tilting down the drivers is usually enough for me to see. Power side-views would nice .



I'm going to tow 2-wheels dolly, not going to tow for too long, may be 200-300 miles if everything goes as planned. Not sure what you mean about spending 3K...I just plan to rent it from U-haul for for or two days to get the car into storage location, not traveling with a toad.

I had mentioned above that I weighted all kinds of options including 4wd with camper top and I'm going with class C, because other things will not work for me, for one or another reason...
Don't think I'll have a problem driving a motorhome, just don't want to drive a bigger unit because it's more difficult. I don't think these these units have power mirrors, it's no biggie, I drove cars for 30 years before there were power mirrors.

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Im sure you'll do fine. Just take your time and pay attention.

Im sure if people knew how I jumped into TT/5er towing they'd have a heart attack and tell me I was bound to kill either myself or some unsuspecting motorist. As long as you remember you're in a larger vehicle and you need more time to make sure things are clear, etc, you should be fine.

24/26 foot should easily be manageable, even for a newbie. Heck, they turn school bus drivers loose after a few hours of training.

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