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Old 07-07-2020, 11:37 AM
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Started looking at RVs out of boredom and the desire to take my 3 and 5 year old on country tour.
Is this a bad idea or something they will enjoy?

i am thinking a class c since this is my first moving house. Prices I see go from 50-100k new.
What are differences in brands? Buying used better?
Is the AC and electric run by Generator?
If we stop at rev grounds etc is there power water etc?

I sound like like a rookie googan buster but want to learn
Old 07-07-2020, 11:40 AM
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i have a friend who is in the RV/camper business. he says there is 100% mark up at the dealers! not sure if that helps or not but thats what i know!
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Call member Vantaredoc (spelling) ... He will hook you up with a Prevost

RV's are like boats ... same basic systems ...

run stuff off batteries when you can and charge em up with generator or solar

Have fun
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I LOVE the idea 100% but if you want my honest .02 cents . I would wait for the kids to be a bit older . As far as RV I did similar with a pull behind rather than class C . Would you be towing a secondary vehicle behind the class C . If not that could pose some issues . Good luck with your endeavor . If I were going to do it I would likely wait for kids to be age where they will remember all of the trip say 10+ or so . We are renting a RV next year or year after to do a 2 week tour of the west . My kids are 16,14 and 12 . Edit to add most pay campsites will have power , water and most will have drainage for your septic system . Nicer sites will have all you need but a bit pricier . You can camp in national forest areas cheap or most likely free . But will have none of above mentioned options . Also look into a national park eagle pass if they still offer it . Will save you money .
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A Class C is a world of difference from a pull-behind. You can have the whole unit air conditioned while the kids watch TV and you're driving. Anybody can go to the bathroom without having to pull over. Getting food or a drink is easy, instead of at planned stops. A Class C is shorter than a truck and trailer, so easier to move around. Young kids will love to travel if they aren't tied to a truck seat....

Used is much better on the wallet, and many of them don't have many miles on them. Look for the biggest genset you can find, and when you're looking, get on the roof to see if it caves when you walk around, and look at the fittings and seams. Water leaks kill RVs, and the more you spend, the better chance there is that the unit will be built better.

IRV2.com is a good website for your interests, too.
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What do you think your RV style will be? Racking up miles everyday, seeing the USA, staying a night here and there? Ride inside RV for you....destination traveling? A week or more here and there exploring, low key, set up house wherever you go? Trailer for you....having been from FL to AK in a teardrop trailer and all around the rest of this country....seems most folks travel heavy and expensive, dragging way more crap with them than they really need....less is more
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We traveled the US as a kid with my parents. Very fond memories.

To me it is like a boat, perhaps even more so. If you are going to use it a bunch - it is worth it and maintenance stays up to date. If you are only going to use periodically - rent it.
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i have a friend who is in the RV/camper business. he says there is 100% mark up at the dealers! not sure if that helps or not but thats what i know!
The guy that delivered our travel trailer to us, told us the same thing. He has been delivering RV's from all the manufacturers for lots of years, and he's seen the paperwork!

My advice is to get an RV that you can comfortably take a shower in! Get in the shower and make believe when you're looking at them!!
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We made three long trips with our two kids out west from Florida over a ten year period back in the mid 70's to early 80's. All in Vans and a Bronco.

Roof rack, lots of camping gear....two days in a park then a day or two in a hotel/motel. One year we put 8500 miles on a new Bronco. Started when our kids were around 6.

One trip to SW deep in Texas to the border. One year more NW into the mountains and Colorado. One year all the way to Sequoia and Yosemite..

Every time we came thru Vegas. Back in the day Circus Circus would keep the kids entertained for a day. They saw it all and still remember it. Meterorite crater, grand canyon, painted desert, pikes peak, lake powell, brice canyon, and on and on...

What everyone enjoyed was the last night or two in the panhandle on the way back and that beautiful deep blue Gulf water...
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Start with a rental and see how the family likes it before you get too heavily invested. There are several sites now where people list their units for rental, and a number of dealers that do rentals.
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I shopped a lot of RVs, ended up with an older Class A Bounder 34C. Loved it. Got to know all the systems intimately. Hauled way too much stuff all over Mexico in it. Sitting higher gets you a better view than a Class C, and driving it was easy. The 460 drank gas like a beer whore. Sold it for cheap, should have kept it!

As mentioned above get in them, and take notes. You probably won't find a perfect one but you'll find one that checks most of the boxes.

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I have been investigating these too. I want something small without slide outs. If I only had two kids I would be looking strongly at the camping vans, like the Winnebago Travato. Doesn’t quite work for three kids though.
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Great info guys. My son is a wrecking ball a two hour trip to keys is more than he can handle in a car seat that’s why I like the class c idea.
Let me look around used to almost new . Rentals I saw could get expensive over a 4-8 week trip and very few allow pets. I don’t plan on towing anything behind it . Hotels work for me it’s just the extended drives with small kids that make road trips tough.
Within the hour my son is kicking seat bitching he wants out of his car seat or he has too poop
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class C is a good option. easier to drive than an A, and actually is usable more than a B.

we have a travel trailer but may be moving to RV this year or next.

both my sons and my dogs absolutely love the camper. don't know exactly why. the boys are grown and still camping on their own. the dog can hardly walk past the camper without trying to go for a ride.

as for systems. normally you would go to a campground with full hook ups. this means water/elec and sewer. while you are parked do not leave your gray/black valves open. you want them closed and then drain every 3 ish days. otherwise the liquids go out and the solids will stay in your tank.
if you go more primitive camping you can run everything off the generator and dump the sewage at a rv dump location. you will have water tanks in the RV. if you will have hook ups you don't need to fill the fresh tank.

Ford V10 is an excellent power train in a C

while traveling many people run their fridge on gas to keep things cold until they arrive at the campground.

brands - Jayco is considered very good, winnebago as well..

don't let that Vantaredoc talk you into a Prevost unless you won the lottery lately LOL they are beautiful especially once he polishes them up but painful to your wallet.

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even though you don't plan on towing anything now, you will later. you will find that bringing a car with is a very good option.
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I bought a small, used travel trailer to take a cross country road trip. Bought from a dealer. Sold it 3 months later for a few hundred bucks less than I paid for it.
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Figure out what your "must have" creature comforts. That will go a long way to defining what kind of RV you want.

How many times will you use it? Will it be a "one and done" event, or do you think it will be an annual vacation type of thing?
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Or get one of these:

https://earthroamer.com/spec/
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I've been looking at small 5th wheels for a few years now. Seems like they're all junk....they all use the same parts and mostly the same construction techniques, regardless of what they say.
Sure, some of those class A diesel pushers are NOT in the same class, but they're also like 300k and up. But in the sub 100k 5th wheel category, nothing really impressed me.

I figured I'd talk to people and find the best dealer in the area and buy whatever brand they sell. At this point I was down to a Grand Design Reflection series; 303RLS was my current front runner.
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I've been looking at small 5th wheels for a few years now. Seems like they're all junk....they all use the same parts and mostly the same construction techniques, regardless of what they say.
Sure, some of those class A diesel pushers are NOT in the same class, but they're also like 300k and up. But in the sub 100k 5th wheel category, nothing really impressed me.

I figured I'd talk to people and find the best dealer in the area and buy whatever brand they sell. At this point I was down to a Grand Design Reflection series; 303RLS was my current front runner.
ATC gets pretty good reviews

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