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RE: RV for Central America Trip Thanks a lot for the concern of our safety. I really appreciate it but I am pretty sure whoever wrote those comments has not done such a trip before. We have traveled (as a family) to most of the countries we will be visiting and we really love them a lot. The question is not if we should go but with what vehicle to do it. Again, it will help a lot to get some advise on the rigs I have posted and to hear if any of you have experience with them. Thanks a lot!
RV_BAR 01/25/20 03:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV for Central America Trip

For that trip a rugged, KISS theory RV is what I would recommend. . That is exactly my vision and that is the kind of RV I am looking for. The question is does one of those choices I posted fits this theory. Or would you go with something else?
RV_BAR 01/24/20 10:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV for Central America Trip

How reliable are the slide outs? I never owned one but that is something I tried to stay away because I am afraid of it breaking down south of the boarder. The other thing is that those slide outs take a lot of storage room which is a big problem. No way traveling with a trailer with my family. My kids will not stand the driving buckled down to the seat. The Class A is an option. Are those easy to fix if something is broken? I tried to look for Ford chassis as I imagine those will be easy to fix anywhere we travel to.
RV_BAR 01/24/20 10:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV for Central America Trip

And by the way, we are looking at buying very soon so we have about 6 months before we go on the trip to work everything out. To learn the mechanics, work on the storage, modify whatever needs to be modified, etc.
RV_BAR 01/24/20 07:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV for Central America Trip

I would not buy a new RV and pack it up for trip. If you must buy new get it at least 6 months ahead of time and put some miles on it to work out the kinks. My preference would be 1 or 2 years old with 20,000 miles on it. These things are a rolling conglomeration of parts and systems, supplied by the lowest bidder. All waiting for the most inopportune time to fail. Renting is a super idea. I do not see an issue, large family's crossed the US in conestoga wagons and most of them survived. We are definitely not looking at buying something new. I posted those links only to show the kind of RV we are thinking of. We are currently looking at a 2015 with 20,000 miles. Do you think that is too old? Should we go with something newer? older?
RV_BAR 01/24/20 07:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV for Central America Trip

It sounds like a neat trip. Have you ever taken an RV trip before? If not, I strongly suggest renting one for a few days before buying. You will get a much better feel for things that are important to you in one, and some features to look for or avoid, and frankly how it suits your family dynamics. A year is a long time to spend together in a pretty tiny box. Then spend some time in the units you're thinking about and go through the motions of daily life: can you sit down to eat? cook and do dishes? switch the dinette or couch to a bed and back again? have room for schoolwork? Is there a place for the trash can, clean clothes, dirty laundry, and the other things you'll have to carry? Also look at the weight sticker to see how much you can carry without overloading the chassis; with five on a long trip, it will be a good bit to carry, even though some of the five are small people. Those are all very good things to think about. We do have some experience with RV. We had a 1985 Econoline campervan that just died on us a few months ago, that we used almost every weekend for the last few years. We even had a 2 weeks trip with it which was a bit tight on us but we managed. Last year we rented a 30' class C camper for 2 weeks to see how that compares and we understood that it was too big for our needs and we can definitely manage with something smaller.
RV_BAR 01/24/20 07:40am Class C Motorhomes
RV for Central America Trip

Hi, We are taking our kids (ages 5, 7, 11) on a one year trip in an RV from NY to Panama. We have looked at various different RVs out there and we want to make sure the RV is big enough to fit us and and the same time make sure it is not too big for the central american roads. We feel somewhere around 25"-26" is probably our best bet. We have found these two that have the best floor plans that we liked. What do you think of them? Is one better from the other? Will they survive this trip? Thanks,
RV_BAR 01/23/20 06:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Central America trip

wow!!! Thanks for all the advise. I will definitely do my homework the next few months to make sure everything is set for this incredible adventure.
RV_BAR 01/08/20 08:36pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Central America trip

That's a trip that I dream about. I met a couple who has done it and documented it along with many more adventures. I have been following these guys for sometime. These guys are my idols :) thanks!
RV_BAR 01/06/20 02:03pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Central America trip

we are looking at making a one year trip from New Jersey to Panama (or even further to South America). Thanks, Yaron You are aware of the Darien Gap I hope.:) yes, that I know of and that is why Panama is most likely will be our final destination.
RV_BAR 01/06/20 02:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Central America trip

We have driven as far as Honduras twice, once with a tent (1985) and once in an RV in 1995. Great trip. Obviously you have a lot of homework to do. Purchase the RV of your choice ASAP so you have lots of time to get use to it and the various systems that will be new to you. Learn Spanish! Duo Lingo is a great, free online program. Find out about gas prices, they are higher south of the border than in the US. You will be lucky to get 10 MPG. Realize that many of the parts you could need that are specific to the "house" part of the RV will not be available once you cross into Mexico. Look into how/who would be able to ship to you once you leave the US. It has the potential to be the trip of a lifetime, or the disaster of a lifetime!!! My spouse and driver, who has driven us over 200,000 miles in Mexico alone thinks it's really important that you have some mechanical knowledge. You will break down somewhere along the line, and it is important to know what to do. There are mechanics everywhere down here, but often there will be 50 miles between them. They are centered in cities, towns and villages. Those are very good points, thanks a lot! Spanish we already know so got that covered. Car mechanics we have some knowledge of but definitely looking into learning the ins and outs once we purchase the RV. More advise will be highly appreciated.
RV_BAR 01/06/20 01:59pm RVing in Mexico and South America
Central America trip

Hi Everyone, We are new to this forum and hoping to get some help from the experts here. We are a family of 5 (kids ages 5, 7, 11) and we are looking at making a one year trip from New Jersey to Panama (or even further to South America). We are looking at leaving for the trip in July 2020. We are looking at buying this 26' class C RV. Is this something that you would recommend for such a trip? If not do you have any recommendations? Are there any families here that have done a similar route that can share their advise? Thanks, Yaron
RV_BAR 01/05/20 07:27pm RVing in Mexico and South America
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