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RE: Gas, 26-27 foot, no slide Class A...any ideas

why no slide? There are some nice short floorplans but all have slides (which in my opinion makes them more desirable, not less...)
davelinde 02/17/20 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

As my pondering continues, it does seem like a used Fleetwood Flair or Winnie Vista might be our choice. The biggest concern I have at this point is cargo. I'm wondering if I can mitigate that by keeping some of the bulky and weighty item in a car I can tow, eg golf clubs, tools, maybe a bike rack on the car. I am trying to apply what I know about the fifthwheels we had to motorhomes an I don't know what I don't know here. What, if any, are factors unique to Class A that I should be thinking about?
davelinde 02/17/20 08:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: DRW vs SRW

I pulled big FW with a single axle truck and never had an issue. In my case I was right up to the rated limit of the tires, which did concern me a bit. I was meticulous about keeping the tires at proper pressure. When I had the FW I kind of wished I had a dually. Now that I no longer have the FW, but still have the truck, I'm glad it is a single.
davelinde 02/10/20 09:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Disney world in July

Fort Wilderness is the best deal of all the Disney on-property accommodations. Still, it is expensive. It is convenient since you can use Disney transport direct from the campground. However at peak times (eg after the fireworks finish) it can take a while to get a boat to a bus to your site. I always find Disney service second to none, but then you are paying top dollar. Just outside the parks near Celebration is a campground called Tropical Palms. We spent several winters there and liked it a lot. For that you would need a vehicle to get into the parks (and pay to park it).
davelinde 02/10/20 09:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

I'm wondering what I could assume for depreciation and cost of re-sale.When I buy an RV, I know it will depreciate, and do so much more quickly than most other vehicles. I think you missed my point. We are looking to buy 3 years out. I know what those rigs cost now, new. I am trying to guestimate what they will cost for me to buy in 3 year, used. To be honest I see the retail re-sale prices of used rigs mapping to a "depreciation" from the new list price. But in addition to knowing that new rigs depreciate... I also know that new rigs should not be purchased at list price.
davelinde 02/07/20 06:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Maximum length rig considerations

Consider what you want in the interior, cause that also affects length. I have to have a couch, cause I hate sitting at the dinette. I found many more had a couch Surprisingly I've found floorplans with either a couch or recliners and a king bed in the under 30 category. What I'm struggling to accept is GVWR that leave very little cargo capacity as well as very little room for cargo in general. Moving from 30' to 33' seems to matter a bit.
davelinde 01/27/20 08:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: !

I could not get data after 2014 but the rate of family formation is dropping... I did not look for data but I am thinking the rate of early retirement and/or retirement into a stable financial situation is dropping. On top of that I will guess that the number of families that want to RV as a family and the number of retirees who want to RV could be dropping. The combo of a smaller target demographic (families and retired) along with a smaller rate of interest in RV lead to the decline in sales. Just my guess
davelinde 01/27/20 07:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Maximum length rig considerations

To clarify my issue here. The 30' number is out there and DW is attached to it. We are not looking to get another triple axle rig - we had one. However if we make a hard limit at 30' it takes DP MH off the table, which is fine. But I'm struggling to find a short gas rig with the ability to carry much and that's not fine. If expanding our criteria to 35' won't lock us out of a lot of places I'll make the case to DW...
davelinde 01/27/20 07:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Maximum length rig considerations

As I keep collecting info on this I'm finding that rigs designated <30', eg a "29M" are longer, eg 31' bumper to bumper on a motorhome. Keeping ourselves under 30' eliminates the possibility of any diesel pushers for consideration an also limits the number of gas motorhome floorplans. I was convinced that access to some parks might be worth adhering to a 30 hard limit in our search for the next RV... but if the limit is really a hard limit that does cut out a lot of options and I'm rethinking it. So no... we have no interesting in going off road. We'd just hate to get somewhere and find that the lower cost and/or attractive parks could not accommodate us.
davelinde 01/27/20 08:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Here is something for you Class A people to upgrade to

hmmm... I wonder what kind of payments they could work out for me? Nothing down and zero interest maybe?
davelinde 01/24/20 05:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

Could you full time in them? Maybe, but you couldn't carry much and towing would need to be seriously calculated. ... things you won't find on a sub 30' coach. Almost a moot point anyway as you mentioned you aren't buying for 2-3 years. A world of things will likely happen in the RV world between now and then. It's fun going over the what-if... We are not actually planning for being full-time but more along the lines of extended-time trips. Still I need storage... this morning I was airing tires on DW car and remembered that without the tap on the air brakes I had in the last rig I'd want a portable compressor that didn't take all day per tire. Folding chairs and tables are light but take up space. I could go on. I need some kind of storage. Maybe someone will introduce a new product idea before we buy, but since we are leaning towards used this time the options are likely all on the table today. The other day I'd almost gone all in on the "must be less than 30' to get access to where DW wants to camp"... but now I'm wondering again about a short DP.
davelinde 01/24/20 03:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

Dave, have you done anything with my suggestion to look at the Treks I gave you links for earlier? These are 29-1/2 feet long, high end coachs I followed the link you gave me as soon as I saw it - THANKS! I got a bit distracted though since we are still a couple years from buying and our plan was to look at what is out new now so we can be looking for those rigs used in two years. With this product out of production it's less clear we will want something that old when the time comes. Though I guess I should not rule it out. Thanks for the reminder.
davelinde 01/23/20 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

As far as campsites, you'd be hard pressed to find a place you couldn't camp with a 35 footer. Part of the plan is to see a lot of the National Parks. I'm getting some confirms that some NP won't accommodate 30'+ - though that opinion is mixed. One of the sales guys at the show made a big deal about how there might be fewer sites but almost all parks had some longer sites. Not sure if that is true or not - but a by-stander to that conversation said that some parks are such a hot commodity that being limited to some sites means you likely will never get a site there...
davelinde 01/22/20 11:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Maximum length rig considerations

For National Parks 30' is pretty much the limit especially in the dry camping areas. A few have some larger sites with hookups that accept longer. Quite often it is the road accessibility as much as the site size that creates the length limit. I had not thought about the access roads but that does make sense. In our really long rig we had some issues with a winding road through the woods to get to a site in a county park. Once we got to the site it was more than long enough. Since seeing a lot of NP is "the plan" this does argue against any Diesel Pusher and in favor of one of the 28 or 29' motorhomes we've seen.
davelinde 01/22/20 11:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

it's RARE to even see anyone outside of their rig's nowadays, & when we do people seem to be taking A-->B tracks that intentionally avoid contact with strangers. Hence the 'take' that on the whole, people are a lot more anti-social nowadays. It is an interesting observation. I did not read all 13 pages but the question and the early answers intrigued me. When we first started RV vacations one of the things we really liked was meeting people. For sure a few decade ago I would say that, without fear of contradiction, people with RV's were in general more friendly and more open to conversation and socialization. In the evenings we would always walk and talk to anyone we met. If we passed a site with people outside who said "good evening" we often struck up conversations. If we didn't meet campers we met employees. Over the last few years we have not camped much and done more cruising. We always meet people on cruises and we always sit at large tables so we can meet people. Most have been interesting, some have been boring,but rarely. On our last cruise we were put at a table for 2 and had it changed on the first night - I was bemused to find out that there was a waiting list for tables of 2 and getting moved to a table of 10 was easy. So yes... culturally I think we are moving towards preferred isolation.
davelinde 01/21/20 05:56pm General RVing Issues
Maximum length rig considerations

After a few years hiatus from camping and finally getting our RV sold, DW is getting the bug again and we are shopping for a chapter 1 of retirement rig. Still a couple years in the future but planning is fun. The idea would be to go on a travel binge for maybe 3 years with at least one long trip and lots of bucket list trips. So the rig would need to be livable for months at a time, able to carry enough cargo for months, and still small enough to get everywhere. DW has a 30' number as the max and I'm finding a few 33' motorhomes that could work. We've had a triple axle hauler with an HDT tow vehicle and always found a place for everything, though some times it was tight. Only once we were stuck trying to maneuver the rig to back into a one lane access over a culvert from a narrow road with soft shoulders and a brick mail box in exactly the wrong place. For sure then a few feet shorter would have made it and we never got in and ended up camping dry instead. So... for the US bucket list stuff, national parks, the keys, etc - is 30' really a hard limit? Can we push it to 33? 35? When is the rig just too big?
davelinde 01/21/20 04:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

the smallest DP's I know of are the Tiffin Allegro breeze (come in 31 and 33') We had not wandered to the Tiffins because I assumed they were well out of our price target. Looking at them on line though they do look nice... Now I'm wondering what I could assume for depreciation and cost of re-sale. Skimming listings I don't see these falling under 100K until they are about 7 years old? I see new MSRP around a 1/4mil (not happening). DW has a 60K number in her head and I'm thinking 90(ish)
davelinde 01/21/20 03:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

We now have a Winnebago Vista LX 27N. . Gas model just a shade under 30’. ..For 2 people we have not found a better floor plan. Googling the Winnie I see it looks a lot like the Fleetwood Flair 28 and 29' layouts that first got our attention as contenders. I thought we walked through the Winnies too but I'm struggling to remember their smaller offerings. Maybe I was in RV-overload at that point and everything blurred.
davelinde 01/21/20 02:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

Thanks for the opinions and insights. DW has a 30' number in mind both because she thinks shorter is easier to drive and because she heard 30' is a common max length in some parts of the US. Actually along the NorthEast our jumbo length rig (HDT with triple axle hauler) always found a spot for rent. The only time length ever hurt us was trying to back into a driveway on a narrow residential road with soft shoulders, ditches and two brick mailboxes in very bad places... We kind of stumbled into the lower cost gas motorhomes vs a DP because all the DP were longer than DW liked. I'm wondering what the shortest DP might be and if that is a better option. PS, angler - HDT are not cheap to maintain.
davelinde 01/21/20 10:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

What about a Super C? Big diesel, plenty of storage, and towing capacity? Jayco Seneca comes to mind We did go look at the Jayco's If I'm remembering the right C's the driving position was really off-putting, it seemed like you were in a tunnel trying to look out. They were not that inexpensive either. Those price points were part of what made us start looking at the entry level A's.
davelinde 01/20/20 01:14pm Class A Motorhomes
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