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Old 06-07-2013, 10:53 AM   #15
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Good argument, but I only paid $2000 for my 36' 1992 LY MH and put in another $4000 to get her in good running shape. I know it's the exception, but there are some good deals out there if you look around. You don't need to spend $400,000.00 to get a good MH. I boondock a lot so I like having the 80 gallons of fuel available to run the genset for days at a time. I would hate to have to keep filling her up in the middle of the night. Most TT's don't come with a built in generator so you have to provision for that as well.

As others have said... It really comes down to what you're looking for. Whether it's a MH with toad or a truck with a trailer, you'll be about at the same point.

One point that I just thought of. If you have a MH and Toad you have two possible means of transpertation if one decides to give up the ghost on the road. If you're in a TT and the truck dies, you're stranded.
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:13 PM   #16
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I vote motorhome

I love my MH. Here's why. Tami can get up & make a snack/meal, brew a pot of coffee, or use the rest room while under way. Lots of windows. Our MH has the engines hot water running through the hot water tank. This gives me hot water as soon as I park. I can take a shower after a long days drive on those cross country trips. Security is important. If you're at a rest area for the night & someone starts a ruckus next to you, just climb into the driver seat and drive away. No exposing yourself to danger going from TT to TV. More storage room (important when we fulltimed). Starting the generator with a push of a button at 3 locations inside or outside at the generator. Being able to run both AC's off the generator.
Maintenance isn't that much of a factor. You still have to upkeep the TV if you get a TT.
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:36 PM   #17
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7 years ago we rented a class A to take my parents on a 3 week tour of Alaska. Having all of the room and amenities and not being confined to a TV while on the road is really nice. The trip sold me on motor homes and taught me a lot about what I wanted. I started the search for a classic Airstream. Took a few years to find what I was looking for but the search paid off.

It's a hobby and takes too much of my time but it good therapy and keeps my mind active. I'll bet I have more fun boondock camping in my $40k project than most have driving their $400k rigs from KOA to KOA.

I wouldn't recommend any older motor home unless you are looking for a hobby. I've got less invested than buyers of new motor homes loose when they drive off the lot.
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:43 PM   #18
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When we are on the road, stopping for the night is as simple as parking. The vehicle is already secure and completely self-contained. We use an iPad for navigation, and as soon as I can figure out how to charge it from a 12v DC source finding an electric hookup will be much less important.

I think our 310 is worth at least as much as we paid for it 3 years ago. From the looks of the market, you could have a classic in good shape for $20-$30k. You might not make money on it when you eventually sell after factoring in maintenance and repairs, but you may well get your initial investment back since they don't make them anymore.
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:55 PM   #19
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When we go camping with trailers, I pull into my spot, push the button on the HWH leveler, and plug in the power. Then I go help everyone park, unhook, and level their trailers, empty all of their equipment from inside, and set up camp.
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:24 AM   #20
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When we go camping with trailers, I pull into my spot, push the button on the HWH leveler, and plug in the power. Then I go help everyone park, unhook, and level their trailers, empty all of their equipment from inside, and set up camp.
Is the rig in your avatar your current rig. It is awesome. The OP also has an awesome rig.
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Old 06-09-2013, 11:18 AM   #21
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Yes it is! We really enjoy it. I get a kick of having a self contained vehicle. So far we just travel with mountain bikes on the back.

I'm spending too much time making it "perfect" but hope to have that down to routine maintenance in a year or so. We've put over 10,000 miles in 2 years without any show stopping issues. Preventative maintenance is the key. Maybe a little luck and proper operating practices help. I fly airplanes for a living so I'm kinda keen on making sure things are right.
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:05 PM   #22
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Yes it is! We really enjoy it. I get a kick of having a self contained vehicle. So far we just travel with mountain bikes on the back.

I'm spending too much time making it "perfect" but hope to have that down to routine maintenance in a year or so. We've put over 10,000 miles in 2 years without any show stopping issues. Preventative maintenance is the key. Maybe a little luck and proper operating practices help. I fly airplanes for a living so I'm kinda keen on making sure things are right.
Dakota, so you really trust those guys that repair airplanes? . My brother was a 747 engine mechanic at United at SFO for 20 yrs. I had to tell him to stop telling me those maintenance horror stories or I would never get back on an airplane! (by the way, just teasing and having a little fun).
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:08 PM   #23
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The reason I have a MH is because I inherited it, but I would only give it up for a 31' rear bed Classic! I would however love to have a 16' AS trailer gutted and set up to tow my ATV and tow it behind the MH!
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:14 PM   #24
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Dakota, so you really trust those guys that repair airplanes? . My brother was a 747 engine mechanic at United at SFO for 20 yrs. I had to tell him to stop telling me those maintenance horror stories or I would never get back on an airplane! (by the way, just teasing and having a little fun).
Generally! But I wouldn't let them anywhere near my Airstream!
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:53 PM   #25
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Charging iPad with 12V

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....We use an iPad for navigation, and as soon as I can figure out how to charge it from a 12v DC source finding an electric hookup will be much less important.
Try a USB charger that plugs into the standard cigarette lighter socket.

I have one of these and it works great:
Amazon.com: PowerGen 2.1Amps / 10W Dual USB Car charger Designed for Apple and Android Devices - Black: MP3 Players & Accessories

There are also panel mounted USB ports powered by 12V like this one:
Panel Mount (12V) to Dual USB Socket (5V@2.1A) Device Charger [SocketUSB] - $19.99

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The reason I have a MH is because I inherited it, but I would only give it up for a 31' rear bed Classic! I would however love to have a 16' AS trailer gutted and set up to tow my ATV and tow it behind the MH!
What would a guess at the value of a 1984 rear bed limited in average shape, excellent mechanicals and 6 new Michelin tires and 75k?
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:33 PM   #27
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I guess I should throw my 2 cents worth into this thread.

I've had 4 different pull trailers and 4 different tow vehicles. Then I started keeping track of expenses: insurance, tags, taxes, gas, mileage, repairs. This was back in the 55 mph days. Towing- 10 mpg; running around- 7.5 mpg. I didn't need the big 454 3/4 ton Suburban but to tow the trailer. It sat, so was always something to fix. So, I had two tags, two to insure, and they sat in the yard. If you wanted to unhook and go sight seeing along the way I had the pain of hooking all that junk back up to go on.
Then I got my 1st MH (6 mpg) and I towed my Subaru 4X4 that got 25 mpg. The trailer spell was broken. I still have one drive train to keep up and I can pull either the wife's Suzuki or my Miata. Takes me 45 seconds to hook or unhook and then I can drive around in a 30 mpg car. Not sure what my 'Silver Bullet' gets for mpg yet, I haven't filled her up since her maiden voyage after I rebuild the motor, plus she was only running on 7 cylinders 'cause the new plug wires will not stay on the plug!

And besides, when you pull up in a neat looking old AS motor home people come and visit, because most people have never seen one before.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:01 PM   #28
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I've had both, and I think there's a case for either, but it's really based on personal preference more than anything else. It was cool to be "underway" and able to use facilities, but it was uncool to arrive and want to sightsee and have to disconnect, find a parking place and reprise the process each day. (No way I would due a toad....) I'm finding my new Airstream much better fits into the way I travel.
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