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Old 06-06-2013, 03:09 PM   #1
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Greetings,

We've had our AS trailer for several years and are considering purchasing a classic MH somewhere in the 1985 - 1992 era. What advantages are there for a MH over a trailer? Is anyone wishing they stayed with a trailer or is the MH king of the hill?
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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With the motorhome you get to stay at your campsite longer...because you spent so much on fuel just getting to your destination that you can no longer afford to go out exploring.
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Actually my MH friends tell me they use less fuel than I do, because they are driving a 30 mpg "towed" instead of a diesel pickup for the days they are in camp. I know it costs us a fortune to go sightseeing when we stop.
I will not go to a MH. The cool factor is very great for the classic MH. But we are very comfortable riding in our quiet truck with the heated seats and with all the rattles in the trailer behind us.
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Greetings,

We've had our AS trailer for several years and are considering purchasing a classic MH somewhere in the 1985 - 1992 era. What advantages are there for a MH over a trailer? Is anyone wishing they stayed with a trailer or is the MH king of the hill?
Neither is king of the hill. Or both are, just different hills. Both MoHos and trailers have good points and bad points, and it's more to do with your traveling and camping style as to which would work best for you.

From a financial standpoint, the trailer is probably a better bet, especially since you already have one and it won't cost you any extra to keep it instead of buying something else.

But if you really want a change, try renting a motorhome first, before making the commitment to buy one that you might not like so much later. The rental doesn't have to be an Airstream, or even a class A. An SOB class C with a similar amount of living space will still give you a feel for whether a motorhome might be right for you. If you find that don't mind the quirks of a motorhome, then start looking for an Airstream motorhome.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:42 PM   #5
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Surely a lot of pros and cons.

I have often thought about moving to a class A - it wouldn't be an AS though as I would want something newer.

Although I have never owned one, as the years roll by, I start to think that probably one of the advantages would be that they would be easier to set up for one thing - quicker, and less physical effort I mean.

Every time I start to think more seriously about it though, I always come to the conclusion that it doesn't make sense in our case.

We don't use our trailer much in the summer, and mainly use it for one longer trip, maybe 6-7 weeks each winter, ant the maybe a week or so during summer.

So that would be a lot of time to have a much more expensive piece of equipment just sitting not being used and depreciating.

That is probably the main reason that keeps me in the trailer.

Other reasons are (my assumption) that there would be a whole lot more potentially to go wrong - lord nows there is enough with a trailer! Multiple slides, a whole second set of running hear etc.

Finally, we store our trailer about 15 miles from our home. With the trailer, I can pretty much leave it until next time we want to use it. With a motorhome, I feel I would need to go and start it and take it on a short run perhaps once a month.

Some of them sure do look nice though, so never say never! Maybe I shouldn't be so practical, my wife is always reminding me that you can't take it with you so you might as well enjoy it!

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Old 06-06-2013, 06:23 PM   #6
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With the motorhome you get to stay at your campsite longer...because you spent so much on fuel just getting to your destination that you can no longer afford to go out exploring.
What is that crazy rig in your avatar? Looks like a motorhome made from an Oldsmobile Toronado and an Airstream trailer. If I were to own a motorhome, I would want something vintage like an old Airstream or Bluebird Wanderlodge or FlXible bus or something old and cool.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:47 PM   #7
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What is that crazy rig in your avatar? Looks like a motorhome made from an Oldsmobile Toronado and an Airstream trailer. If I were to own a motorhome, I would want something vintage like an old Airstream or Bluebird Wanderlodge or FlXible bus or something old and cool.
Can you say REVCON? That's a cool old MH. All alluminum, like the AS Classic, but with an Olds Toronado FWD drivetrain.
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We went back and forth about this before we bought the newest AS trailer. We finally decided to stick with the trailer. We have the F250 and would need it even if we got a MH. (Equipment trailer, stock trailer) If we had a MH we would need a toad because the other vehicles we have wouldn't tow. So, for us, a trailer was the answer.
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:38 PM   #9
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Protagonist is right on. Different strokes for different folks.

We started with a Dodge conversion van in 1974, it had a pop top and minimal conveniences. It wasn't much more than a tent on wheels. Then we had a 1971 27 foot Airstream International Overlander from 2000-2004 because we thought a trailer was the way to got with pets. Found out we never had enough time to use the trailer much because we had to store in a long ways from our home in the city of Seattle. We were still both working full time.

Last year we got a new Airstream Interstate to start our retirement travels this year. For two people it has almost as much room as that old 27 foot trailer as it is extended 24 foot Sprinter. We can keep it in our driveway in Maryland now and we no longer have pets. It replaces the Ford E350 van we used to tow the Airstream trailer. The Interstate has more seats than our old Ford van so it works great to haul around the extended family for special events.

We tend to like to travel and not stay in one place for more than three or four days so the B-van is perfect for our needs. It gets 18-20 MPG and we don't tow another car. It only takes a little extra effort to find a parking spot for anything we want to do since it is narrow, just extra long.

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I have a 1993 Itasca 23' with 36,000 miles that is worth next to nothing if I tried to sell it. Instead, I invested $3500 to get everything right and we use it for short trips around the Four Corners area. We spent three days last week at a NFS campground 35 miles fom the house.

For quick get aways or a spur of the momemt trip it's great. Registration and insurance costs are cheap.

For longer preplanned trips, we use the AS. Quite frankly, good used MH's are cheap enough that having one in addition to an AS is worth considering.
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Travel trailer vs. motor home vs. truck camper. It's kind of a lifestyle choice. It all depends on what your perception of camping is. In other words, your style.

About two years ago, we seriously considered going moho. After a lot of shopping and consideration, we decided to go with a pop-up truck camper rig with which to tow our Airstream. This works well for us as we like to venture out into the back country, leaving the Airstream at a base camp.

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Brian,
To me you hit upon the ideal setup. Been lookin at polyps myself to augment the AS for daytrips.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:31 AM   #13
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Bought a MH because I HATE backing a trailer.
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:48 AM   #14
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Cost of Ownership (COO) is a huge factor in picking an RV. Is there any doubt that the COO of a MoHo is higher than a TT/TV?

There are logical differences too, like carrying a toad, backing up, use when not camping and so on. But, I suspect the choice generally comes down to how much a buyer is willing to spend to own the RV.

A TT/TV offers a lot of RV bang for the buck. I think a way better deal than a MoHo. But when money is no object, the MoHo might look fine.

In my observations, MoHo owners look 20 years older than trailer owners. I think it is because they are more willing to trade $$$ for convenience. For example, no hitching and unhitching, and many people simply never learn how to back a trailer, or don't want to have to learn.

A typical $400,000 MoHo with a $50,000 vehicle on the back, is not any kind of comparison to a typical new TT/TV which comes in around $100,000, and allows the TV to be a daily driver. Different worlds financially.
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