View Poll Results: Why did you choose one over the other: travel trailer or motorhome?
Better mpg with tow vehicle 29 17.79%
Easier to set up camp 31 19.02%
smaller vehicle available for "around the town" driving 45 27.61%
Safety 11 6.75%
Maneuverability 22 13.50%
Other 94 57.67%
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Old 10-27-2004, 06:49 PM   #15
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We had always traveled with a trailer, but thought we would try a motorhome. We bought a very nice classic GMC motorhome last year and took a long trip. There were many things we liked about the motorhome, but one big thing we didn't like. For driving on larger/divided highways the motorhome was hard to beat. For traveling on smaller, two lane roads neither my wife nor I felt as safe and as in control. The margin for error was just too small for the kinds of roads we like tt travel on most. When we returned from our trip we sold the motorhome and bought our airstream -- we're happy and safe again.

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Old 12-22-2004, 01:13 PM   #16
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I just don't feel comfortable driving a motorhome. I know pulling a 34' trailer with a 3/4 ton diesel is about the same size but somehow in my mind it feels different. I don't like the idea of a motorhome sitting. I feel like they need to be used in order to get your money's worth out of them. I can maintain my trailer and feel comfortable with most any repair that would be needed to keep it rolling, but I don't feel like I could handle the size of the motorhome. Changing a tire on a trailer is an inconvience not a challenge and I have done this on the road 3 times. I think for full timers motorhomes make a lot of sense. More room, storage inside and out and much more convient. I will have mine on the road for 2-5 months a year the rest of the time it will be sitting under cover in the backyard.

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Old 12-22-2004, 01:43 PM   #17
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My business necessitates that my "car" is a truck. A motorhome would be yet another drivetrain to feed, license and insure.

Since I aready have the truck, and I was willing to buy used, the up front cost of a trailer was a fraction of a motorhome. Depreciation is far less as well.

A motorhome would necessitate a toad - yet ANOTHER drivetrain to feed.

We do not need, nor do we want a really large RV - our 25' is perfect for us. Even a small motorhome, however, takes up considerably more parking real estate.

And I believe that my pickup does offer a safety advantage over a motorhome in the event of an accident. This is a perception only, I could be wrong.

As you can see, most of these factors are personal to me and may not be a consideration for someone else.

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Old 12-22-2004, 05:37 PM   #18
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I think it depends on how you use it. The motorhome would probably cost quite a bit more. We go out for a couple of weeks at a time & mostly stay at one RV park for around a week at a time & tour around the area where we are. Than we more to the next RV Park for a few days. Most of our driving is site seeing W/O towing the TT. If we traveled most days, the MH would might be better. I use the Suburban as a second car when at home.
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Old 12-22-2004, 05:47 PM   #19
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Its an interesting subject. Most people buy small trailers and gradually go up in size. 28'-30' for fulltimers that travel and love state parks seems to be the prefered size. Those that go to parks and stay for extended periods of time seem to go for the 34'. The fulltimers also love the motorhomes both for travel and semi-permanent set-up in parks. The offer so much more room. Once they have used them its hard to get them back in trailers. The guys in the 34' might go down to a 30'. Its just so personal. We all have our reasons for what we like even if our dearest friend knows a dozen reasons why his choice for something different was a much better choice. For him.
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Old 12-23-2004, 03:29 PM   #20
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We have there AS due to the fact that I have a small collection of vehicles that was originally marketed to the upper middle and wealthy incomes. I felt that if an owner of such a vehicle was the out doors type then they may have showed their status and etc by having an AS.

I looked for five years to have an AS that was something that was some what new but still had that yester-year look to go with the cars. That is why we have a 1970 27 footer.

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Old 12-24-2004, 04:20 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by gardener
At a recent rally, we noted about an even number of travel trailers and motorhomes. Would be interested to know the reasons for choosing one over the other.
We haven't made the plunge yet, but our thinking so far is:
travel trailer pro's: have smaller vehicle available for "around the town" driving
maybe they hold their value better?
economy - usually better mpg on tow vehicle
motorhome pro's: easier set-up and departure at site
What choice have you made and why?
We went with a trailer, for several reasons:
1-Insurance is much cheaper for a trailer, than another motor-driven vehicle.
2-No engine or transmission to give problems in a trailer.
3-Tow vehicle is not limited to towing the trailer, we can use it to pull other stuff.
4-It is easier to get in and out of a trailer (lower to the ground and less steps), very important for two people with arthritis.
5-We can toss additional items in the bed of the truck, or the back of the van, without worrying about ruining a MH's upholstery.
6-If, god forbid, the tow vehicle is in an accident or breaks down, there is theoretically a chance of continuing the trip with a different tow vehicle, if you blow the engine in the MoHo, you are done.
7-The trailer without the mechanicals of the MH are easier to work on.
8-The trailer was significantly less money to purchase than a comparable MH.
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Old 12-25-2004, 09:23 AM   #22
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Short of being able to afford a diesel pusher, or other steel-bodied bus type motorhome, safety was the single issue that caused me to switch to a trailer and substantial tow vehicle. I loved the convenience of the motorhome and the view from the big plate glass windshields - and, yes, it was fun to drive; however, too many personal "white-knuckle" events, and too many pictures of motorhome accidents, tainted the experience unfavorably. Now, after 10,000 miles with the Airstream, I'm convinced the decision was the right one for me.

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Old 01-06-2005, 08:34 AM   #23
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Recent switch to a Motor Home

In September we sold our beloved '75 tradewind and purchased a 28' Classic Motor Home. We decided to switch when we watched a couple pull in next to us in a campground set their levelers and put out their chairs all in under two minutes. I am disabled and this convenience suited me. We chose a 28' to remain mobile and not have to pull a car. So far so good. On a recent trip on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail my son and I made it to all the distilleries, down the back roads, into the little towns and were able to see everything we intended to see. We have driven it through downtown Ottowa, Canada to see the parliament buildings. A trip to Door County, Wisconsin found us parked in a state park each night and roaming each day. Set up is so easy we have no problem leaving and coming back at night. Visibility is great and the sightseeing was never better. An added bonus is winter camping since the motor home is so well self contained we have been able to keep right on camping. We just returned from a trip to Columbus, Ohio with a stop over in Jackson Center for New Years Eve!
Our shiny silver "Chummy" is in the shop for its first scheduled maintenance since we got it. Maybe I will change my tune after I get the bill but right now I am singing a happy song.
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Old 01-06-2005, 08:36 AM   #24
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Airstream makes motorhomes???

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Old 01-06-2005, 09:27 AM   #25
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Had a class C SOB motorhome. It was great fun except doing repairs and service. Husband, a motorcycle mechanic, doesn't mind wrenching motorcycles, hates wrenching cars, trucks and RVs. He made me swear not to buy a motorhome. Went along with the trailer. So trailer it is. Other=husband's aversion to working on anything besides motorcycles.
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Old 03-09-2005, 09:53 PM   #26
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Having owned an Argosy26' trailer,Argosy 28' Motorhome , Due to health reasons I am switching back to a 34' Airstream trailer to fulltime in. Not having to repack the motorhome to move about the area's during visits, more interior space,larger bedroom area you can leave undetailed, the dogs prefer a large trailer to sleep in!
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Old 03-09-2005, 11:07 PM   #27
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It's a religious debate...

There were couple threads similary long ago.. After 20+ years of RV adventures, motorhoming and trailering are like Episcopalian and Catholics.. People who prefer motorhomes pull cars and think it's normal, trailer people drive off in their tow vehicle and wonder why anyeone would pull a vehicle behind the motorhome... (And I don't know what religious metaphor applies to pop-up tent campers... )

There are a couple other reasons to make choices... If you already have a towing vehicle, pre-owned trailers are very economical for folks who still work and can use less than 3 or 3 weeks per year.. In some locations, Motorhomes can be parked on streets for longer periods than trailers before tickets and tow warnings begin to appear, especially if they move every few days. We'd tried MH before prior trailer, but our style was to drive, arrive and then head out for local tourism and adventure.. Hooking and unhooking hoses and plugs and jacking up and down each time we moved was too painful, and places we visited had no room to park a MH. I suppose dry camping in MH addresses hookup dance, but then you're still in a vehicle too large for most parking lots...

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Old 03-10-2005, 06:34 AM   #28
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Since I can't get a motorhome down logging roads in the deep woods this was one of the reasons for choosing the travel trailer over a motorhome. In addition, I wanted the capability to unhook once I get to a vacation site and see the sights without a parking problem.


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