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Old 08-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #1
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Newbie question - Any prior motorhome owners?

Just wondering if there are any previous motorhome (SOB) owners that went to the AS TT - and how/where I might find these folks in the forum. I am strongly considering doing this. Would like to know +/- considerations of this.


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Old 08-10-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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Huh huh, we went the other way, had two AS trailers and went from a 280 to our current 310.

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Old 08-10-2012, 06:31 PM   #3
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I don't think there's a way to search for converted-SOB owners through the Forums' search feature, but you will probably get some responses through this thread.

We used to have a small motor home before we decided to sell it and buy an Airstream. For us it was definitely a good move, as we did not tow a car with us (it was a REALLY small motor home) we were marooned in campgrounds with no wheels unless we wanted to pull up stakes to go buy a loaf of bread. Being able to disconnect the trailer and take off is a huge benefit for us.

Also, not having to maintain an engine in our RV is great. We maintain the truck engine. Period. Our truck is now also our everyday vehicle, so it has worked out even better for us. Before getting the AS we had 2 vehicles and a motor home..and only 2 drivers. We had lots more $$ our the door for insurance and registration, too.

A lot depends on how big of a motor home you are used to. If it is large, you will probably find you have less storage in a trailer. For us that was not an issue.

You will have to get used to a different type of set-up...unhitching and hitching...but that is minor in my head.

Towing will be different than driving a motorhome, but again, I think that's a wash.

If you have specific questions, you might post them and see what folks hae to say...

Good luck with your decision-making!
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:11 PM   #4
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We went from a large Monaco diesel pusher to a 25 Airstream.
Reasons we like camping off the grid and the Monaco was almost helpless off the interstate. We camp all over in the Airstream. It will handle forest service roads and tight campgrounds.
Keeping the Monaco in good shape amounted to 3,000 to 4,000 a year, the upkeep on the Airstream is a fraction of that.
The Monaco depreciates like an American luxury car, the Airstream barely.
The Monaco was more comfortable. When we get tired of the Airstream, we rent a condo.
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for your replies. Handn, do you consider towing the AS easier than driving the MH? I went from a Sprinter to a Newmar and am considering downsizing. Is breaking camp easier in the AS?
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