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Old 05-25-2017, 12:33 PM   #21
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In her prior marriage, my sweetie & her then husband had a 45 ft Prevost that contained about everything you could imagine except a standard basketball court and an olympic swimming pool. She says she found it "too much." Fifteen years later, when she and I wanted to get into camping with more than a tent, we began looking at ASs. Her post-shopping judgment: 25 was a little too little (and in particular, she didn't like the idea of the East/West bed, which she thought would be hard to make & to get out of in the middle of the night), 30 was a little too much (no real need for the dinette opposite the galley). We got a 27 FB. She's happy. We've put 25K miles on it beginning with the big AS Rally in WVA last July. After 25K miles, still no complaints.

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Old 05-25-2017, 02:17 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by ShinyPete View Post

I feel you on maintaining a big coach, especially a Prevost. We had a Newmar DutchStar DP, and longed (at least I did) for a bus conversion, because we had several friends with them. Boy, I'm glad my wife was the voice of reason. Our production coach was $2-3k per year in maintenance and repairs, and I can't imagine what a real bus chassis costs.

I would venture to say that a '97 Prevost (even a Liberty) may not have a slide? If so, perhaps only one? Pretty rare in those days. If not, you're "gonna be fine" in an Airstream. They're 102" wide just like your coach, and you're used to that interior space width. As has been said above (great input all by the way), the storage will be what you'll miss. We took 2500 lbs of junk out of our basement when we switched to our 27fb twin Flying Cloud in late 2013, and haven't missed it in the smaller coach.

My advice based on what you're used to is to look at 30' Classics. High end interior fitments and systems, and they've even recently gone to hydronic heating........Pretty sweet. Your truck will do fine, but don't be surprised if you start getting Cummins envy. Based on the torque your Series 60 has (I'm assuming), you're gonna miss the grunt with the gas truck.

Hope this helps! And welcome to our version of Aluminitis!
Thanks for the thoughtful and informative reply!

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Old 05-25-2017, 02:21 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by uncle_bob View Post

A lot of the decision depends on what you plan to do and how you used your MH. We never were into the "fix a 7 course meal while in motion" stuff. It always seemed a bit suicidal to us . Others seem to consider it perfectly normal. If "pack then go" is how you did it with the MH, the AS will be similar. If "pack on the go" was your approach, the AS will take a bit more time.

Size wise, spend some quality time talking through just what you would keep and how you would operate. Is this or that something that will be dearly missed? Go over to a dealer and spend time in the AS. Not just a few minutes, spend a few hours or maybe a few hours on a couple of days. How does the space feel to you? Small things may matter a lot. Is the shower big enough / can you deal with it? Can you see cooking in the kitchen the way it's laid out? What you want / need / like may or may not be present in this or that layout.

All that said, no, I don't miss the constant "here's another thing to fix" on the big MH. That even though it was't ours. It just happened to belong to some very good friends who would let us borrow it from time to time. Being friends, we spent a lot of time fixing this and that ...

We are the "pack then go" types. We never actually cook while going down the road, but making fresh coffee, sandwiches, snacks, etc., while rolling will be missed, I am sure. All good advice. Thanks!

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