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Old 03-30-2015, 01:04 PM   #21
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I have heard that buying a older used motorhome with low miles is just as good as buying a new one.

True?

Is there a rule of thumb on this?

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Old 03-30-2015, 01:42 PM   #22
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Is it better to buy motorhomes which use regular unleaded or diesel?
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:33 PM   #23
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Is it better to buy motorhomes which use regular unleaded or diesel?
Having no experience with diesel or a motor home I'll add my observations anyway. From what I can tell diesel engines add a price premium to whatever vehicle their in compared to a gas engine. Also heard it said routine maintenance is more costly than gas. On the other hand diesel engines use less fuel than gas for comparible performance. So if one drives a lot and keeps the same vehicle for a long time then diesel may be the better choice.
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:29 PM   #24
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Thank you everyone for your contributions. I listen carefully to what each of you tell me. I'm a receptive student. That's why I'm here.

I have not run out and purchased anything yet. I have some time.

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Old 03-30-2015, 11:56 PM   #25
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I should have mentioned this in my last post but I didn't.

I think the main reason I've been reluctant to purchase a travel trailer is because I didn't know whether I would be physically strong enough to move the chains around,etc. to hook the truck to the trailer.

I had a fall two years ago. I broke my left foot, right hand, and now this Friday I'm having surgery on my right shoulder because it's been causing so much pain. It's all related to the previous fall. My doctor says I have "frozen shoulder."

I didn't want to purchase something that was going to require manual labor of any kind, because I knew I couldn't do much. Buying the Class B seemed like the best option for me even though I really preferred a travel trailer. Maybe I could get purchase the automatic lift thingy and that would solve the whole problem. Would it?

The travel trailers would better accommodate my overall life long plan, and they are roomier and far less expensive.

So does the automatic thing-a-mi-gig solve my problem?

I can't do any kind of heavy lifting. Not over 10 pounds. If I do my wrist hurts.
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Old 03-31-2015, 01:55 PM   #26
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Fortunately for me, I too want to spend most my time in one of the most popular vacation spots in the US, and that is in southern California. I am slightly north of there now. From there I'd like to travel all throughout the Western US.

However, I love the thought of workamping in San Diego County. I visited yelp today, and found numerous RV repair companies with good ratings that customers seem to trust.

I think I'll be okay in a Class B if I have the vehicle inspected regularly and have it well maintenanced. Now I know where to go to have that done.

I will have a smart phone and laptop wherever I go, and repair shops are only a phone call and yelp site away. I noticed that some repair shops offer mobile repair services. Nice.

I always like when they can came to me. Sure they cost a little more. But if I'm broke down who cares?
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Old 04-01-2015, 02:57 PM   #27
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This is response to the kind lady who sent me a private message. The system says I'm too new to respond to PM's. So I'm posting my reponse here:

You are very kind and welcoming. I sure need that right now.

I love, love the thought of being a part of a group, but I will have to work some too. I'm working on my certification to substitute teach in California. I will test soon. I will teach and do some work camping.

I will be able to pay cash for a motorhome or travel trailer and a better vehicle, but it will then be wise for me to work periodically (at the very least) to add to my teacher retirement plan. So the work camping and substitute teaching is an ideal situtation for me. I can travel away for base camp for short periods. I can travel all summer. No school. I do want to live permanently in my motorhome or travel trailer.

I will purchase one by fall. My brother says travel trailers will be a real pain for me. He knows me well, better than anyone.

I will see if I can find some youtube videos on hitching up a trailer. Maybe there are some good ones. However, my brother has done this and he strongly recommends a motorhome for me.

Thank you for caring. I need sisters out there who care for us newcomers. I have physical limitations I must respect.

I'll go to Youtube and see what I find. Thank you.


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Old 04-01-2015, 03:36 PM   #28
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It sounds to me as if a Class B would be more suited to your abilities, if not your first choice for roominess.

You don't want to take on something you can't physically manage.

I love my Interstate.

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Old 04-02-2015, 07:18 PM   #29
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Some who own travel trailers say those who own motor homes regret their purchases.

I hear the upkeep is higher on motorhomes; that the motorhome life is short; and I will have to trade in for a better/newer one in a few years to stay mobile.

I need to hear the truth from the motorhome owners.

I won't be finances anything to start out.

Once out there, I will travel freely for awhile. Then I will be substitute teach one day per week, travel 6 days occasionally. Workamp 6 days occasionally. But I will always work one day per week after some initial travelling. However, I can travel all summer. No school.

I imagine as time goes by I will travel a little less and work camp a little more for the fun of it. I'll just have to get out and there and see.

My brother is planning to be with me at least part time.

I love the thought of having a Class B or C, but not if it's going to be a real pain in my rear to maintain.

I really need to hear from the motorhome owners please.

Thank you to Lily&Me for her comments. Much appreciated.
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Have you measured out a spot in your current home, say 23 feet by 8 feet ( the size of a 25 foot Airstream)? Try it, and see it you could live full time in that space. Be honest.

Measure it tonight and see what you think.....

Good Luck...I had the same idea as you til I did a LOT of reading on this forum and others ( try Forest River-owned by Thor, who makes Airstream trailers) and now.....forget it.

I know people do it, and I support them. I do NOT mean to denigrate thier decision. I have wanted an Airstream forever, but I am beginning to realize that what I want is the THOUGHT and IDEAL of owning one, but from what I've read for the last five years, I've decided not for me.
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I suggest you rent a class B for a week or 2 before you buy. That way, you'll get a good sense of the space inside. I had an Airstream B190 ( a class B that is no longer made) and I know I could not live in it for any extended time. I could in our 27 ft travel trailer no problem.

Renting one would give you a chance to hook and unhook sewer and water hoses, caps and see how that goes. Not sure if you have grip issues or not. I don't have much hand strength and sometimes that was difficult for me if they were stuck.
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I find myself projecting rather than truly understanding a solo woman's perspective and desires. I would take your brother's comments as gold if you truly think he knows you and your limitations.

Some of the fantastic women I've met on the road include Lily&Me and Msmoto who routinely appear at Airforum rallys and can better address the solo traveling questions than I. However, I stumbled into a Glamping rally two years ago where 40+ solo women camped together for a Christmas celebration. Almost all of them had small units which they had rebuilt themselves or class-b "homes". Their skills and can-do attitude exceeded most of the males who pride themselves on all things DIY. Take heart, there are sisters on the road who share a similar vision.

I, too, suggest visiting a rally near you as soon as possible and introducing yourself. Most will talk your ear off, opinions and experiences are shared freely, and you can find out a lot in a short time. Plus, you can experience the camaraderie shared amongst Airstream owners.

My discussions with large motor home unit owners (A & C) reveal a higher maintenance load in terms of cost and time, but much less for the smaller Bs. Whenever you add an engine and transmission to the works the owners seem to forget a tow vehicle requires much the same. The TV costs get overlooked because it is separate in their mind. Only you can decide if the size and type matches your lifestyle.

Longer term, you would most likely want to change from a combo unit to a trailer if you decide to stay put for an extended period or transition into permanent housing.
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I agree that renting is an excellent idea.

Small isn't for everyone.....others love it.



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My brother and I both appreciate your comments. We are discussing all possibilities including renting, etc. Thank you for all these wonderful suggestions.

I have continued to downsize over the last four years. I embrace the thought of living economically and freely...without house payments or long term rental agreements.

I've gone from a large brick home to a small two-bedroom mobile home, and doing just fine.

When the travelling fever subsides, I can always get a travel trailer. However, I must always be mindful of my physical limitations. I fell two years ago that left me with a very weak right hand. I am right handed. And I had surgery yesterday to correct a weak right shoulder/upper arm. But I'm 61 years old. So I don't know whether my arm will ever be as good as new. I must respect this.

I have learned that I can't have everything. I must make sacrifices. What are the sacrifices I can live with in RV? This is what you guys are helping me figure out.

Thank you so much.



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I find myself projecting rather than truly understanding a solo woman's perspective and desires. I would take your brother's comments as gold if you truly think he knows you and your limitations.

Some of the fantastic women I've met on the road include Lily&Me and Msmoto who routinely appear at Airforum rallys and can better address the solo traveling questions than I. However, I stumbled into a Glamping rally two years ago where 40+ solo women camped together for a Christmas celebration. Almost all of them had small units which they had rebuilt themselves or class-b "homes". Their skills and can-do attitude exceeded most of the males who pride themselves on all things DIY. Take heart, there are sisters on the road who share a similar vision.

I, too, suggest visiting a rally near you as soon as possible and introducing yourself. Most will talk your ear off, opinions and experiences are shared freely, and you can find out a lot in a short time. Plus, you can experience the camaraderie shared amongst Airstream owners.

My discussions with large motor home unit owners (A & C) reveal a higher maintenance load in terms of cost and time, but much less for the smaller Bs. Whenever you add an engine and transmission to the works the owners seem to forget a tow vehicle requires much the same. The TV costs get overlooked because it is separate in their mind. Only you can decide if the size and type matches your lifestyle.

Longer term, you would most likely want to change from a combo unit to a trailer if you decide to stay put for an extended period or transition into permanent housing.
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